BEATEN because she couldn’t see the goal

beaten by lack of visionThe California coast was shrouded in fog the morning of 4th July 1952. Twenty one miles to the west, on Catalina Island, a 34 year old woman waded into the water and began swimming toward California, determined to be the first woman ever to swim the strait. Chadwick 1

She was Florence Chadwick.

She had already set the world record for swimming the English Channel in 13 hours 20 minutes, and was the first woman to swim it in both directions.

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THREATENED BY A RAT – it could have changed the war!

rat in planeSir Frederick Handley Page, CBE, FRAeS (1885 – 1962) was an English industrialist who was a pioneer in the aircraft industry and was known as the father of the heavy bomber. He was best known for large aircraft such as the Handley Page 0/400 and Halifax bombers and the H.P.42 airliner. He was knighted in 1942 for his contribution to the war effort.

A young Handley Page once landed his plane in an isolated area during his travels, and unbeknown to him a rat got aboard the plane during his stay. 
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SWEET or SOUR? A fragrant perfume?

Sweet or sourA farmer invited a friend into his apple orchard to taste the fruit and make some fresh apple cider. But the friend gently refused. After he also refused another invitation, the farmer said, “I guess you must be prejudiced against my apples”

The friend replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I have tasted them, but I found them very sour”
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STUNTED GROWTH: Novelty or tragedy

stunted growthHave you ever seen a bonsai tree? The best ones have all the features and appearances of a fully-grown tree but only have a small fraction of the size.

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HIT THE NAIL – NOT THE NAILS!

Hit the nailA carpenter hammers hundreds of nails most days, so gets lots and lots of practice. He soon learns that the most important thing is to keep one’s eye on the nail—not on the thumb or fingers holding the nail. It is a fact that we will always be prone to hit what we watch.

Driving instructors give the same advice, telling us we should not watch the car coming towards us, but keep our focus on the road.
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MENDELSSOHN, the great composer and organist, was refused permission to play the great Silbermann organ.

MendelssohnGOTTFRIED SILBERMANN was commissioned by Freiburg Cathedral, in 1711 to construct a new organ of three manuals and pedals with 44 registers. This was completed in 1714 and is regarded as the greatest of all organs. It is still there and in use today.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN [1809-1847] was recognised early as a musical prodigy. He was a composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period and is considered one of the Masters.
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EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!

Intelligent flyYes, this is unusual for me, since I always post truth and fact, but please allow me to fantasise in order to present a serious truth.
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