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Health and Safety Gone Mad: Part II

Once again, the Powers That Be are determined to stop us having fun. 

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Literary Competitions

This posting is going to be told from the perspectives of three women, moving between the present and four different points in the past at which seminal events conspired to change their lives forever. Jemima December 1992 I pad across … Continue reading

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Health and Safety Gone Mad

Here’s another example of how the authorities are turning us into a nanny state. What on earth is wrong with killing two birds with one stone as well as saving water – garment cleaning and infant bathtime? (As well, no … Continue reading

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Captain Satsuma

Today, I’m please to present another interview with a newly published author! I came into contact with James Hopson through my freelance writing advice work, and I’m please to say that his original, entertaining and colourful story Captain Satsuma has … Continue reading

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Grave News

I’m still pursuing my hobby of photographing old gravestones to upload to the genealogy website Billiongraves.com, and the latest batch is from one of my favourite churchyards, which is a quiet, secluded place tucked away at the back of St … Continue reading

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More Midwinter Violins

Having received the message mentioned previously from the son of Sally Miall/Bickenell,  I came across yet more information about her so I thought I would neatly package it all in one new posting. This is the message I received a … Continue reading

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Midwinter Violins

Originally posted on Rambles of a Writer:
I came across a children’s book from the early 70s in a charity shop, and bought it as much for the cover as anything. I love the artwork in old children’s books. I’m…

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A Cure for Corvid-19???

When I’m doing historical research in old newspapers for a book I’m working on, my eye is often drawn to the advertisements, especially the ones for miracle cures. This morning I came across a newly discovered preventive lotion and accompanying … Continue reading

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The Cat & the Captain

Quite a few years ago I wrote a biography of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (Deadly Winter) and during the course of my work on that I came across another explorer who was related by marriage to Franklin and … Continue reading

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Sad News

It’s with a heavy heart that I report that my attempt to perform a cross-channel swim in my bath in honour of the man who had to shave his beard off to wear a facemask had to be aborted. The … Continue reading

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