Apologies for not posting last Sunday. I had intended to ahead of a short break, but you know how things are before packing for a holiday; time that always seems in abundance suddenly evaporates and before you know it you’re in danger of missing your train/flight/boat. Thankfully the only thing left behind in my holiday haste was an unfinished blog post and a pint of milk – both of which had to pitched upon my return for the same obvious reason.
You may be interested to know that I went to the Isle of Wight off England’s south coast, which was the site of the UK’s short-lived space program that started in the 1950s and lasted until the early 1970s, and was (according to some accounts) for a brief time in advance of the US rocketry program. Given the incredible advances in UK aviation in the 40s and 50s – advances which led to the mighty V-Force – there’s perhaps some truth in that It’s been suggested that were it not for the efforts of British scientists posted at the ultra-secret High Down base (above), the Apollo moon landings would not have been quite so successful. Personally I doubt UK efforts were anywhere near as significant as has been made out, but it’s a noble concession to history.
Anyway, here’s me trying to hold in my paunch in front of the now derelict launch area.
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