Bryn Frere-Smith

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An elderly gentlemen came into our shop the other day desperately needing a coffee and a donut. He’d spent the last hour donating blood at the local clinic and felt completely wiped out. Despite this, he goes often and explained to me how his wife was once very ill and required numerous blood transfusions to […]

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The Sound of Freedom

Since the recent release of The Sound of Freedom in UK cinemas, a number of friends and customers have reached out for my thoughts on the film and its depiction of child trafficking. The story retells aspects of a true narrative regarding Tim Ballard, a former US investigator from the Department of Homeland Security, who

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Nothing categorises your social standing like international air travel.

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were married (wahey). The following day we travelled down to Gatwick to jet off on our honeymoon. No points for guessing where. Still glowing with newlywed excitement, we entered our British Airways 747 ready for a nine-hour flight shoehorned into an economy seat at the back of the plane.

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Stop the Boats

Volunteering for Blue Bear is my joy, but it’s not my job. I earn my living working as a security consultant which occasionally requires me to travel up and down the country, often staying in mid-level, business-type hotels. I quite enjoy it. It’s nice to have a pyramid of folded white towels waiting in your

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Christmas. An underdog story

For some, Christmas is an unwelcome fuss of awkward work parties and uncomfortable family get-togethers, for others, it’s the mince pie-eating, mistletoe-smooching highlight of the year. I think Christmas should give us all something to look forward to, a glow of colour and sparkle of glitter in the deep darkness of mid-winter. A halftime break

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Amazing wasn’t it!? Wembley stadium housed a capacity crowd last night to watch England’s Lionesses defeat Germany in the Women’s European Championship Final. It was spectacular! The whole event was more than a sporting competition but a celebration of freedom, equality, and progress. Rather than larger louts swinging punches at each other, both sets of

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One in a million

I spent the past three months of lockdown living by the sea. Each day, come rain, wind, or snow, I’ve taken my coffee down to the beach for a morning stroll to clear my head, make space for the new day and watch the waves roll in and roll out. There’s something about the constancy

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The Perils of Indifference

I was recently asked to record a 1-minute acceptance speech for an online award ceremony. Sadly, it was made clear to me that this was a requirement made of each of the five nominees and couldn’t be taken as an indication of future glory. I found it surprisingly difficult to pen the 60-second epilogue which stood an

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