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Advent Calendar

Pupils from Holland Park Comprehensive chat to the older generation about Christmas.

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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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Wonderful B-17 Bomber

We have something very special here, to join the other great personal accounts on Silver Robin. Enjoy and appreciate this amazing and inspiring story of heroism. In 1943 a mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, Between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most… Click here to read more

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Marianne’s journey through Europe

Marianne speaks candidly to Taia about her experiences of being a 20 year old Hungarian refugee, she tells us about seeking a better life towards the tail end of World War II. This has been recorded into two parts, the first documents the trials and tribulations of the journey travelling through Europe, the second installment… Click here to read more

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Valentine memories

We have four Valentines memories for you to listen to, the first one is from Isabella who talks to Silver Robin about the experience of Valentines day prior to moving to the UK., followed by Vic who tells us about trying to identify the cards at school, and how things never really changed when he… Click here to read more

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Audio Festive Advent Calendar

Silver Robin with the support of our friends, tries to find ways to bring young and old together to alleviate the feeling of loneliness that blights the everyday lives of thousands. During the festive season of Christmas these feelings can be particularly acute. So, we feel it’s an ideal time for an antidote, a celebration… Click here to read more

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Evacuated Twice

I am nearly 78 now but can recall very vividly the first time I was evacuated at the age of eighteen months to Bourton-on-the-Water. They had a lovely dog called Gypsy who lived in the cottage where I stayed for a while with my mother and a dear old couple. Their dog became my constant… Click here to read more

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An ordinary family in World War II

Personal memories of Margaret Barnes from Canterbury My story starts September 1939. My older sister and I lived with my parents in Wimbledon. S.W London when war was declared Mary was 15 and I was 10. We heard Chamberlain on the radio. He spoke gravely in a low voice. At the dismal and alarming news,… Click here to read more

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Interview with Margaret, 102 years old worth of memories!

We’ve have a fascinating 17 minute interview from Margaret, being interviewed by Lissie and Lily. Margaret chats to the girls about her philosophical view of the world, her funniest moment, school days, army life, her relationships with her parents and letter writing, growing up in Nottingham and Italy, war experiences and beyond. Please click on… Click here to read more

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Nesta’s story

We have some answers from our questions list kindly sent in by Nesta. My first transport was a motorbike called a LE Velocette, very elegant! I was told the police used the same model. They can ‘t have gone very fast! My first car was a Goggomobile, a tiny, just-about 4 seater, 4 cylinder 2… Click here to read more