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Our Local History

We’ve begun making a blog > Our Local History in which we put clippings of histories we’ve found.

DORSET:Trestle Bridge,River Stour,at Durweston,1872: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen & Home
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We're Moving

Rear view from pondOn the 25th July we begin our move to a new home, France Oaks Cottage near Blandford Forum in Dorset. After 3 years without a garden or a view we will now have a plot to develop into a vegetable allotment, a pond, a barbecue, a swing, sheds and wonderful views.

We will be near Liz’s school and able to have access to some beautiful countryside for walks and recreation. As I write we’re packing and throwing out things we don’t need. Hopefully our friends will come and visit us soon.

There’s room to stay and stray. Contact us via e-mail if you’d like our new address and phone number. We intend to have a house warming party in mid-August.


also see: France Oaks Cottage photo Set on flickr

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HONK! Review: Blackmoor Vale

Review in the Blackmoor Vale paper.
HONK - Blackmoor Vale
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HONK! B.A.D.

Western Gazette
Liz and I have recently performed with Blandford Amateur Dramatics in a production of Honk! in the Corn Exchange in Blandford Forum. Everybody pulled it out of the bag at the last minute and Liz was particularly wonderful as Ida.
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Playing For Change

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Ken Robinson - TED Talk on Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance.
Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006.
The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this." A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

"Ken's vision and expertise is sought by public and commercial organizations throughout the world."
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Temptation - Hannover 2009

Back in 1980 I did an orchestral arrangement for Temptation - now look what’s happened! Not wholly my dots this version, although my ideas are in there too. Great work lads.
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Cloud Storage

We used to use Floppy Discs to store our precious files, then hard drives, USB sticks, memory cards, these are all useful devices for storing our precious data. Personally I like to be sure I'm backed-up. I learnt the hard way, losing precious work and no back-up to recover the data. All hard drives will fail eventally. There really is no excuse now. There are so many useful services to help us while being secure at the same time. Easily my favourite is Dropbox, but I often explore the others and considering that most services use a business model that has a free entry facility, it's good to use a few and benefit from not having to pay. Some other services worth considering are, ZumoDrive, SugarSync and Microsoft’s SkyDrive with a whopping amount of Free storage.
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