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As a photographer I’m lucky to be able to contribute to the area’s most popular free community magazine. Not only that, the subjects tell me all about their lives, and then hopefully I write an interesting story. It’s a collaborative effort – and maybe because of that on some level I’ve made lots of friends.
Robin Mills went to Chideock, West Dorset, to meet thatcher Dave Symonds. This is his story. “My interest in thatching started when I was 11 years old. I got off the school bus one day, and the local thatcher who Read more »
Robin Mills went to Plush, mid-Dorset, to meet Dot Browning. This is her story. “My childhood was spent in a fairly leafy part of South London, between Streatham and Tooting. I was the youngest of three girls, and we lived Read more »
Robin Mills went to Hursey, near Broadwindsor, to meet farmer Lloyd Curtis. This is his story. “I’ve lived on a dairy farm my whole life. The family started farming down at Whetham, a couple of miles away, and the land Read more »
Robin Mills went to Lyme Regis to meet writer Miranda Vickers. This is her story. “I’m a West Londoner through and through. I was brought up there, although nowadays I spend much of my time, especially during the summer, in Read more »
Robin Mills went to Yarcombe, East Devon, to meet John Carter. This is his story. As a child of the war, I was evacuated from London aged four, to Lewes in Sussex with my sister, who was seven. Together with Read more »
Robin Mills went to Burton Bradstock to meet Fraser Christian. This is his story. “I come from Chipping Sodbury, between Bath and Bristol. My Mum and Grandad still live there. I went to school there, to a pretty rubbish comprehensive, Read more »
Robin Mills went to Cattistock, West Dorset, to meet Merrily Harpur. This is her story. “My upbringing was in Surrey, although I was born in Buckinghamshire. All the while I lived in Surrey, I was wishing I lived in Dorset, Read more »
Robin Mills went to Bridport to meet Alan Heeks. This is his story. “I was actually born in Bournemouth, which was Hampshire in those days, but my mother’s side of the family was very West Dorset. Grandfather was called Robert Read more »
“My father was an army officer, and it was when he was posted to China that he and my mother met. She was quarter Chinese, quarter Spanish and half German. Later my father was posted to India, so my sister and I were both born there. Life for an army family in those days in India was very different to home life in England. We had servants, an increasing number as my father rose in rank, so by the time I was four, I was really being brought up by Indian people; I had an ayah, there was a bearer, there were gardeners, cleaners, a cook, and people who did the washing up. As a result I became fluent in Urdu, and because I spoke it rather better than my father, I became an underage translator for him. He would sometimes have to interview Indian soldiers, for example when they requested compassionate leave, and would haul me in to translate what they were saying.
Robin Mills went to West Bexington, Dorset, to meet Michael Michaud. This is his story. “I was born in 1950 in Maine, USA, which is closer to the UK than it is to California. I always wanted to get away Read more »