In “Unsung Heroes ... and a few villains”, Algy Cluff salutes an array of characters - lawyers, businessmen, soldiers, sailors, airmen, gamblers and clubmen - who merit more celebrity than they obtained during their lifetime, largely as a result of their personal modesty ... with a couple of honourable exceptions.
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Algy Cluff OBE was born in 1940. He served for six years in the Army in West Africa, Cyprus and Borneo. A pioneer of North Sea oil exploration, he founded Cluff Oil in 1972. This led to the discovery of the Buchan Field. There followed thirty years of exploration in the gold industry in Africa and the discovery and development of gold mines in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. He remains active in the oil business.
Algy was the proprietor of The Spectator for five years and its Chairman for a further twenty. He was the proprietor of other magazines, including Apollo and the Literary Review. He published an acclaimed memoir, “Get On With It” in 2016.