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A Royal Birthday Blog

21-April-2016
21-April-2016 13:25
in General
by Admin

Here at Netheravon we are used to meeting inspirational people, motivated by their need to achieve something, raise something or to just see if they can do something to help those around them.

So as we celebrate the  90th birthday of H M The Queen today, this seems an opportune time to look at those people that inspire our lives in general.

There are a plethora of inventors and adventurers in this country alone who constantly inspire us with their inventions, bravery and dedication to their respective challenges.  Some of which stretch the imagination, you wonder how they managed to survive at all. 

Looking back to the year of the Queen’s birth, 1926, it was interesting to see that John Logie Baird was demonstrating a mechanical television system in London; American swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel; the first Grand Prix was held at Brooklands, and the Norge airship was the first to overfly the North Pole lead by Amundsen, who had previously beaten Scott to the South Pole.  That year also saw a gentleman called Fred Osbourne do the first motor cycle parachute jump!  He survived – just - but probably not something one would want to repeat!  Charles Lindburgh also did his fourth emergency parachute jump!

The Queens’ long reign has seen much new technology, amazing discoveries and expeditions to the far corners of the world.  Not to mention space exploration, a man walking on the moon, and to this day our own Tim Peake is ensconced on the International Space Station.

Extreme sports seem to go further each year too; here at Skydive Netheravon we have seen our Wingsuit Flyers going faster and further each year as they try and stretch the envelope as far as they can.

For those of a certain age, there has not been a day when Queen Elizabeth has not been the monarch. Not many people do the same job for over 60 years without the thought of retirement.  So from an inspirational point of view, we think Her Majesty is definitely one of the front runners when it comes to getting the job done properly and gaining the admiration of so many across the world.  After all she’s one of us - she did parachute into the Olympic arena in 2012 – didn’t she?

Happy 90th birthday Ma’am and many more to come!

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