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Author reveals his Auntie Priscilla’s war – and sensational love life – in Nazi occupied France

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Author reveals his Auntie Priscilla’s war – and sensational love life – in Nazi occupied France

She was a woman who captivated men.  They fluttered round her like moths attracted by a candle – “a figure of unusual glamour and mystery”, according to novelist and biographer Nicholas Shakespeare.

His aunt Priscilla remained so for decades, as Nicholas revealed on Tuesday night when he came to

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Marlborough Young Actors’ “Teechers”: three students run riot in the staff room

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Marlborough Young Actors’ “Teechers”: three students run riot in the staff room

What a breath of fresh air!  For the new Marlborough Young Actors’ first production this was a big ask: three young actors on stage for the entire production of John Godber’s play Teechers as they act a whole register of fellow students and a staff room of teachers.

And a

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Avebury’s world premiere: standing ovation for 'Atlantic Odyssey'

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Avebury’s world premiere: standing ovation for 'Atlantic Odyssey'

Atlantic Odyssey – a Journey through Music had its triumphant world premiere on Sunday evening (October 20) in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Swindon.  The performance received a standing ovation from a packed audience of around 450 people.  

The new work for mixed chorus, soloists and orchestra was performed

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Mildenhall author James scores his own conquest abroad with his tales of Norman knights

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Mildenhall author James scores his own conquest abroad with his tales of Norman knights

Online may be heralded as the future of publishing, but former St John’s student James Aitcheson, whose final novel in a trilogy about the Norman Conquest is published on Thursday, is doing remarkably well.

Foreign rights to the Conquest series – the first two novels are now in paperback --

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Pewsey Music Festival shrugs off the rain and clouds and gets down to a great mix of sounds

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Pewsey Music Festival shrugs off the rain and clouds and gets down to a great mix of sounds

There was a welcome guest from the past to enliven the afternoon programme at Saturday’s (August 3) Pewsey Music Festival. “Legs” Larry Smith came on stage to add his voice and rhythm to some of Los Barkus’ set.

“Legs”?  For those not so old, he was the drummer with the

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Our refusal to listen to voice of history has resulted in the disasters of Afghanistan

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Our refusal to listen to voice of history has resulted in the disasters of Afghanistan

The unbelievable mess of the war in Afghanistan is of our own making, a lost opportunity made inevitable by our refusal to believe that history does repeat itself in disastrous ways if you ignore its lessons.

That was the undeniable grim message the acclaimed historian and critic William Dalrymple gave

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