PUBLISHED: 01:01 19 August 2007 | UPDATED: 17:46 26 February 2010 ENERGISING and unnerving, this - taking elevenses in the room where Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears produced musical magic. They've been dead for years, of course, but it nevertheless seems sacrilegious to perch on their chairs and balance mugs on their tables. ENERGISING and unnerving, this - taking elevenses in the room where Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears produced musical magic. They've been dead for years, of course, but it nevertheless seems sacrilegious to perch on their chairs and balance mugs on their tables.It's hard, too, to savour a piece of chocolate cake when you realise the piano a few metres away is Britten's Steinway, bought to replace the instrument he lost when fire wrecked Snape Maltings at the start of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1969.Britten and Pears moved into The Red House in Aldeburgh in 1957, after swapping their home in Crabbe Street with the artist Mary Potter. It was a … [Read more...] about ‘Imo’: More than Britten’s Girl Friday
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Special Report PUBLISHED: 06:00 26 April 2019 Jessica Frank-Keyes The fishing boats pulled up on the beach at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2019 The EDP’s Your Town project is casting a close eye on life in some of our region’s biggest towns. Reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes takes a look at the place best known as the gem of the north Norfolk coast: Cromer. Hilary Cox, district councillor for Cromer and leisure portfolio holder (left), with Cromer Pier general manager Francis Gildea, pictured on Cromer Pier. Photo: Jessica Frank-KeyesNestled on the Norfolk coastline, Cromer is famed for its seaside charm and holiday atmosphere.The pastel fishing cottages and world famous Cromer crab saw the town dubbed “a very 1902 kind of place” by a national newspaper earlier this year. But beneath the sunny face of it, lies a community with a strong sense of its identity and heritage, coupled with a push to adapt to face … [Read more...] about Your Town: What residents really think of Cromer
PUBLISHED: 00:33 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 00:51 28 March 2019 Steve Russell Mary Brown as she prepared to retire from Swanton Morley school in 1989. She told us, about her 35 years in teaching, ‘I think the children’s thirst for knowledge and their energy and enthusiasm have not altered, and that is the thing which interests me the most’ Picture: ARCHANT Archant Taught at Swanton Morley for 35 years after recovering from severe TB Mary Brown illustrated David Woodward’s 1997 book Larn Yarself Silly Suffolk. Her daughter Rosemary did the same for his 1998 title Tatterlegs for Tea – and Mary offered this picture as a cover shot. It was taken in 1939 at Oulton Broad and shows the family and others. From left, Mary Odam (Brown), aged 10; two women teachers; Aunt Lily Evers (it’s thought); Great Granny Evers; grandmother Violet Tawell, holding George Odam, at nine or so months old; George and Mary’s mother, Muriel … [Read more...] about Obituary: Was much-loved Mary your teacher?
The all-female brass band of Hải Bắc Commune in Nam Định Province has performed in a wide range of events since 2010. Photo tintucnamdinh.vn Viet Nam News by Hồng Vân Enjoying a fine brass band performance by an all-female band in a church, you’d hardly think you were in a rural part of Nam Định Province. More than 40 women, all in white uniforms, are rehearsing for an upcoming event for Christmas. They are not professional musicians. Most of them are farmers, while others sell fruit at the local market. Hải Bắc Brass Band has been hitting the right notes for more than nine years. Initially, it was just a group of 20 villagers playing wind instruments for services at the local church. The group now has more than 40 members who perform at a wide range of events - Christmas and New Year, weddings, cultural festivals and funerals. “We all love music and the sound of wind instruments. It makes us … [Read more...] about Where all villagers embrace brass culture
ACTON — He always picks up some Entenmann’s or whatever pastries happen to be on sale. Jim Flanagan, coordinator of youth ministries, sets them out in a back office at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, in a space like an old rec room. Worn carpet. Hand-me-down sofas piled with mismatched pillows.The kids roll in, a few at a time, trying to make sense of another suicide. They want to talk. Or they just don’t want to be alone. Related Links Share your story: How have you been affected by suicide? Secrets of a Lost Girl Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows They pray for their lost friend, for another family near mad with grief, for those who struggle, for any who are loved and yet still feel alone.This is their ritual, now achingly familiar.Flanagan opened the room after Megan took her life, in 2016.And then after Matthew took his, just after school started that fall.And Sid, off in college in Minnesota.And Thomas, a classmate of … [Read more...] about In Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow