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A Day in London
Page 5 - Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square.


In my school days every English schoolboy - as far as I know, was at some time introduced to Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson as the epitomy of someone who upholds the honour and never say die attitude of the British at arms.

His 'blind eye' attitude "I see no ships" when confronted by superior odds, his battle wounds and his commitment to the winning of the battle made of him the hero of the nation - which is why he stands as such a powerful and upraised symbol in the middle of London's most famous square.

I guess many of today's generation of young people haven't had quite the same introduction (or indoctrination) that I had but some of it still sticks. Somewhere there's a little 'Lord Nelson spot' that digs in when things get tough and which I'm sure relates to those childhood excitements around how his story was told.

I lived in and around Portsmouth at the time so I knew well his flagship HMS Victory, saw the paintings and the battle plans and felt the presence and the sweat of his men below decks on visits to the ship. My girlfriend's school was very close to the ruin of the house of his lover, Lady Hamilton, so as a teenager I quickly began to get another picture of his private life - a bit of a value collision for what the adult world was trying to tell me at the time. Unfaithful yet feted as a national hero - aaah! so much more of his story to be told.

Anyway the entreaties to join the forces rapidly shifted in my case to joining the army of long haired music loving festival goers instead and Trafalgar Square became a place to chill out rather than celebrate past glories!

As you can see this is a tilt club special as an international airline dares to fly it's battle colours across the heart of the English soul! Chill out Kevin!

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