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Pushing the envelope

Victoria Manthorpe on why we should revive the dying art of penning a letter

Does anyone write letters anymore? Have they not been superseded by the speed and ease of the email and text? If so, then we have overlooked the essential characteristics of the letter. All things have their place. A text or an email are perfectly adequate for a quick ‘thank you’ – some minor favour, or an impromptu meal suggestion. And thank goodness for them – it means you can send a few cheery words of gratitude even before you get home, or, at least, the next day. Three cheers for instant messaging!

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About Be Kind

Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor