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Brixen
Published: May 12th, 2022 by theatretrain

Brixen

This week I am in Brixen which is high up in northern, German-speaking, Italy. It is a region called South Tyrol, and if you imagine the Sound of Music you get an idea of what it looks like. Mountains and valleys with high up isolated communities and huge Baroque churches and statues in the valley […]

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Sir Elton
Published: May 5th, 2022 by theatretrain

Sir Elton

When it finally happens, I’m looking forward to seeing Sir Elton in his farewell show at the O2 Arena. It was scheduled long ago but the pandemic intervened.  “Having not known the rockstar life I wasn’t expecting the enormous crates of lager piled high.” When I was 20, I was lucky enough to be in […]

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What is kindness
Published: May 3rd, 2022 by theatretrain

What is kindness

It’s no surprise that in a world where an innocent social media post can illicit thousands of harsh comments, self preservation above others is considered good business and cutting funding to those who need it most has become routine, that kindness is still very much valued. This is because in our often unkind world, kindness […]

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Expect the Unexpected
Published: April 27th, 2022 by theatretrain

Expect the Unexpected

I was at a rugby match the other day and it made me think again about the joy you get from the spectacle and the power of a big crowd. If we went back thousands of years to Roman or even Greek times we know they built huge amphitheatres like the Colosseum in Rome. Here […]

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Pandemic has negatively affected children’s social and friendship-building skills.
Published: April 7th, 2022 by theatretrain

Pandemic has negatively affected children’s social and friendship-building skills.

An Ofsted report published this week by Gov.uk has noted ‘the negative impact on children’s personal, social and emotional development, with many lacking confidence in group activities.’ In addition, ‘Children’s social and friendship-building skills have been affected.’ The report also comments on the pandemic’s continued effect on young children’s communication and language development. As part […]

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