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February 2018: Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is not perhaps well-known as a tourist destination, that very fact surely making it worth visiting, but it does enjoy a wealth of ...More
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Dick Francis

WWII Spitfire and Hurricane pilot; champion jockey; racing correspondent; and for nearly half a century best-selling thriller writer. And all that after leaving school without a qualification to his name. Dick Francis, who died on February 14, was not the gentleman amateur that might be assumed by such a list of occupations. He was the son of a jockey who had to work hard to get on, a habit that saw him still writing in his 90th year. His thrillers were set in the racing world that was in his blood. How fitting given his subsequent career that his most famous racing moment remains a mystery the unexplained and dramatic collapse of his mount Devon Loch on a seemingly easy run-in to win the 1956 Grand National.

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