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Wisbech’s illegimate princess, Jane Stuart

This is the riveting story of how Jane Stuart, an illegitimate daughter of King James 11 the last Roman Catholic to rein over Britain, came to live in a cellar in Wisbech, selling thread on the market place. It would surely make a best seller for Hilary Mantel or Philippa Gregory. I learnt about it during a visit to the town’s Friends’ Meeting House, home of the Quakers, during the...
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The plastic bag levy in England – too little too late

I believe the plastic bag levy planned in England is too little too late. The Republic of Ireland successfully introduced it 13 years ago and attracted worldwide admiration for reducing its use of plastic bags by 80%. Environmental officers from all over the world have visited them to learn the secret of their success, including China. I went to the Republic when this charge was first introduced...
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