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Month: May 2020

The Lonely Life of Nina Simone

The Lonely Life of Nina Simone

I step carefully into the deep water and lie down. There’s just the right amount of bubble bath, the lights are off and a red candle flickers in the steamy haze, lighting up the walls. The hot water embraces every bit of me, I’m hugged, my eyes close and I start to relax. I’m listening to I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free by Nina Simone and I decide that this is my lockdown song —…

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The Secret Life of Tennis Balls

The Secret Life of Tennis Balls

Ruminating over endless squabbles on social media is making me jittery. Because news stories nowadays mean different things to different people; entrenched viewpoints and shouty disagreements muddy every conversation, and there’s rarely a calm consensus on what is actually true. So I stop reading, put my phone down and go outside. Half a dozen tatty chewed-up tennis balls lie on the wet winter grass littered with twigs blown down by the wind. My silly soft dog Austin walks over to…

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Huge Increase in Food Bank Demand and Donations

Huge Increase in Food Bank Demand and Donations

A Henley food bank has delivered nearly 10 times more food parcels during the coronavirus pandemic than it did a year ago. The food bank is run by the Nomad Food and Community Project – a charity that gives grass-roots support to local children, young people and families facing challenging situations. In the seven weeks from 23 March, Nomad delivered 340 food parcels, up from 36 during the same period in 2019. The parcels comprised 804 bags of food and…

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