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Great response to Katherine Boulton appeal

Nearly 600 people have contributed more than £14,000 in an appeal to help a Market Harborough family.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: How the town helped soldiers get their Christmas presents

January 16, 1917 – Soldiers say heart-warming thanks to Santa

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Career criminal finally caught

January 9, 1917 – 76-year-old hustler’s string of frauds comes to an end in Harborough

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: How Churchill predicted World War Two

January 2, 1917 – Churchill’s dire warning of a second great war

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Controversy in politics - how 1916 and 2016 have much in common

December 19, 1916 – Early general election ‘a possibility’. Does this sound familiar?

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: A momentous week in politics - and we’re not talking Trump or Brexit

December 12, 1916 – Forget Trump and Brexit: political earthquakes were happening a hundred years ago as well The Market Harborough Advertiser of December 12, 1916, proclaims it a ‘momentous week’.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

John DIlley’s WWI Blog: Christmas from 1916

December 5, 1916 – Christmas shopping in Market Harborough going with a bang Christmas in Market Harborough’s town centre is in full swing despite the continued fighting on so many fronts.

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Ex Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Convicted for talking favourably about the Kaiser in the pub!

November 28, 1916 – Bolshie ironstone worker fined for ‘treasonable’ admiration of the German war machine

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John Dilley.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: A powerful prose to stir the war effort

October 17, 1916 – Eloquence of the common man campaigning for the articulate WW1 common soldier

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John Dilley.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: Anger over early shop closures to keep the town dark

October 10, 1916 – Light fighting on the streets of Market Harborough

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John Dilley.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: September 19, 1916 – Duke’s surprisingly accurate prophecy of how long the war will last

A remarkably prescient prediction of how long the war would last was recorded in the September 19, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

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John Dilley.

JOHN DILLEY’S WWI BLOG: September 12, 1916 – The First World War version of online dating

Tinder, Ashley Madison, dating apps galore – we think meeting your perfect partner on the internet is a modern phenomenon.

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John Dilley.

John Dilley’s WWI Blog: Colonel Mobb’s narrow escape

August 29, 1916 – celebrity journalism is no modern-day phenomenon.

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John Dilley.

John Dilley’s WWI Blog: Surgical miracles of war

August 22, 1916 – medical miracles try to find balance against the weapons of mass destruction

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John Dilley.

John Dilley’s WWI Blog: Fascinating insight into the stoic sense of British pluck and patriotism

August 08, 1916 – The spin doctors of Devil’s Wood

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Former Harborough Mail editor John Dilley with a copy of the 1914 Market Harborough Advertiser. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

John’s WWI blog: Drama at 15,000 feet

April 11, 1916 – Drama of air duel with Fokkers at 15,000 feet

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John’s WWI Blog: The hell of Verdun

John’s WWI Blog: The hell of Verdun

March 21, 1916 – Men were squashed, cut in two or divided from top to bottom in the hell of Verdun.

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The Ashes Column: Ian Bell is a victim of his own versatility ahead of Third Test

So, England have a bad game, Gary Ballance is out, Ian Bell will bat at three, again and Joe Root is up to four. Kevin Pietersen is relaxing on a beach in St Lucia.

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The Ashes Column: ‘Why I hope England don’t make history this summer’

Only once in the last 50 years, has England lost an Ashes series, after winning the opening Test.

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The Ashes Column: Crispin Andrews

The Ashes column: ‘Rodney Hogg told me it will be 6-0 to Australia’

And so it begins... yes that’s right the Ashes gets under way on Wednesday.

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