Geoffrey Lilley: Aeronautical scientist

He inspired generations of aerospace engineers and was one of the few who have flown the Gossamer Condor human-powered aircraft, demonstrating an impressive power-to-weight ratio.

Get me out of here: Barcelona; Sicily; Australia

Now... See Barcelona from the striking surrounds of the Grand Hotel Central, where a luxury four-night break is offered by Kirker Holidays for £686pp with breakfast, private transfers and BA flights from Heathrow in July and August.

Get me out of here: Dordogne, Sorrento, Croatia

Now... Departing on 8 July, Inntravel has a self-guided cycling tour, taking in the countryside, churches and chateaux of the Dordogne. It includes return P&O Dover-Calais ferry crossing, a week's B&B, five dinners, luggage transfers, bike hire and maps for £855pp.

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If you have oily skin, you probably don't want to use one of the heavier 24-hour moisturisers. Instead, plump for this hydrating spray with frankincense.

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