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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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Tony Hibbert

In a week when one bunch of hyped ‘heroes’ have shown their true worth, it makes sense to look at what real heroism and achievement mean. Our hero this week is Major Tony Hibbert, to whom millions of Germans, Danes and Norwegians should give thanks – indeed the German city of Kiel very recently did so. In 1945 as the war drew to a close Major Hibbert, acting against local orders, with just 500 commandoes captured Kiel and prevented Stalin from surging into Scandinavia. In spite of breaking a leg he secured the surrender of the German Baltic Fleet and all Nazi troops in Denmark. Not only were many casualties thus avoided in that conflict, but he may have personally prevented World War Three. That’s achievement.

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. - Benjamin Disraeli
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The Hundred Years War begins - 1337, Ashmolean Museum Opens - 1683, Westminster Bridge Opens - 1862
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