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October 2018: Autumn in the Southern Chilterns

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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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I am not struck so much by the diversity of testimony as by the many-sidedness of truth. - Stanley Baldwin
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Battle of Ashingdon - 1016, Chewing Gum first goes on sale - 1911, BBC Formed - 1922
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