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Mondays with Milly

Mondays with Milly

By Phill Cristofaro
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 nineties, 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.
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S10 Ep9: QE2
Today we reflect... Queen Elizabeth II's death marks a significant in history so in this episode we spend some time reflecting on the way the country said its goodbyes. Milly has had an eventful stint in hospital and tells us what that was like. This week Niamh sings Renee Geyer's, "Heading in the Right Direction". Shout-out to her music exam accompanyist, Mitch, who joins us on piano. 
September 26, 2022
S10 Ep8: Random Acts of Kindness (and some Hair Raising Adventures)
In this episode of MwM, I catch up with Milly and her eldest son, Paul, who's visiting from Scotland. The love, warmth and natural humour between mother and son shines through in this light-hearted conversation. We talk about Milly's latest digital project, kindness and some hair-raising driving adventures.  And thanks to Piano Matt for yet another beautiful piece for us to collaborate on. 
August 21, 2022
S10 Ep7: Hardship Now and Then
Things are pretty tough in 2022 - the rising cost of living crisis, the war in Ukraine and geo-political tensions. In this episode I ask Milly to ponder those times in her life where she can draw comparisons to the present day situation and in true Milly-style she offers some gems and the odd dose of perspective.  Milly and I thank you all for sticking with our passion project podcast and if you're new to Mondays with Milly, check out S1 Ep1 to find out where Milly's story begins.  Join the conversation via the MwM Facebook group here:
July 07, 2022
S10 Ep6: Much Ado about the Platinum Jubilee
This weekend Britain and parts of the Commonwealth celebrated Queen Elizabeth's 70 year reign - and Milly's been there for every bit of it. In this episode Milly ponders the mood of the country and gives us an insight into how so many people in Britain have marked the event and made lasting memories of their own. And it's only fitting that Niamh sings our rendition of Land of Hope and Glory. 
June 05, 2022
S10 Ep5: Treasures in the Loft
When Kirsten finally went home to visit Milly recently they made up for time lost to lockdowns and managed some high quality time together. In this episode they reflect on what it all meant to both of them, including some interesting discoveries from the loft. 
May 23, 2022
S10 Ep4: Ten Pound Poms and Telephone Calls
In this episode we hear the second part of Milly's and my conversation with Superfan, John.  John's shared experience is explored further as we delve into the politics of the late 1940s, emigrating, home births and the arrival of telephones. Piano Matt joins us in this week's song and does an incredible job on the keys. Thank you for your ongoing support, Matt. It's greatly appreciated.
May 01, 2022
S10 Ep3: Superfan #1
Welcome to our new episode of MwM. In this episode I invited a good friend of mine, John, to join us for a chat. John is a Superfan of the podcast and was visiting me back in January when his questions about Milly prompted me to say, "Well, why don't you ask her yourself?". John's parents shared similar stories with him growing up. This is part one of our conversation...
April 11, 2022
S10 Ep2: A Big Day in Blackpool
On any given Sunday, Milly heads off to church followed by tea and biscuits.  But today was special. Milly was invited to visit The Doll's House in Carshalton Road, Blackpool (S9 Ep6) - known better for its modern day title: "Serendipity". The Harvey family welcomed Milly and Kirsten with open arms and Milly got to see the house she loved - 57 years on. Check out what happened (photos of the visit have been posted to the Mondays with Milly Facebook page). 
March 14, 2022
S10 Ep1: We're Back! Milly Answers the Call
Milly and Phill are back by popular demand. And on that same theme, so is Kirsten - who is on her way back to the UK for the first time in three years. Milly can't wait. In this new season we'll talk all things past, present and future.  Thanks to all the loyal listeners who've shared questions, comments and sent messages of support for our podcast. MwM will continue on a semi-regular basis. Please join us on the MwM Facebook page and if you have a spare minute or two a review of the podcast is greatly appreciated. 
February 26, 2022
91 reasons to celebrate...
Welcome to this special bonus episode of MwM. In this one we're celebrating a number of milestones... Closing in on 50,000 listens across 66 countries, Milly has been having an absolute ball talking to media in Australia and the UK over the past month. And today she turns 91. Happy 91st birthday, Milly!
