VNR Alert: Heiner’s consistency pays dividends in the World Cup Series in Hyères

The 2017 World Cup Series in Hyères, France from 23-30 April will welcome over 540 sailors from 52 nations racing across the ten Olympic events as well as Open Kiteboarding and the 2.4 Norlin OD, a Para World Sailing event. @Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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Nicholas Heiner’s (NED) consistency in the Finn is equalling success at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France.

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Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths opens at the British Library

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths opens at the British Library
28 April 2017 – 29 August 2017



  • This definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on, from the reign of Russia’s last Tsar to the death of Lenin.


  • Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths presents rarely seen items from across the political spectrum, from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda, and gives a unique opportunity to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.


  • This exhibition unites the political and the personal, as well as highlighting the Revolution’s central characters, most notably Nicholas II, Rasputin, Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.

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Artist Nick Ryan creates spectacular art installation DX17 to mark IWM Duxford’s centenary year.


2017 marks the centenary of Imperial War Museums (IWM) and 100 years since work began to create RAF Duxford.

This landmark occasion is being commemorated with the creation of DX17*, Duxford’s first ever contemporary art installation, inspired by Duxford’s remarkable history. A spectacular and imaginative storytelling device, it engages visitors in a tactile quest to uncover up to 100 memories – narrative fragments, voices, sound, signals, moments, stories or anecdotes – from Duxford’s remarkable past and present.

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BookPick: Napoleonic Memoirs & Biographies

BookPick: Napoleonic Memoirs & Biographies

by BigJules

Among the many treasured volumes in my library are memoirs and biographies, which so often give wonderful insights into the individuals who strode the Napoleonic-era stage. I particularly enjoy hearing actual ‘voices’ from the past, they can really transport you back in time. Here are four recent titles that will appeal to all those drawn to this fascinating period in history.

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Military Technology of the First World War, development, use and consequences


The author has looked closely at the amazing technical advances made during WWI from the perspective of the land campaigns. Extensively illustrated, this is a very efficient review of the use and consequences of technology developed to achieve domination on land, including the part aircraft played in assisting land commanders.

Images of War, Great War Fighter Aces 1916-1918, rare photographs from wartime archives


Another book in the very popular Images of War Series, this time looking at the ‘Aces’ of the Great War from 1916 to 1918. The usual outstanding selection of rare photographs is supported by concise and clear text in the form of captions and much longer introductory pieces. A very affordable volume with many remarkable images of war.

The Royal Navy Lynx, an operational history


The outstanding Lynx has reached retirement age and is being replaced in RN service by the ‘super’ Lynx under its new name Wildcat. That speaks volumes for the ability of the Lynx. The author has provided a comprehensive account of the hugely successful service of the Lynx since its entry into service in 1976. All you need to know about a great aircraft, very highly recommended.

Law and War, Magistrates in The Great War


The publisher has a fine tradition of publishing books on topics that are much under-reviewed. The author has provided a very rare glimpse into the work of Magistrates during the Great War. An original and fascinating account in the effects of total global war on society at home.

Coming Down In The Drink, The Survival of Bomber ‘Goldfish’ John Brennan DFC


With the number of WWII veterans rapidly shrinking, this is another very welcome account based on the experiences of one who was there. The author has provided an absorbing story from interviews with John Brennan DFC. Highly Recommended.