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December 2018: A West Country Christmas – Dorset in December

Thomas Hardy’s celebration of Christmas in Dorset in his early novel Under the Greenwood Tree is perhaps second only to A Christmas Carol (a version ...More
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Harry Patch

Another week, another world war one veteran finally falls and again we can find no other person who would merit our Hero of the Week award. Harry Patch - what a man. Born when Victoria was still on the throne (and only a handful can now claim that) patch served with great distinction through the horror of the Western Front. He died the oldest man in Europe and one of only 4 left from the Great War. He also outlived both his children and all 3 of his wives ( the last one picked up at his nursing home when well in to his 100's ). A man who lived his life modestly but with true conviction, Britain has one fine resident less.

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What happens in the heart simply happens. - Ted Hughes
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On this day:
England’s Worst Mining Disaster - 1866, Marconi sends 1st transatlantic wireless message - 1901, Marples Hotel Tragedy - 1940, Peace Women Embrace Greenham Common - 1982, Clapham rail disaster - 1988
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