February 02, 2022
S9 Ep12: The Finale
After more than 65 episodes and almost as many songs, this episode is our last. What parting gift do you give to an amazing woman who has everything she needs and wants and whose longevity spans 10 decades? The answer is simple: you give her messages of love, support and gratitude. And that's what this episode is all about.  Thank you Milly - for your warmth, your honesty and your gift of story telling. There are more than a few valuable lessons contained within and you've given your family a powerful legacy for generations to come. You've also provided me with a tremendous resource for the classroom.  Thank you to anyone who's cared to listen - if only for a passing moment. We hope Milly's stories made you pause and ponder.  And thank you to my wonderful and talented daughter, Niamh, whose willingness to pick up songs spanning eras and genres made me shake my head many times. As you get older you'll come to fully appreciate the power of what you've done for others, Niamh. The love and bond between you and Milly will endure. And if you're new to the podcast and wonder what all the fuss is about - I recommend S1, Ep1: Meet Milly from Moss Side, Manchester.  Phill Cristofaro - December 25th, 2021
December 24, 2021
S9 Ep11: The Voice behind the Voice
It's time to unmask The Voice behind the voice. Niamh joins us at the end of a very busy day doing what she loves most. You'll feel the love and affection between Milly and her granddaughter Down Under. We also discuss some of the things making news locally in the UK. 
November 28, 2021
S9 Ep10: Feeling "Frowsy", Fashion and Faux pas
Following on from episodes three and four in this series, we finish off with some cracking yarns about alcohol, high (home-made) fashion and the odd faux pas.  Please enjoy and don't forget to write a review. 
November 21, 2021
S9 Ep9: Fox, Milly and the Friendly Ghost of Carshalton Road
Milly's in for a surprise when she takes my call this week... I've managed to track down the current owner of 47 Carshalton Road, Blackpool: the subject of recent episodes pertaining to a friendly ghost who goes by the name of "Nanny". Fox Harvey has generously agreed to join me and he and Milly hit it off. You'll feel the warm glow from two people who share one thing in common: they've both been owners of what was, and is, a very special home. If 47 Carshalton Road could talk it would tell some interesting tales.  Please enjoy this episode of MwM.
November 14, 2021
S9 Ep8: Facebook Reaction Show Pt 2
The second part of Milly's reaction to comments on Facebook about the Carshalton Road house. Milly takes it all in and you can hear the delight in her voice. It didn't take long to track down the current owner of The Doll's House - many thanks to Fox Harvey for the kind offer of photos for Milly to check out how the house looks in the present day. 
November 07, 2021
S9 Ep7: Facebook Reaction Show
Milly doesn't do Facebook but you'll hear her reaction to the many comments on Facebook about the "Doll's House" - home of Nanny and a long list of families who've come and gone from the house at 47 Carshalton Road, Blackpool.  Here's a link to our post on the History of Blackpool Facebook page: Join us on the MwM Facebook page here: If you like what you hear, please write us a review or share MwM with your friends and family.
October 31, 2021
S9 Ep6: Ghostly Encounters in Blackpool
What's "The Doll's House"? Who's "Nanny"? And what keeps moving the plates around at number 7 Devonshire Road? All these questions and more will be answered in this paranormal episode of MwM. Another big thank you to Piano Matt who kindly offered his considerable talents to what we think is a hauntingly beautiful song.  Check out photos of The Doll's House and 7 Devonshire Road via the Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
October 24, 2021
S9 Ep5: From Twin-Tubs to iPads - Gizmos & Gadgets over the Journey
In episode #5 Kirsten joins me to talk about technology through the ages. From Milly's first "Twin-Tub" washing machine to her iPad, there's a story behind each and every weird and wonderful time-saving tool.  This week's music includes a special guest: Matt "The Manouver" Heinrich joins us on the ivories and brings a touch of polish and colour. Matt is a good friend of the MwM podcast. Thanks Matt. Let's see if we can talk him into doing an encore.
October 17, 2021
S9 Ep4: The Chaser feat. Milly
Round 2 of the Milly Quiz looks more like an episode of The Chaser. Milly reflects on some key moments and adds some new insights into some pivotal moments from seasons one through eight.  Can you outwit Milly? There's only one way to find out...
October 10, 2021
S9 Ep3: It's Quiz Time!
With nine seasons of Milly's story documented, it's time to test your knowledge and pit your memory against Milly's steel trap of detail. A series of questions related to the entire podcast will examine some of the more minute details of the MwM podcast. We can only wish you luck. 
October 03, 2021
S9 Ep2: Bark Three Times for Emergency Assistance
Welcome to S9 Ep2 of Mondays with Milly. In this episode Milly gives us an idea of the trials and tribulations of living with low vision and what friends, their dogs and a bit of technology can do to help.
September 26, 2021
S9 Ep1: Friends
Welcome to Season #9 of Mondays with Milly and thanks for coming along for the ride. In the first episode of this season I ask Milly about her friends. Milly makes friends easily and they're a very important part of her life and story. Please enjoy.
