Churchill died 50 years ago today – the ultimate imperfect hero

50 years ago today saw the death of Winston Churchill who along with Charles Darwin are in my view the two greatest Britons. Churchill was imperfect and certainly made many mistakes – some huge and ghastly but nevertheless he did change the course of Europe at the very time it was needed.

ChurchillThere is a new website all about Churchill, his achievements, his failures and his quotes – see here.

Chartwell 3A few years ago I went to Chartwell, Churchill’s home, as part of my work (I was running training courses on our appraisal system can you believe!) and managed to have a quick look around after

Chartwell 2It is a fabulous property – very intimate and oozing all things Churchill – you can almost smell his cigars

Chartwell 1In Kent – not far off the M25 – now owned and managed by the National Trust and well worth a visit – I expect with all the Churchill hype it will be pretty busy this year!

Johnson - ChurchillI’ve just finished reading Boris Johnson’s appraisal of Churchill – Boris may or may not be your of tea but he is a good¬†writer and this book is well researched, informative and compelling. Much shorter than a lot of the other books on the man and certainly shorter than the tomes Winston wrote himself!