T4L Forum Newsletter March 2015

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:11:38 GMT by broker, 10066 views

Sing it out!

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:18:36 GMT by alison, 10550 views

Massive thanks to Katie Rose for leading us in song and warming up a winter evening. This choir taster session was great fun and hopefully will become a regular activity. 

Growing ideas together

Fri, 16 May 2014 12:13:31 BST by alison, 12320 views

Big congratulations to timebanker Jenny who was shortlisted into the final 12 out of 200 applications to the Growing Localities awards recently. Supported by the City Bridge Trust, the Growing Localities awards recognise good work done by community groups around the theme of nature and food growing, and Jenny was shortlisted for her Art and Natire group which meets every monday in the Billiards room at Kingswood House from 1-3pm. Come along to find out more! 

PGTB is Quality - official!

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:07:08 BST by alison, 12846 views

We have been awarded a quality mark by http://www.timebanking.org which means we are recognised nationally as being an example of good practice in timebanking. Well done team PGTB! 

International Women's Day 2014

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:13:12 BST by alison, 12873 views

The International Women’s Day 2014 event was a celebration of Women and their achievements past, present and with a view to inspire more accomplishments in the future. It was also intended to remind us of the valuable contribution women have made and are continuing to make.

It started with a meeting to discuss what needed doing, how and where we were going to do it.

I met with Kemi, Nicole and Alison to define how best to have this celebration.

The result was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational evening showcasing some of the assets we’ve got in our midst.

Ultraviolet, South London’s most luxurious florist provided lovely flowers to welcome all the guests.

They’re located on Northcote Road SW11 as well as on their website:


The flowers provided a delightful background to the bring ‘n’ share indoor picnic - grapes, boursin, rolls, baby plum tomatoes, strawberries to name but a few. 

It wasn’t all food and flowers, as Glitzy Glamorous, the beautiful duo of Bianca and Sabrina were on hand to provide a manicure for most of us present.

We were also given a demonstration by time bank member Tina on how a head wrap is made. When she was done, Nicole, our model for the evening was transformed before our eyes much to everyone’s  satisfaction and admiration.

Many a time bank event in the past have been graced by Michelle’s poetry and this one was no exception. Michelle is such an asset for the time bank and  community as her poems never disappoint. Her poems on the night were wonderful and funny but quite inspirational nonetheless.

Perhaps the brightest star on the night belonged to Kemi who shared a PowerPoint presentation on Women in timebanking highlighting Teruko Mizushima who created the world’s first time bank in 1973. Also on show was a compilation of Women firsts including Bristol born Elizabeth Blackwell as the first female doctor back in 1849, Elizabeth  Cowell as the first female announcer on the BBC in 1936 and Kelly Gallagher, Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympics gold medallist at Sochi 2014.

This evening was truly a celebration of assets!


Kew Gardens Trip - Monday February 17

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:24:40 GMT by broker, 12865 views

Leading up to this trip, we hoped the weather would be kind to us considering we’d already cancelled an earlier trip due to severe weather and lately storms seemed to be commonplace. Anyways on the day, not a drop of rain, no howling wind just cloudy and once we’d negotiated the short commute starting at Gipsy Hill Station through Clapham and Richmond, we arrived at Kew Gardens. The Treetop walkway didn’t disappoint, other members explored the Pagoda. Still others got a feel of Tropical weather conditions in the Palm House while the kids squealed with joy once at ‘Climbers and Creepers’. Lunch time was a sumptuous gathering of delicious food which was gladly shared. It was such a great outing that we felt the end came too soon.  Already there’s demand for the next trip - where shall we go?? Suggestions welcome!

New Volunteer

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:29:46 GMT by broker, 13254 views

Paxton Green Time Bank (PGTB) has a new volunteer, Janice Winston [pictured here].  A mature student attending London Metropolitan University, Janice has just completed two years for the award of a Foundation Degree. She’s now pursuing a follow-on degree         covering Homelessness and Housing Policy, Housing Issues and Housing Solutions.  This includes writing a dissertation which requires placement, hence her joining PGTB. As one with a passion for community, Janice feels Time Bank is a good channel of support to people encountering difficulties such as unemployment. ‘ I work within my community helping   people for whom English is a second language, and I believe Time banking is a good tool for bringing   people together to help them achieve their goals in life, however small.’

