Prior to the Second World War, it was anticipated that gas would be used as a weapon. As a consequence, much effort was expended in developing suitable counter-measures.

One was anti-gas ointment, consisting of a mixture of Chloramine-T and vanishing cream, intended for use on skin contaminated by Mustard Gas. Distributed in tins, it was issued to the Military and Home Front Civil Defence organisations like the Fire Service, but happily the fears of the authorities never came to pass and it was never used.

Instead George’s tin was recycled to house the very small selection of water colours used in most of his paintings. An approach to equipment probably influenced by financial considerations, but it’s one in which he entered the small doors of minimalism and came out on the other side with big ideas.

Back to the book: despite the delays caused by COVID in every aspect of publishing, not to mention the closure of bookshops, we’re still hopeful and relatively confident that Flights of Fantasy will make an appearance in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile if curiosity’s getting the better of you, why not take a look at a preview of the first few pages. A selection in which you can find early stories that outline George’s discovery of his natural drawing skills, the genesis of his interest in aircraft – even before the onset of World War One – and how that war eventually led to him leaving Ramsgate, a few days short of his 14th birthday, for the bright lights of Liverpool.

Excerpt of Flights of Fantasy at:

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