Twenty shades of green.

In recent nights I was scouring the internet archive for interesting books written within George Orwell’s life span regarding ‘Democratic Education’, and as per normal I became easily distracted.  I kept discovering references to a book by Aldous Huxley called ‘Ends and Means’.  
I came across a couple of episodes of Desert Island Discs in which the guests chose ‘Ends and Means’ as the book they would like to take with them along with the complete works of Shakespeare and the Authorised version of the Bible. 
There is only a five minute clip of Ruskin Spear’s appearance, which is a shame. He seems to have been a very interesting chap and I would have liked to have known why he picked ‘Ends and Means’.
The other person was the  journalist Sir Peter O’Sullevan.

I would be interested in reading some of what he wrote for the Daily Express over the years.  I know he is famous for his horse racing commentary, but I imagine he must have been  a very good writer, I wonder if he ever wrote any books, I’m scared to find out, just in case he didn’t. I would be awfully disappointed if he hasn’t written at least one good book.
Here are a couple of quotes by Sir Peter O’Sullevan from  Desert Island Discs:
I’m copying this from a book ‘Desert Island Discs: 70 years of castaways’ 
“He has been commentating on the Grand National since the race was first televised in 1960. Is it the hardest race to call? ‘It’s not necessarily the hardest, Sue, but it’s the most fraught. It’s the one that one’s most anxious about.’     How does he prepare for it? ‘I make a colour chart, and make notes about, for instance, how many Nationals a jockey has ridden in, his age, where he’s finished in previous efforts – and naturally I learn as much about the horses as I can . . . I paste up the colours, but even having done so, and having hopefully learned them, I still like to see them in the weighing room before they go out on to the field of action . . . Currently there are fourteen thousand eight hundred registered colours. Now they’ve made it slightly easier in the last few years by reducing colour variations or basic colours to eighteen. But in the 1970s I was writing a forward to a book about colours, and I noticed that there were twenty shades of green alone: almond, apple, bottle, dark, emerald, grass, Irish, jade, leaf, light, lime green, Lincoln Green, moss, myrtle, olive, pale, pea, rifle, sage and sea green. And it’s very difficult to distinguish when they’re going forty miles an hour and they’re coming at you!’ 


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