'George' update, April 2021

‘George’ update, April 2021

Update: first readers’ draft (manuscript 4.3) completed April 24, 2021 At 2.15 pm. on Saturday April 24, 2021, the book was completed. Just over a…

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George Stainforth biography – coming 2022

George Stainforth biography – coming 2022

An outline of George’s life story Many of the stranger features of George’s life (seen here sitting at his mother’s feet, front left) can be…

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Secrets of The Shining

Secrets of The Shining

On Monday 1 April I had the interesting and enjoyable experience of being interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Film Programme (to be broadcast on…

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The Shining: 40th Anniversary

The Shining: 40th Anniversary

A nice mini-documentary put together by Warner Bros to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Kubrick’s The Shining. It’s slightly odd that none…

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Champions of parochialism

Champions of parochialism

A similar madness to that which swept America and enabled Trump to get into power swept the UK when we voted first for the far-right…

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1st Para Remembrance Service at Donington, Lincs, 23 Sept 2018

1st Para Remembrance Service at Donington, Lincs, 23 Sept 2018

The annual remembrance service for the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers was held at Donington, Lincs, on Sunday 23 September. The service was well attended…

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A Question of Balance

A Question of Balance

The following is written as a counter-argument to ideas expressed in a video about a life that’s committed to climbing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KT8VgfApLE I present it simply…

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Peter Stainforth talks about his war days

Peter Stainforth talks about his war days

In the course of researching the biography I’m writing about air ace George Stainforth, I’ve unearthed a recording of my father, Peter Stainforth, talking about…

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The Second Ascent of the Matterhorn

The Second Ascent of the Matterhorn

I recently came across a spectacular aerial picture (taken by Fi Bunn of FiPhotos) of the final 700 feet of the Matterhorn taken from an…

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Life at its best

Life at its best

I’ve just returned from revisiting the island of Skye after an absence of over a quarter of a century (last visit, June 1994). I’d had…

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On the brink? June 2017

On the brink? June 2017

Picture: Wikimedia Commons Some thoughts on returning from an idyllic week-long holiday in Cyprus (… well, attending a friend’s wedding). The weather was perfect Mediterranean…

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