A bit off topic this, but still. The Sunday Times reports that A.N.Wilson was delighted to record in his biography that John Betjeman had a more exciting love life than previously thought.
bq. The letter begins: Darling Honor, I loved yesterday. All day Ive thought of nothing else. No other love Ive had means so much.
Later on in the letter the poet waxed that love has given me a miss for so long and now this miracle has happened. Sex is a part of it, of course.
Betjeman then ended the letter: Tinkerty-tonk, my Darling. I pray Ill hear from you tomorrow. If I dont Ill visit your office in a fake beard. All love, JB.
Close study of the letter, however, shows that the capital letters at the beginning of each sentence spell out a message: AN Wilson is a shit.
There is more to the story, and if he didn’t deny it, one might almost believe the hoax was done by a fellow-Betjeman-biographer who can’t stand Wilson. The evidence came from an untraceable address on the Côte DAzur. Well, it can’t have been Joe Orton or Peter Cook. At all events, it was too late to remove the story from Wilson’s book.