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Barnhill – where Orwell’s 1984 was born

I’m just back from the trip of a lifetime to the far-flung Scottish Island of Jura, travelling in the footsteps of my inspiration, the great writer George Orwell. An emotional moment was being able to stare out of the same window Orwell gazed through while writing Nineteen Eighty-Four. His bedroom study was behind the top left window in the main

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Bowie, Marc and me

‘David Bowie showed me there was a world outside Southport… ‘  An interview I came across this weekend transported me back to my teenage years. Marc Almond – singer and front man of legendary electro pop pioneers Soft Cell, grew up in my hometown. Although we have never met, Marc and I had friends in common and I have followed

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