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19 February 2018 03:49 (South Africa)

Woman who inspired Sybil Fawlty dies

  • Andy Rice
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    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Beatrice "Sybil" Sinclair, the real-life proprietor of the Torquay hotel that inspired the 1970s BBC television series Fawlty Towers, had died at age 95. John Cleese created the characters of Basil and Sybil Fawlty after staying at the Gleneagles hotel run by Beatrice and her husband Donald. The real-life Sybil was no fan of the show, feeling that it had represented her and her husband unfairly. That's no surprise, since her fictional alter ego didn't have a sense of humour either. 

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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