Interaction between Jo and Ollie this weekend…
Ollie: “Oh my God! Oh my God!”
Jo: “What is it Ollie.”
Ollie: “I can fly!”
Jo: —(Silence) – I’m sure I heard her eyebrows raise though.
For Brits who are my age and older Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward’s name conjures up the Falklands war. I well remember getting home from school and watching the news to find out the events of the day. We were all captivated by the fight to regain our sovereign territory. It was a war, like no other, that allowed us, for the first time, to receive daily updates of gains and losses. It was nothing like todays Twitter and Facebook updates that arrive the instant everything happens. We had to wait until the news at 5:30pm for the news from the south atlantic. Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, Colonel H. Jones and Simon Weston are the names of just three of the hero’s that helped to win the Falklands War. For those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those that survived: At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
As a nation we are poorer for the departure of the Admiral. Our hope lies in our inspirational young people who relentlessly follow and continue to push our every expectation and dream.