THE CUCKOO WALTZ ….

Growing up among people who worked with their hands, all of them craftsmen in their chosen disciplines, I learned very early on the importance of precise measuring and accuracy. Without a doubt, the most enduring adage I learned through those interactions, and have subsequently adhered to throughout all of my working and personal life – is to always: “MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE”. As a working carpenter, I also learned through experience that in order to avoid making mistakes and ruining costly […]

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THE BILLINGE CUCKOOS….

Founded in 1837 as the ‘Wigan Poor Law Union Hospital’, Billinge Hospital was a National Health Service facility in the Higher End district of the Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. The Maternity Unit attached to the main hospital was opened in 1968, and served much of the surrounding area of Wigan, parts of St Helens and the District of West Lancashire, before it’s closure in 2004, it’s services being transferred to other hospitals in the surrounding districts. Very little of the […]

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THE SHREWSBURY 24…

On 31 August 1972 the strike committees of North Wales building workers’ met in the upstairs room of the Bull and Stirrup in Chester. This was to be a fateful day for these men. They would go on to be the victims of one of the worst miscarriages of justice seen in Britain since the days of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. They would be vilified and hounded by parts of the press, convicted by a court as a deterrent to strikers, […]

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