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Jane and James

Jane Berney in conversation withJames Jane’s cousin James lives 98 kilometres from Wellington, where Jacinda is steering New Zealand out of CoVid’s way. A train manager, his work is deemed ‘essential’ during lockdown. At the beginning of this year he bought his first house, and is as proud as a first-time father. Leave the Light […]

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Charlotte and John

Charlotte MacKenzie in conversation withJohn MacKenzie Charlotte’s father, John, is a retired Doctor who lives in Cyprus. She chose him as a conversation partner not only because she misses him, but because his usually hectic social schedule appears to have resulted in him contracting COVID-19. 26 weeks – final summary This year has changed how all […]

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Sue and Vivien

Sue Evans in conversation withVivien Conacher Vivien is a classically-trained mezzo soprano and founder of Songhaven. She runs live, professional, dementia-friendly concerts at public venues and in care homes. Recent concerts are now online as free films under the banner Songhaven at Home. People can also request Songhaven Dedications bespoke video performances. Sue Evans is a freelance writer. […]

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Gillian and Suzy

Gillian Colhoun in conversation withSuzy Guy Suzy is Gillian’s friend who lives over the hedge. She’s a Respiratory Consultant in Belfast’s Mater Hospital, and mum to five kids. She took part in a TV campaign that changed public attitudes to social distancing in Northern Ireland. What have I learned? I rarely start a sentence with […]

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Nick and Raj

Nick Carson in conversation withRaj Sharma Raj Sharma guided Nick, his girlfriend (now wife) and a small group of others around India in 2016. Raj’s passion, warmth, knowledge and humour made the trip unforgettable – and he went on to establish his own tour company, Horizon Journeys. 26 weeks reflection: My 26 Weeks conversations with […]

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Melanie and Anita

Melanie Cochran in conversation withAnita Anand Anita Anand is a BBC presenter, journalist and author. Her radio programme Any Answers? invites everyone to have their say. Her books uncover untold stories. Melanie Cochran is a consultant, coach and co-founder of createbalance. We bonded over Gin and a bottomless love for our inseparable sons. 26 weeks: […]

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Erica and Donald

Erica Reid in conversation withDonald Macaskill Donald is CEO of Scottish Care, a membership organisation and the representative body for independent care homes. Erica Reid has recently retired as a community nurse leader in the NHS. Reflections on 26 weeks It was 106 days from the first declaration by the Chinese Government of the ‘pneumonia […]

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David and Ally

David Baty in conversation withAlly Ally is a musician, making a living from recording and live performance. Alongside the health emergency, the lockdown created a major challenge to the livelihoods of people in the creative industries. We chart tensions between the health crisis, personal experience of lockdown and the unfolding impact on life and work. […]

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Irene and Lynn

Irene Lofthouse in conversation withLynn Harrison Lynn Harrison is a midwife at Bradford Royal Infirmary with twenty-nine years of experience. Irene Lofthouse is a writer, playwright, actor and social historian. Lynn and Irene have been neighbours for twenty-three years. 26 weeks: reflection It’s October half-term, a time when one of my alter-egos Wanda the Witch, […]

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Therese and Gretta

Therese Kieran in conversation withGretta Kieran Gretta Kieran is my mother. She lives in south Armagh, Ireland, and will be 85 years old on the 27th May. She’s a retired teacher and the most selfless person I know. Gretta’s own mother died aged 50, when she was just 24. Reflection: If we can winter this […]