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'Overpaid, oversexed and over here'
Posted on: Thursday, July 20, 2017 Category: Cultures

All that's left are ghostly traces. Nissen huts incorporated into farm buildings, runways pushing up through East Anglian soil. Outside the Suffolk village of Horham, near Diss, there's a patch of concrete where feet once jitterbugged to Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force Band. Suddenly I was hearing A String of Pearls among the sugar beet and cereals.

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Edward Thomas remembered
Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Category: Writers

Lucy Milner is dawdling with intent - dropping behind the pack of walkers to study the Hampshire hedgerows. 'I'm foraging for bits,' she says. 'Moss, chalk, flint, feathers. We're doing a family wreath - taking a bit of his beloved Steep to him.'

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For Guernica read Aleppo: why the bombing, and painting, still resonate
Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Category: Cultures

My two companions, Edorta Jiménez and Irati Agorria, show me a machine built for noise and it reduces me to silence. For this is one of the air-raid sirens that sounded 80 years ago - on April 26, 1937 - as German and Italian planes bombed the Basque market town of Guernica (Gernika in the Basque spelling) in the Spanish Civil War.

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