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A Local’s View of…Looking back over the last three months

A Local’s View of…Looking back over the last three months

Personal protection equipment was not delivered to chez Shepley. At least not any from parochial or government stock. I put this neglect down to my loudly voiced political views. Being extremely aged and owning the essential underlying conditions I felt keeping me away from needing the care of our stretched medical ...

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A local’s view of…Self Isolation Comfort

A local’s view of…Self Isolation Comfort

Self Isolation Comfort in a world of Inequality It is a dilemma at this time to strike a suitable tone. Should one play the cheerful jester, the optimist for the coming of a new society of caring and sharing? My sporadic Facebook glances indicate the upbeat tone is much in evidence albeit somewhat anodyne and as ...

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All We Need Is Love

All We Need Is Love

My Child… You may not know me, but I know everything about you …PSALM 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up …PSALM 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways …PSALM 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered …MATTHEW 10:29-31 For you were made in my image …GENESIS 1:27 In me you live ...

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Perspective and Scale: Costa Rica

Perspective and Scale: Costa Rica

Describing the most natural, authentic 7 weeks of my life. Living and working in an indigenous community, and trekking coast to coast. Henry Bushell, a nineteen year old from Plaistow will be giving a slide presentation and talk about his recent trip to Costa Rica with Raleigh International - on Saturday, January ...

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The Gate of the Year

The Gate of the Year

Eighty years ago, in December 1939, Great Britain was at war. Adolf Hitler had become German chancellor in 1933 and under his command the armies of the Third Reich were now marching through Europe leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Once again Britain faced an uncertain future. It was only twenty-one years ...

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The Train – By Ivy Mitchell

The Train – By Ivy Mitchell

As the train trundled along the tracks, I sat on the tartan seat, gazing out of the window into the landscape filled with lakes, coniferous trees and mountains that stretched higher than the eye could see. The scenery looks beautiful! I thought to myself. Hopefully where I’m going is as beautiful as what I’m looking ...

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Book Review – Bannockburn by Angus Konstam

Book Review –  Bannockburn by Angus Konstam

'Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book' - Sunday Times History and politics often become entangled in Scotland. The past can serve as inspiration for the future to some, and a lesson for others in potential mistakes to avoid. One thing is certain, Scottish ...

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A Second Chance

A Second Chance

Do you ever wake up and feel just as disappointed with your life as you did when you went to sleep? Just as disillusioned? That’s me - well that’s my life - I always feel like I’m looking for something, but I just don’t know what it is yet. February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Another commercial scam to make us men pay ...

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

There’s a knock at the door, and my heart drops into my stomach. I knew, with it being Christmas, that she’d have to come round at some point, feel obliged even, to grace us with her own unique brand of season’s greetings and goodwill to all men. But what I wouldn’t give to avoid another visit. I turn to look ...

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