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Readers Digest and hidden treasure

Once upon a time, when you were young and your parents took you to visit grown-up friends and family, you were probably often bored.  No smartphones or computers and very limited children’s TV programming.  If there were no children around,…

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An afternoon with John Kenney

Last week I spent an afternoon surrounded by the artwork of the Ladybird artist John Kenney.  I went to The MERL (Museum of English Rural Life) in Reading where the Special Collections are stored.  I’ve talked about MERL and the…

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How Ladybird books taught me about flowers

Flowers didn’t feature much in my childhood. Our garden was tiny, my parents both worked and money was rather tight. We lived in a street of terraced houses, surrounded by similar streets – a perfectly pleasant environment in many ways…

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