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The RNLI Window

People I have met from overseas find it hard to believe that, in the UK, the lifeboats which are used to rescue people in distress at sea are operated by a charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, and many of the lifeboat crews who risk their lives to save others are unpaid volunteers. As far as I am aware, the RNLI receives no state aid. But, the RNLI is probably better off without UK Government support or intervention. The UK Government (such as it is) would, based on their behaviour right now, only mess things up and lie about the number of lifeboats we have!

The RNLI Window - Richard Broom Photography
The RNLI Window – Richard Broom Photography

The Pipework

In today’s plastic and electronic world, we often seem to lose sight of how important engineering skills are to us. And, we especially lose sight of how important solid engineering training is. We certainly don’t always seem to make things like we used to. Perhaps it is because our politicians mostly read PPE at Oxford or are former lawyers. They wouldn’t know a spanner if it hit them on the head! That leads me to ask the question…what exactly are our politicians good for? Answer (as in the song): ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

The Pipework - Richard Broom Photography
The Pipework – Richard Broom Photography

The Pilot (5)

One of the very brave and highly inspirational women who, during World War 2, flew newly built aircraft from the factories to airfields around the UK. They flew without radios or any armaments. They flew many types of different aircraft with minimal training. Exceptional pilots.

The Pilot (5) - Richard Broom Photography
The Pilot (5) – Richard Broom Photography

The Lysander Cockpit

Very brave men flew these Lysander aircraft during WW2. The RAF pilots who flew these aircraft behind enemy lines, landed and either picked up or dropped off resistance fighters. The pilots would land in the dead of night in out of the way fields guided by only three people on the ground who held torches. No GPS or navigational aids in those days. The aircraft were unarmed.

The Lysander Cockpit - Richard Broom Photography
The Lysander Cockpit – Richard Broom Photography

The Printing Press (not just any printing press).

Not just any printing press. This press was used by the Dutch Resistance during World War 2 to print leaflets. More than 20,000 Dutch people were arrested because of their work with the Dutch Resistance. 2,000 Resistance workers were executed. Many Resistance workers were sent to concentration camps. So many brave people.

The Printing Press - Richard Broom Photography
The Printing Press – Richard Broom Photography

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