Eight quotes from AA Gill who never minced his words


Restaurant critic AA Gill has died aged 62.

He will be remembered for his writing style and his use of language. Here are eight quotes from the Sunday Times columnist:

1. Gill when revealing he had cancer in a column in November 2016

AA Gill
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"I realise I don't have a bucket list; I don't feel I've been cheated of anything. I'd like to have gone to Timbuktu, and there are places I will be sorry not to see again.

"But actually, because of the nature of my life and the nature of what happened to me in my early life - my addiction - I know I have been very lucky. I gave up (alcohol) when I was still quite young, so it was like being offered the next life.

"It was the real Willy Wonka golden ticket, I got a really good deal. And at the last minute I found something I could do. Somebody said: why don't you watch television, eat good food and travel and then write about it? And, as lives go, that's pretty good."

2. Gill on his illness earlier this year

Trinny and Susannah during the GQ Men of the Year Awards
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"I've got an embarrassment of cancer, the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal that is not included. I have a trucker's gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy."

3. Gill on pasta and noodles in September of this year

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"Pasta is eaten by happy smiley people having fun with people they love or fancy and are about to shag. Noodles are eaten by people who have no friends."

4. His description of Dame Joan Collins's appearance at a party in June 2016

Dame Joan
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"She looks like an aborted egg."

5. Gill on historian Mary Beard who was presenting a TV series on the Romans in 2012

Mary Beard
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"The hair is a disaster, the outfit an embarrassment. If you are going to invite yourself into the front rooms of the living, then you need to make an effort."

6. Gill's assessment of Prince Charles in August 2007

Prince Charles
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"Prince Charles's vocal chords are plainly trying to strangle him. He may well become the first monarch to lose his head from the inside out."

7. His thoughts on Celine Dion in 2003

Celine Dion
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"She is a symbol of cultural rot, a corny, calculated act for clueless, obese fans."

8. His description of the Welsh in the late 90s which saw a complaint filed to Swansea police

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"Loquacious, dissemblers, immoral liars, stunted, bigoted, dark, ugly, pugnacious little trolls."