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Inspiration
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice Inspirational Edition

I remember that night with such clarity and detail. I was working late in the courtyard of
my small printing business when he scaled the eight-foot wall and suddenly appeared
behind me, holding a screwdriver to my neck. I fought with everything I had but
unfortunately lost that fight. He left me there, tied up, bleeding profusely from the
numerous wounds that he inflicted

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Magical book
Recreation
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice: Christmas Edition

It is dark apart from a small side light, casting weird shadows whenever we move. I am starving after a whole day’s fasting, but mostly excited, cheeks burning I whisper and giggle with my brother and we tell each other to be quiet…shush!

Our joy and anticipation is palpable as we are trying to keep still. We are waiting for the all important sound of the bell, announcing the start of festivities. This is the 24th December, Christmas Eve, Austria. The year is 1966

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Whisky Glasses
Inspiration
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice: Third Edition

Whisky and women; they’re not words many people put together. Whisky conjures up images of men with cigars in dusty rooms and open fires. We know it’s a stereotype, yet people still gravitate to my husband when talking about whisky. To be fair, his knowledge is pretty decent; he’s a good student! He hangs in well before politely passing them on to me, much to their surprise. They haven’t realised the world of whisky is no longer just a
man’s game.

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Health
Laura Billingham

Editors Choice: Second Edition

The soft feeling of newly cut grass beneath my feet. The smell of brightly coloured flowers around me. I find myself in a beautiful garden. Birds singing gently. I feel very safe and comfortable. There are people around me smiling and laughing at the jokes I am telling them. A sense of confidence fills my entire being, and suddenly being surrounded by people and speaking to them is something I feel very comfortable with. The sympathy is overwhelming, and pride in my confidence bubbles up through my core. A wave of gratitude washes over me as I realise that my cheeks hurt from the strain of smiling. Then, suddenly, I am snapped back to my living room.

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Don't Give Up You Are Not Alone You Matter
Health
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice: Inaugural Edition

As I stood on the balcony watching colourful fireworks ushering in 2020, I did not shed a tear as usual. I watched silently wondering what my 50th year would bring. What do most people do when life throws them tsunamis and earthquakes? It had been 10 years, and I missed my forties. It had been doctor after doctor and the diagnoses: depression, fibromyalgia and mid-summer 2019, lupus. On the back of the mind were the rumours of COVID 19 and my vulnerability.

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