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Gambia with Thriving Through Venture: the shock of seeing where slaves were held - Libby's blog

Day out on boats to Kunta Kinte island and a piggy back ride to shore on our return"Day out on boats to Kunta Kinte island and a piggy back ride to shore on our return"We had a really early start from Gunjur today. We went in two minibuses with our Gambian partners.  On our bus there was a huge sing-song.

Everyone had so much energy.  Yet Maisie managed to sleep through it all!  We arrived an hour later at the shore of the Gambia River. 

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Obituary: Christopher Irby, professional cellist and conductor of the Marlborough Concert Orchestra for many years

Christopher IrbyChristopher IrbyChristopher Irby moved to Hungerford in 2005 after his retirement as a successful professional cellist.  His positions included nine years as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and twenty five years as a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  He worked with many world famous conductors.

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From chocolat to strawberries - the rich world of Joanne Harris' best-selling stories

oanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)oanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)When Joanne Harris first published Chocolat twenty years ago, she never thought that a novel about a chocolate shop and a small French village would achieve worldwide success and acclaim.  A very popular film adaptation and several awards later, Joanne has published the fourth book in the Chocolat series - The Strawberry Thief.

 

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We meet migrants who took the back route but failed and returned to Gambia - Maisie Medcalf's blog

Gunjur - A birthday blog...but with a horrifying story:  This morning, when we got to the TARUD offices where we’ve been working, everyone sang Happy Birthday – several times, in English and in Mandinka.  It was amazing - they were so nice.  And my Gambian partner, Mariatou, gave me some beautiful material which I’m going to have made into clothes. 

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Marlborough Rising Talent: an afternoon performance by young local talent - real talents

Ann Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorAnn Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorSaturday (August 10) saw the return of Marlborough Rising Talent at the Town Hall - a free event showcasing the musical ability of various performers from the Marlborough area.  This year the musicians each played a longer set, mostly made up of original songs, an admirable feat considering the ages of those who took part.

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Thriving Through Venture in Gambia - August '19 - George Amos' blog

My first impressions of Gunjur?  Where do I start?  I suppose you have to start with how different it is.  The culture shock. But actually, it’s been really quite easy to fit in.  And it’s the scenery, the whole culture, everything. 

That’s what we found out today.  Seeing how the local people live their lives, how they get on with their days. It’s like:  this is how they live, and it’s how we’re going to live for the next two weeks.  That’s exciting, and it makes me nervous too. Intrigued. 

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