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September 2019: Autumn in the Southern Chilterns

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Dan Snow

Some of us may find his presentation of history programmes more than vaguely annoying, and bemoan the rise of another broadcasting dynasty to join the Lawsons, Dimblebys and Corens, but two cheers for Dan Snow’s attempt this week to rescue British travellers stuck in the Calais ferryport – a boring boil on the face of France. Snow attempted to take stranded tourists across La Manche in borrowed high-speed inflatable boats for no charge, but quickly ran into Monsieur Rond-de-Cuir (that’s French for Pen-Pusher). He was, it seems, providing unfair competition to the ships unable to cope with demand and enjoying huge queues for their services. “C’est plus que vaut mon boulot, mec,” (“It’s more than me job’s worth mate”). Dunkirk heroism foiled by paperwork.

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Parting is such sweet sorrow. - William Shakespeare
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First Manned Balloon Flight - 1783, The Great Storm - 1987, Andy Green breaks sound barrier on land - 1997
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