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Social history of Manchester - a personal perspective

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It's the decisions made by monarchs and prime ministers that can impact the lives of local people. Just like the decisions made by Boris Johnson with regards to Covid-19 can have a huge effect on all our lives in the UK. Tempted as I am, I won't comment on that!

Social history of Manchester - a personal perspective

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Top 5 Free and Weird Places to Visit in Southwark

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Top 5 Free and Weird Places to Visit in Southwark

Here is a list of things to do in Southwork that are free and weird! With many places still closed it is hard to find things to do safely whilst getting a bit of exercise. Well here are five special places that are free and that you can visit on foot all at the same time as they are within walking distance of each other.

Check out other free things to do in Southwark!

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In search of the quirky

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Are you a fan of oddities? Do you spend hours (when you can of course!) perusing the shelves of antique and junk shops, brocantes, car boot sales, Ebay or charity shops for hidden and quirky treasures? Do you like a good story to go with your discoveries? Such as a dedication in an old book or an engraving to a loved on a piece of old jewellery. All the above is exactly me. I also love genealogy. It's a detective story, to piece together the gaps of evidence, and to unearth the untruths. It's history on a personal level. The same...

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How to cope with Covid

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How to cope with Covid

Not only did we suffer the terrible depression following the Credit Crunch, but then there was Brexit, which divided so many people who passionately fought for what they believed in. And now on top of that we have the pandemic.

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Greeting cards are so boring

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I just want to put it out there - it is not easy to find decent photo greeting cards.

Yes, you can find jokey cards that celebrate that middle class love of drinking too much wine, or lavender-filled landscapes of purple haze with cheesy couples holding hands in soft focus. And the latest trend is for personalised cards, which seems to have taken over everything in the search engine results. Great, but is that the only choice? They are all so boring and meaningless to me!

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My love of Greece

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My love of Greece

I first came to Greece as a child in 1978 to stay for a week in Athens. In those days you could wander all over the Acropolis, stand on the ancient carved ionic marbles of the Parthenon to take a photo. How things have changed.

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Dreamy California

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I've always had a soft spot for California, ever since I flew Virgin Atlantic to randomly visit an online friend in San Francisco around 1999. The vastness of America, and then, California, its largest state; I was transfixed. Everything was huge: the enormous cars, the vast sky, the huge food portions. I loved it.

Dreamy California

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My brick obsession

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My brick obsession

For me, bricks have strong symbolism, defining the positive connotations of strength and integrity, versus the more negative meanings of boundaries and obfuscations. They also take on a battle with nature, changing their form as they age and take on character, but ultimately turn to dust.

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