Half Lives

By Philippa Holloway   It starts with a circle. Holding hands, feeling one another’s sweaty palms. I close my eyes because I don’t want to see how everyone else is dealing with this. Every time I close my eyes, though, I feel like I’m falling backwards so I’m worried the people either side of me […]

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Cold War

By Philippa Holloway   Come armed. Vest, long johns, woollens. Boots to your knees. A hat. Prepare to feel it anyway, Seeping through Invisible as gamma rays But with immediate effect, as your skin puckers with gooseflesh. Descend. Stairwells deep as breath, echoing your steps. You tighten the belt of your Coat. Down here the […]

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Exploring History – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Written by Philippa Holloway (A Runner-up entry in the Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition.) When considering a holiday, most people don’t decide to visit an area that is heavily restricted or requires a permanent escort and Geiger counter as standard holiday attire. But then maybe you aren’t most people? So why visit such a site? […]

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Power in the Land

by Philippa Holloway There is a choice of two bridges to access Ynys Môn: Telford’s suspension bridge, which provided the first road access, or the later, starker structure of the Britannia Bridge, whose square fortifications provide a quicker route over the Straits for cars and trains. Either way the view is spectacular – regardless of […]

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