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July 2019: Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast

Itís illumination time in Blackpool. Lancashire in October is not likely to be your choice for a sunshine break, but that is not why ...More
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Carol Ann Duffy

The evidence that Colonel Blimp has left the upper echelons of British Society is now crystal clear with the appointment of Carol Ann Duffy as the new Poet Laureate. A woman is the Laureate may well have made the likes of Dryden and Tennyson choke but a lesbian to boot ? What a wonderful double whammy. As Ms Duffy herself says this could not have happened even 10 years ago and yet it doesnt seem a brave choice for her sex or sexuality - it is for her subversion that we should all now relish the publication of her first piece in her new role. No dullard academic wordsmith this one - she writes for adults, children, picture books and the stage and we cannot wait for the sparks to fly!

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