Winston Churchill Trivia

In the summer of 1910……Churchill sat on the cowcatcher of a special train the whole 260 miles of the British-built railway to Aydin in Turkeys’ Aegean region.   That nugget is found on page 142 of Churchill: Walking With Destiny. 

This was not the first time Andrew Roberts informs readers of this way to see the sights ‘the Churchill way’.  In the first example, we are told that he strapped a chair to the cowcatcher to ride the rails.  What would have happened had the cowcatcher needed to fulfill its role is left to the imagination.

To say I am totally taken by this book and the story of an epic life, would not sum up how I feel this weekend.   As I am turning the pages the quote from Harry Truman comes to mind.

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”