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The Source of the River Don

A few views of the Pennine moors above Sheffield at the location of the source of the River Don. The river emerges from the peat in the gulley to the right of the image. Within two kilometres of the River … Continue reading

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The Old Ways – Penguin’s ‘Wayfarer’ Competition

It’s rather late in the day, but rather fortuitously, a couple of weeks ago I received an email from my tutor at UEA (where I’m a mature undergraduate) informing me of the opportunity to take part in a competition being … Continue reading

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The Plot Thickens!

And so the plot thickens! Now I find that it was the Romans who created the Don’s duality when they cut the Tunbridge Dyke from Thorne to join the Don to the River Aire. Until that time, it seems, the … Continue reading

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The River Don – Clear As Mud!

So, the latest information gleaned from the (excellent) UEA library is that, similar to its vague source, the lower River Don originally did not have a direct confluence with the Yorkshire Ouse. The Don still springs out of the peat … Continue reading

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Dairy Industry Threatened – What’s New?

There is an article in today’s Times resulting from a letter to the paper from the celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver concerning the effect that price manipulation by supermarkets is having upon the dairy industry. The chefs make … Continue reading

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George Orwell In Sheffield

Following on from my previous posts on George Orwell’s stay in Sheffield’s Neepsend district, I thought it would be interesting to write a few words about modern Neepsend. Orwell stayed with the Searle family at 154 Wallace Road. The road … Continue reading

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Orwell In Sheffield

I have been away in Yorkshire carrying out some research for a book I am working on. While I was in Sheffield, I took the opportunity to visit Neepsend, the area by the River Don where George Orwell stayed while … Continue reading

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Orwell in Sheffield

Following some recent research associated with a current writing project, I stumbled upon a gem on the Sheffield local history website. It is an article in the Sheffield Telegraph in which the couple with whom George Orwell lodged during 1936 … Continue reading

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Sheffield Is A ‘Cool’ City!

Despite what George Orwell wrote about Sheffield, I think it is a very pleasant place in which to live. In fact, though I don’t usually use the word, I do think it is rather a ‘cool’ city . Having said … Continue reading

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Big Brother Is Watching You!

I was told yesterday that the International Space Station would be passing directly overhead of where I live, and would be visible in the night sky. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it being the start of the Wimbledon fortnight, any view … Continue reading

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