An existential accident

Lord Howard de Walden, landlord to many eminent figures in the medical profession and last of the great British racehorse owner-breeders, has died, aged 86.

He inherited 120 acres of London’s west end and bred and owned the 1985 Derby winner, Slip Anchor. But the story he loved to dine out on was when, as a young Cambridge student fresh out of Eton, he was driving a new car in Munich when a man walked out in front of him and was knocked down. “He was only shaken up,” recalled de Walden. “But had I killed him, it would have changed the history of the world.” The man was Adolf Hitler.

This is the lead-in to an article published Sun 11 Jul 1999…just after Lord Howard’s death. And think what this autobiographical note means to the world unchanged.

If the event had changed the course of the world, we wouldn’t know that it had. The event might not be worth a mention in the life of a British aristocrat.