Shakespeare’s take on PTSD

400 years ago, Shakespeare’s Lady Percy describes her husband’s battle induced post-traumatic stress disorder. Original text followed by a modern translation. Henry IV Part 1 Act 2 Scene 3 “O my good lord, why are you thus alone? For what offense have I this fortnight been A banished woman from my Harry’s bed? Tell me,…

The Merlin Engine and Rolls Royce

It is said that the Merlin Engine made by Rolls Royce made the difference between winning and losing the war with Germany.  Designed and built in Derby, Crewe, Glasgow and Manchester, the Merlin engine, an extraordinary feat of engineering brilliance provided the heft that the Lancaster needed and went on to assume mythical status. The…

Only one more plus five more to go

….the debriefing officer spoke quietly and casually. “The tour has been increased” We dropped back into our seats, wide awake now, staring at him in shocked silence. “It couldn’t mean us, we’ve only one more to go!” Jock said in a tone of disbelief. SGT JJ Baldwin When my father Joe Baldwin showed me a…