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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 […]

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Sana and Asiya

Sana Iqbal in conversation withAsiya Siddiquee Asiya Siddiquee is a Chartered Psychologist from Manchester, and now expat living in China. She relocated to Shanghai over 4 years ago, with her husband and children. Coincidentally, this was the first time since moving to China, that Asiya and her family decided to visit the UK during the […]

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Elena and Mimi

Elena Bowes in conversation withMimi Partridge-Hicks Below are snippets of a conversation I have had with a dear old friend of mine named Mimi Partridge-Hicks. We’ve known each other since high school, both American expats living in London. Mimi is divorced, has three kids and is comfortably off so she doesn’t have to work. She […]

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John and Richard

John Dodds in conversation withRick Blaskey Rick Blaskey is a highly successful music executive and highly unsuccessful football fan. He is a lifelong friend, always in control – until March and Covid 19 arrived on his doorstep. John Dodds is brand strategist at The Sharp End, a jazz radio presenter and a member of 26, […]

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Rowena and Jeevan

Rowena Roberts in conversation withJeevan Noel Jeevan is Rowena’s cousin on her mother’s side, and the youngest of their generation at the age of 27. He lives in Bellingham, Washington DC, USA, and started working as a nursing assistant in a hospice just as Covid-19 appeared on the scene. Reflection: During lockdown, I read a […]

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Lucy and Philomena

Lucy Beevor in conversation withPhilomena O’Neill Phil lives in a care home in south Belfast. Before lockdown, a friend and I visited Phil and her fellow residents once a week and took them out for fresh air, coffee and chat. Lockdown recipe Preparation time: 26 weeks Ingredients 2 parents, both working from home3 teenage daughters, […]

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Faye and Mark

Faye Sharpe in conversation withMark Collins Mark is my neighbour. He’s a talented brewer of very fine beers. He reduces his stock, 2 pints at a time, by leaving me a gift at what is now dubbed ‘The Flower Pot Pub’. 26 weeks summary When Covid-19 was declared to be a pandemic, I was concerned. […]

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Aidan and Robin

Aidan Baker in conversation withRobin Robin is a Worcestershire businessman with a freelance portfolio including photography, printing, programming, video editing and sales.  The biggest change that lockdown has made to his life has been the decision to excise teaching from it. Reflection Some of Robin’s talk is of music.  For me, the music of lockdown […]

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Wendy and Margaret

Wendy Jones in conversation withMargaret Adjaye Margaret Adjaye is the director of Upper Norwood Library Hub, which provides a wealth of services for the community in Crystal Palace, south London. Wendy Jones is a writer and journalist. They met three years ago when Margaret recruited Wendy as a volunteer teaching English to speakers of other […]