The Spice of Life Harold Mitchell

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The Spice of Life  by  Harold Mitchell

The Spice of Life by Harold Mitchell
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Variety has certainly been the spice of Sir Harold Mitchells life. When written, at 74, he was actively engaged in enterprises in Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, and Portugal- and had homes in several of those places and inMoreVariety has certainly been the spice of Sir Harold Mitchells life. When written, at 74, he was actively engaged in enterprises in Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, and Portugal- and had homes in several of those places and in Geneva.

His interests embraced coal, oil, coffee and various forms of farming.From his earliest days as the son of a Scottish industrialist-cum-landowning family, he veered away from the conventional. After Eton, he worked in a coal mine, and the woman he married years later first met him coming home with blackened face from a shift in the pit.Leaving Sandhurst just too late for World War One, he raced through an Oxford degree course and soon his eyes were set on political targets.

He entered Parliament at 31 and was an M.P. for fourteen years. With characteristic energy he served in a dual role in the Second World War, as a staff officer at Anti-Aircraft Command and as Liaison Officer to General Sikorskis Polish forces.By the time of the 1945 election he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and with an ear closely attuned to the constituencies he warned that the Party was likely to lose many seats, if not the election - this at a time when the defeat of a Party by Winston Churchill was unthinkable to his colleagues.When he lost his own seat he decided he had had enough of political life and that his future lay in widening his travel interests and indulging his lifelong passion for travel.Participation is the keynote of Sir Harolds life.

He is a do-er, and wherever he had gone he has actively developed what he has acquired, always with an enthusiasm reaching for beyond mere investment. Having bought property in the West Indies, he went on to publish two books on the Caribbean and to teach at Stanford University- and in addition became Research Professor of Latin American Studies at Rollins College, Florida.Sir Harolds lively mind, perceptive eye, vivid recollections and thoughtful, forward-looking opinions are everywhere present in this modestly and entertainingly present story of a remarkable man of our time.



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