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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 After The Night After The Day Before Christmas
Once a year in
December my mother actively encouraged me to talk to a complete stranger
without fear of reprimand. She would physically lift me onto this stranger’s
lap without a second thought and take photographs of me gazing in awe and
wonder at him in h...
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GeekLand
I am a geek, and proud of it. I always have been and I always will be.           Let me explain: I returned home to Blackpool on leave in the spring of
1971 after six months apprenticeship training at RAF Hereford. It was my second
home leave, the first bei...
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Inebriates of Arabia
The take-away burger that was picked up for me each day from the Mall of
Dhahran usually had the consistency of hessian mixed with reconstituted
corrugated cardboard. The only thing in it that tasted like something resembling
actual food was the gherkin and...
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Dinger
I first met William ‘Dinger’ Bell
in Saudi Arabia in 2009. I was part of the MOD Saudi Arabia Project and, along
with the rest of the team, had just moved to the recently opened BAE super-compound
just outside Al-Khobar. There wasn’t much there to begin wit...
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When William Met Edith
When Sean Edwards, William
Owen and George Pickup arrived in France in the autumn of 1917, they were met
by a gruff sergeant, who gave his personalised life-expectancy predictions to
all the young men that joined his platoon. He delighted in watched their
b...
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The Age of Shadows (2016)
Have you ever picked up a DVD on
the basis of the rave reviews emblazoned on the cover? I’ve done it many times,
enticed by bold statements like “EXTRAORDINARY”, “THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR”,
“AN EXCEPTIONAL FILM”, only to discover that the critical assessme...
The Age of Shadows (2016)
The Age of Shadows (2016)
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Batman's Autograph
The Tivoli cinema stood in the centre of
town, tucked away in a v-shaped block that also played host to Yates’s Wine Lodge . Mum had taken me to
see Summer Holiday there a couple of
years earlier. She was a big fan of Cliff Richard, much preferring his blan...
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The Curious Case of the Disappearing Washing Powder
Back in the 1970s packets of OMO
washing powder could be seen everywhere. Adverts appeared on television
extolling the virtues of its ability to transform the filthiest of whites into
something so dazzlingly bright that you had to wear sunglasses to look at...
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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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