Is No Place your home?

No Place is a small village close to Beamish near the town of Stanley in County Durham. It is believed the name of the village is a shortening of “North Place” or “Near Place”, others that village was a boundary between two parishes. No Place was originally four terraced houses, but when they were demolished in 1937, residentsContinue reading “Is No Place your home?”

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Distractions, creativity and workflow

At 19:30 GMT on a Sunday evening, what are you doing? Would that be a favourite time to write for you? Or are you an early bird, a night owl or a mid day magpie writer? When proofreading my authors’ books the work discipline is naturally enforced with the production deadlines for publishing and marketingContinue reading “Distractions, creativity and workflow”

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Radio Ramble

As a youngster I was a big fan of the pirate radio stations, Radio Caroline and Radio Northsea. I was just a naughty kid listening to the radio late at night when I should have been sleeping, I didn’t know that Radio Caroline helped get the Conservatives elected in 1970. Nor at that early ageContinue reading “Radio Ramble”

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1969 – Pivot Point

In the previous post of this retrospective, I talked about my own sense of loss at the end of the 60s. To me it was a ‘golden decade’. As the 60s was coming to a close – I felt scared of going to the High School and scared of the sense that my magical childhoodContinue reading “1969 – Pivot Point”

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Patrick, George, Mr.Watzisname, 11 plus, Men on the Moon and a Black Horse

In the last post, Getting lost with Doctor Who via Mary Poppins, a brief description was given of my early memories and encounters with books and television. Whilst I was discovering my literary and televisual delights, my sister J was also discovering her own musical delights via the Beatles. We had this blanket, very similarContinue reading “Patrick, George, Mr.Watzisname, 11 plus, Men on the Moon and a Black Horse”

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The 1st Civilisation of the Western World?

Watched a documentary on More 4 yesterday. “The Minoans“,  is one episode of a series called “The Ancient World with Bettany Hughes” More about Bettany Hughes here. Wikipedia information about Minoan Culture here and Arthur Evans here. There seems to have been much debate about “The Minoan Peace” The society seems to have an equalityContinue reading “The 1st Civilisation of the Western World?”

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Riots in England -v- The Wit, Wisdom and Inspiration of John Lennon

The media reporting of the Riots in England this week made me feel like the world was drowning in negativity. Like a drowning woman I found myself searching for something to cling to. Everytime I picked up a paper, or tuned into the news on TV and Radio, I kept hearing the words “All weContinue reading “Riots in England -v- The Wit, Wisdom and Inspiration of John Lennon”

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Society – Lady Eve Balfour

Society Lady Eve Balfour Lady Eve Balfour (Evelyn Barbara Balfour; 1899-1990) was a British farmer, educator, organic farming pioneer, and a founding figure in the organic movement. She was one of the first women to study agriculture at a UK university, graduating from the University of Reading. She began farming in 1920, in Haughley Green,Continue reading “Society – Lady Eve Balfour”

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Society – Kadambini Ganguly

Society Kadambini Ganguly 1861 – 3 October 1923 Kadambini Ganguly was one of the first female graduates of the British Empire and the first female physician of South Asia to be trained in European medicine. Early life The daughter of Brahmo reformer Braja Kishore Basu, she was born at Bhagalpur, Bihar in British India. TheContinue reading “Society – Kadambini Ganguly”

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Society – Frances Power Cobbe

Society For our final look back at women who have inspired us throughout history let’s look at the work of an Irish animal rights activist and women’s rights’ campaigner, Frances Power Cobbe; the first female physician from South East Asia to be trained in European medicine, Kadambini Ganguly; and the first British woman to studyContinue reading “Society – Frances Power Cobbe”

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