September 19, 2021
S8 Bonus: Tales from the Van to the Kennel
In the second part of this bonus episode, Paul delves deeper into the mind and psyche of Paul's trusty police dog, Zac. Since his retirement, Paul spends his time supporting dog owners and various dog charities in the UK and abroad.  You can find out more about Paul's business, Wolfspeak here:
September 12, 2021
S8 Bonus: PC Paul - A Road Less Travelled
Welcome to the Mondays with Milly podcast. In celebration of our 5000th listen spanning 29 countries, Milly and I chat with Paul about joining the constabulary with a single goal in mind: the "dead end" job of becoming a police dog handler. 
September 05, 2021
S8 Ep7: Potato Cakes, Property and the Strathmore 5000
In this episode Milly and I try and work out how there can be a property boom amongst the chaos of Covid 19. Milly talks potato cakes and reflects on the difficult decision of whether or not to move to Australia. One thing is as certain as it is vivid: the Strathmore 5000 should be on everyone's bucket list. 
August 29, 2021
S8 Ep6: My Beautiful Balloon
What do you give someone who's lived a full life and wants for nothing?  In this episode Milly recounts the wonderful experience that can only come with a wicker basket and a lot of hot air. Milly takes us ballooning and we're not sure she ever made it down.
August 22, 2021
S8 Ep5: With Three Minutes to Spare
Milly's last trip to Australia happened when she was 84. She'd done the trip before but this time 20,000kms took more of a toll than usual. Milly also has the odd brush with authority and manages to talk her way out of trouble. 
August 15, 2021
S8 Ep4: 39 Years...
Across Milly's 90 years she had at least one child at home for 39 of them, such was the age gap between Paul, Christopher and Kirsten. And there's one common theme across all 39 of those years. We chat further with Paul and Chris about life with Milly. 
August 08, 2021
S8 Ep3: Meet Milly's Boys - Paul & Christopher
In seasons three and four you'll remember Milly talking about her boys and her reflections on becoming a parent. Now it's Paul and Chris' turn to give us their take.  What was Milly like as a mum and what was it like growing up? You'll find their points-of-view similar...and different. Find out why in this episode of MwM. 
August 01, 2021
S8 Ep2: Tom (Pt 2)
In episode #2 we learn more about Milly's life living with Tom. Both have their health challenges and but find ways to complement each other's strengths and weaknesses. When Milly loses Tom she loses more than just a house mate, she loses one of her oldest and dearest friends. 
July 25, 2021
S8 Ep1: Tom (Pt 1)
Welcome to Season #8 of MwM. In S8 we explore Milly's 80s. It was in 2013 that one of Milly's oldest and dearest friends - and JC's bestie - moved in with Milly after both of them had lived alone for a number of years. In this episode, Milly introduces us to Tom: gentleman, staunch Labour supporter and fixer of all things. And happy 17th birthday to Niamh who sings "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap.  
July 18, 2021
S7 Ep7: Knocking on Heaven's Door
In this final episode of S7, Milly and Kirsten discuss Milly's near-death experience (another one) - and the intervention of her family in helping her to bounce back.  Milly also talks about the impact the iPad has had in improving her quality of life in lockdown and with low vision.  Niamh was unable to perform this week's song due to illness so we've reprised one from an earlier episode. 
July 11, 2021
S7 Ep6: Backpacking with Milly (and Kirsten)
Episode 6 of this season is a special one. Kirsten joins the conversation to discuss how her 14 month backpacking trip changed her and her relationships with family.  If you like this podcast, please leave us a review.
July 04, 2021
S7 Ep5: A Year to Remember
In episode seven, Milly remembers with the love and fondness a wonderful year: the 12 months she got to spend with her Australian grandchildren. Milly's enduring relationship with all of her grandchildren is built upon human connection and Milly's unconditional love. You'll feel it in droves in this episode. Please enjoy...
June 27, 2021
S7 Ep4: Chris in Command, The Dog Whisperer and 007
In episode four Milly gets to visit Christopher at work and Paul is off to Kilmany in Scotland to train dogs - lots of them! And Milly is the sort of grandma who's happy to play a foil to Alex's best 007 impersonation but a few things can go missing in the process - all for very good reasons, of course.  Join the Mondays with Milly Facebook group here:
June 20, 2021
S7 Ep3: Kirsten Comes Home
Living abroad is tough when you're a close family. The 2000s saw Kirsten's family grow and despite the regular visits between continents the loss of JC amplified the tyranny of distance. And so in 2007 Kirsten and her crew packed up and moved over to St Annes-on-Sea for a year to live and work. It was a treasured time for Milly. 
