Mondays with Milly is a podcast about the past as told by someone who was there.
Through a series of interviews, "Milly" - AKA Doreen from Manchester - talks about her life from the Great Depression era and World War 2 to the present day. Now in her ninetieth year, Milly is a natural story-teller with a razor-sharp memory. Her recount of a life spanning some of history's defining moments provides a unique insight into how people lived, coped, survived and endured times of great adversity.
Recorded during the Covid19 era, these online interviews have relevance during uncertain times.
S4 Ep4: Blackpool 1970s Style: cinemas, cars, crowds & carriages
The Blackpool of the 1970s is punctuated by throngs of cars, crowds and train carriages pulling into Central Station. It's still a vibrant place and a first-choice destination for thousands of families looking for a seaside holiday. In this episode Milly reflects on the Blackpool experience and laments the loss of so many of the areas cinemas.
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S4 Ep3: You're not in a posh hotel now, you know...
In S4, episode 3 Milly and I discuss the endemic racism that was prevalent in Britain during the 1970s - as it was in other countries. It was a difficult decade socially and economically but Milly and the family weren't directly exposed to the tensions being broadcast on the evening news. The country was changing rapidly but the family's luck had finally held as both Milly and JC worked steady jobs.
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S4 Ep2: Anarchy in the UK
Britain of the 1970s is in trouble. The oil crisis, a worldwide recession with 40% inflation and political turmoil marked something of a political awakening in the UK.
In this episode, Milly gives us an insight into the modern family - two working parents juggling the demands of the day. The decisions made are the right ones and life settles.
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90th Birthday Bonus Episode: Noisy Neighbours
Happy 90th birthday, Milly!
This special bonus episode marks Milly's 90th birthday.
"Noisy Neighbours" is a memoir of the sometimes weird and sometimes wonderful neighbours Milly crosses paths with.
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S4 Ep1: The War Memorial Home
Milly's family moves into the 1970s with a new addition and some new opportunities. The Britain of the 1970s is altogether different from the one a decade earlier and there are challenges ahead.
Please enjoy this first episode of Mondays with Milly.
S3 Bonus: More Bushy Tales
Following-on directly from last week's bonus episode, More Bushy Tales gives us a fascinating look at life in the Bush Inn, Wigan.
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