Hell Razor5543 wrote: ↑
10 Feb 2021, 17:30
I seem to recall that he did a very good job of presenting IKB as one of the greatest Britons.
As it happens I'm currently reading a biography of IKB and his work.
He was actually Anglo-French (his dad Marc was French and fled here to escape the Revolution)
It's easy to see some of his work as monumental failures until it is understood he was pushing well beyond the limits of what was believed possible or reasonable for the most part and was so far ahead of his time... He never feared to tread into totally unknown territory and often this both cost him dearly whilst at the same time pushing the boundaries so far that still today we are reaping the benefits of his far-reaching work...
He enjoyed an all too short life and totally wore himself out... He never enjoyed good health and the pressure he put himself under hardly helped...
I would concur that he is the greatest Briton and whether or not Churchill should have been accorded that accolade is a completely separate argument.
I'm no fan of Clarkson but do agree the one documentary I've seen of his was truly excellent: the one about the raid on the German submarine pens in occupied France... I must try to watch his others... They look good.