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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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Jean Simmons

For decades Jean Simmons was a star in her native Britain and then in Hollywood, her ability to convey sexy innocence winning her major roles like Ophelia to Olivierís Hamlet; Estella in David Leanís Great Expectations; the female lead in the daring Blue Lagoon Ė and all those before she was 21. After coming of age she decamped to Hollywood, married Stewart Granger and then built a new part of her career, albeit with many so-so roles on the way. But anyone who can put Spartacus, The Big Country, The Robe, The Happy Ending and Guys and Dolls on her CV could never be called an also ran. She was a star with staying power beneath her fragile beauty, and a figure of heroic stature in British cinema history.

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There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. - Charles Dickens
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Accord of Winchester - 1072, Evacuation of Dunkirk begins - 1940, Britainís Worst Road Accident - 1975
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