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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britainís less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...More
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Eileen Nearne

For her neighbours in Torquay she was a reclusive little old lady that nobody much visited. But after her death the truth about Eileen Nearneís heroism has come out, and an extraordinary tale it is too: parachuted into occupied France she worked as a radio operative for the Special Operations Executive; was captured and tortured by the Gestapo but didnít crack; spent time in Ravensbruck concentration camp, then escaped from a forced labour camp only to be recaptured but again prove courageous enough to fool her SS interrogators. In an age where telling all has become the norm, Eileen Nearneís ability to keep quiet about her incredible past is an object lesson.

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A smile abroad is often a scowl at home. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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The Hundred Years War begins - 1337, Ashmolean Museum Opens - 1683, Westminster Bridge Opens - 1862
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