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Did you ever see the BBC2 Horizon programme Out of Control? on the workings of the human brain? If so, you could not fail to be fascinated by some of the findings. The conscious mind accounts for less than 10% of the brain’s activity – the rest is taken up by the unconscious mind. To...

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“Stop doing the wrong thing, and the right thing will do itself” – F M Alexander Many of us are unwittingly ‘doing the wrong thing’ as we go about our increasingly hectic lives, resulting in a variety of stresses, aches and pains. The Alexander Technique teaches us to allow ‘the right thing to do itself’ by...
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Buried items often come to light in archaeological investigations, or during the renovation of old buildings, that reveal the beliefs and superstitions of the people who built and lived in them. Animal remains, shoes and written charms are common, and witch-bottles are a well known phenomenon. Such items were placed for ‘apotropaic’ reasons – to...
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One of Dorchester’s hidden treasures is the Roman aqueduct, which once ran from Notton, along the Frome valley, to Dorchester. The channel was originally about five feet wide and three feet deep, and would have delivered around 8 million gallons a day. It followed the contours of the valley-side closely, and only fell some 60...
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The King and Thai, Great Western Road, Dorchester Every so often you go to a restaurant and have a culinary experience that lingers in the mind long afterwards. So it was with our visit to Dorchester’s the King and Thai, run by the delightful Somjit Thoumnok and his wife Pranom – who does all the cooking. And what...
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It was in May of 2007 that the first evening of Sunray Folk Club took place. The club began gently, and over the past six or so years has grown incredibly well, and our guest list has grown in stature, writes Bob Kirkpatrick.

We started with ‘friends’ who by their generous efforts, helped the club become...

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