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By JAMES MUIRDEN

Jane Austen's scalpel disinters the causes of her characters, and notwithstanding her age is so distant, her insights strike a latest word. At Winchester you can find her bones; her books are all in Waterstone's. Alfred the good, Robert the Bruce, Francis Drake, Christopher Wren, Elizabeth Fry, Isambard country Brunel, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ernest Shackleton, Agatha Christie, J. ok. Rowling...What do all of them have in universal? they are all nice Brits, and their works and achievements are celebrated in captivating verse besides many extra during this interesting ebook. Muirden has regaled us ahead of with rhyming romps via British historical past. Now he provides us with ''100 nice Brits''; witty and erudite, this is often the best present to light up and amuse

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OLIVER CROMWELL 25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658 Who refused the Crown Of all my splendid Brits, his claim to fame is still the subject of opposing views. A tyrant, or a leader with one aim – the Best for Britain? Time for you to choose! He was an MP, liked the countryside, knew God was with him, had no large ambition. But Charles I, whom Parliament defied, dissolved the House, which altered the position. Who ran the country, King or Parliament? The crisis came in 1642, and Oliver, who raised a regiment, opposed the King, as he was bound to do!

He keeps it up for a decade, then suddenly the entries end. I’ve sonnetised the lines he penned saying he’s come to the decision that diaries are bad for vision! It’s fairly certain they are not – but let’s give thanks for what we’ve got. His crash When James II lost his place, Sam was retired in disgrace because he didn’t care to sign on the proverbial dotted line his bond to King William III. The takeover that had occurred did not, in Samuel’s judgment, mean that he should serve a King and Queen who had displaced the rightful heir – that was an oath he wouldn’t swear.

For he sounded his Drum when we needed his aid; and he’ll hear if we beat it again! indd Sec12:37 25/07/2007 11:26:23 13. JOHN NAPIER (LAIRD OF MERCHISTON) c. 1550 – 4 April 1617 Who facilitated mathematical calculation, especially by the use of logarithms John Napier was truly Great to those who had to calculate before the days of the Machine. The hardest sum you’ve ever seen, the deepest Root, the highest Power, which might have taken half an hour of tedious pencil-blunting slog, was just like falling off a log!

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