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I enjoy using twitter.  I’m trying to get into using Instagram.  I’ve stopped using Facebook.  What I’ve noticed over a significant period of time, particularly on twitter, is how debased debate (I use that word sometimes in its loosest sense) is becoming, particularly involving our elected politicians – particularly MPs.  The rudeness, the vileness, the… Read More »

Will Streets – a War Poet

My final story of men with links to Sheffield is about John William Streets – one of the lesser know War Poets. William – or Will as he was better known – was born in 1886 in Whitwell in North Derbyshire, the eldest of 12 children.  He was academically and artistically gifted and in a… Read More »

William Barnsley Allen VC MC DCM

In my fourth of five posts looking at men with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the First World War, I look at William Barnsley Allen – a VC winner, doctor and almost certainly a PTSD sufferer. William was born in 1892 in Ecclesall, Sheffield.  He attended St Cuthberts College – now Worksop College… Read More »

Arnold Loosemore VC DCM

Today the third of five posts telling a brief story of a man with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the carnage of the First World War as we approach the 100th anniversary of its end. Today, Arnold Loosemore, a VC winner who was treated shoddily by an ungrateful government. Arnold was born in 1896… Read More »

My battle with mental health

I mentioned briefly in my last post, “A new year plea on behalf of those already in the teaching profession” that I was a mental health sufferer.  Very few people know this.  I’m one of those that have (and to some extent still am) embarrassed to admit I suffer from mental health problems.  Why this… Read More »