Half-a-league onward and upward?


Says it all; for me at least.

h/t Telegraph

2 comments for “Half-a-league onward and upward?

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    February 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Indefatigable Dave conquers another imagined K2 mole hill.

    Whatever happened……….? To great Britons? To, us, what happened to us?

    I could weep, it puts in mind and I don’t quite know why – perhaps mountains and vainglory of the sheer bloody willed tenacity of those two doomed expedition-eers Mallory and Irving. Back, in the days when Alpinists went out in the morning to climb the the peaks in Fair-Isle sweaters, tweed plus twos and stout leather walking boots and Hemp rope.
    Where, one day in the pub, they decided to do the same with the highest peak in the world and by the most dangerous route and shunned oxygen because it was against the ‘spirit of mountaineering’.

    And by God, I am sure they did it, though they never got to tell the tale, we mark the remarkable.

    Embellishment, probably – but you get the drift.

    Nelson, Cook, Scott, Shackleton, Livingstone, Alfred Wallace, Arthur Wellesley – Anglo Irishman, John Churchill, General James Wolfe, Robert Clive, Frobisher, Drake, Hawkins, Grenville et al, plus a lot more and even more those brave souls whose names will only be remembered by their families and those whose exploits and courage is recorded by time but no one else, what an extraordinary depth of legacy.

    But as it all comes to dust.

    I ask, we and those who betray our forefathers…………what have we done, or should it be – what haven’t we done?

  2. February 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

    It’s the betrayal of his own people more than the charade itself that will see him go down badly in history.

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