Jacqueline Auriol – An Amazing World Record Pilot

12 February, 2010

In my searches for amazing people, I have found people who succeeded despite the odds. Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the lady who broke many world aviation records, despite having been badly injured in a plane flown by someone else. As a result, she required 22 operations to her face and body.While recovering, she learned to fly a helicopter. After that, she focused on becoming the…

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Amazing Music Career

10 February, 2010

Who wrote Alexander’s Rag Time Band and also Easter Parade? Here are some clues. He was born in Siberia. His family were persecuted. With little money,  his parents took him and their seven other children to the USA. Israel Baline was only 5 years of age at the time. His only memory of Siberia was seeing his home being burnt to the ground. The family carried their few possessions with…

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Accidents and Amazing Achievements

9 February, 2010

While writing about amazing people, I found that many of them came to fame because of accidents. Sir Christopher Wren is well known as the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. But, it was only because of an accident that he got the job.  Just after midnight, on September 2nd in 1666 the bakers shop of Thomas Farriner  in Pudding Lane went on fire. It swept through the wooden…

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Making Money and Amazing Charity – Andrew Carnegie’s Life

6 February, 2010

Andrew Carnegie had little education, but he was a quick learner and owner of big business organizations. But, he started in poverty.  His father, William, was a poor weaver in Dunfermline, Scotland, who borrowed the money for tickets to emigrate to the USA in 1848.  Little did he know, that his son would become the richest man in the world within the next twenty years. Andrew started work in a mill, but moved…

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Olympics in London

5 February, 2010

As part of my interest in amazing people, I have started to write a new book on the Amazing People of London as seen through eyes of those who made major contributions. Some of the people I met in my research may surprise you. William the Conqueror arrived from Normandy in 1066 and ruled as the King of England for about 20 years. He built the Tower of London and…

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E-books or Printed Books?

1 February, 2010

How do you prefer to read – looking at a screen or holding some paper in your hands? I have been asking a few people their views. There is no doubt that older people enjoy the feel and touch of a book. Young people under 18 years of age have grown up looking at screens and pressing buttons. Of course, the E-books technology provides more than a book. The race is…

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