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Stephen Mitchell
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A optimist creating his first blog.
A optimist creating his first blog.

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THE DAY I WENT TO THE FUNERAL
I decided to go to by train to my mum’s funeral on
Wednesday 18 January. I thought it would be easier than driving through
Bradford and having to find car parking. I couldn’t have been more wrong if I’d
tried. Here is what happened. I haven’t made any of it...

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Mum
All I knew of the young man who would
one day become my father was what I saw of him on a dog-eared rectangle of
photographic paper and the thin morsels of information that were fed to me by
my mother. He was in an army uniform, awaiting his demob after ser...

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AN OLD COAT FOR CHRISTMAS
Miss Amelia Webster of the Art and Drama Department of Highgrove School
was convinced that this year’s Christmas Show was going to be the best the
school had ever produced. It was to be a musical extravaganza telling the story
of the birth of Christ, the cl...

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Andy
I first met Andy Brain in 1996. We
were instructors at the Supply Training Squadron at RAF Halton. He was a
Corporal and I was a civilian (or ex-serviceman, if you like). We got on with
each other immediately, sharing the same strange and oddball humour, an...

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The Truman Show (1998)
I was sat next to group of four
teenagers when I watched The Truman Show in the cinema in Winchester when it was released in 1998. As the film was
starting, one of them leaned across to his friends and whispered, “This is a
comedy, isn’t it?” Oh, dear.  Jim...

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THE UGLY SIDE
A couple of months back I wrote
about the reasons why I love living in Carlisle. But, like any city, it does
have its ugly side and I experienced that a couple of days ago as I was walking
back from a charity shop having purchased a DVD of my favourite Germ...

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THE LIONS ARE COMING! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
As human beings, we
appear to be the only animal on this planet that organises lengthy business meetings
to discuss long-term plans that we have no intention, inclination or budget to
adhere to. You don’t hear of any zebra or wildebeest that run their own f...

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THE LIONS ARE COMING! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
As human beings, we
appear to be the only animal on this planet that organises lengthy business meetings
to discuss long-term plans that we have no intention, inclination or budget to
adhere to. You don’t hear of any zebra or wildebeest that run their own f...

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OLD WOUNDS
After
seeing an image of my step-father on Facebook with an accompanying comment that
read: “He was a handsome man”, I couldn’t stop my blood from boiling. I hadn’t
thought about him for years. I hadn’t wanted to think about him. What follows appeared in a ...

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THE GAS MAN
As it's my birthday today, I thought I'd give you a poem wot I wrote.               I hope you enjoy it. Mr Jeremy
Harty lived in Dorchester Towers, A retirement
home that was surrounded by flowers. He’d lived
there for six months, since vacating his house,...
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