Christine Lindop gave us a talk on Wednesday with the intriguing title of 'Parrots, Pistols and Philanthropy’ which was about the extraordinary life of Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly. She had a fascinating life and had followed her husband in the Second World War to Egypt and many other countries. Later in life she was the founder of Book Aid which Christine herself supports and she gives her talks to raise money for this worthwhile charity.