Category Archives: off topic

1930 is the new 1899

The last of the ‘Victorians’ News this morning that the oldest person in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones, has died aged 116. The mantle now passes to Emma Morano, who’s not only the oldest person currently alive but also the … Continue reading

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The tweets that croaked

Ethel Meaker, Eurovision and Turn the Key Softly Readers of this blog will know that I set it up to publicise Jenny’s story and to write about my experiences of being the non-disabled brother to a disabled twin sister, cerebral … Continue reading

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On this night in 1980

My school burnt down – the second time in five years It’s about time for an off-topic post. Twitter’s littered with #OnThisDay tweets and, I’m sorry to say, I’m about to add to this. It’s 35 years to the day … Continue reading

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Two brothers disabled in the First World War…

and the third who didn’t make it home Over the last couple of weeks I’ve posted about two brothers – Bob and Bert Smith – from the South Wiltshire village of Downton who both served in, and were disabled by … Continue reading

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Florida invasion

An old tune crops up in the strangest of places Jetlagged. Back from a few days away in New York, an inspiration for this week’s off topic posting comes from this street scene taken on 6th Avenue on Sunday morning, … Continue reading

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Julian Fellowes’ great-grandfather and the real Downton

This week’s off-topic blog is about as far removed from cerebral palsy, twinless twins, traumatic death and bereavement as it’s possible to get. It’s a short homage to an enterprising Victorian who founded the Downton Agricultural College, the second such … Continue reading

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‘Samantha Barber – nought!’

After two heart-felt posts on topics central to Jenny’s story, here’s my first go at my ‘apropos of nothing’ category. I hope adding a few of these will bring a bit of fun to what could risk turning into a … Continue reading

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