Strandlines Walk

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:26:17 GMT by broker, 13430 views

It was cold and rainy but we soon forgot as Craig led us on a historical walk around the Strand. This interesting walk combined a living history of people and buildings weaving the past and present with a personal perspective of homelessness. We met at 'Connections', St Martins In the Field Church and entered Embankment gardens with a brief stop at York Watergate, where the Thames flowed in the 19th Century. While viewing the plaque of Samuel Pepys Craig shared an anecdote of an award of money if you can find Pepys buried lump of Parmesan cheese!  Travel under the Adelphi arches to find a unique plaque on the tunnel floor marking the names of residents who lived and slept on the streets of the strand. Eve shared lively stories of her London including people, places and memories of Covent Garden as a thriving fruit and veg market. David’s perspective included a reference to St. Clement Danes Church, a memorial to the men and women who served in the RAF. To find out more visit www.strandlines.org and book yourself on the next 'Rags to Riches Tour', it’s a treat! A big thanks to Craig for this professional and fascinating tour which included a leaflet detailing our walk

Xmas Craft Fair & Festivities

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:22:03 GMT by broker, 13215 views

What a bunch of merry time bankers, feasting while making holly wreaths and decorative paper flowers. Thanks to Jenny and Ruth for leading the excellent craft activities which Kemi wore in her hair.

Michelle performed her delicious mix of thoughtful and funny poetry in celebration of time bankers,   mothers and daughters. Tyrell is now the official Time Bank Santa delivering goodies for us all in style! Thanks for all the excellent rice, fish and pasta dishes washed down with mulled wine and polished off with cake and delightful meringue!!!

Wishing you all the best for the holidays and here’s to more joyous occasions in 2014!

PGTB is looking for new trustees

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:12:19 GMT by alison, 13533 views

We are currently looking for two new trustees to join our board, please have a look at the advert below. Any questions please contact Alison on 02086700990 


Trustee vacancy

Paxton Green Time Bank, based at Kingswood House in Seeley Drive, South Dulwich, is a well-established and well-regarded small charity. We use co-production to help build strong, active communities, and to develop the well-being, capacity and skills of the members to enable everyone to participate fully in society.

We would like to recruit two more trustees to join the existing strong team. We are looking for active, outgoing people who would like to help us further our goals, and who are willing to participate in appropriate ways in the activities as well as fulfilling their statutory oversight role. We would particularly like applications from people who are well connected in local institutions such as churches and community groups in Lambeth or Southwark, or in local businesses.

The board meets bi-monthly in Dulwich, usually in the early evening.

Read more about us on www.pgtimebank.org and if you are interested, please send an email to alison@pgtimebank.org to receive more information. We will be interviewing in spring 2014.

5th Birthday Party and AGM

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:19:26 GMT by broker, 12849 views

What a fantastic afternoon! Great food, live music, poetry, clay modelling, inspiring stories and lots of laughs. Thanks to all those who helped co-produce our party and AGM, especially to our guests from other Time Banks. Here's to another 5 years!

Dulwich support for PGTB

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:01:42 BST by alison, 13429 views

We are proud to announce that we have a new corporate supporter in the shape of J P Art Consultancy and the new Dulwich Contemporary Art Gallery which is located above the Crown and Greyhound pub in Dulwich. 

The gallery held an auction on the 17th October, with 5% of sales going direct to PGTB! 

Trustee Christine giving a short speech on timebanking at the auction 

Bon Voyage Suzanne!

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:27:41 BST by alison, 14548 views

On Friday 6th September we held a bring and share lunch to wish Suzanne a great time on her new adventure, and to say hello to our new broker Steven. Our Chair Sue gave a great toast wishing Suzanne well on her travels and we are all looking forward to hearing all about it when she gets back to the UK. 


Gruesome East End!

