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en.wikipedia.org... was an extraordinary man. Extremely fit and strong, wrestling, racing, leaping hedges and ditches for fun. He even practised very dangerous forms of parkour to the horror of his workmates. He walked enormous distances while choosing the course of various railways and had the ability to sleep little in uncomfortable conditions yet still be alert for a full days work. His first impression of a suitable course for the railway in question usually turned out to be the best option after surveys were made, perhaps through intuition as much as his keen powers of observation.
Renowned as the "Father of Railways"
Pope Leo XIII and later Pope Saint Pius X were both Vin Mariani drinkers. Pope Leo appeared on a poster endorsing the wine and awarded a Vatican gold medal to Mariani for creating it. Thomas Edison claimed it helped him stay awake longer. Ulysses S. Grant drank Vin Mariani while writing his memoirs towards the end of his life. Jules Méline, the French prime minister, drank the wine despite being otherwise anti-alcohol.
originally posted by: Kester
a reply to: peter vlar
" He was habitually careless of his health, and perhaps he indulged in narcotics to a prejudicial extent. Hence he often became 'hipped' and sometimes ill. When Mr Sopwith accompanied him to Egypt in the Titania, in 1856, he succeeded in persuading Mr Stephenson to limit his indulgence in cigars and stimulants, and the consequence was that by the end of the voyage he felt himself, as he said, 'quite a new man'. Arrived at Marseilles, he telegraphed from thence a message to Great George Street, prescribing certain stringent and salutary rules for observance in the office there on his return. But he was of a facile, social disposition, and the old associations proved too strong for him."
'Hipped' means depressed. Some people call any drugs narcotics. Sounds like the office was a drug den. Died of liver failure 1859.