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I wonder whose after-dinner speeches, in history, have been most dreaded? Socrates went on and on but at least he kept his young fellow diners wide awake by catching them out with trick questions. . . . Of course you don't have to go back almost two thousand years to find people who bang on; they are right with us today.

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Source Notes: My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor ("Monday, 5 February 1996") (1996).

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