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Brownsea Winter Wildlife: A winter-themed wildlife video for the National Trust

Dieweg Cemetery: A spooky detour

Musee Herege Tintin Statue

Museé Hergé Review: To be precise - a blisteringly brilliant museum

PanoRAMMa : A multiple image composite of the front of Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Writing Rules

Writing Rules!: Some friendly guidelines for crafting creative copy


Jul 25, 2013

Pictures from Old Books – Righting a Crashed Flying Machine

There are many reasons why old books are great. One is the smell, another is the feel and occasionally they’ll contain pictures that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. One of my favourites from a recent purchase, The Modern World Book of Flying (circa 1953), features advice on how to right a crashed flying machine.



Stout length of rope, sturdy volunteers, strong arms of the law… heave… got it. Advice to keep in mind when flying a Wright Brothers-style aircraft.

The book’s typical 1950s vision of space travel’s future (below) is also fun and there’s an interesting prediction by Dr. Werner Brown* that if “work began tomorrow on the construction of an inter-planetary programme, it would take at least ten years before man was in a position to launch the first passenger-carrying rockets”.



Sixty years later and we still haven't sent people to Mars, or any other planet, perhaps that’s because of the cost of said programme – a “conservative estimate” of £1,330,000,000.

And that’s in ‘50s money. According to the Historic Inflation Calculator that amounts to £31,442,264,000 today. Quite a lot considering NASA’s budget in 1958, the earliest one listed on Wikipedia (and then run through a currency converter), was just £319,350,827.83.


*Presumably the book means Dr. Wernher von Braun.


Mark is a freelancer who specialises in creative copywriting and content creation. Starting out as a freelance blogger he's experienced at putting his copywriting skills to work on a variety of subjects and can easily turn his hand to different styles. In his years as a freelance writer he's always brought a creative edge to everything he's written. 

In addition to being a freelance copywriter and a hard-working wordsmith Mark has also forged other forms of content for the web and print working as a photographer, video editor and a general content creator on a freelance basis. 

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Based in Devon Mark lives within questing distance of the UK's Middle Earth aka Dartmoor. He likes his detectives hard-boiled, his eggs runny, and his time travel non-paradoxical.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum - Cloning Collections
Exeter City Council - Armed Forces Day
National Trust - South West Christmas Card 2013

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