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From gruesome murders to village fetes – my local newspaper days

13
Sep
2014

Back in the mists of time I started my journalistic career as a Mirror Group Newspapers trainee in Plymouth. After eight weeks training – holed up in an unglamorous Portakabin learning the rudiments of news reporting, shorthand, law and local ...continued

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06
Sep
2014

My favourite story of the week was the news that old-fashioned typewriters have returned to The Times newspaper. The sound of fingers frantically bashing away at manual typewriters is like music ...continued

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05
Sep
2014

My family owns so many books that every time we move (which is pretty often, I admit), the removal men take one look at our shelves and immediately start tripling ...continued

28
Aug
2014

When I booked tickets for The Luna Cinema’s showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Lulworth Castle I imagined a balmy August evening, crowds picnicking on the lawn and the gentle ...continued

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25
Aug
2014

A wet, windy Bank Holiday Monday and it feels like summer is over. My husband and son are out windsurfing (they figured that the lashing rain couldn’t possibly make them ...continued

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