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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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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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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. Note 1: March-May A month before lockdown Donald was preparing for significant change. The news coming out of Wuhan […]

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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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Melanie and Matthew

Melanie Cooper in conversation withMatthew Cooper Matthew is my brother but we live in very different worlds. I’m in New Zealand, he’s in the States. Our ideology and political views have diverged over the years and are almost diametrically opposed. He’s suspicious of Covid and the global response. He didn’t protest but he sympathises 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. Note 1: March-May A guide in Northern India, […]

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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’. Note 1: March-May The situation is shocking, not easy to get my head around. […]

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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. Note 1: March-May “It’s like the Marie Celeste around here: no […]

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Francesca and Bob

Francesca Baker in conversation withBob Baker Bob is 65 and lives in Ashford, Kent with his wife and two daughters, of whom Francesca is the eldest. He has worked on the railway for 46 years, and is a track chargeman – building bridges, laying track, and fixing crossings. Note 1: March-May At the beginning I didn’t know […]

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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. Note 1: March-May Something was coming. I wasn’t sure what. […]