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Allotment or a holiday? I’d rather have my allotment

During the coronavirus pandemic, waiting lists for an allotment have swelled. What do these small patches of land mean to those who cultivate them? Hidden…
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Could certain accents cost people a job?

The UK is a rich tapestry of dialects and accents which in turn reflect the ebbs and flow of local history. But why are people…
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The street where neighbours eat, dance and party together

Six people or two households can now meet outside in England. The BBC asked what lockdown-easing measures meant to one neighbourhood where Covid-19 has already…
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The Eerie Emptiness of our lockdown spaces

England is home to countless indoor and outdoor public spaces which are usually teeming with life and visitors. I visited a number of them for…
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Before Covid-19, working from home was a luxurious oddity. For many it is now the norm

When James and Jo Williamson first started working from home together, everything was fine. “We both had our desks set up in our home office.…
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Covid-19 Vaccine: Portraits of Hope

As Covid-19 vaccinations began last week across the UK, I was granted access to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to meet some of those…
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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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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…