The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, proto-Elamite, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level.
Blair ' Paddy ' Mayne. No British soldier in the Second World War was more decorated than Robert Blair Mayne – one of the six founder members of the Special Air Service (SAS). Blair Mayne (known inevitably as Paddy) was an exceptional Ulsterman, endowed with great physical strength, stature and uniquely swift reflexes, which he used with devastating effect – in the boxing ring, on the international rugby field, in the bars of Belfast and later in battle.
Portrait of Siegfried Loraine Sassoon by Glyn Warren Philpot, 1917. Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886 – 1967) was an eminent English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War.