Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children's Books, said: "I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond's publisher - he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur
, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.
Blowers has become perhaps our greatest oenophile, a bon viveur
with whom most cricket fans would enjoy sharing a satisfying lunch.
A man who ends a night's revelling with a drink at dawn is regarded as a bon viveur
, but one who starts the day with a glass at the same time is a sorry case.
But Keith Floyd struck a chord with the public with his charm and his image as a bon viveur
, and somehow it seemed exactly right that he would die after a generous lunch with a lady friend, washed down with ample quantities of various wines.
Someone with a case of wine costing more than a fiver a bottle will be a bon viveur
who holds regular sophisticated dinner parties for erudite friends.
Selfridge was larger than life, a bon viveur
who enjoyed life: he had a yacht and mistresses and he loved gambling.
There were also some interesting paradoxes in Dalley: a strong Catholic yet an advocate of religious tolerance; a respected member of and spokesman for his Church who occasionally crossed swords with its clergy; a man of Irish convict descent who successfully transcended his origins to become a leading member of respectable society and who had a statue posthumously erected in his honour; an opponent of Imperial expansion in the Pacific who despatched a NSW military contingent to assist the Empire in the Sudan; a bon viveur
occasionally chided for idleness who worked prodigiously hard as Attorney-General.
Floyd Uncorked - The Life of a Bon Viveur
, with Keith Floyd Gala Theatre Durham, tonight, 7.
Aside from his remarkable successes in the bloodstock business, Freeman will be remembered by many as a bon viveur
who enjoyed fine wine and delighted in the company of beautiful women, and for his wry sense of humour.
Floyd's lawyer Martin Guyll-Wiggins told the Swindon court: "The public perception of him is a bon viveur
, a heavy-drinking, wine-swilling, good-time sort.
Anecdotes of his Bohemian lifestyle abound, but Alf Hill will be remembered as a man of remarkable energy, a bon viveur
, a man about town who was the best of company and one of the finest advertising men the Midlands has produced.
What happens next: I believe in God, I'm Catholic and I would like to think my soul will go to Heaven which I see as a really cool place where I can live like a bon viveur
without worrying about my weight.
Says Alan: 'Bach was steeped in church music, so I can't imagine him being a bon viveur
Martin Guyll-Wiggins, defending, said: 'The public perception of him is a bon viveur
, a heavy drinking, wine-swilling, good-time sort of chap.
He was very much a bon viveur
and liked to mingle with the best, being on close personal terms with leading racing players like the Aga Khan, Robert Sangster, Tom Jones, Michael Tabor and