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Yoga Be Yourself

‘Be yourself’ – William Ellory Channing

William Ellory Channing was a Transcendentalist poet, born in 1818 in Boston, Massachussets. Channing wrote about the importance of being true to yourself:   ‘To live content with small means – to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich – to study hard, […]

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Venice

Venice

Venice was once a water-logged destination for those escaping the plague on mainland Italy. It became one of the most powerful Italian republics, a great maritime power, and centre for the world’s finest art and music. Today the city seems to be drowning under the weight of its success. Each year it’s invaded by tourists […]

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East London Federation of Suffragettes

What about the anti-war effort?

East London Federation of Suffragettes Didn’t know that it’s 100 years since the start of the First World War? Unlikely. You can’t move for TV and radio programmes dedicated to it, local talks, ceremonies, commemorations, exhibitions… No, this centenary is something that we are all very much aware of. But what of the anti-war movement? […]

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The night I gave money to a stranger…

18 July 2013 As I walked up the road to Leila’s Café in Shoreditch – a familiar place where I’ve had many a delicious breakfast, almost sharing a table with Keira Knightley once, but I digress  – I mused on the fact that very soon I was going to have dinner with a bunch of […]

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Bees

Bee dream

I took this photo on 4 April 2013. Incredibly, on the one decent day we’ve had in months, the bees came out to collect pollen. Of course it’s not surprising. It’s what they do but my colony was especially weak and, thanks to the terrible winter, then terrible spring, I’ve never been sure whether they’ll […]

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Ice Cream, Rimini

Rimini remembered

June 2012 I’m looking forward to going back to Rimini. The last visit was back in 1970, on a ’round Europe’ caravanning holiday with my parents and three sisters.  I was nine years old. Needless to say, with four girls ranging in age from seven to seventeen, there were tensions. The eldest, going through a Garbo […]

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Mille Miglia, Bologna

24 hours in Bologna

What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday the residents of Blogville were very excited. The Mille Miglia – one of the most famous classic car races in the world – was coming through Bologna. And the region’s Tourism Office had invited us to join them in the VIP area. It was a fantastic opportunity […]

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