– – – EXPLORING THE COUNTRYSIDE AND LANES OF DORSET – – –
So, this week, we are considering iconic Dorset hills, hills that have amazing views and which just seem to typify Dorset. And today’s fits the bill well, and has a strange name to boot! This is Nine Barrow Down.
Nine Barrow Down
Nine Barrow Down with Swanage in the Distance
Nine Barrow Down rises to 199 meters (653 feet) and is part of the Purbeck chalk ridge that stretches some 15 miles from Old Harry Rocks in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. This ridge itself is part of a much larger system of chalk downlands that stretches across Southern England. Nine Barrow Down sits part way along the ridge with flatter land on either side giving spectacular views all along its length.
The View Across Poole Harbour
These views stretch all across Poole Harbour to the…
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We have been entertained these past few days by the busy bustle of spring among the birds in our garden: a blue tit has found a hole in the sandstone wall and flies back and forth carrying nesting material, disappearing inside what should be a safe and warm shelter for its chicks, while a pair of magpies sift through the flower beds and fly off with beaks laden with twigs and leaves.
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At time of writing I have not seen my three beautiful children for nine and a half months. Since separating, my ex and I have spent in excess of £10,000 between us on legal fees. My aim is to co-parent, my ex’s aim is to keep me away from my children.
Immediately after separation my ex began to unlawfully prevent me from having any contact with our children. It was at this point she began to exhibit alienating behaviours and subsequently cut off any direct or indirect contact with my side of the family and anyone else that was seen by her to be providing me with support. She also started and still continues to this day to make false allegations against me. There are no current safeguarding issues around me concerning contact with my children.
At this point in proceedings on the advice of my solicitor I requested help…
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Exciting news folks – my book The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is being released today.
It’s my first military title in years. In it, I ask one question: what did New Zealand’s two biggest campaigns of the First World War do to those who fought them? Exploring that answer spans nearly 400 pages as I trace the social experience of the First World War on the Kiwi soldiers who, largely, fought it in just two massive ground campaigns. The numbers involved were such that this experience was socially shaping to New Zealand as a whole – an issue I explore in
Professor Tom Brooking at Otago University has this to say:“Well written, balanced, superbly organised and up to date: this is an ideal introduction to New Zealand’s encounter with the malestrom of the First World War for students, teachers and the general public.”
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Brian Matthew, the veteran broadcaster who hosted Sounds of the 60s on BBC Radio 2, has died at the age of 88.
His death follows the announcement in January that he was stepping down from the programme because of ill health.
“Our beloved Brian Matthew passed away last night,” his family said in a statement. “We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”
Matthew presented his last full show last November, returning in February for a final compilation programme.
He had presented the show since April 1990.
“Brian was one of this country’s most popular and best loved presenters, delighting millions of listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on Sounds of the 60s for 27 years,” said Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2.
“On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and our best wishes to his family at this difficult time.”
Bob Shennan, the BBC’s director of radio and music and a former Radio 2 Controller, described Matthew as “a radio legend” who would be “sorely missed”.
“For decades, his voice was the sound of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to listeners on Sounds of the 60s with his wit and warmth.”
Radio 2 will broadcast a special tribute programme on Friday at 1900 BST that will look back over Matthew’s career.
Matthew started broadcasting in Germany in 1948 and trained as an actor at Radad before joining the BBC in 1954.
He was one of the first DJs on Radio 2, hosting shows such as Saturday Club, Thank Your Lucky Stars and the the long-running Round Midnight programme.
In 1990 he received a Broadcasting Press Guild award for his outstanding contribution to radio.
Tony Blackburn, who took over Sounds of the 60s last month, remembered his colleague on Twitter as “an amazing broadcaster“.
There is much being said about parental alienation in the UK at the moment and professed practice is erupting everywhere. Yesterday’s taboo is today’s big thing it seems, which results in us seeing thoughts about parental alienation being promulgated which are unrecognisable in terms of internationally recognised standards of practice.
Whilst I have no problem at all with the growth of interest in the issue, I do have a problem with the way it is constantly linked to the belief that a change in the law to presumption of shared care will eradicate the risk. I also have a problem with the way in which parental alienation as an issue is at risk of being seen only as a parental rights issue or reformulated as being something which only happens in high conflict family separation. Both of these themes are being seen in discussion about the issue in the UK…
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