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A life being lived for kicks

Although he’ll underplay his role at every opportunity, Brian McIntyre has helped many of Dorset’s semi-professional football clubs, but perhaps especially Wimborne Town where he’s held a few posts including General Manager and Director of Football. The only one he’ll comfortably accept though is Good Friend. For more than 20 years he has raised money Read More…

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Bournemouth’s poison professor is on the right side of the law

On 28 April 1882, Bournemouth GP Dr George Lamson went to the gallows for the murder of his teenage brother-in-law in an attempt to get his hands on a greater share of a family inheritance. The evidence that convicted Lamson hinged on a taste test performed on the victim’s bodily fluids by the country’s leading Read More…

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Shelleyan Orphan – box set go

From Branksome Beach to the world, maybe there’s a parallel reality in which Shelleyan Orphan are as famed as Kate Bush, as cool as the Cocteau Twins and as revered as Portishead; a place where Caroline Crawley and Jemaur Tayle are Britain’s answer to Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein – a creative hothouse that also Read More…

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Jill’s life with jam on it

Time was when jam and pickle making were the preserve of every homemaker, traditional weapons in the fight to stave off famine by making the most of the fruits from times of feast. From late summer into autumn, kitchens everywhere were busy with fruit and vegetables being boiled, simmered, pickled, blanched and steeped in readiness Read More…

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The art of nostalgia

Having swapped blackboard and chalk four years ago for canvas and brush, former teacher Richard Watkin is enjoying a new lease of life as a painter, turning the Dorset landmarks he loves into vintage-inspired artworks. With wife Judi acting as marketing manager, administrator, sounding board, critic and tea maker, what started life as a hobby Read More…

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Ruth Dresman

  With work sold across Europe and the United States, shown in national museums and seen in major public art commissions such as Salisbury District Hospital – glass artist Ruth Dresman has earned a fine international reputation. Now she’s bringing her distinctive designs to Walford Mill for a solo exhibition as the Wimborne crafts centre Read More…

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Graham Stansfield: From Coronation to Consort

Graham Stansfield has had his share of ups and downs with music, but even in the grip of on-going chemotherapy treatment, it’s the one thing outside his family that keeps him going and as the composer sits in the upstairs lounge of his home overlooking the distant Purbeck hills, he’s glad to count his blessings. Read More…

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The pluck of the draw

Despite spectacular views from his elevated studio across Lyme Regis, the beauty of the real world provides precious little inspiration for the weekly cartoons Ian Dicks draws in short order for the Financial Times. Every Friday he’s given little more than two hours to draw a cartoon that illustrates a comment piece on some aspect Read More…

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David and Natasha Solomons 2016

  Nestled in the lea of Bell Hill below the Wessex Ridgeway, where hang-gliders compete with the occasional red kite for airspace in the warm evening sky, the inspiration to write is abundantly clear. ‘It’s almost embarrassing. We have our little writing studio and this wonderful view, we are about as perfect a cliché as Read More…

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Alastair Simpson: BSO hurdy-gurdy man

It comes as no surprise to find a man whose Twitter profile describes him as ‘librarian, organ, trombone, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, tin whistle, conductor, composer, folk & choral singer, actor, bellringer, knitter, dog-walker’ is bemoaning a general lack of time to simply play. ‘Musical instruments are logical and with a few exceptions I can get something Read More…