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:14:54 BST by alison, 15833 views

On Sunday August 11th we were treated to a Jack the Ripper walk lead by Craig from Emmaus. After meeting at Whitechapel station we saw where the various victims were found, as well as the shop window in which the Elephant Man was abandoned as a baby. We also saw the UK's oldest Bell Foundry and the famous Ichycoo Park! 

Everyone's a Winner!

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:49:07 BST by broker, 16068 views


The 2nd Paxton Green Time Bank games convened by Kemi was a winning event for all.  Read more here.  Join us next year for more quizzes, puzzles, games and relays. 

Here's Sue receiving her medal from Alison.

Paxton Green Time Bank in the news!

Fri, 31 May 2013 14:16:43 BST by broker, 17401 views

Congratulations to Alison who managed to get Paxton Green Time Bank featured in the Independent newspaper.  We're famous!!  Read the article here 

'Sharing our culture' evening

Fri, 31 May 2013 14:31:24 BST by broker, 17350 views

Recently, we held a wonderful evening of food and finding out more about where we all come at Kingswood House.  People brought food, games, photos, clothes and even a book about where they were brought up - and as you can see from the photo the game 'ayo' brought by new member Tina proved very popular.  
The idea of a culture evening came from Nora and Kemi both of whom came along.  Kemi shared her memories of her father, a chief, whilst Nora talked about one of her favourite foods, Baklava.  
If you have ideas for an evening event, let us know. 
R - L:  Kemi, Tina, Nicole

1:4:1 timebanking - Year End Report

Tue, 28 May 2013 14:39:39 BST by broker, 17600 views

For a copy of our End of Year report with details of the work of South East Lambeth Time Banking Partnership, including a case study featuring Metropolitan, please get in touch with us: Contact Alison at alison@pgtimebank.org or phone 02086700990

Asset mapping in Loughborough Junction

Wed, 15 May 2013 12:37:33 BST by broker, 17901 views

In April, Alison and Suzanne were invited to run an asset mapping workshop for the Loughborough Women's Group, a Building Communities in Coldharbour intiative, to identify some of the hidden skills and abilities of the women present.  This is part of our ongoing 1:4:1 timebanking work in the Loughborough area.  
A good hour was spent literally mapping assets on a giant map of the local area and sharing tips and ideas for learning and even good cafes for doing college work!    It is always heartening to see how much knowledge and skills can be 'uncovered', though it is sometimes difficult for people to recognise them as assets.  We look forward to more stimulating and fun workshops.

Alison goes to Council of Europe

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:07:13 GMT by broker, 18630 views


In February I was lucky enough to be invited to a conference at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France. The theme of the conference was ‘Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights – the paradox of democracies’, and was centred around how we can all help combat poverty in European countries that claim to be democratic but actually have alarmingly high levels of social and economic deprivation. It was really interesting to hear from the speakers from around the world, using headphones to listen to the various translators and being in such an impressive venue made us feel very important! I also sat in on a workshop run by Philippe from Rushey Green Time Bank on how communities can share resources and make a difference locally. The delegates were fascinated by the idea of time banking, and we also met up with Christina, who runs a time bank in Athens, Greece. She even said that if any of our members ever go to Athens her members will give us a place to stay! The key messages that I took from the conference were that influential people are realising that poverty can mean lack of health, time and social contact not just money, and that for good wellbeing people need all of these things to flourish. The conference ended with a series of recommendations for European politicians and leaders, which included funding time banks across Europe as a way to combat social poverty by supporting local people in finding local solutions. So politicians take note, time banking improves lives!
Alison, Development Manager


The Bigger Picture Film Club

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:44:16 GMT by broker, 17619 views

The Bigger Picture Film Club supported us by showing Amour at the East Dulwich Tavern on Thursday 18th of April. All money raised will go to Paxton Green Time Bank. They raised £200 for us.  A big thank you to them.

