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Setting your bar to your own personal motivation

Taking my daughter to her first gymnastics competition today I asked what she wanted to achieve for herself, she replied that she didn't want to come last. She wasn't setting her bar low or being pessimistic, it was the opposite - she recognised she was doing something very challenging for herself and just participating was her personal achievement. She was very nervous, she relaxed as soon as she was with her club teammates and her coach, who knew what to say, how to say it and how to motivate Read more [...]
Declaration of Death - Harry Dainton

Uncovering Shepton Mallet Prison Raises More Questions

Shepton Mallet Prison’s future seems certain as a reincarnation into luxury apartment blocks by a high-end property developer who was sold this grade II* listed building by the MoJ. The development has been postponed until up to 2020, although work can begin any time, with just four weeks notice. However, questions are still being asked about those who have laid underground at the site for up to 400 years. The prison owners, developer City and Country, have never spoken publicly about how their Read more [...]
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THE BATH WIFE MURDER PRISONER SENTENCED TO DEATH – BRISTOL MERCURY (EXTRACT) NOV 25TH 1891

Harry Dainton, 35, Mason, was indicted for the wilful murder of his wife, Hannah Dainton, at Bath, on the 8th September last. Mr R. W. Kingslake and Mr G. R. Askwith prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, and the prisoner was defended by Mr H. E. Duke. The prisoner pleaded “Not guilty” in a clear voice. Mr Kingslake, in opening the case, said he would ask the jury to give him their earnest attention while he endeavoured, as clearly as he could, to unfold to them the story of that most foul Read more [...]
A hidden history of Britain by Michael Portillo and Transparent TV

Portillo’s Hidden History – Revealing Britain’s abandoned heritage gems

In this truly unique take on evaluating Britain's "lost" history, Micheal Portillo shows he is a man of the people (after all) by shining his torch light on history that although abandoned still bears witness to extraordinary stories. Episode 1 tells the fascinating, but squeamish, story of the Royal London Hospital. Best not to watch while eating your supper! This first programme in the series features interesting insights into Jack the Ripper (could the killer have been working at the hospital?) Read more [...]
Shepton Mallet Prison

Ghostly Attention at Shepton Mallet Prison

Shepton Mallet Prison has been dubbed Britain’s most haunted prison, even The Sun has splashed this headline. What happens next may be down to the stories or the ghosts of Shepton Mallet Prison itself, who may now be having their say prior to the property developer outlining in detail what they intend to do with those poor souls still buried at the site. Shepton Mallet Prison was closed to save money in 2013 by the Government, in its place we were going to have a super-sized prison. Now we Read more [...]
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A volunteer revolution – an unsung hero of the UK economy

“My prediction is that 2017 might just be the year of micro-volunteering and data donation, with cheap technologies allowing everyone to volunteer from home for short and sweet periods of time, no matter how much time they have to give.”  NESTA Around one in three of us volunteers in the UK.  This ratio could be even higher if you include informal (and unrecorded) volunteering.  Those acts involving our time, skills, expertise or just our sheer enthusiasm aren’t always measured.  We Read more [...]
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I’m not alright, but that’s alright? “I am Joan” review by Claire de Sully, Strode Theatre May 19th, 2017.

In her book Wilful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan (entrepreneur, chief executive and author) says “All that evil needs to flourish is for good people to see nothing - and get paid for it”. And so it goes: Child abuse in the Catholic Church, Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews and other groups, reckless subprime mortgage lenders that brought the world’s financial system to the brink and the Rochdale child trafficking ring (recently dramatised on BBC1), all share a simple fact: “It was Read more [...]
Shepton Mallet Prison

Human stories remains a big draw for Shepton Mallet Prison

Shepton Mallet Prison - one of the UK's most ancient prisons - is proving that demand for its untold human stories and history is not abating. Recently, TV production company Transparent Television spent a week at the prison filming for a major television series for Channel 5, presented by Michael Portillo. Transparent Television's  programme about the prison will dig a little deeper to find untold human stories, and will be aired in the autumn by the major broadcaster. Popular presenter Michael Read more [...]
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Dyslexia – a disability or a unique learning ability?

In a highly personal article written for the Sunday Times, Richard Branson calls for a rethink on how we support dyslexic children in our education system.  Branson recalls his experience of being dyslexic and "dropping out" at 16 with a profound sense of being failed by a rigid, box-ticking education system that he believes treats dyslexia as a disability. Branson - the billionaire entrepreneur -  points out that Albert Einstein, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs are all thought to have been dyslexic, Read more [...]
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Jenni Murray’s A History of Britain in 21 Women and a chance to add our own chapter? Review by Claire de Sully

A History of Britain in 21 Women has been a great companion for me as it demonstrates how, for these women, dogged determination, ambition alongside single mindedness can see you through to fulfilling your purpose in life, no matter how mighty the obstacles are placed before each step you take. For me the power of this book is that it is as much a history of people than solely a female perspective. Often the stories around these extraordinary women involve men: husbands, lovers, fathers, male Read more [...]

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