I was going to wait a little longer to change the subtitle of the blog but I have decided to go ahead now. Clearly “The Greatest Living Englishman” is, sadly, no longer appropriate.
My proposal, which is currently on display in the header, is to change it to “He Drank From a Different Fountain.”
This is a clear reference to Paddy’s description of the bond he recognised had developed between himself and General Kreipe as they quoted Horace on Mount Ida during the evasion phase post-kidnap. I also think that it reflects the passing of Paddy and those of his generation who definitely had different values to those seemingly valued by Western society today. Perhaps also a melancholic recognition that we who remain will not have the same opportunities, no matter how much we might wish otherwise.
I am very open to other constructive suggestions and this change is not final. If you feel you would like to suggest an alternative please add a comment here or email me. All will be considered.
On a slightly different point I should like to say how appreciative I am for all the kind words about the Blog over recent days. Many of you have said how valuable it has been to you. Please continue to add your comments and carry on making suggestions for articles and links to other sites. If you have any personal anecdotes they may well be of value to those who wish to carry out research in the future.
Since Friday there have been over 25,000 visits, and it has surpassed 100,000 since I started it just over one year ago. It goes to show the level of interest and respect that there is for Paddy and his friends and wartime colleagues. They were great men and women who did indeed drink from a different fountain.