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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Sometimes you wanna go…

I’ve been lax, distracted, busy… oh I can trundle out all the excuses. What it boils down to is that, once again I let work overrun the rest of my life and I have promised myself that this year I am not going to allow that to happen. It’s one of those annual promises that […]

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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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Banging the drum for Nottingham Mela

In Sanskrit, the word Mela means meeting or assembly. For us, the word means a fair or Hindu festival. There’s been a Mela in Nottingham for the last 29 years, so this year was the 30th anniversary. I’ve never been to one before and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. There have been […]

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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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