{.a few handshakes away.}

by devourslowly

My favourite little bit from The Fry Chronicles:-

… When the evening was over Alistair Cooke shook my hand goodbye and held it firmly, saying, ‘This hand you are shaking once shook the hand of Bertrand Russell.’

‘Wow!’  I said, duly impressed.

‘No, no,’ said Cooke.  ‘It goes further than that.  Bertrand Russell knew Robert Browning.  Bertrand Russell’s aunt danced with Napoleon.  That’s how close we all are to history.  Just a few handshakes away.  Never forget that.’