Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:08
I seem to have studied the same subjects as you - your quote was from Wilfred Owen, after Horace.
Funny you mentioning Nancy Astor - I have loads of correspondence from her to my Mum,sent in 1941 when she was Lady Mayoress of Plymouth. My parents house had been bombed by German aircraft, and they were buried under their house for two days. Their 6-month old baby girl was killed, and nobody knew where they had taken her body. Lady Astor got involved and sorted out everything for Mum - the letters are lovely, and it's nice to think that a lady of her position, in the madness that was Plymouth in the blitz, had the time, and the compassion shown in her letters, to thnk of the suffering of the Town
Whilst we should never forget distant history, which has coloured all subsequent events, children of today should be given more detailed lessons on subjects like WW2 - if only to make them understand why today's foolish politicians never seem to understand the possible results of all their stupid posturing and sabre-rattling.
Learning by one's mistakes is very appropriate when talking of History.