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Letter from Mick Jagger to Marianne Faithfull, 16 August 1970

“Dearest Marianne, I woke up this morning and had you in my mind so I thought I would just talk to you a little. I haven’t seen or heard of you much lately and wondered how you were? I saw Chrissie grooving off to Morocco in abandoned style a few days ago, I’m just getting my things together to go on tour to Europe though haven’t got used to the idea yet of all that work and traveling and of course I haven’t a clue what to wear. Things have changed a lot recently here, completely different people come around which I find sometimes peculiar. We have good fun but I’m glad to be going away as its becoming a little tedious. I have no idea where you are in your mind nor should I expect to but I hope there are green fields and flowers where you walk. I’m sure Nicholas is having a good time please throw him in the air for me. Marlon is now 1 and walks and is bright but will inevitably have an Oedipus complex don’t you think! If you find time please drop me a line or telephone before I go away at the end of August as I would love to hear from you. You will always be precious in my thoughts. As ever, Mick.”

i cry

I think I found the historical inspiration for our pal Sandor.

So, in the course of my weekend, I was reading up on King Richard III and how he was dug up out of a parking lot (as one does) when I found Sandor.

We all know that GRRM was inspired heavily by real-life events in history, primarily that of England. Well, I think I found the man who was the basis for Sandor Clegane: Sir John Cheyne.

- He was a younger son of minor nobility.

- He was the personal attendant of the queen before receiving an even more prestigious post.

- He was a member of the king’s personal guard.

- He switched sides from one faction to the other during a war (in which the two young sons of the dead king were declared illegitimate and usurped by their uncle).

- He had a nickname denoting his exceptional skills at battle, and was a noted jouster and swordsman

- He’s estimated to have been about 6′8″ tall.

- His device is black and gold and features 3 of an animal… which one? Well, see for yourself:

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