Trusty Servant May 2019 No.127 - Page 18

No.127 The Trusty Servant and at a later date my father, after recovering the card on return home, had pencilled in ‘Altham’ after ‘Harry’. The card is from the RioRita, which styled itself as ‘Die schönste Bar. Die besten Orchester. Berliner Nachtleben – nur dort!’ The picture side of the card shows the interior of the RioRita resplendent in echt 1930s furnishings on which lounge elegant ladies in gloves, furs and cloche hats, paying close attention to cigar-smoking, dinner-jacketed men (and vice versa). Only Marlene Dietrich is missing. I looked up the overfull ‘Femina night club, Berlin’ online and will spare the blushes of The Trusty Servant, other than to report that messages and small presents could be delivered from one table to another by means of a network of pneumatic tubes such as used to connect tills in department stores to the accounts department. RioRita Club How did my father, by then at New College, find himself in a Berlin nightclub with Harry Altham in August 1936? The answer, which again reflects well on Altham’s commitment to educate his charges in the round, was that he had invited a Wiccamica Change of Custos Sir Richard Stagg (G, 69-73) has been appointed to succeed Charles Sinclair (B, 61-66) as Warden from September, upon the latter’s retirement. Sir Richard retired from the Diplomatic Service in 2015, after 37 years. His final three roles were Chief Operating Officer of the FCO, High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Afghanistan. He has been the Chairman of Rothschild and Co, India since 2015. He is also a Director of the JP Morgan Asian Investment Trust and of Max Financial Services, an Indian Listed Company. He is the Chairman of Afghan Connection (a charity which supports education and cricket in Afghanistan) and a Trustee of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and of the Chevening Estate. He is a Director of Cheltenham Racecourse. He has lived overseas for much of his life - starting with Spain under Franco and ending with three years in Afghanistan during the Taliban insurgency. He is married with five children, including Charlie (G, 97-02). We will bid a proper farewell to Charles Sinclair in our next edition. 18 group of young OWs to accompany him to the Berlin Olympics, where it appears they were not only encouraged to see the Games – I have my father’s Box Brownie photos – but also to sample what else Berlin had to offer.