2018 – Tom Benyon OBE walks for ZANE, Zimbabwe…again

Tom and Jane Benyon (ZANE) on the final stretch of their 2013 walk into Oxford

Tom and Jane Benyon (ZANE) on the final stretch of their 2013 walk into Oxford

“There they are…sun hats, sticks, fluorescent vests…that’s them.”

“Walking? From Bournemouth to Oxford? In this heat? They’ve just had their 50th wedding anniversary. You sure?”

“Yes. I’m sure.”

“They’re mad. Why do they do it?”

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African charity ZANE: fundraisers reach end of their walk in Oxford

 

Tom Benyon OBE (ZANE), his wife Jane and their dog Leah, reach the end of their 2013 fundraising walk for ZANE

Tom Benyon OBE (ZANE), his wife Jane and their dog Leah, reach the end of their 2013 fundraising walk for ZANE

(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of  ZANE’s 2013 walk.)

He hit the finish at pace.  Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane and dog Leah strode the final mile to the Martyrs’ Memorial in Oxford  in full sunshine and right on schedule.

They had covered well over two hundred and fifty miles on foot from Holyhead to Oxford and they had raised, again, thousands of pounds for the bereft in Zimbabwe.

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The Graphic May 1879: news on the same world – not much change

The Zulu War - with the Natal Native Contingent: Officers' Drill

The Zulu War – with the Natal Native Contingent: Officers’ Drill

The way the world looked from London in May 1879

The Graphic, an illustrated weekly newspaper from London, takes a sweep around the world and hands back what it sees.   Here are some cuttings – the text and illustrations are as produced in the original publication.  The award of the Victoria Cross to the “gallant” defenders of Rorke’s Drift is covered in a paragraph.  

I have added links to similar articles in recent news – if you have the time please click.  Not much seems to change except in the matter of gloves.

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Book Review: Endal by Allen and Sandra Parton

Endal - How one extraordinary dog brought a family back from the brink - by Allen and Sandra Parton

Endal – How one extraordinary dog brought a family back from the brink – by Allen and Sandra Parton

Endal is not just about a dog.  It is about the consequences of accident and neglect, about a human relationship under stress.  It is about a traumatised military family that somehow manages to stay together long enough to be rescued by a dog.

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Hounds For Heroes:

Article written for Round & About magazine, new content coming soon!  http://www.roundandaboutssh.co.uk/pdfs/editions/2012/GU26/march.pdf