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Bulletin #52 - Oct 2012

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Churchill did have dark moods, but he was not bipolar. 

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Family and friends on hand to celebrate the great milestone of Sir Winston's daughter. 

Lady-Soames-90thFamily looks on as Lady Soames cuts the cakeIt is said that one never asks a women her age, but in this case it's cause for considerable celebration.

Lady Soames, the Patron of The Churchill Centre and daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill celebrated her 90th birthday in London this past month. 

Leading Churchill institutions from the U.K. and U.S. congratulated Lady Soames at a gala party in her honor at London's Marriott Grosvenor on September 20, 2012. The event was graciously hosted by Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman of The Churchill Centre.

In addition to The Churchill Centre U.S. and U.K., other participating organizations included the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, the Churchill War Rooms and Museum, Chartwell, and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Lady Soames is the Centre's International Patron and Churchill's only surviving child.

Many of Lady Soames family were on hand to to help her celebrate this significant milestone.

The occasion of her 90th birthday also coincided with the recent publication of her memoir A Daughter's Tale, now available worldwide. Order your copy today from Amazon.com

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Dr. Roberts gives a talk for the Tina Santi Flaharty-Winston Churchill Literary Series at Hunter College in New York City.
Andrew Roberts at Hunter College, Sep 19, 2012

Dr. Robert's lecture explored the complex and critical relationship that intertwined Churchill and Roosevelt, the civilian leaders of the two great Allies, and Lord Alanbrooke and George C. Marshall, their Chiefs of Staff. Among the subjects touched on by Dr. Roberts were the timing of the invasion of Europe, military operations in North Africa and the Mediterranean and the gradual emergence of the United States as the dominant partner in the Anglo-American alliance.

Robert's is a noted Churchill scholar and the author or editor of twelve books. He is the winner of many literary awards, including Emery Reves Award of The Churchill Center and was short listed for The Duke of Westminster's Gold Medal for Military History and The British Army Military Book Award. His most recent work, The Storm of War is on the New York Times list of the 100 Most Notable Books for 2011. Order a copy today from Amazon.com. 

This lecture, part of The Tina Santi Flaherty-Winston Churchill Literary Series, is presented in partnership with The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and The Writing Center at Hunter College. The series will continue at Roosevelt House in February 2013 with historian Lynne Olson.

The Literary Series was created by and made possible the generous support of Churchill Centre Benefactor Tina Santi Flaharty. 

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New Churchill bar to exhibit specially commissioned life size statue. 
Roosevelt-Churchill-001Roosevelt and Churchill by Holofcener, Bond Street, London
By Neil Gerrard

CATERER AND HOTELKEEPER, 18 September 2012—The Hyatt Regency in London is set to launch a new bar inspired by Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine.

The Churchill will also have a private terrace within the hotel, which is situated just behind Marble Arch on Portman Square.

It will be filled with subtle references to a young Churchill through art, animals, Champagne, cigars and whisky.

The interiors are designed by Bespoke by Brigitta Spinocchia, a company known for its work on private houses and yachts.

The opening will also see the unveiling of a specially commissioned life-size bronze statue of Sir Winston by sculptor Laurence Holofcener.

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Royal Marine and Churchill bodyguard was on duty to protect the PM at the Tehran Conference in Nov/Dec 1943.

By Kate Liptrot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE YORK PRESS, 27 September 2012—A former bodyguard of Winston Churchill, who was known by thousands of York residents, has died.

Bill-DayBill Day was head of distribution at Rowntree Mackintosh in York, having joined the company in 1947, before emigrating to join the firm's management board in Australia following a distinguished military career.

As a Royal Marine, he accompanied the British Prime Minister to the historic Tehran Conference in November 1943.

Joseph Stalin, Franklin D Roosevelt and Churchill were there to debate opening a second front against Adolf Hitler, a decision that helped win the Second World war.

Mr Day was charged with the safekeeping of the Sword of Stalingrad, presented by Churchill to Stalin at the conference. Mr Day, who became Churchill's bodyguard, died, aged 95, at his home in Victoria, Australia, leaving his wife Marie, and children Peter and Janet.

