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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No, Google, I don’t mean Notting Hill, I mean NottingHAM

About 11am this morning, I discovered Nottingham had a carnival… and it was today. But I hadn’t seen ANY publicity about it so I Googled it. “Do you mean Notting Hill?” said Google. “No, Google, I don’t,” I responded. “I definitely mean NottingHAM and it’s today, so speed it up a bit please.” Eventually I […]

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Down to earth at Pagan Pride

Earth mothers, goddesses, witches, shaman, wizards, mystics and musicians: what an eclectic group of people gathered at the Arboretum in Nottingham today for Pagan Pride 2018. I had been promised unicorn dressage – I mean, seriously, how could I resist? – but in the event it was just too hot for me so we didn’t […]

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Pride in our city

Shiny happy people laughing Meet me in the crowd, people, people Throw your love around, love me, love me Take it into town, happy, happy Put it in the ground where the flowers grow Gold and silver shine Shiny Happy People, REM Nottingham Pride 2018, an afternoon full of smiles and rainbows. I really wanted […]

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Friday 13th: lucky for some

I’ve got a bit of a problem. Living in a small town like Yateley for many years (and I’m not dissing Yateley, it was my home for more than two decades and I loved living there) I sort of got used to there being very little to do. I mean there is the May Fair, […]

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