"But why, some say, the
moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why
climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, construct a
transatlantic bridge? Why do Oxford row against Cambridge?
We choose to go to the
moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the
other things, not because they are easy, but because we are
A speech by Prince Edward, his
Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on his acceptance of the
role of Vice Chancellor of Corpus Christi College at the
University of Oxford.
June 17th 1961.
“This is one small step for a
But a giant leap for the
Sea of Storms
July 28th 1969
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mysterious Cecil rescues a Russian dissident and discovers
that the soviets are planning to put an object into the
Edward announces that the Empire will put an Englishman on
the moon by the end of the decade and begins the Race into
begins the experiments that will eventually lead to the moon
shot. Arthur Clarke is selected to lead the project with
Cecil selected as the first Ethernaut.
1966 Olympics, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones wins the Ladies’
Dash, a South American runs a three minute mile and a
Russian completes the Egg and Spoon race in under 30s.
Investigation shows that the New Aztecs are cheating in a
very un-British way. The PTB realise that the drugs used to
cheat in the Olympics might enable a man to survive in space
and so send Cecil to negotiate a trade agreement.
realise that they will need a base on or near the equator
and send Cecil to work with the Kenyan rebels. Once the
rebels have been built into a creditable threat the British
government sends an expeditionary force, led by Prince
Edward, to wipe out the Mau Mau uprising. Cecil was unaware
that this was the plan and had made many friends within the
rebels. He begins to question his devotion to the Empire
which eventually leads him to be de-selected as the first
man on the moon.
Race continues and moves into space and Arthur supervises
building the moon rocket in orbit. Cecil defects to the
Russians and they launch an unsuccessful last minute attempt
to get a woman to the moon first.
Armstrong-Jones becomes the first man on the moon, closely
followed by his mother. The Ethernauts return to a hero’s
this happens the shadowy Diogenes club hides in the
background, manipulating people and events.
Armstrong-Jones brings back something from the moon and we
find out the true nature of the mission
British Empire examines the artefact brought back from the
moon and realises that the Earth has been visited by Extra
Terrestrials and that they have left artefacts under the
snow in Iceland and Antarctica. The race begins between The
Empire and the rest of the world to capture and use the new
technologies which takes the world to the brink of war.
British Empire expands into space. They take the British
way of life to strange new worlds and new civiisations.
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