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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britainís less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...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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My body has certainly wandered a good deal, but I have an uneasy suspicion that my mind has not wandered enough. - Noel Coward
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Accord of Winchester - 1072, Evacuation of Dunkirk begins - 1940, Britainís Worst Road Accident - 1975
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