Who said heroes have to be clean?

‘Heroes with Grimy Faces’ – Winston Churchill coined the term and he was referring to the firefighters and the Civil Defence Workers who helped protect home soil during the Second World War. I discovered Nottingham’s memorial to these unsung heroes in the churchyard of St Mary’s when I was looking for the grave of George […]

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Out of Africa… the story of a Nottingham legend

Some time in 1766, a boat arrived in the UK carrying cargo from Sierra Leone. Among that cargo was a gift for Benjamin Molineux of Wolverhampton. That gift was a small black boy, aged about three years old. He was given to the Molineuxs as a slave, as was fashionable at that time. The Molineuxs […]

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Votes for women

Do I think of myself as a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot recently. After the gender pay thing hit the headlines, everyone went into overdrive about gender inequality in a way I hadn’t really noticed since the late 70s and early 80s. At work a new women’s group was formed. I […]

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All the fun of Goose Fair (belatedly)

Yes, yes, I know. Goose Fair takes place at the beginning of October and here am I posting about it when it’s nearly the end of October. What can I say? I’ve been busy. Although I only moved to Nottingham four months ago, Phill and I have been together for more than eight years and […]

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Some pictures paint 1,000 words

I love street art, public art, graffiti; whatever you want to call it, I love that dingy dank walls can be brightened up with huge and colourful art and sculpture can simply be littered around public spaces for people to enjoy (or ignore) as they see fit. I had heard on the grapevine that Beeston […]

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Scrooby dooby do, where are you?

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently due to work commitments (sorry) but I’m on leave now until October 30, so be prepared to be inundated (sorry again) because I’ve still been doing stuff. Last month I had the pleasure of being a guest on BBC Radio Notitngham’s Breakfast Show, talking about being new to Nottingham […]

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Finding Neverland: the real one

You’ve got to love those Victorians. They liked a nice stroll and created some lovely places where they could ‘take the air’. Funny isn’t it, how there are some amazing green spaces in the middle of the most built-up areas. Sometimes cities do green spaces extremely well. Nottingham has plenty of green spaces – in […]

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In search of Bendigo

When I first moved to Nottingham a couple of months ago, the first thing I did was go and join the library and spend a couple of hours in the local history section where I discovered a completely amazing book that will be the subject of another blog (probably several because there is so much […]

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