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Absent Friends

I met Francis Bacon in the early Sixties in a magnificent private house in Knightsbridge. I had been taken there by a friend of mine. Francis and I talked about Egyptian art. He had a passion for it. As it happened I had just bought a book about it...

MELVYN BRAGG ON FRANCIS BACON

“EVERYBODY HE BUMPED INTO GOT A TEN OR TWENTY-POUND NOTE. I SWEAR THAT A MILD MAN COMING OUT OF THE GENTS’ SUDDENLY FOUND HIMSELF PRESENTED WITH THIS UBIQUITOUS GIFT”

He talked in an actorly way. Of the old school. He spoke very well. His best moments were when he was fiercely, even savagely, declaring one of his immovable convictions. Or when that pleasant cadenced voice swooped into camp, quite often coruscating about people, paintings, places he mocked or loathed. As in the way he walked; something of the Regency dandy.

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The latest issue of the newly relaunched Winq magazine features an exclusive interview with Sherlock star Andrew Scott on his electrifying Hamlet and exploring his own inner darkness. There are also interviews with arist Grayson Perry and motorsport’s only gay racing driver, Danny Watts. We travel to Thailand and Rotterdam, get the background on the horrific abuse in Chechnya and ask if the pink pound can advance equality around the developing world. Packed with insightful commentary from a newly expanded panel of columnists, Winq is the journal for gay men by Attitude.
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