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a curious invitation robert carlyles house last tuesday society national trust londonRichrd Villar on From the S.A.S to Disaster medicine at The Cafe Royal, Tuesday September 16th, 2014, London
Surgeon in conflict zone and SAS medal


with Richard Villar

Thursday 27th November 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Richard Villar, guest of the BBC's Hospital Watch, is a world famous surgeon. He is also a hero. For much of his career Villar has worked with the SAS (British Special Forces), in the developing world and amidst conflict zones that include Lebanon, Bosnia, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Central America. In his talk Richard will provide a gripping first-hand account of working as a disaster medic in the world's trouble spots, caring for soldiers and innocent civilians wherever he was asked to go. He tells of gunfire outside his consulting room, the dangers of landmines, of how to deal with perilous bleeding in the desert and his fear of a suicidal operation during the Falklands War.

Richard Villar
Dr Richard Villar is a world-renowned surgeon based at The Richard Villar Practice in Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. He has treated many celebrities and international sporting stars and is a surgical team leader for Merlin and the United Kingdom’s disaster response. Guest of the BBC’s Hospital Watch, Richard’s articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Evening Standard, Reader’s Digest, British Medical Journal and many other publications. Richard has frequently appeared on radio and television, including Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio Five Live, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC World’s HARDtalk. Richard is the author of the widely acclaimed book about his life as an SAS surgeon, Knife Edge: Life as a Special Forces Surgeon

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In 1863, a French wine merchant called Daniel Nicholas Thévenon and his wife arrived in England in a bid to escape the clutches of creditors in Paris. So began a story that grew out of bankruptcy and culminated in the creation of Regent Street’s Café Royal: a truly remarkable and original establishment with what was considered at one point to have the greatest wine cellar in the world and was reputed for its excellent hospitality, dining and entertainment. 

Frequented by writers and artists such as Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, the conversations, inspirations and discussions at ‘The Café’ were profound. Arthur Conan Doyle, H G Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling, W B Yeats, Walter Sickert and James McNeill Whistler were all patrons. Distinguished figures such as Winston Churchill, Augustus John, D H Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Noël Coward, Jacob Epstein and Graham Greene were also often seen.