1:4:1 Timebanking at Lambeth Town Hall

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:51:41 GMT by broker, 19149 views

In January we held a Timebanking and Coproduction event at Lambeth Town Hall to promote time banking through out South East Lambeth and hopefully beyond. One of the aims of the day was to inspire organisations to use timebanking. The workshop was organised by Paxton Green Time Bank with our partner organisations London Community Foundation, Metropolitan Housing and Southside Rehabilitation Association hosting with us.  We ran workshops on asset mapping and thinking through how timebanking might work in our various organisations.  Over 30 people attended, showing how timebanking is spreading throughout the community.  As Alison and indeed Edgar Cahn said "We have what we need if we use what we have."  People left the workshop energised and we hope time banking activity will be happening soon all over Lambeth! Read the report here




Christmas party

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:41:22 GMT by broker, 19499 views

On December 20th we celebrated our Christmas party, which also gave us a chance to recognise the amazing work time bankers have put in over 2013. Andrew was given an award for all his great gardening work, Doreen Gladys and Gloria were given an award for all their social activities and Sue was given an award for her continued support in the office over the last year. We would also like to say thank you to every one who has participated in a time bank activity over 2012. A Time Bank can only exist due to the hard work and commitment of its members.

The party itself was a blast. Every one in the true spirit of coproduction  bought delicious food and drink, including Marilyn's salt fish fritters and Jane's mulled wine which went down a treat! There was also poetry from Michelle and music from Shanice Smith and who can  forget Joseph as Santa. Here is to continued success in 2013 



Annual General Meeting Report

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:51:17 GMT by broker, 19448 views

The Annual General Meeting took place on 9th November at Kingswood House. You can read a report of the meeting and view our accounts here.

Annual General Meeting

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:25:19 GMT by broker, 20063 views


In November we held our annual general meeting, a stakeholders workshop AND our 4th Birthday. The day started with hearing from our trustees who highlighted the vital work Alison and the they do in fundraising, and the remarkable job they have done in keeping the time bank going for four years.
Trustees Alex and Vanessa facilitated a workshop focused on our strategy.  One of the ideas was to form a Time Bank Action Group or TBAG for short! This group, made up of members and trustees will take forward actions from the workshop. Do let us know if you would like to be involved.
After a hard mornings work we were rewarded with delicious mutton curry cooked by Marilyn  cooked with a colossal 50 lbs of mutton! It was then followed by some scrumptious cakes cooked by Pam.
A big thank you to all who came including; members, representatives from Paxton Green Surgery, Emmaus and Northampton Time Bank and Tessa Jowell MP. We could not run without you.


April workshop in brixton

Wed, 02 May 2012 11:51:44 BST by broker, 24619 views



In April we visited a community centre in Brixton and delivered an introduction to time banking workshop. It was fantastic to meet loads of local organisations and talk to them about how they might run a time bank. There were some great questions and really interesting discussions, so hopefully we will see them springing up all over the borough soon. 

Our 3rd Birthday party

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:45:34 GMT by broker, 51802 views

In October, we celebrated our third year of timebanking.  Timebankers brought lovely food including carrot soup, sausage rolls, salads, swiss meatballs and a gorgeous chocolate birthday cake.   Hannah shared a moving story of what the time bank means to her and we looked back with some humour over the three years through a slide show of our photos. Thank you to all who made it a celebration to remember with your company, stories and food.  Timebankers earned a total of 30 credits to co-produce this event. 


Joseph's eaten all the food


TBUK conference 2011

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:56:15 BST by broker, 57694 views


Here is Time Bank member Richard's story of our trip to the Nottingham conference: 

It’s 12-40 pm the 28th September 2011 and we are off to the 2011 TBUK conference.Alison, Kemmi and myself Richard Gardiner a new Paxton Green member. I have been involved in Timebanking since 2002 but that will be another story.

After 5 hours and 2 stops we arrived at the Nottingham Gateway Hotel. We got there a night earlier so we could prepare ourselves for the Paxton Green story and health work shop which Alison and Kemmi was facilitating, and I went along as moral support. We had a few drinks with other friends from the Timebanking world and got to bed reasonably early as we knew the next day would be very hard. Alison and myself knew this from previous conferences of which I have attended 6 of them and also 1 in Madison USA.

The 1st morning  I helped with registration for people coming to the conference,this is a great way to meet old friends and new ones who are just starting their own Timebanks.

