George Volkert

George Rudolph Volkert CBE FRAeS was a British aircraft designer. He was born in Fulham, he studied at the Northampton Institute in London. He joined Handley Page in 1912, becoming head of the design department, when only 21, he went to Japan in 1921 as part of the British Aviation Mission. In 1923 he became Chief Designer of Handley Page. Handley Page had its design department at Berkshire; the Handley Page Hampden was designed in 1933, first flew on 21 July 1936. It entered service with 49 Sqn in September 1938; the Handley Page Halifax, of which he was responsible for the design, first flew on 25 October 1939. In early 1944, 1,200 Halifaxes were produced in six months. Two-fifths of Britain's heavy bombers in World War II were Halifaxes, it entered service with 35 Sqn on 23 November 1940 at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, carrying out its first night-raid on 11 March 1942 over Le Havre. Most of the Halifaxes flown from England were with the RCAF in North Yorkshire as No. 6 Group RCAF. He married Violet Elizabeth Haley, of Hurlingham, on 21 July 1928 in Isleworth, in Brentford)..

They had a daughter Jane. His wife died in February 1990 in Uckfield, he has two surviving granddaughters Louise and Rosalie Roy Chadwick and Stuart Davies, responsible for the Avro Lancaster Claude Lipscomb, designer of the Short Stirling Halifax bomber production

Uncleftish Beholding

"Uncleftish Beholding" is a short text by Poul Anderson designed to illustrate what English might look like without its large number of loanwords from languages such as French and Latin. Written in a form of "Anglish," the work explains atomic theory using Germanic words exclusively and coining new words when necessary; the title phrase uncleftish beholding calques "atomic theory."To illustrate, the text begins: For most of its being, mankind did not know what things are made of, but could only guess. With the growth of worldken, we began to learn, today we have a beholding of stuff and work that watching bears out, both in the workstead and in daily life, it goes on to define firststuffs, such as waterstuff and ymirstuff, as well as bulkbits and several other terms important to uncleftish worldken. Wasserstoff and Sauerstoff are the modern German words for hydrogen and oxygen, in Dutch the modern equivalents are waterstof and zuurstof. Sunstuff refers to helium, which derives from ἥλιος, the Ancient Greek word for "sun."

Ymirstuff references Ymir, a giant in Norse mythology similar to Uranus in Greek mythology. The vocabulary used in Uncleftish Beholding does not derive from Anglo-Saxon. Around, from Old French reond displaced Old English ymbe and left no "native" English word for this concept; the text contains the French-derived words rest and sort. The text gained increased exposure and popularity after being circulated around the Internet, has served as inspiration for some inventors of Germanic English conlangs. Douglas Hofstadter, in discussing the piece in his book Le Ton beau de Marot, jocularly refers to the use of only Germanic roots for scientific pieces as "Ander-Saxon." Linguistic purism in English Uncleftish Beholding title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Full text of Uncleftish Beholding