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Once in answer to the question, “What was most likely to blow a government off course?” Harold Macmillan is said to have replied, “Events, dear boy, events.”

Two striking examples show how serious and unintended consequences can flow from seemingly unconnected events.

In 1880, Lady Ampthill, the wife of the British Ambassador in Berlin took Crown Prince Wilhelm sculling. He jumped straight into the boat and capsized it, but could not swim. Lady Ampthill saved him. He later became Kaiser Wilhelm II and took Germany into the First World War.  If he had drowned, would the War have occurred?

Ruth Ellis was the last person to be hanged for murder.  She had an unremarkable affair with David Blakely.  It ended in 1955.  She shot him dead on the public highway with five bullets from a revolver. She shot the sixth bullet after he was dead deliberately into the ground which caused a passer-by to be very slightly injured from a ricochet. She was sentenced to death.  Petitions for reprieve were rejected.  She was duly hanged.  The Home Secretary explained “We cannot have people shooting off firearms in the street — she not only killed Blakely but injured a passer-by. I was determined that people could use the streets without fearing a bullet.”  If only she had fired the sixth bullet into Blakely’s dead body, she would almost certainly have been reprieved.

Chance is indeed a fine thing. 

About the Author: 

Oliver Popplewell was a distinguished High Court Judge who is now retired.  He is author of the two autobiographies, Benchmark: Life, Laughter and the Law and Hallmark: A Judge’s Life at Oxford.  He is also the author of the recently published and well-acclaimed novels The Prime Minister and His Mistress and The Aphrodisiac of POWER.

Oliver received an MA and LLB from Cambridge University, a BA from Oxford University, an MA from LSE and BA from Buckingham University where he also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law.

A Fine Thing Chance is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Thing-Chance-Oliver-Popplewell/dp/1786235668

This book is also available to purchase in hardback from Amazon USA at:

https://www.amazon.com/Fine-Thing-Chance-Oliver-Popplewell/dp/1786235668

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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The aphrodisiac of power is what causes politicians and others in high places to indulge in secret risk taking, usually involving sex. They have a craving for applause and recognition. They have an astonishing belief in their own good luck in remaining undiscovered. At the same time, they enjoy the excitement of what Oscar Wilde described as “Feasting with Panthers.” The risks they take involve danger and secrecy and are all a potent mix of spice and drug. Lloyd George, Gladstone Asquith, Disraeli and Dilke all indulged.

Newspaper magnates like the Harmsworths and Beaverbrook craved a different power. It was to use their papers to exercise control over politicians and seek to dictate policy. Criminals like Bottomley and Maundv Gregory fed on the gullibility of investors to amass fortunes. David Owen (former Foreign Secretary) described it as the “Hubris Syndrome” namely a concern with image, excessive confidence in their own judgements and exaggerated self-belief, bordering on a sense of omnipotence.

About the Author: 

Sir Oliver Popplewell was a distinguished High Court Judge who is now retired.  He is author of the two autobiographies, Benchmark: Life, Laughter and the Law and Hallmark: A Judge’s Life at Oxford.  He is also the author of the recently published and well-acclaimed novels The Prime Minister and His Mistress and A Fine Thing Chance.

Oliver received an MA and LLB from Cambridge University, a BA from Oxford University, an MA from LSE and BA from Buckingham University where he also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law.

The Aphroprodisiac of POWER is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aphrodisiac-POWER-Sir-Oliver-Popplewell/dp/1786230216

This book is also available to purchase in hardback from Amazon USA at:

https://www.amazon.com/Aphrodisiac-POWER-Sir-Oliver-Popplewell/dp/1786230216

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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With “Cook with Flo” you will enjoy simple and easy recipes for the whole family.  In this book, you’ll find the most popular recipes that Florence has created over the last five years with Kids En Cuisine.

Most of these recipes in this book are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.  For each recipe, there is also “little chef” tips to help kids try even more new flavours.

These are Florence’s most popular recipes and she can picture her little chefs leaving the classes with the biggest smiles, carrying the bag as a trophy and saying: “I made it! I am a chef!”

For further information regarding Kids En Cuisine, please visit – http://kidsencuisine.com

About the Author:

Florence Rebattet is founder and owner of Kids En Cuisine. After five years running Kids En Cuisine and being selected for different awards in London for the quality of teaching, opening weekly cookery clubs in school, partnering with Planet Organic, As Nature Intended and Whole food Market, she decided to write her first recipe book.

Over the years, she has experienced many memorable moments cooking with little chefs and it gives her great pleasure to picture your children turning these recipes into tasty meals in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Amazon Review:

Sergei

5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazing book for children

27 November 2019

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

“Most convenient recipe book for little ones.”

“Cook with Flo:  Kids En Cuisine Recipe Book” is available to

purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This recipe book is also available to purchase in paperback at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

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