Let us know, which story has been your favourite story so far?

April 16, 2012

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Please let us know which story you have enjoyed the most. If you lead an Alternative Life and want to feature on our site please contact us at: Alternative-lives@hotmail.co.uk Posted by Joanne Mascall

Congratulations to Sheffield’s ‘mad man with the pram,’ John Burkhill.

April 1, 2012

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John Burkhill waving the England flag for the Olympics

Written by Joanne Mascall John Burkhill, wept at news of carrying the Olympic Torch. The Olympic torch is coming to Sheffield and who better to carry it through the city than one of Sheffield’s best known local heroes the ‘mad man with the pram’. John Burkhill, from Richmond, wept for joy when he was told […]

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Jenny Blain, a Heathen and Shamanic, is it witchcraft and spells?

March 16, 2012

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 “I don’t call what I do magic but ‘seidr’, it is a form of what can be called magical practice. Going into a trance and communicating with some kind of spirit.  The basis of seidr practice is this idea of singing, playing instruments and trance work, doing this might be to help see something or […]

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Shaun Turner, “I fly to work in a commercial jet, live in a mining camp for a week and blow things up, definitely not your usual 9-5 office job!”

March 5, 2012

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Imagine waking up and knowing that your job could run the risk of death almost every day. After the world watched, the news, of the 33 Chilean miners, trapped 2,300 feet underground, for a record 69 days, this disaster also serves as a reminder of the dangers involved, in working in mining.Mining continues to be […]

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Sheffield’s mad walker with the pram,John Burkhill, “Even the Queen thinks I am barmy.”

February 26, 2012

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Written By: Joanne Mascall John Burkhill, aged 71, better known as ‘Sheffield’s mad walker with the pram,’ has run more marathons than Paula Radcliffe and is known for his wacky walks. Wearing a bright green wig and pushing his vintage, 50-year-old pram, decked out with Macmillan logos and a collecting bucket, he is dedicated to […]

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The Magic Ball Man: From glass bottle washer to glass ball juggler

February 22, 2012

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Written by Verity MacGregor “When people watch my performance they gasp with amazement and sigh with relief, part of the love for my career is watching other’s reactions. That’s not something you get from your typical 9-5.” Walk through the streets of York and it won’t be long before you find yourself amongst the crowds […]

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Ollie Mason is on a water run, 1000 Miles, 20 Litres of water and 60 Days.

February 20, 2012

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What if this was your child? Ollie Mason, a young fundraiser aged 22, will set on a huge journey walking across the UK, carrying a 20-litre jerry can full of water with no aid or apparatus. All to raise money and awareness for thousands of communities in developing countries who have to carry water like this every […]

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