The fight is on to protect a local listed
building, Dingle Farm, Sandbach, from being trashed by the unwanted development of the attached land into a luxury faux-Merrie
England plot for large houses. See the page!
January I have been researching into the life of a German POW who died in England. When I
started, I had only a name and initials, and he could have been from any of the German armed services. But, incredibly, he
has turned out to be a merchant seaman, and while his may not be a sensational story, it is an interesting and rather well
documented one. So watch this space in a few months time.
9th May 2015
: I have just heard that Cdte Mario Rossetto, commander of the Italian submarine Finzi during the
Second World War, died today. He was a great help to me when i was writing 'Submarine', and I had the pleasure of
meeting him in Milan and of corresponding with him. He celebrated his one hundredth birthday in January.
A little bit about me....
I'm primarily a maritime and naval author, though
my books have included an illustrated history of Trafalgar Square, a companion to the Imperial War Museum's War Correspondent
exhibition, and the TV-tie in for Dan Snow's three-part Dig WW2, which took me into land conflict and air
warfare (though I had covered a century of naval aviation while writing Carrier) as well as naval aspects.
You may be surprised to find a big article about antique mercury barometers and the Ortelli family
who made them, in Britain. This is my guilty pleasure. There is something very special about these useful, decorative,
handcrafted instruments - and the story of the Italian immigrants who came to Britain in the late 18th century to make them.