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Richard Barr discovers happiness: it’s about being able ?to drive out of second gear

15 October 2012

It was a long journey – longer from door to door than to most package holiday destinations but we did it and 396 miles and seven hours and fifty six minutes after we left base camp we dropped down into the delightful Cornish town of Boscastle. The nearer we came to our destination, the narrower the roads became so that eventually wing mirrors brushed against both sides of the deep lanes.

Boscastle is a place that most people remember for its horrific flood in August 2004. The force of the flash flood on that date was so great that more than a hundred vehicles were swept into the harbour. Some buildings were destroyed and many more were left uninhabitable. Seven helicopters - later to be known as the Magnificent Seven - rescued more than a hundred people.

No one lost their life (the “miracle of Boscastle”) and the rescuees included numerous dogs, five canaries, two hamsters, a c...

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