Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

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Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 12 Feb 2014, 15:49

I was googling tonight & found this recent online article [19-1-14] with some great pics. Very interesting & elaborates on WEJ's early flying training on RE8's ["Rumpity's]...seems quite objective & very informative.

The 1st pic is of him in full flying kit standing in front of the propeller of his plane. The 2nd pic in the lounge room I have never seen before! The picture in the background is the one on the front of the dust wrapper to The First Biggles Omnibus, awesome! [I wonder which of his homes this photo was taken in & what era?].

http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/ ... _1_3222011
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby SaintedAunt » 12 Feb 2014, 15:56

This seems very familiar - have we had some of the text on the forum before from some other site? Good photo though. I don't remember seeing that before.
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 12 Feb 2014, 16:03

SaintedAunt wrote:This seems very familiar - have we had some of the text on the forum before from some other site? Good photo though. I don't remember seeing that before.


It is possible, some of the text seems familiar to me too [?By Jove]. The 1st photo is closeup of the one VZ put up in the photo gallery some time ago with the heading "Flying School 1918" I think, but the framed photo of Biggles was impressive. I am guessing the photo of WEJ is from the period when The First Biggles Omnibus was published [1953 or so], as he looks somewhat younger than the usual one you see of him holding the book [?Mystery Island] in front of another bookshelf.

He always seems to like those bowties in many photos.... :D
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Postby kylie_koyote » 12 Feb 2014, 16:13

I hadn't heard the tale of the stow-away fitter before. Classic!
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby SaintedAunt » 12 Feb 2014, 16:40

kylie_koyote wrote:I hadn't heard the tale of the stow-away fitter before. Classic!

It's in By Jove I'm pretty sure. In fact I think you are right OzB - a huge chunk of that article is lifted straight out of By Jove. And that's why it seems so familiar because I've just reread the book!
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 12 Feb 2014, 22:02

I think a lot of it is also in the Mavis Priestley bio OB posted the other day!
The flying school photo is definitely from By Jove, haven't seen the other one before.
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby SaintedAunt » 12 Feb 2014, 22:10

Sizzling Sausages wrote:I think a lot of it is also in the Mavis Priestley bio OB posted the other day!

Most of which was from By Jove ;)
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Postby Sizzling Sausages » 12 Feb 2014, 22:13

Yes, nothing like a bit of blatant plagiarism!
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby SaintedAunt » 12 Feb 2014, 22:27

Sizzling Sausages wrote:Yes, nothing like a bit of blatant plagiarism!

Well I guess the expert was WEJ himself :lol:
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Re: Ripping Yarns that were born in Norfolk skies

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 13 Feb 2014, 08:11

SaintedAunt wrote:
Sizzling Sausages wrote:Yes, nothing like a bit of blatant plagiarism!

Well I guess the expert was WEJ himself :lol:


Indeed! Given that the journalist has only recently written the article [19/1/14], maybe he has seen, or owns a copy of By Jove, who knows.
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