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Saturday 19 December 1914 - We Lost 501

Mount Everest

Captain Cecil Edwin Hunt MC (Sikh Pioneers) is killed at age 34. He is the father of the future Brigadier Henry Cecil John Hunt ‘Baron Hunt’ KG PC CBE DSO, who will lead the 1953 first successful expedition to conquer Mount Everest during which Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay will become the first to reach the summit. 1,445 more words


Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards

Ahh, an insightful and profound quotation to kick things off. Aldous Huxley was paranoid at the direction ‘we’ as a society were heading, and as I sit here trying to elicit some inspiration to put down what I’m thinking at the moment, those prophetic predictions are ringing true and have been for some time. 480 more words

Weekly Photo Challenge ... Gone but not forgotten

This may not look much; it is an iron rivet one of many thousands used in the ship building yards seconded in the Second World War to construct warships. 173 more words


I'm engaged: a letter to May


11th Dec 1940

Dear May

I suppose Mother has told you that I’m engaged to a very charming Scotch girl – Shirley Balfour – a nursing sister in an Edinburgh hospital.  891 more words

Object In Focus: Medical Kit by Jonathan Sebastian Browne

Objects selected are: a Schimmelbusch anaesthetic mask, a bottle of chloroform, an amputation set, and a sealed glass tube containing sterilised silkworm gut (for suturing or stitching). 2,553 more words

Ordinary Desolation

8th NOVEMBER 2014

I’m proud to say, that I am a man of rationale and when I am presented with anything religious or spiritual- I am very sceptical, and equally dismissive. 892 more words