Now it’s down to the nitty gritty, speeches and more speeches which go on till the first workshops begin before lunch.

Alisons workshop was well attended and after her presentation with Kemmi which really very professional there was great interest shown by the participants with loads of questions which I believe we answered  accordingly.

After a not so nice a lunch which was basically uneadable my first port of call was to the chief exsecutive of TBUK  and asked him to complain about this on behalf of the members who were attending this so called lunch.

After lunch there was more workshops and more speeches and then we could get ready for our evening themed entertainment which was Alice in Wonderland being in Nottingham I thought it should have been Robin Hood but there you go.Not many people dressed up only a handful of which I was one, see pictures.


The meal itself was not bad {perhaps our complaining} but not great.I personally did not eat anything because unfortunately I had to wear the starter leek and potatoe soup which I think was at boiling point which the poor waitress who I did not blame at all dropped it on my jeans. The jeans were new and quite thick and Kemmi immediately wrapped a serviette around some ice  and soothed my leg. I was very lucky not to get seriously scalded. I got changed as a Paxton Green member soldiered on. Not much dancing went on as mostly everyone was gone to bed early knowing the next day would be just as hard as the first.

After breakfast the next day it was back to registration for day visitors, speeches and workshops

Then after lunch, better again, it was the AGM very boring but essential, and awards and I am pleased to say that one of Alison and my friends from Broadway Timebank  received an award for her work with homeless and asylum seekers in her area, Well done Kaaren Morris

It was over and we made our way home after a lot of goodbyes to Time bankers who we won’t see until the next conference where ever it may be.



Day trip to Brighton

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:25:12 BST by broker, 59609 views

Our annual trip to Brighton couldn't have dawned brighter.  35 timebankers from Paxton Green joined other London time banks on the pebbly shores of Brighton in August.  The weather was beautiful, and most of us stayed put, sunning ourselves, making conversation and sharing homemade food.  We travelled on a Super Group advance ticket with Southern rail, costing £4 return each. See you next year!



Sarah's new adventure

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:25:03 BST by alison, 62908 views

Sarah our broker is off to study Art, after being with the Time Bank from the very beginning, and we wish her all the best for the future. She will be staying on as a member, and we hope to see her at our next evening social. 

Sarah and Phyll sharing a joke! 

June - time banking action

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:49:31 BST by broker, 68338 views
John C and Paul
John C and Paul
Thu, 23 Jun 2011, 2827 views


Gloria, John C and Dorothy joined Sam for his Thursday Walking group.

John C went cycling with Paul (but unfortunately took a tumble); Paul has been visiting the Kingswood Community Shop with Jane, where Shukran and Danny also give their time:

Jane told us - “Paul Ramnora was absolutely splendid at the Shop today. As well as playing chess he taught John and me some origami. Then a group of at least 8 primary age boys came in because they were bored and he made them origami toys such as planes, guns, hats, all sorts. The boys loved watching him do it and were most appreciative of their paper toys.”

Gloria has been helping her neighbour Doreen; they also attended Dementia Training together and reported back:

“We very much enjoyed the dementia training day organized by Dulwich Helpline – it was informative, well-presented and very professional – everything we have come to expect from Dulwich Helpline Training. It will useful to anyone caring for a relative who has dementia. Many thanks.”

John C has been helping out John A at home, and spent his credits getting a sewing lesson from Shireen; Shireen also helped Phyll make a summer dress as part of the new Sewing Group, hosted at Phyll’s house; Phyll went to the theatre too see Tango Fire:

“Thanks so much for the ticket to see the above - it was wonderful, never seen anything like it before. We "oldies" were very worried about these young dancers’ hips and knees in later life - you should have seen how high their legs went and bent!!”

Phyll helped Mr Mirza in his garden: Mrs Mirza (Julia to you and me) is now helping Theresa improve on her IT skills; Theresa baked a cake for the Emmaus Solidarity event in June.

