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February 2018 Now January is done with and as the days become longer, we are busy organising new ideas for projects and collaborators. Silver Robins creator, Avril will be presenting to students from Oxford Brookes University, who will be using Silver Robin as a case study towards digital marketing. We also have new schools to… Click here to read more

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An informal chat with a sprightly 99 year old

Following our Christmas Advent calendar of tales and anecdotes, we have a series of further recollection from one of our oldest viewers. 99 year old Joyce has kindly donated her time with Silver Robin, recollecting fluid and vivid accounts about the weekends, Sunday school, the rule of not working on Sunday, the lost art of… Click here to read more

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Bill Rennells from the BBC!

We have something very special for you to kick off 2018! Avril, Silver Robins creator invited BBC Oxford Radio Bill Rennells (Harmony Night) to offer himself an evening with mock panel of fans, which allows Bill to tell us about several anedotes. To listen, please press play on the sound file below. Keep checking this… Click here to read more

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Photo-sharing

A couple of friends of Silver Robin are conducting a survey on online photo-sharing by People aged over 60 years. Dr Sarah Quinton from Oxford Brookes University and Dr Caroline Holland and Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University have received funding from Sir Halley Stewart Trust to investigate how and why people over 60… Click here to read more

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Advent Calendar

Pupils from Holland Park Comprehensive chat to the older generation about Christmas. December 1st For the first advent, this is a lively conversation with Clementine Yates with her Grandmother about Christmas presents! December 2nd For the second advent, Clementine Yates continues her conversation with her Grandmother about Christmas. December 3rd For the third advent, Clementine… Click here to read more

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A year’s sad ending

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes a time for reflection and it’s a fact of life that with the joy and happiness, also comes sadness and sorrow. This is a beautifully poignant poem sent in to us via email. Please take the time to read this one, and as ever we… Click here to read more

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Me and my National Service

Reflecting on his pre- and Army days, Brian Jarvis, 81, also recollects how moved he was by the 1969 film, Oh What a Lovely War. Its bitter-sweet reflections of WW1, and British attitudes and patriotism prevailing then, is often sentimental yet so evocative of songs that helped morale, and is now one of music’s lost… Click here to read more

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Letter Writing

The clocks have gone back and as the inevitable seasonal change approaches, the longer nights start to draw in. So, what better time to recall the art of letter writing? Esme has written this account on the joy of the written word and hopefully it will inspire you to pick up your quill ink pen,… Click here to read more

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A diary entry as a homesharer

We have a diary entry via the Homeshare website, which brings old and young together, and supports social isolation and independence. 5th August 2017 A diary entry as a homesharer It is a Saturday today and the garden fence is coming down, or more accurately – it has come down. W, her son and myself… Click here to read more

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Draw a Tree to help to prioritize your tasks

This article by Bill Johnston is intended to help nervous First Term newcomers to universities and colleges, and slightly apprehensive new 6th Form students. So many topics to research and write about, subjects to research, read about, give your valuable time to – you may not be great at self-organising, and it is possible to… Click here to read more

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Victoria & Abdul

We have something a little different for you to enjoy, Silver Robin went to see Dame Judi Dench’s acclaimed film ‘Victoria & Abdul’. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held… Click here to read more