Christopher Hitchens: Erudite, honest and a great flirt

Christopher Hitchens Hitchens told me I had never been hotter - at eight months pregnant

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Christopher - always the full name, woe betide anyone who shortened it to Chris - Hitchens was always original, always erudite, always honest and always a great flirt.

I mean that in the best European sense of the word - harmlessly but fully appreciative of the art.

I had the uncomfortable misfortune of sitting between Christopher and his nemesis George Galloway on the Bill Maher show once. The two loathed each other so much they would not even look at me in the middle for fear of catching each other's eyes.

And yet Christopher made the evening one of the most pleasant of my life when, at drinks afterwards, he told me I had never been hotter.

I was eight months pregnant. After that he could do no wrong in my eyes.

Mr Galloway, for the record, did not stand a chance on the show. Hitchens ran intellectual circles round him with the glee and humour of a small boy destroying a cheap toy.

Katty Kay, BBC World News Article written by Katty Kay Katty Kay Presenter, BBC World News

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    Comment number 1.

    Thanks for this contribution because it describes the actions of a man who was so unpredictable. He was one of my favorite writers...and now, there will be nothing new forthcoming: My loss, the world's loss, Christopher's loss because I just know he had a lot more intelligent stuff to say.
    Okay, Christopher, send back a message: Is there a God. If yes, have you managed to tick her off?

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    Comment number 2.

    Hitchens ran "intellectual circles" around Galloway? Hitchens may have been more articulate and slick than Galloway, but his oratory sophistication cannot obscure the fact that Hitchens shamelessly and cynically defended the indefensible. Hitchens didn't run any "intellectual circles" around anyone, he would simply put on a show. He was a performer first, an intellectual second.

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    Comment number 3.

    Come on. Let's not bury intellect with the intellectual. I know it has become the fashion to bash George Galloway but to say Hitchens ran intellectual circles around is just laughable. Galloway, love or loath him, is an intellectual heavyweight himself and tucked Hitchens in many times - including on the Bill Maher show (especially on the classic Democracy Now debate).

    RIP Christopher Hitchens.

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    Comment number 5.

    To rate CH for his flirting reveals a regrettable lack of intellect from Katty Kay - another 'successful' female who degrades her sex to maintain her status in a male world.


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