Monday, October 11, 2010

Winston Churchill

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill  

Born at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on 30th November 1874


British politician, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. In 1893 he enrolled in the Royal Military College. He graduated two years later ranked eighth in his class. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars cavalry.

     Winston Churchill was a war correspondent in the second Anglo-Boer war between Britain and self-proclaimed Afrikaaners in South Africa. He was captured in a Boer ambush of a British Army train convoy, but managed a high profile escape and eventually crossed the South African border to Mozambique.
He first stood for Parliament in 1899 and serving as an MP in the House of Commons from 1900 to 1922 and from 1924 to 1964

 Winston Churchill during World War II
     At the outbreak of the Second World War Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty on Chamberlain's resignation in May 1940. Churchill was then appointed Prime Minister and formed an all-party government. In response to previous criticisms that there had been no clear single minister in charge of the prosecution of the war, he created and took the additional position of Minister of Defence.
His speeches at that time were a great inspiration to the embattled United Kingdom. His famous "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech was his first as Prime Minister. He followed that closely, before the Battle of Britain, with "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." 


Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
  Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.  
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. 

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. 

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. 

If you are going through hell keep going. 

Orson Wells with Funny Churchill Story 

Nobel Prize in Literature 1953
       Churchill was also a notable historian, producing many works and he was awarded the nobel prize for literature in 1953.The aAmerican author Ernest Hemingway was also in the running that year but the Prize was awarded to Churchill "for his mastery of historical and biographical descriptions as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."
 Some of Churchill's Works

   The World Crisis detailing the First World War and The Second World War are highly autobiographical, telling the story of the conflict.
The River War - Published in 1899  Kitchner's reconquest of the Sudan in 1898.
Savrola  Churchill's only novel. Published in 1900
Lord Randolph Churchill - A two volume biography of his father.
The World Crisis 6 volumes covering the Great War
My Early Life - An autobiography covering the first quarter century of his career.
Marlborough - A biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough 
The Second World War 6 volumes
A History of the English Speaking Peoples
The Scaffolding of Rhetoric  a 1,763-word essay on oratory.
Painting as a Pastime a short appreciation of painting

 Funny Churchill Stories
An aide brought Churchill the morning paper with the news that one of his Cabinet Ministers would have to resign because he had been caught having gay sex with a Grenadier Guardsman in Green Park the night before.
Churchill said: "It was cold last night was it not?"
the aide replied: "Yes Sir, only 23 degrees" (that's -5 in new money)
Churchill replied: "Makes you proud to be British" 

Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink.’ Lady Astor to Winston Churchill
Churchill's reply ‘Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.’ “

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