Climbing Leave

Piers YoungNotesLeave a Comment

This letter to the Times, dated 9th September 2013, seemed like a lovely analogy for many children’s experience of school.

In January 1943 the Italian mountaineeer Felice Bernuzzi and two companies escaped from the Allied PoW camp at Nanyski, Kenya, and made a valiant attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kenya, which was visible from the prison grounds. They made crampons and ice axes from steel salvaged from a scrapped car. Their map was a picture from the label from a jar of the Kenyan equivalent of Marmite. Regrettably their attempt failed but on their return they broke back into the prison. Being reticent Italians, they neglected to inform the authorities of their intention to leave the prison or of their return.


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