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‘The Man Who Built the Swordfish’ by Adrian Smith @uni_southampton is the biography of my grandfather, which was ‘launched’, well certainly celebrated, in the Test Valley which he loved, this weekend. The London launch, at the Royal Aeronautical Society @4HamiltonPlace, is coming in a few weeks, gulp.
Charles Richard Fairey (1887-1956) was the founder of one of Britain’s biggest aviation companies in the first half of the 20th century. When he was 13 his family lost all their money, his father died and the younger children in the family had to be sent to orphanages, in one of which his youngest brother died. He swore he would never be poor again and fought his way to success.
As a boy in late Victorian England, he was beaten by a teacher for daring to argue that manned flight was possible. He lived just long enough to see the Fairey plane, the beautiful Fairey Delta, smash the world air speed record and be the first aircraft to go over 1000mph. The FD2 is the prototype for Concorde.
During World War 2, he was head of the British Air Commission in World War 2. He was negotiating with the US to buy desperately needed aircraft. Meanwhile in the battle of the Atlantic, in which his oldest son lost his legs, his plane, the Swordfish took on and crippled the mighty German Battleship ‘Bismarck’. He was also a passionate fisherman and the Test Valley, where he lived was, in his words, ‘the loveliest place in the world’. This is, above all, a cracking story that deserves to be told.
Thank you Adrian and publishers I B Tauris.

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1971 - Elizabeth II - One Dollar -Commemorative (British Columbia) - Canada

All the elements that make up the symbols of British Columbia can be found on this lovely 1971 Dollar! I have always been touched by how fond Canada is of its British and French heritage, it's never tried this shy away from it or hide it! Another wonderful coin from the ever masterful Royal Canadian Mint. I hope all enjoyed the Royal wedding on Saturday! Canada has gained a new member of their Royal Family!

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It’s Victoria Day (Canada) today. This statue was placed at Windsor Castle for V’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. So much more history to the place than just a wedding venue. 😏 Taken on a rainy visit in October 2015.

Hi, check out my latest Vlog about my visit to Britain's BIGGEST house! Link in profile!
@wentworth_woodhouse has 365 rooms and took 1000 staff to run it! Haha makes saving 600 year old #HopwoodHallEstate seem like a little project!

Let’s do another #throwback! 7 years ago, back when I was 22. The Eagle was one of the first places I worked at to kick-start my hospitality career. I couldn’t have asked for a better pub in Cambridge (in the UK!). Famous for where Watson and Crick first discovered “The Secret of Life”, The Eagle is world renowned for its amazing history - and gorgeous beer garden of course. 🍻 🍺

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Here is something you don't see everyday. A late nineteenth century paperback.
It is Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War - books V,. VI & VII. The book contains both Caesar's original text in Latin and the English translation, construed literally word for word alongside it by Dr. Giles. Published by James Cornish and Sons in approximately 1886.

I'm not sure how to price this but, if this is something you collect, I would love to connect you! Feel free to make me an offer 😊

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Summer days and British rays 🌞 •
A stunning view of the Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. Another beautiful @englishheritage location to visi😊

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