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Author: Helen Nugent

Gardening: Beautiful Borders

September 23, 2022 No Comments

Is there anything more quintessentially English than a cottage garden border?

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Gardening: A rose by any other name

September 12, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: A rose by any other name

There’s a rose in my garden which looks like a raspberry ripple ice cream. The Rosa Ferdinand Pichard is a thing of beauty and makes me smile every time I walk past it.

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Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

There’s a card on my wall which sums me up perfectly. A present from my sister, it reads: ‘She just couldn’t behave herself with cheese.’

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The Man Who Captured Sunlight: actor Freddie Fox talks about his great, great grandfather

August 9, 2022 Comments Off on The Man Who Captured Sunlight: actor Freddie Fox talks about his great, great grandfather

He’s the son of Edward, the nephew of James, and brother to Emilia. It’s no wonder that Freddie Fox was born to play Hamlet.

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Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

July 23, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

It’s odd how your priorities change as you get older. In my younger days I lived in London with access to a communal garden. I was content to wander round, cats in tow, safe in the knowledge that someone else would mow the grass and sort out the weeds.

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Then and now photos show how Liverpool rebuilt after the Blitz

July 22, 2022 Comments Off on Then and now photos show how Liverpool rebuilt after the Blitz

The story of how Liverpool rebuilt itself after the devastating Blitz of 80 years ago has been illustrated in a collection of ‘then and now’ photographs for a new trail around the city.

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Behind the scenes: The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Behind the scenes: The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale

The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, in Rawtenstall, East Lancashire, reopened last year after a significant multi-million pound redevelopment funded via the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

“It took 17 years from typing the first word of the first manuscript to finally being published.”

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Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

July 9, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

What is it about musicals?

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‘Enjoy reading books when you had a state education? Come off it.’

July 5, 2022 Comments Off on ‘Enjoy reading books when you had a state education? Come off it.’

This has been an angry week. Among other rage-inducing news items, I saw a Twitter thread about the English Literature degree at Sheffield Hallam University being ‘suspended’ because the Government will no longer fund degrees where 60 per cent of students don’t end up in ‘highly skilled’ jobs within six months of graduation.

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