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  There’s a leaflet circulating in Southend-on-Sea and environs advising the populace to have nothing to do with the Mary Mayer Funeral Home. What, you ask, has Ms Mary Mayer done to deserve this? She would seem to be both blameless and admirable — an idealist, even:   Our founder
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    Extract from the blurb for The Fixer, BBC2, Tuesday 26 Feb, 8pm-9pm:  David Holmes runs a family business that’s one of the few industries to buck the current economic trend. Yet Holmes and Sons in Fleet, Hampshire, is almost dead and buried. If you haven’t guessed, they’re funeral
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  See the coffin here. 
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  A charmingly unsparing obituary in yesterday’s Times(£) celebrated the life and times of rock musician Kevin Ayers.  Very old readers of this blog may remember him.  A richly gifted singer and songwriter, Kevin Ayers made some wonderfully quixotic and engaging pop music, full of wit, warmth and whimsy. He was
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Protesters carry a coffin over the Monadhliath mountains in Scotland in protest against a proposed 83-turbine wind farm. Source (£)
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Posted by Vole Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy with their version of Death and the Lady As I walked out one day, one day I met an aged man by the way. His head was bald, his beard was grey, His clothing made of the cold earthen clay, His clothing
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Ali Moaddel: Migration to the Eternal from Yaseen Ed. Foundation on Vimeo.   Some cultures are more repressive of public displays of emotion than others. Broadly, people who live in cool climates are repressors; people who live in sunny climates let fly with what they’re feeling. It is unlikely that
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Wystan Hugh Auden – Funeral Blues from Lew Quzmic Baltiysky on Vimeo.
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  Posted by our ornithology correspondent Richard Rawlinson With its alliterative similarity to Shakespeare’s phrase ‘dead as a doornail’, the term ‘dead as a dodo’ also remains in usage. The extinct bird has become a symbol of obsolescence. Unable to fly and laying just one egg at a time, this three
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  There’s an awful lot of talk just now about the inadequacies and iniquities of the Social Fund Funeral Payment. There’s also a lot of lobbying and campaigning going on to try and fix it. And a new term is born: funeral poverty. That the Funeral Payment is presently inadequate