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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…

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At home he’s Dad; on stage he’s David

At home in Ferndown most of the time he’s just Dad to his two boys, but at least two or three nights a week – sometimes more – Laurence Bolwell dons make up, wigs and a series of outlandish costumes to become a starman; The Starman in fact, David Bowie. For 19 years Laurence has kept Read More…

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Bonny Sartin 2016

It’s more than 350 years since the first Sartins arrived in Dorset, as Huguenots fleeing persecution. They settled in Corscombe to work the land and today the family is about as Dorset as it gets. Yet the name of Bonny Sartin is familiar to countless thousands worldwide, as he has spent the best part of Read More…

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Rose tinted handiwork

Millions of people all over the world have seen Maureen Rose’s handiwork, yet only a comparative handful know her name. However that handful includes some very distinguished names, none more so than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For Maureen spent 30 years as dressmaker to the Queen, achieving a Royal Warrant, the very pinnacle of Read More…