Elizabeth from Emmaus grew sunflowers to plant on the Kingswood Estate and for the children at Langbourne School to take home with them…

Reception for Edgar Cahn

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:42:00 BST by broker, 67847 views
Edgar Cahn with Time Banker Marilyn & Dr Evans
Edgar Cahn with Time Banker Marilyn & Dr Evans
Thu, 23 Jun 2011, 2885 views

On May 17th Paxton Green Time Bank welcomed international time bank guru Edgar Cahn as well as local councillors and health professionals to an evening of music, storytelling and great food.

Thanks to all our members who made this such a special event. We generated nearly 300 hours of planning, cooking, story-telling and general schmoozing to make this party a great success – all to the sound of Jimmy Beckly’s mellow sax tunes.

Special thanks must go to Kemi who masterminded the whole event; to Eric, Marilyn and Teresa who shared moving stories about how their time bank friends and neighbours have changed their lives; and finally to Jaison who built our beautiful new website.

Celebrating Wonderful Women

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:26:40 BST by broker, 68146 views
We celebrated every woman
We celebrated every woman
Thu, 23 Jun 2011, 3361 views


To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th we held a mini-celebration of our own at Dulwich Wood Nursery, celebrating some of the women that we love to love, like -

“My mum, my sisters, ME, My girlfriends, Marge Simpson, my daughters, The Queen…”

As well as all the wonderful women attending the event; we shared ways of relaxing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves:

“It was like a holiday…what a warm atmosphere and lovely people…let’s do it again soon.”

Now local women have decided to make this kind of gathering a regular event, resulting in our new time bank Women’s Group. Meetings are held monthly on the Kingswood Estate. See our Calendar for our next meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Party and AGM

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:48:00 GMT by admin, 71973 views
Making new friends
Making new friends
Wed, 08 Dec 2010

We celebrated the work and achievements of Paxton Green Time bank members with a party combined with our Annual General Meeting.   The wonderful home cooked food that many members brought reflected the cultural vibrancy of our time bank - from gooseberry pie to fish fritters and really underlined the spirit of co-production that is at the heart of our work.  The first part of the evening saw Trustees rounding up the achievements and challenges of the year.  Then the brokers spoke of the many initiatives developed by members including Nutrition workshops, the women’s group, Oyster days out, Chair-based exercise, the Walking group and much more.  After the endless food we sang Christmas songs to the tunes of jazz group the Jimmy Beckley Trio.  

Camping in Glastonbury

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:47:00 BST by admin, 70286 views
Time bank on Tor
Time bank on Tor
Tue, 20 Jul 2010
Last summer Time bankers took a trip down to Glastonbury Tor for the Timebanks UK annual general meeting where we camped in the cricket field at Tor Leisure centre.  For some this was their first camping experience so we all mucked in to pitch our tents in true co-production style (next time pop-up tents welcome). The event was a chance for Time banks across the country to get together, share news and meet others we would never normally come across.  We also heard from Mark Boyle ‘the Moneyless Man’ who lives a sustainable lifestyle without money.  Come and join us for our next camping experience.  Any suggestions for campsites welcome!
“It was a good opportunity to mingle with other Timebanks; like a unity thing…getting involved with other people from other Timebanks…it was lovely.”   D

Skydiving Fundraiser

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:47:00 BST by admin, 71630 views
The fearless 2
The fearless 2
Fri, 10 Sep 2010

Four fearless skydivers raised over £2,000 for Paxton Green Time Bank including Suzanne, broker at the Time bank.  The jump took place at Headcorn Airfield in Kent on a sunny September day.  Charmaine, brave broker at Rushey Green Time Bank also took part and members from both Time banks came along to cheer on the skydivers.  We took along some food, spread out our picnic rugs and watched as people took to the skies.  Thanks to skydivers H, Amanda and Rob. Contact us for more information about skydiving for Paxton Green Time Bank. 

“I was between fear and excitement waiting for my turn to come.  The jump itself was amazing, especially the first few seconds rush of the ground coming up to meet me at 120 mph.  As I came down to earth, I tried not to land on the tiger zoo just left of the landing spot.”  Suzanne

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Mon, 09 May 2011 17:52:13 BST by admin, 119694 views

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