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Stephen Mitchell
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A optimist creating his first blog.
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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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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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