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The Queen n Mother and 'Backstairs Billy' - Coventry-born butler William Tallon
These backstairs people can make or break a hotel but they seldom get a mention.
Goldblatt) a ballsier suitor bolsters the backstairs intrigue, while Angela Wildflower Polk's sizzling incarnation of Lady Gaga mixed with the Acid Queen reminds us of celebrity's influence on the body politic.
When Tony Blair, the then British prime minister, and Jose Maria Aznar, the then Spanish prime minister, made a backstairs deal to try to arrange joint sovereignty of Gibraltar in 2002, the rock exploded in anger.
And in the patriotic adventure romp, The 39 Steps, John Buchan writes: "The Jew is everywhere now, but you have to go far down the backstairs to find him...
Mr Brown remains Prime Minister but his hands are tied when even senior figures in his own government are scurrying around offering backstairs deals.
He is very good at the detail of bureaucracy: the agendas, the papers, the job descriptions, the formal speeches at meetings and the backstairs stitch-ups.
The Guardian newspaper said Mantel "persuasively depicts this beefy pen-pusher and backstairs maneuverer as one of the most appealing -- and, in his own way, enlightened -- characters of the period." The Times of London called "Wolf Hall" a "wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle -- one that makes the drama unfolding nearly five centuries ago look new again, and shocking again, too."
One prominent homosexual member of her staff was her servant the late William Tallon, who was Page of the Backstairs and known as Backstairs Billy.
Mr Warner specialised in items collectors tended to ignore, including beds, backstairs furniture and medieval curios.
"He tried going up the backstairs to try and get in the house, but the kitchen was engulfed in smoke and flames and he couldn't get up," O'Leary said.
The collection had been amassed by the late William Tallon, known as Backstairs Billy for his role as Page of the Backstairs.