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February 2019: Islay

The Queen of the Hebrides takes some getting to but the effort is repaid a hundred-fold, and if you are hitting the island in the ...More
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Grace Darling

At this time of appalling weather it seems right to remember Grace Darling as our hero of the week. A Victorian child naming a British heroine would cite Grace, born during this week in 1815; today some vacuous ‘celebrity’ would be proferred. But Grace Darling’s heroism was very real, and very physical: in 1838 she risked her life in horrific weather rescuing nine survivors from a shipwreck off Bamburgh, rowing to their aid with her father. As with contemporary starlets her depiction by the press was distorted – she was drawn rowing in billowing and demure crinolines; and as so often her fame became a burden, though briefly as she died of tuberculosis just four years after her heroic feat.

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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. - Thomas Carlyle
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Battle of Bramham Moor - 1408, Treaty of Westminster signed - 1674, First Man Utd Match at Old Trafford - 1910, 1st episode of Eastenders - 1985, Cocker's Contempt for Jackson at Brits - 1996
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