After joining the Marines in 1934, when the war started he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and immediately volunteered for conflict, becoming part of the early Commandos. He received training in demolition, parachuting, glider insertion and silent killing.

He came to Churchill's attention when he took part in the abortive Dieppe raid in 1942, which saw 60 per cent of the main force of Canadians either killed or captured.

Mr Day landed with 40 Royal Marine Commando, which neutralised a battery of big guns on high ground and successfully withdrew.

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The unveiling of a newly cast Churchill bust by Oscar Nemon to take place next month. 
Nemon-and-ChurchillChurchill Archives Centre, The Nemon Papers, NEMO 4/3bTHE JERUSALEM FOUNDATION, August 2012—Throughout his career, Sir Winston Churchill demonstrated unflinching support for Israel as an independent Jewish state and it remained a dominant element in his foreign policy.

To recognize Sir Winston Churchill's contribution, the Jerusalem Foundation will dedicate a bust of Churchill in Mishkenot Sha'ananim, in the Yael Garden overlooking the Old City walls of Jerusalem.

The bust was made from a cast originated by Oscar Nemon, who was Churchill's sculptor.

Sir Winston Churchill's contribution to Israel will be recognized annually through the Sir Winston Churchill Lecture at Mishkenot Sha'ananim. We are pleased to introduce the inaugural Sir Winston Churchill lecture following the dedication of the bust. The annual lecture will be an opportunity for the Israeli public to learn about Churchill, his life, achievements and values from world class lecturers in the field.

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The Churchill Centre UK's Chartwell Branch News for September.

Northern California's quarterly newsletter Glow Worm.
The Winston Churchill Society of Michigan Meets on September 19, 2012 in Ann Arbor. 

By Dick Marsh and Bob Pettengill

White-Supreme-TaskThe Winston Churchill Society of Michigan held its semi-annual meeting on September 19, 2012 at the Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The guest speaker was Philip White author of "Our Supreme Task – How Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War Alliance". Mr. White is a writer, a guest lecturer at MidAmerica Nazarene University and a regular contributor to the Historical Society publications. Originally from England he now lives in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

Michigan Society President Dick Marsh opened the meeting by telling the group about his recent trip to England sandwiched between the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations and the Olympics. One of Dick's activities was to seek out each of the 22 London residences of Winston Churchill, four of which were official government residences. Of the 18 private residences, including those of Winston's parents, 14 of the original buildings are still in existence. Most of them have since been converted into flats or offices. Only 3 of the 14 had historical plaques noting Winston's residence. Of particular amusement was 105 Mount Street, where Winston lived from 1900-1905 and which now houses a cigar store.

Following dinner Philip White discussed his book. One of his main points is that the Fulton speech afforded Churchill the platform he needed to address unfinished business. After being voted out of office the previous July – the "blessing" that, to Churchill, "was very well disguised" – and being excluded from the final days at the Potsdam Conference with Stalin and Truman (only 12 weeks in office) deprived him – and the world – of his experience and deep perspective. The world, certainly the United States and Great Britain, wanted to move on. And so once again it was only his words and writing that provided him an outlet for his prodigious insight. Churchill did not initiate the "cold war" with this speech, but he put a name to it and brought the world's attention to what was already going on behind an "Iron Curtain."

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A call for submissions. First prize of £1000 and a chance for work expereince at The Pentland Group. 
Pentland Group plc is a British family owned company with a portfolio of some of the greatest international sports, outdoor and fashion brands. They are pleased to cosponsor the Winston Churchill Design Competion in conjunction with the Churchill Centre (UK). 

The compition is open to UK residents who are current BA or MA students or recent 2010/11 graduates. 

Can you articulate why Churchill's life and example of leadership is relevant to people today? Explore the extraordinary story of Churchill's life and his impact on the 20th Century and articulate your vision of his continuing relevance to the contemporary scene in a work of 2D form – from fine art and photography to illustration and graphic design.

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