11th February, 1915 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in London – Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, once described  by a BBC journalist as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene.” [Wikipedia].   Expelled from school; walked across Europe; fought with the Cretan resistance; smoked heavily; and wrote surely some of the best ever english language travelogues. You couldn’t make it up.

http://patrickleighfermor.org/2011/06/16/sir-patrick-paddy-michael-leigh-fermor-dso-obe-11-february-1915-%E2%80%93-10-june-2011/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Leigh_Fermor