“Kick the tyres, light the fires, the last one up’s a sissy” (or words to that effect) is a phrase from my days flying jet aircraft in the RAF, used to describe one’s feeling when, dismally hung over after a late night and contemplating foul weather, the time came to take to the air. It came back to me recently and inspired the name of this book. The procedure was to clamber into the cockpit, strap yourself in (if necessary with help from the ground crew), switch on the oxygen to emergency high flow and start the engines (again with help). As the aircraft started to move forward one’s head miraculously cleared and all was well with the world again. Roughly what this country needs at the moment!
Torquil Norman

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Sir Torquil Norman – an Inspiration

By Mary Couzin published in Global Toy News 11 April 2011.

During the London Toy Fair, I attended the brilliant UK Inventor's Dinner and sat next to the most intriguing person - Torquil Norman. He was engaging, entertaining, charming and a proper English gentleman (the latter until he told stories of past inventor dinners and running across table tops to elude the police and such).  read more »

Letter to the Press

Torquil writes to the Financial Times March 2011.  read more »

Article: This welfare web is snuffing out the will to work

Torquil Norman writes in The Sunday Times 8 August 2010.  read more »

London Evening Standard: Roundhouse man has got a manifesto for Britain

Sir Torquil Norman, the man who restored the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm to glory as an arts centre, has more ambitious plans.  read more »