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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES: The Res – the mirror to the sky – why the near circular Cheddar Reservoir in Somerset photographs so beautifully (especially at sunrise and sunset) although including the swans and geese in the picture is rather more tricky
By June 2, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES: The Res – the mirror to the sky – why the near circular Cheddar Reservoir in Somerset photographs so beautifully (especially at sunrise and sunset) although including the swans and geese in the picture is rather more tricky

Some notes on photographing Cheddar Reservoir People often say to me how beautiful my photographs of Cheddar Reservoir are but the truth is you can’t really go wrong with the mirror to the sky as I call it. Anyone can take a ‘wow’ photo of the Res – especially at sunset or sunrise as it […]

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Are you self-employed, or run a company, or plan to start a new business after the Covid-19 crisis ends? Join the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce and be part of the town’s business community
By June 2, 2020 Read More →

Are you self-employed, or run a company, or plan to start a new business after the Covid-19 crisis ends? Join the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce and be part of the town’s business community

Join the Chamber – the organisation for businesses in or connected to the town and the self-employed and interested parties If you would like to join the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce or to be an interested party then send an email to harryfmottram@gmail.com with these details: Name/s Business Telephone Email Website Sum up the business […]

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AGENDA WEST Business –  HARRY SPEED – OPINION: the Covid-19 lock down doctrine is flawed as without a healthy economy there isn’t a healthy country
By June 1, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business – HARRY SPEED – OPINION: the Covid-19 lock down doctrine is flawed as without a healthy economy there isn’t a healthy country

Covid 19 – did we really have to shut down the economy? Millions out of work, businesses destroyed and an extreme cure that’s worse than the infection. Thoughts on the greatest economic folly of our time by columnist Harry Speed. It is heresy to suggest the Government policy to stop the spread of Covid-19 by […]

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Strawberry Line Times: then and now photographs
By May 31, 2020 Read More →

Strawberry Line Times: then and now photographs

This article was written in 2013 by Harry Mottram It’s the minutia of photographs that attract. The little details that reveal so much about the scene – whether it’s what people are wearing or what’s in the background – or even what’s half out of a photo as it was thought not interesting enough to […]

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Axbridge Chamber of Commerce News: free business listings on Sedgemoor’s website
By May 31, 2020 Read More →

Axbridge Chamber of Commerce News: free business listings on Sedgemoor’s website

Axbridge Chamber of Commerce News: free business listings on Sedgemoor DC’s site. Contact economic.development@sedgemoor.gov.uk if you want your businesses listed https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/4480/Business-listings More about the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce at http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/axbridge/axbridge-chamber-of-commerce/

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE book (and film) review: from India to Somerset and from Egypt to Naples before, during and just after World War Two – unravelling the haunted pasts of four bruised, burnt and disfigured characters in The English Patient
By May 29, 2020 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE book (and film) review: from India to Somerset and from Egypt to Naples before, during and just after World War Two – unravelling the haunted pasts of four bruised, burnt and disfigured characters in The English Patient

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje Like the regular morphine injections applied by Hana to the English Patient Almasy the novel slides in and out of several worlds featuring a small cast of characters and their past and present lives. Only in the final third do we begin to see their full stories in Michael […]

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE Feature: the curious incident of the relaxed performances – how one play changed theatre
By May 29, 2020 Read More →

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE Feature: the curious incident of the relaxed performances – how one play changed theatre

It is the production that changed children and young people’s theatre. Harry Mottram on the play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time based on Mark Haddon’s novel and how it introduced relaxed performances to broaden audiences There’s a curious story behind relaxed performances and it all started with a play. So what’s a […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: blokish folly or the arrogance of privilege? Dominic Cummings’ explanations haven’t convinced the court of public opinion and he’s potentially holed the ship of Government below the  waterline
By May 26, 2020 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: blokish folly or the arrogance of privilege? Dominic Cummings’ explanations haven’t convinced the court of public opinion and he’s potentially holed the ship of Government below the waterline

Some thoughts from the journalist Harry Mottram In any other circumstances Dominic Cummings’ explanation of his trip to Durham and even Barnard Castle may well stack up as a kind of understandable blokish folly. His story of a family crisis, the offer of a country retreat and an extended family on hand to childmind while […]

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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE Book Review: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
By May 24, 2020 Read More →

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE Book Review: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart. By Chinua Achebe. For the first few pages I was slightly mystified by Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. Was this a Utopian view of Africa before it was corrupted by colonialism written in a simplistic yet affective style in the mode of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise – a narrative describing how tribal life was subverted […]

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AGENDA WEST Business News: the very ugly face of the Covid-19 crisis as theatres go into administration potentially leaving the suppliers, staff and actors with nothing
By May 19, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business News: the very ugly face of the Covid-19 crisis as theatres go into administration potentially leaving the suppliers, staff and actors with nothing

Cinderella was a hit at the Southport Theatre but with the theatre shut there’s no cash Ian Carrotte: chase invoices owed by theatres, pubs and the night time economy in general as many will not reopen Theatres and to an extent the night time economy in general have in a way designed to allow Covid-19 […]

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