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All the members of The Sticks are still angry about Brexit (and we will be whenever you read this). It is likely to be terrible for the UK and current anti-foreigner attitudes are shameful and embarassing. The government ministers responsible don't seem to understand the implications and are still pretending they can make it work, although the warnings (which before the vote were described by them as "project fear") are now starting to come from their own mouths. It is like living through a farce, but unfortunately it is happening. The parody site News Thump is highlighting the ridiculousness of the whole mess, for example this about sovereignty. The older members of the household may not live to see it resolved. Replacing 40 years of trade deals, integration and development can not be replicated in two years and the costs will be enormous.

Recent Articles

  • Mouldy Jam
    Mouldy Jam
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    16 February 2019
    Well, who'd 'a' thought it? Mrs May and I have something in common. Last week it was reported that she scraped the mould from the top of her jam and ate the rest. Well I did that...
  • Phone 3 : Naples 0
    Phone 3 : Naples 0
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    02 December 2018
    Thursday 30th August 2012 Our first full day in the Naples region. We decided to catch the train back into Naples and explore the city. Superficially we were in agreement but...

Showcase Features

Maps for local walks

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Selection of our walking routes on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands. All accessible from convenient public car parks 

Then and now

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Tracing the  history of the house from early 1800s to the present day using historical documents and idenitying people who lived here before us

Genealogy

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15 years of family history research available in our webtrees database (over 800 surnames and nearly 5000 individuals) plus a collection of birth, marriage and death certificates.  

Popular series

Travel

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Transcription of travel diaries made during the last 36 years starting with India and Nepal 1981 and including USA 1983, Syria 1993, South America 2000 and South Africa 2014 together with photographs. This is a work in progress as the diaries are transcribed, so check for updates.

Route to the Soul

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Began as a romantic mixture of emotion and practical tips from two young students discovering themselves and life as they recounted their adventures away from home. The Student and her boyfriend shared their passion for each other, travel and their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Now the blog is maintained by the Student who studies and works part time on-line while she and her boyfriend continue their travels to explore the world. Her blog focuses on wellbeing and politics affecting the state of the planet & the lives of its inhabitants.

Seeds & Weeds

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We weren't gardeners, we don't even listen to Gardeners' Question Time very often, but we have a large garden with plenty of potential and since I retired at the end of 2017 we have become amateur gardners. We favour the wild, natural look and like the birds, butterflies, frogs and other small animals but we want it to be looked after and we have recently revived and extended our vegetable patch. This section is dedicated to reluctant gardeners in constant fight against the weeds - solidarity among the nettled and scratched - the caterpillars, slugs, snails and multitudes of insects.

Rooted to the Spot

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Magazine style section with articles about life at the Sticks on a theme inspired by Brexit