Saturday, 24 January 2015

England's greatest man?

I am sure that if a hundred people were each to be asked to name England's greatest man there would be several nominations. Almost certain to be included in the list are Nelson, Wellington and Shakespeare but other contenders could be Alfred the Great and even Henry VIII.  But what about Robert Stephenson, Alan Turing, Tim Berners-Lee?  Well, possibly they would get few, if any, nominations.

One who would almost certainly receive quite a few nominations would be Winston Churchill, he of the V sign, the cigar, the spotted bow tie and the boiler suit.  (Although not the last in this picture.)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Winnie's death.

A soldier, war correspondent for newspapers, artist, writer (he won the Nobel Prize for Literature) but principally a politician, he became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1940, possibly the darkest time of the Second World War as far as we British were concerned.  It is his wartime leadership for which he is chiefly remembered, and especially his stirring speeches.  Like this one:

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