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Flowers in Britannia and Eve

“Flowers seem to be intended for the solace of humanity”, wrote John Ruskin: “children love them; tender, cultivated people love them as they grow”. ‘Treasury of Summer’ | Britannia and Eve | 1 July 1950 Gardening can prove a useful and enjoyable distraction during challenging times. In June 1940, during the midst of the Second World War, the beauty of local gardens inspired mixed emotions. The spring of 1940 and the early summer have been far more beautiful than usual,

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How to be loved: Life lessons from The Athlone Sentinel

There’s a lot to be learned from history. Thankfully, the newspapers are one way that those who came before us were able to record their advice to future generations. Search the newspapers One title in particular caught our eye. The Athlone Sentinel offered a wealth of advice on everything from being a man to the importance of white hands. The value of energy “He who, by any intellectual and moral energy, awakens kindred energy in others touches springs of infinite

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