This isn’t to do with sport or any of the usual things. I met von Bismarck a number of times when I was at Oxford, and liked the man I met. Warm, funny, generous, open-minded and extremely intelligent. That he had a reputation for parties I shan’t deny, but so did many others, some of whom are now horny-handed members of the working class.
The press response to his early death revolts me, frankly. I just wanted to put the other side. There’s nothing of his life that isn’t also true of e.g. hard rockers, or footballers. But he was “posh”, and that makes all the difference for some people who should know better.