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A Civil War letter, the witch finder’s guide and the last letter from Lawrence of Arabia

Dr Sarah Demelo was helping a researcher when she came across a handwritten letter pasted into a book. The letter was penned by Sir Thomas…
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World War Two: The brothers who fled Nazi occupation by kayak

Whenever Niels Peteri visits a beach, he thinks of his father, Henri. He was one of the “Engelandvaarders” who, on 21 September 1941, stepped back…
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The message never sent: “Maybe going to die in the container, can’t breathe any more dear.”

The following piece was written and produced for BBC News Online and was published on 21 December, 2020 “Maybe going to die in the container,…
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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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Faith Spear: The Prison Monitor Who Spoke Out

I recently wrote a piece about a former prison monitor who had raised concerns about the state of prison monitoring. As a result of her…
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‘Little America’: Where the Stars and Stripes fly high

Many years ago, when I worked in Suffolk, I had an idea for a feature about the peculiarly American feel of north west Suffolk. Yes,…