Category: Your stories

Magic Eight Ball: why do I keep you?

Magic Eight Ball: why do I keep you?

Magic Eight Ball why do I keep you? “You can count on it!” it says. Not quite the answer, I think. But it has been on a journey. It was given to me whilst I was a student in Nottingham about ten years ago I would guess. I can remember that for a while it was used from...

Old stuffed bunny: new life and home

Old stuffed bunny: new life and home

This is my oldest brother's stuffed bunny. It's 50-odd years old. I always liked it and semi-adopted it as a child, when he had moved on to other things. Cleaning out my parent's home last spring I came across it tucked deep in a closet and could not bear to heave it...

A severed plait: keeping old hair

A severed plait: keeping old hair

A drawing by Lynne Chapman, who is the Leverhulme Trust funded artist-in-residence at the Morgan Centre at the University of Manchester. Two plaits, cut off at different times, are kept in tissue paper in the attic. One example of many where people keep old hair...

Old Cassettes: reminders of childhood

Old Cassettes: reminders of childhood

When I moved to CDs I re-bought a lot of the albums I already had on cassette. So these remnants are things that were special in some way but that I haven’t (or couldn’t) buy on CD. Some are ones that we used to play in the car when I was a little kid – I can remember...