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The Pendulum Years: Britain in the Sixties

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He chose the Times, then edited by William Rees-Mogg, where he was to stay until the end of his life.

His obituarist in The Times added that the decision may also have been swayed by the better remuneration offered by the paper. The book is dedicated "To Arianna, with much more than enthusiasm" – they remained loving friends for the rest of his life. His range was prodigious; he published nine volumes of his selected journalism of which the first, Taking Sides, covered subjects as diverse as the death watch beetle, Field Marshal Montgomery, Wagner, homophobia, censorship, Eldridge Cleaver, arachnophobia, theatrical nudity, and the North Thames Gas Board.

In the local streets, the school's conspicuous uniform, including a blue coat, knee breeches and yellow socks, attracted unwanted attention. And the reason is that it offers, in addition to great technical skill and great cinematic excitement, a view, and a view, moreover, of great richness and plausibility. Against that, Alan Wood feels that Insight gave him a measure of confidence, so that he was no longer so vulnerable and no longer shuddered when strangers approached him in the street. Levin wrote for a large array of different newspapers during his career, including the Manchester Guardian and the Observer. Levin's style was noted for its long sentences with copious sub-clauses and regular use of semi-colons - he once managed a 1,500-word sentence.

He was a bright child and won a London County Council scholarship to Christ's Hospital, the charity boarding school in Horsham, West Sussex, where he was to experience, for the first time, being mocked in the street and to encounter strong attacks on his opinions. A decade ago, Bernard mentioned to his friends that he was suffering from some unidentifiable illness.Levin became famous for his long, sentences, full of clauses, subclauses, parentheses, semi-colons and diversions. He fell more in love than ever before with Arianna Stassinopoulos (now Arianna Huffington, and a political commentator in California). He followed this with The End Of The Rhine (1987), another excellent account of a walk down the length of the river. Henry Bernard Levin, journalist, born August 19, 1928; died August 7, 2004 Quentin Crewe died in 1998, and the above obituary has been revised.

Levin resigned, and immediately received offers from The Guardian and The Times to join them as a columnist. He loved dressing up in the evening, always wearing to the opera a swirling cloak lined with bright-coloured silk. Levin was a frequent panel member along with, among others, Robin Ray, Joyce Grenfell, David Attenborough and Richard Baker. I shall never forget my last professional encounter with the journalist who inspired me more than any other.In 1971, Levin appeared in an edition of Face the Music along with a new panellist, Arianna Stassinopoulos (later known as Arianna Huffington). Levin never married or had children, but is survived by his partner Liz Anderson, who tended him during a long decline from Alzheimer's disease. He was offered the post of "general editorial dogsbody, which was exactly what I had been looking for".

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