My Heroes Of History
Lord Horatio Nelson is probably my favourite of all time. He was a man’s man who stood for everything great about British history and totally deserves his place on such a pinnacle in Trafalgar Square. He was a nautical man, and as a nautical man myself I can never read enough about him. He achieved so much, was lauded by the entire country, but still liked a pint in a pub. Elizabeth I was quite a lady and mostly loved by her people. She was strong and sometimes ruthless, yet she had vulnerability and needed protection. Whatever the situation, she appears to have always been a lady, although perhaps a lady with a twinkle in her eye. Albert Einstein was not just a scientist and mathematician. He had an incredible brain and an expanse of knowledge and common sense far beyond what is generally recorded. He is another one I would love to have a chat with and mostly listen to. Boudicca was another strong leader. My daughter Zia is a big fan, which is a little worrying. Boudicca stood up to be counted for her people and her land, and was not just a warrior but a strategist, too. Anyone who could take on the might of Rome and almost win was quite a woman. Sir Winston Churchill made mistakes, as will any one who takes on responsibilities. Churchill was another of those who was prepared to put his head above the parapet and lead by example. We think of him and think of WWII, but he was a hero before then. Some say he was reckless, others say he was fortunate, but whatever he was he was the strong leader that Britain needed at a crucial time.