Author: Ann C Holland

Deva

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Ann Holland takes another day trip, this time to Chester (or Deva Victrix to the Romans)

Tokyo

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Tokyo

We learn from Tokyo art and sport are powerful unifiers, shining light on what we share and helping generate common understanding.

Hollywood comes to Shipston-on-Stour

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Starsky

The Art of Paul Michael Glaser will be exhibited in the Cotswolds in September. Just ten miles away from Stratford, Mr Glaser will bring a little piece of Hollywood to Shipston-on-Stour. His first UK exhibition includes an introductory presentation by Zoom, by invitation only. Running from the 24th to the 26th of September, the public […]

F1 sponsor to deliver a loss to Towcester?

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DHL Towcester

Concerns over Formula 1 sponsor The recent British Grand Prix saw concerns raised by campaigners in Towcester. DHL, a British GP sponsor, has applied to build a massive warehouse near the historic town which could change its character, they claim. The group, No DHL at Towcester said the proposed one million square foot centre is […]

Racism in England is systemic says UN report

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Racist Britain

The civil society report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) is dear to my heart. Curated by the Runnymede Trust, it was submitted by a coalition of over 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and is a report to the United Nations (UN) on race and racism in England. The […]

For those in peril on the sea: the Seafarers Centres

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Seafarers

Last Sunday was Sea Sunday, when the hymn, ‘Eternal Father strong to save’ is sung by seafarers around the world. It is perhaps better known by its other name – ‘For those in peril on the sea’. My Aunt Teresa had been chief cashier at the Shell (now Essar) Refinery in Stanlow. When she retired, […]

Blandford flies

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Jeremy Clarkson

Ann Holland takes a ramble through Chipping Norton, meets blood-thirsty flies and muses on Clarkson’s farm

Bringing European music to schools

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In 1992 we lived and worked in Dorset. A beautiful count where I was Deputy Head of Lytchett Minster School.

Two of my colleagues were language teachers and together, we decided to create a European fortnight of theatre, music and food to celebrate the Union. Most of the staff and students got involved, and we produced several Spanish and French plays, held three concerts and hosted a Brazilian/Portuguese dance group who happened to be visiting Bournemouth.

The day the music died

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The stark change to the lives of the UK’s musicians and actors is heartbreaking. Prior to 31 December 2020, lockdown aside, a musician could jump onto Eurostar, pass speedily into France or Belgium and carry their instrument without paperwork, tariffs or red tape to their venue. Maybe for a week, maybe for a whole season. Post-Brexit, only 90 days is permissible.

The Children of Yemen

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A dear colleague who travelled with me on a British council expedition spent many weeks of the summer in Yemen.  Alison was a teacher and she spent her holiday time in the Yemen sewing, chatting and enjoying the camaraderie. In 2014 that all changed as civil war took over the country and the Houthi armed […]

Vauxhall Motors

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The company owner now is Stellantis, a merger of Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot. The plant could be left empty. They could go for an electric car but the future looks as grim as it has for some time. Just in time supply chains won’t necessarily work with Brexit and Covid-19.

Travel free roaming for 47 years of my life

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As a geographer and scientist I have spent my life viewing the scene and travelling wherever I could. Born in Ellesmere Port, aged 4, a friend and I regularly tricycled down to the Dock Basin where the Shropshire Union Canal met the Manchester Ship Canal. Today the Boat Museum is a major tourist attraction, whilst […]