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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britain’s less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...More
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Henry Allingham

Although he lived to the extraordinary age of 113 years and 42 days, Henry Allingham is not our hero for that feat alone: it was what he had done in his life and the way he lived it that made him a hero. He was a founder member of the RAF and veteran of the Battle of Jutland. But rather than glory in that most terrible of wars he always emphasized the horror of it. Allingham was bright and alert in his extreme old age, and put his longevity down in part to his sense of humour. Add to that his belief that cigarettes, whisky and wild wild women had helped him become the world’s oldest man, and he was doubly a hero for living his life, not surviving it.

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What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew. - Robert Browning
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The Hundred Years War begins - 1337, Ashmolean Museum Opens - 1683, Westminster Bridge Opens - 1862
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