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Those lions keep on roaring

I used to work as a social worker and, as part of my work, I would often have to present reports at panel and in court. It was a problem, as I was terrified of speaking in public and it actually compromised my work as I ended up with all the usual – dry mouth,… Click here for more

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Cars we have loved

You might have noticed that as the sun comes out, owners dust off their classic cars and enjoy the sunshine. Car’s are linked to evocative memories and connections, they might be made of metal, glass, rubber, and plastic but they certainly seem to have souls! Some cars are just there to get us from A… Click here for more

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Prisoner of War

How many people out there have experienced the hardship of being a prisoner of war? Wendy Swan discusses her experiences in Japan during the 2nd World War on a repatriation ship. She talks to her daughter about the long and grueling journey from Japan to Mozambique and then the journey on the troop ship to… Click here for more

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Music brings young and old together

We have a fascinating piece submitted via email by Chris Dell. A masterclass for young musicians held by Graham Wade, professor of classical guitar, at The Old Malthouse, Sawbridgeworth Whether you are a specialist music teacher or, like me, writes Chris Dell, retired computer specialist and guitarist with a music degree, there is great satisfaction… Click here for more

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The power of story

I think I have always been aware of the power of story. When I was a young chap I used to make up tales of heroism and great deeds, of spaceships and monsters of the deep. I was aware of the joy that I felt in creating these tales, and aware also of the effect… Click here for more

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Your Easter stories

Happy Easter! For our loyal readers and followers, we start with Good Friday with three different accounts from Silver Robin readers. Firstly Avril chats to our readers about religious, school days, egg hunting and the modern commercial aspects of Easter, followed by further memories and thoughts about the festive season.

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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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for more