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    . Three mornings a week, Leah, Colin and Laura attend a ‘Boot Camp’ exercise class on the green above the beach. Run by a Navy PE instructor it’s a tough 45 minute workout I can personally vouch for from my vantage point at Leah’s apartment window, mug of tea in...

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The breast screening scandal review – update

    Back in the summer I wrote about an unusual Commons statement made by the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that some 450,000 women over a near ten year period had not been properly invited for their final breast screening and this error had potentially led to...

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Postcard from…. Normandy, The Somme and Ypres

  We took a very pleasant four-hour Brittany Ferries crossing to Cherbourg, had breakfast and a nap onboard, before driving to Sainte-Mere Eglise, the village onto which two plane-loads of US paratroopers were dropped in error the night before D-Day, including Private...

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Joanna Lumley on stage ⭐️⭐️★★★

The next day we drove to Bournemouth to see Joanna Lumley in her one-woman show “It's All About Me”. And it was. But before I review that I must talk about our lunch at a restaurant called The Crab, a Bournemouth seafood eatery, which was at one time, we thought, a...

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Sometimes things just don’t work out as expected….

Mostly, I’ve found, things don’t always go quite as one expects, for good or for bad, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health. The unexpected happens, a piece doesn’t fall into place, a wrong turning is taken, something wrong is said, a trip doesn’t quite...

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Exmoor by bike

Our bike was already on its stand outside the front doors of the Riders showroom in Bridgwater when we arrived, a beautiful metallic cherry-red 2018 Harley Davidson Ultra Glide Classic. A huge machine with a lovely faring and windshield, causing passing traffic and...

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Postcard from….Mykonos

We’re back on Mykonos, a little further down the coast from where we stayed before going on to Santorini last week, in a hotel that thinks rather more of itself than we or others seem to. Ah well. We walked down the hill to the expected pretty little bay last night to...

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