GEORGE ORWELL IS my favourite author and amazingly he died in 1950, yet his visionary fiction and examination of human life is as fresh now as it was when he wrote it, and in relation to 1984, even more so. Books vs Cigarettes and Animal Farm are other works of Orwell’s I admire, his writing style seemingly never wasted a word and always had a directness to it, partly why I suspect it is so readable over sixty years after his death. The great pity is that no audio or video exists, I can imagine he would have been a great orator. But wait! A snippet of Eric Blair as he was christened was found recently. It is brief, simply of him walking across a field at Eton, fourth from the left on a British Pathé compilation including other famous faces.