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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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Claire Rayner

With the death of Claire Rayner this country has lost one exceptional human being, but the heroic life-force of around 10. She was a very rare thing in the world of pressure groups and advocates, a truly independent mind willing to give anyone a verbal kicking, albeit charmingly, if she felt they were being impractical, inhumane or wrong-headed. That of course was particularly so in health-care, where as a nurse of the old-school she highlighted the dogmatic idiocies built into the NHS by Labour and Tory politicians alike since the 1980s. But she was also a successful novelist, a pioneer agony-aunt, and a leading humanist who just weeks ago voiced her disgust at the visit of Pope Benedict in typically robust fashion. Not someone you could ever ignore.

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Motion is tranquility. - Stirling Moss
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First Ever Use of Tanks in Battle - 1916, Invergordon Mutiny - 1931, Battle of Britain ends - 1940, 1st Edition of the Sun - 1964
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