Here’s the BBC News story that came out of my interview yesterday on the Today programme -



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The Sunday Times review


in full is here, for those who can get beyond the Times paywall. Or here on Twitter.

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‘Mad Genius who tried to beat Hitler with warships made of ice’


says the Daily Mail in today’s wonderful adaptation of Churchill’c Iceman. Here it is in all its glory.

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On This Day,


Copenhagen in 1914, courtesy Det Konglige Bibliotek

100 years ago, Reuter’s new man in Copenhagen, Geoffrey Pyke, aged just 20, filed his first and last dispatch from the Danish capital. This is how it was reported back in London:

‘Four German destroyers were also reported off Hammerfest, apparently bound for the White Sea. Reuter’s correspondent at Copenhagen stated that on the afternoon of August 5 three German submarines were sighted at the southern outlet of the sound. They appear to have taken up their position there as a sort of advance guard.’

By the end of the month Pyke had been forced to leave Denmark. Yet soon after he had devised a plan for how to spend the next few months of the war, a scheme so radical that he broke out into a grin whenever he thought about it.


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was in the news today, including a brief mention of a certain escapee – G. Pyke – in the BBC News article by Stephen Evans.

This is part of the publicity for the forthcoming RHS exhibition on the Ruhleben Horticultural Society, and their attempts to track down relatives of Ruhleben’s gardening enthusiasts.

Perhaps one day there will be efforts to track down the relatives of the gardening enthusiasts in Guantanamo Bay who managed to create a secret garden in the detention camp, an equally moving story.





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