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What Bede didn’t tell us: writing ‘Cuthbert of Farne’

During my childhood in North Northumberland in the fifties and sixties, St Cuthbert was a familiar background presence. Days out with a picnic on Lindisfarne always included a search along the shore for Cuddy’s beads, the crinoid fossils that local folklore held were...

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On cold water swimming and St Cuthbert

The summer of 2018 just gone was, famously, a Good Summer. In the south of England people sweltered in hot towns as the temperatures soared into the thirties. This, of course, didn’t happen up here in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Our town sits above the Tweed estuary and the...

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