RAF Harrier and Tornado Jets Auctioned With No Reserve

Two ex-RAF jets put up for auction in Northamptonshire with no reserve price have gone to private buyers. A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump-jet has been bought by a man from Essex for £105,800.

A woman pilot who flew this type of aircraft bought the 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 for £36,800.

Silverstone Auctions, which sold the aircraft, did not name the buyers but described the sale as a “unique opportunity” to acquire “RAF history”. Sold for display purposes, the jet has 3,000 hours of active service, including use as the personal mount of the Commanding Officer of 56 Squadron and visits to Malaysia and Alaska on exercise. This was likely to be the only time a Tornado F3 was offered for auction as the entire fleet had either been scrapped or was in museums.

The cockpit of the Harrier still has its ejector seat. The Harrier, which served during the Cold War, Belize and the Falklands, is described as being preserved “in almost time capsule condition”.

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump jet (left) and a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 were sold at auction

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump jet (left) and a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 were sold at auction

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Can You Charleston? Be Part of Silver River Production Company Filming For New BBC Series

Silver River production company is looking for enthusiasts who can do a bit of Charleston to join them for some filming at Café de Paris on Friday, August 1, from 9am to 3pm, as part of a new BBC series about the history of British dance presented by Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley.

Come dance with Len and Lucy and be part of the grand finale of the film.

If you have your own 1920s clothes and would be happy to be there from 9am until 3pm, please email holly.morris@silverriver.tv


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Words Can Hurt as Much as Sticks and Stones

privacy on internetJust as the digital age has ushered in new ways of enhancing human connection, it’s also opened up the scope and range of social rejection. Unfriend—as in, un-Facebook ‘friend’ — was the word of the year in 2009, joining its older cohort “cyberbully,” amid the advent of the text breakup or the Facebook status change as ways to tell him or her that it’s over.

With the yin and yang of digital life in mind, it seems relevant to explore what science knows about emotional pain and its connection to the physical kind.

Language has always mirrored the connection between the two: we suffer from “broken hearts” as well as bones, and speak of “bruised feelings” along with toes. This all seems intuitively right because we recognize the common basis of the pain we experience, whether a throbbing headache or the pain of missing someone so much that you ache. Is there anyone out there who actually believes the line, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me”? I somehow doubt it, but now science has a bead on the literal harm that words inflict.

Human beings don’t thrive going it alone the way snakes do. Just as physical pain signals us that we must withdraw from or flee from something that is hurting us in order to survive, so too does the loneliness we feel in isolation or the anxiety induced by abandonment reinforces us to seek out and maintain social connections.

While both physical and emotional pain both “hurt,” they seem, on the surface at least, to do so in different ways, right? Well, maybe not as much as we might think. While it’s true that slicing your finger instead of the onion on the cutting board is one kind of experience and being dumped by someone you love is another, there’s evidence that they have more in common than not.

Of course, it certainly doesn’t feel like an advantage, evolutionary or otherwise, when you’re in the throes of emotional devastation the moment you hear that your ex is madly in love, blissed to the max, and about to get married, when your close friend cuts you off with nary a word of explanation, or at the moment your mother, who never has anything nice to say about you, tells you once again that you’re a horrible disappointment.

Just because we can’t see the wounds doesn’t mean they aren’t literally and physically there.

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