Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Chocs Away!

Mrs Peregrine and Ethel have been friends for a number of years. In fact Ethel has worked for Mrs P on and off over the last few years. When Mrs Peregrine is at her busiest, Ethel helps to man the phones, divert the emails and keep the press at bay ensuring Mrs P can nest in peace without her adoring fans or the paparazzi getting too close. Thinking back Ethel can't remember a time when Mrs P wasn't in her life, but what she can remember is how they meet. Mrs Peregrine hasn't always been famous; yes she's been on TV, yes she's appeared in all the newspapers money can buy and yes she's got her claws into many an important academic case study or two! She's an expert on many things but it wasn't always the case.

When Mrs P was a young whipper snapper living in the countryside alongside her three siblings she dreamed of bigger things. She dreamed of a life in the big smoke, a luxurious nest box of her own, a husband one day, but most of all she wanted to fly. Ethel was bemused. 'Fly you say...but ALL peregrines can fly. It's what they're good at'. What Ethel didn't understand was that Mrs P wanted to be famous, not just any old pilot, she wanted to be the best. From an early age Mrs P had been a plane spotter, she had read about the courageous women, the stars, the legends of aviation. Helene Dutrieu, nicknamed the Girl Hawk, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly. Not only did they fly but they looked the part too, throwing aside their corsets and donning rather fetching leather skull caps. From age 6 months, Mrs P sported the exact same cap to fly, mimicking her idols. With this in mind Mrs P left her family home and never looked back. After flying for what seemed like a life time, Mrs P stumbled upon the perfect spot, a building taller than anything she had ever seen, a building that jutted out into the sky, a building that was a perfect place to learn her craft. Within a decade, Mrs P had become a famous flying machine. She had become the fastest female pilot on the planet, readily reaching speeds topping 200mph and was renowned for her acrobatic hunting stoops. She is currently developing her flying academy, alongside her husband, for pupils across the East Midlands. 

Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot.
Helene Dutrieu, dressed for flying c1911
Mrs Peregrine checking her aviation skull cap in the mirror before take off.

Ethel is one of Mrs Peregrine's communication officers. You can find out more about #Nottsperegrines here

No comments: