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Chief pilot Kim Hull was so impressed with the book Do No Harm written by brain surgeon Henry Marsh and the follow up book entitled Admissions, that he contacted Henry Marsh’s agent "because I thought he would be a very interesting person to fly". "Having read his books I was not surprised at the enthusiasm he showed along with his wife Kate (who had always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon) for the idea. After several aborted attempts due to weather we managed to fly from Oxpens in Oxford next to the ice rink on a beautiful Saturday morning in June (an otherwise very poor month weatherwise for ballooning in the UK). I expected the first book to be a dark and macabre winter read during our off season, but this it certainly was not. I was bowled over by Henry Marsh’s generously open and frank writing about life threatening events, both in and out of the operating theatre. I was equally impressed with the way that he navigated a path from full time work to part time to keep his very active mind purposefully engaged in his pseudo retirement".

After take-off the balloon drifted slowly north west for a final landing in a school playing field in Eynsham. “We got a very distant view of Henry’s lock keepers cottage "project", but it was very distant!”

Author Henry Marsh helps to inflate

A picture from inside the balloon

Landing at Eynsham Oxford

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