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Why I Love Milton Keynes

I love this blog post from my daughter Erin on the event of Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday. You hope that your children will be happy in the place you’ve chosen to bring up your family and I’m so glad she’s liked it enough to stay.

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Milton Keynes is celebrating its 50th birthday today so I thought I’d share some of the reasons why this New City is a place I love!

I have lived here for most of my life (bar 2/3 years somewhere in the middle where I lived just outside) and even though it’s been the butt of people’s jokes, I still firmly believe it’s an awesome place to live. Here’s why:

  • Milton Keynes was built a New City, with the environment, industry and lifestyle in mind. It has excellent links to London (be there on the train in less than an hour), redways (paths that run alongside or under the main roads, tarmacked in red) that allow you to travel through the town on bike or by foot almost completely without having to brave dangerous dual carriageways.

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  • The buses have always and probably still are unashamedly always late. You might as well burn the timetables…

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Guest Post: Mum’s the Word!

Erin asked me to write a guest post on beauty and make up for her blog. These aren’t subjects I’ve ever included in my own blog, considering I’m not at all an expert. But you may be interested to read my thoughts and give Erin’s blog a once over too. I really enjoyed writing this, hope you enjoy!

Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug

Today I have a guest post, written by my Mother! She has her own blog, mostly about her travels and day-to-day activities and she loves to write. I chatted to her about make up when I was with her for lunch on Easter day, and it dawned on me, she would have an awesome perspective of how makeup has changed over the years she’s been using it. And of course how her use of beauty products has changed as her skin has matured. Now heading into my mid 30’s I am all too aware of how my skin is changing and it feels like every few years I’m having to relearn what works for me! Here’s what my Mum has to say:

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Erin has asked me to write a guest blog post about make up from the point of view of the older woman.

Well at 61 and a…

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Leaving the library.

As others are facing going back to work and school after the long summer break, I retired from the library service after 30+ years.

My first job was as a trainee at Kings Lynn library, a Carnegie library that resembles a red brick castle .

After 2 years at Ealing Tech at library school, my first professional post was as Aylesbury Urban Mobile librarian, a van that stopped for 2 or 3 hours in the estates and local larger villages. I sweltered through 1976 before progressing to the Schools Library Service as Secondary Librarian. I managed to visit all the secondary schools in Bucks before the council decided money needed to be saved and I was out of a job.

At 22 I was too young to be a branch librarian really, but was redeployed to Princes Risborough , a library in a medieval building in a tiny side street, with a beautiful garden. My colleagues here taught me a lot and in the end I found my feet.

In the meantime I had married and moved to Bletchley , and the commute was quite long so was grateful to gain a post at Newport Pagnell. The day before I started here I found I was pregnant; they were not happy, but I was, and left at the end of 1979.

A 10 year break from libraries then, raising 2 daughters and working for 3 years in a bookshop, and I was employed at Milton Keynes library as a job share with another returner. Throughout my time at MK I remained on a job share basis with 3 different partners. I highly recommend job share; a great way of balancing work and home, as long as you can cope with half a salary.

I have been fortunate to be able to work in a profession that suits me and I’ve worked with some inspiring people. I’m honoured to have been able to help local people with their enquiries and searches for reading material.

Photo by Dawn Hammond

Photo by Dawn Hammond

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57: Fridge magnet

I started this this number project a year ago, and I’m pleased to be over halfway to 100.

My 57 is the magnet in the centre of this photograph of some of the many and varied things attached to my fridge. I bought it at the National Trust shop at Stowe; it just so happens to be my door number too.image

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55: Princess Street

Princess Street, Manchester.

Princess Street, Manchester.

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52: Car registration

  Or rather, for confidentiality, half a car registration.

Very strangely , the car was parked outside a house numbered 52 too, but I wasn’t going to push my luck and photograph the house as well.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 490 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Roald Dahl’s birthday, 13th.

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Roald Dahl was born on 13th September; I found this out at the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden yesterday. This transparency of the author as a baby is positioned over a light box hence the strange colour.

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Happy 5

So pleased that it worked out that I could use this for my number 5.

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This is my grandson celebrating his fifth birthday with his sister.
I am biased of course but they are wonderful children and I am very proud of them.

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Number two

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This is PC number 2 in CMK lending library.
Library staff can see that it’s being recalcitrant and not connecting to ICAM unlike its smug neighbour.

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