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Larger than life ?

#1  Postby Macdoc » Aug 29, 2020 4:36 pm

Some like Lawrence of Arabia, Ghengis Khan, Elon Musk, and others are a cut apart from the rest of humanity as their accomplishments over a life time show. Thought maybe a thread about some of these people might be fun.
This guy certainly fits....

The mad Englishman and the Black Shadow
Brendan McAleer
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In July of 1955, locals in the southwest of England were somewhat bemused to see a large, burly figure unloading a sixteen-foot plank from the side of a dangerous-looking motorcycle, on the banks of the River Severn. Home to one of the largest tidal bores in the world, the Severn is England’s longest river, and flowed fast here, in the narrows. To the onlookers’ consternation, the man appeared to be preparing to enter the swift-moving current.
They protested. The man merely laughed. Then he went surfing.
John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, better known as Mad Jack Churchill, thus found himself adding yet another footnote to a life that defied reason: He became the first person to surf the Severn tidal bore. He rode the waves for roughly a mile and a half, then walked back to his motorcycle, which was, at the time, the fastest road-going vehicle on the planet. (Of course it was.)

more .... sooo much more

https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotiv ... er_Weekend

Caught my eye as I very briefly rode a Black Shadow down the block early in my riding experience and of course it was worlds beyond my Japanese sewing machine :what:

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In 1940, as the British Expeditionary Force retreated towards Dunkirk in northern France, Churchill’s men found themselves facing down a German charge. Mad Jack readied his troops, then sprang to his feet and killed a German sergeant with an arrow from his longbow. He then led a charge with his sword and revolver, slashing and firing. He was spotted later in the campaign at the helm of a captured French Motobécane moped with its panniers stuffed with arrows and ammunition.


But this guy certainly qualifies for the "large than life" club. :coffee:
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Re: Larger than life ?

#2  Postby don't get me started » Aug 31, 2020 12:16 am

Any list of larger than life characters would have to include Richard Burton.
No, not the actor, the other one.

His Wikipedia page starts as follows...

Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (/ˈbɜːrtən/; 19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton

He was the person who translated the Tales of 1001 nights into English he also the Karma Sutra.
He disguised himself and made the journey to Mecca (risking execution if caught. Death for any Kufar who defiled the holy place was the prevailing system).
He made expeditions into the African interior to discover the source of the Nile and his party was attacked by local tribesmen. He was impaled through the face by a javelin, with the spear going in one cheek and the point sticking out of the other. He was forced to make his escape with the weapon still embedded in his head and the result was a truly impressive facial scar visible for the rest of his life.

Expeditions in South America during the Paraguayan War, diplomatic service in Syria, copious publishing and translation (including books on fencing, sexology, falconry and ethnology), Burton had a truly remarkable life and is buried in South West London in a tomb shaped like a Bedouin tent.

I humbly submit Burton's name for the 'Larger than Life' club.
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Re: Larger than life ?

#3  Postby Macdoc » Aug 31, 2020 1:22 am

Yep good one ... I thnk a lot of his exploits were not beleived at the time.
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#4  Postby Mike_L » Sep 01, 2020 3:06 pm

I think that James Doohan (Star Trek's 'Scotty') could have a place here.
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Doohan attended high school at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, where he excelled in mathematics and science. He enrolled in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938.

Military service

At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 14th (Midland) Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. He was sent to England in 1940 for training. He first saw combat landing at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren Gun by a nervous Canadian sentry: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case given to him by his brother. His right middle finger had to be amputated, something he would conceal on-screen during most of his career as an actor.

Doohan graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40 with eleven other Canadian artillery officers and flew Taylorcraft Auster Mark V aircraft for 666 (AOP) Squadron, RCAF as a Royal Canadian Artillery officer in support of 1st Army Group Royal Artillery. All three Canadian (AOP) RCAF squadrons were manned by artillery officer-pilots and accompanied by non-commissioned RCA and RCAF personnel serving as observers.

Although he was never actually a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Doohan was once labelled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force". In the late spring of 1945, on Salisbury Plain north of RAF Andover, he slalomed a plane between telegraph poles "to prove it could be done"—earning himself a serious reprimand. (Various accounts cite the plane as a Hurricane or a jet trainer; however, it was a Mark IV Auster.)


On May 22, 2012, a small urn containing some of Doohan's remains in ash form was flown into space aboard the Falcon 9 rocket as part of COTS Demo Flight 2.


Legacy

Scotty's exploits as the Enterprise's redoubtable chief engineer inspired many students to pursue careers in engineering. Because of this, the Milwaukee School of Engineering presented Doohan with an honorary degree in engineering. Doohan was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 31, 2004. Despite his ill health, he was present at the ceremony, which was his final public appearance.
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#5  Postby Macdoc » Sep 01, 2020 4:27 pm

wow...good one...I had no idea.
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