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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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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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There are some men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten. - Samuel Johnson
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Last Invasion of Mainland Britain - 1797, Dolly the Sheep Cloned - 1997, Securitas Depot Robbery - Britains largest - 2006
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