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Jamie’s Art Works photo essay

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The Art Works is a hidden gem

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Michael House, stepping into the light

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Pic: Jamie Derrick. Contemplating what success is.

By Melody

‘Rebuilding Lives’ is the maxim of Michael House, a hostel situated in Boscombe, Bournemouth. It provides needs for vulnerable people who require support and those who have a history of rough sleeping.  The house opened in 2000 and recently recorded its 500th resident.  The charity has been established for over 22 years and Michael House is due to celebrate its 15th anniversary on July 10th. Continue reading


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Austin, The Age of Elegance revisits Bournemouth

Paul and Maureen Edwards By Melody A

Bournemouth’s popular ‘Wheels’ Festival opened for the second year in wind-swept conditions today but still drew huge crowds. Amongst the eclectic exhibits, ranging from scooter stunts to Monster Trucks was a dazzling classic car, a 1937 Austin Clifton.

The owners, Paul and Maureen Edwards of Wimborne, a friendly and engaging couple, were happy to share their experience of the elegant vehicle. It featured a cream body, maroon mudguards, canvas roof and leather interior. The Edwards purchased the car from a dealer in Weymouth 17 years ago to replace their previous passion for riding classic motorbikes. Continue reading


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Quest of Beauty in Bournemouth

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Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum opened its doors to a retrospective of Mucha’s iconic, opulent Art Nouveau work on 1 April. This fascinating exhibition of the Czech artists’ work was attended by Mucha’s grandson John and the directors of The Mucha Foundation. Mucha’s idiosyncratic paintings depicting erotic feminine beauty were used on posters, advertising and packaging in the 1930’s. The exhibition which has returned to Britain for the first time in 15 years runs until 27 September. Entrance £6. To find out more visit the Russell-Cotes website.

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