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    Open House Weekend part 3

    After spending the weekend nosing around other people’s homes, the Mother feel bothered by something. Something was missing from this whole Open House event. An absence of something, but what?   There wasn’t a lack of bespoke Sapele joinery and…

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    Open House Part Two

    Star Jumps for Jesus Their first stop was to a small church just past Waterloo.  It’s wasn’t somewhere she’d planned to go to. In fact it wasn’t even part of the Open House Weekend, but Esme needed…

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    Open House Weekend

    The day is Saturday, the month is September and – joy of joys – it is Open House weekend. This event gives people like the Mother the chance to visit places of interest for free. Places which usually charge an entrance fee of somewhere between…

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    Dole – Part 3

    There was a brief but noisy discussion about the weekly signing on arrangement and another member of staff appeared. Unlike her colleague she preferred to stand rather than sitting down, looming over the Mother.“Is there a problem,…

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    Dole Part 2

    For the next 45 minutes the Mother went through every drawer, box and file looking for it. She found the kids’ birth certificates, a letter from an ex-boyfriend, even an unspent Homebase voucher, but no passport. Another…

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    Dole – part one

    On the day the Mother turned 18, while she was still at college, something extraordinary happened, something that would change her life, albeit in a fairly mediocre way. On that fateful day she took her first step…