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The creator of the abbreviation ‘OMG’ would have loved Emojis

The following piece was inspired by and entry in Snopes about the derivation of the term OMG. How interesting, I thought. Then I realised the…
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Covid 19 and the curious world of lockdown DIY

“When you called,” architectural photographer Tim Soar told me, “the last thing I thought it would be about was my putting up some shelves.” “Indeed,”…
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Cemre Yesil’s Hayal and Hakikat: Thumbs, forefingers and murder in the time of Abdul Hamid II.

For a work so dominated by photographed hands, it is perhaps no accident that Cemre Yesil Gonenli’s Hayal and Hakikat opens with the book maker’s…
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Weird Assignments: How to Wear a Scarf. No seriously.

My son asked me whether he could borrow my scarf. Then he asked me how best to tie it up. I told him, “you know…
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The Mayflower Ship that Never Set Sail to the USA

It was a lofty ambition: To build a life-size replica of the 17th Century Mayflower and recreate the Transatlantic crossing that set sail 400 years…
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Covid-19: The chaplains at the front line of end-of-life care

Coronavirus has radically altered the working life of hospitals. But it has not just affected the doctors, nurses and ancillary staff. While the main role…
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Covid-19: Inside the hospice caring for the most vulnerable of the vulnerable

They care for dying patients in their final days, but having to shut their charity shops and cancel fundraising events has put UK hospices in…
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Take-off | Landing

Poplar pollen leaving the tree. Where some of the pollen landed at the threshold of our front lawn. Or, below, and alternative version.  
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Covid-19: Southwold and Lowestoft

Lowestoft and Southwold sit just 14 miles apart on the eastern edge of England. As the coronavirus outbreak took hold, one was bustling with people,…