June 14, 2021
S7 Ep2: Losing JC
In the 2000s there was another pandemic wreaking havoc on the world: it was called SARS. Milly and JC were on their way through Singapore when JC contracted the virus and it had a devastating impact on the family. 
June 06, 2021
S7 Ep1: A New Millennium - Bugs, 9-11 and Babies
Where were you when the clock ticked over to a new millennium? Milly and JC were having a quiet celebration with their old friends, Bob and Barbara. The opening of the Millennium Dome seemed a bit much for the Queen but Milly remembers the hysteria surrounding the so-called, 'Millennium Bug'. Milly has a trip to Australia to spend time with her new grandson and it's while she's there that 9-11 shocks the world into a new reality.  Please enjoy this new season of Mondays with Milly. 
May 30, 2021
S6 Ep7: The Wedding of the Decade
In this final episode of series #7 we talk dogs, houses and weddings. And not just any wedding - this one was special for a number of reasons. Kirsten gets married and is able to celebrate the event twice on opposite ends of the globe. Milly is thrilled and things settle down once again.  Please join us in the next series as we move into the naughties. 
May 23, 2021
S6 Ep6: A 70th Birthday to Remember
In episode 6, we hear about the fall of the Iron Curtain. A huge event for the world but life in St Annes-on-Sea goes on as normal. Chris has a chance to command HMS Lancaster and there's a bravery award for Paul. JC is in for one very pleasant surprise. 
May 16, 2021
S6 Ep5: There and Back Again - Welcome to Terra Australis
With the emigration of Kirsten to Australia the frequent flyer miles piled up as Milly and JC became adept at long haul travel. Australia becomes a second home while Christopher and his family make the move back to St Annes-on-Sea.  Welcome to our new listeners from South Korea and Argentina. Don't forget to join the Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
May 09, 2021
S6 Ep4: Home and Away
Between late 1992 and for all of 1993 Kirsten is away and communication is a complicated thing. Expensive phone calls are a regular expense. Eventually Kirsten comes home - but not for long - and Milly is faced with a bitter-sweet reality.
May 02, 2021
S6 Ep3: The "Bride's Ale" and an Odyssey from New York to Nepal
In episode three, Milly waves goodbye to the last of her three children who finally leaves the nest for work and bigger things. JC has found a new hobby - home brewing - and it's no picnic. In fact, there's evil in some of those bottles. Kirsten is off on the trip of a lifetime and won't be home for 14 months.  A warm welcome and greetings to our new listeners from Argentina.  Oh, and happy birthday, "Colonel". 
April 25, 2021
S6 Ep2: Vale Prince Phillip - a Colourful Life and a Lasting Legacy
I wonder what would've been like to have had the Duke of Edinburgh on the podcast talking to Milly about love, life and perspective... This week marks the passing of yet another member what Tom Brokaw refers to as the Greatest Generation. Milly was lucky enough to have met Prince Phillip - yet another panel in the tapestry of Milly's rich and wonderful life.  Milly talks about the Duke and some more about Chris' time in the Gulf. Please join the MwM Facebook page to check our more Milly-related content:
April 18, 2021
S6 Ep1: Boats, Ships and Zac the Police Wonder Dog
Welcome to the 1990s.  In season 6 we'll explore the happenings and happenstance surrounding this eventful time. In episode #1, Milly tells us about making ball dresses for Kirsten, Chris' experience of the first Gulf War and Paul's first police dog, Zac.  Please enjoy this episode of Mondays with Milly.
April 11, 2021
S5 Ep5: It's a Mad House!
Pet rats, snakes and alligators in the bath: just another day for someone who owns a pet shop. But for one relative visiting the family it was all too much... Welcome to our final episode of season five. In this episode, Milly finds herself in her happy place - on the stage - this time with daughter, Kirsten. We thank you for your continued support of the Mondays with Milly podcast.  Join the MwM Facebook group here:
April 05, 2021
S5 Ep4: The Poll Tax and PTSD
The Poll Tax: the Thatcher government's controversial tax, which was ultimately its undoing.  In this episode, Milly and I discuss the Poll Tax and cover Paul's traumatic injury, which he suffered whilst on patrol late at night. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) wasn't understood in the 1980s and it was the work of a police psychologist who helped Paul get back to work. If you're enjoying this podcast, please write us a review.
March 28, 2021
S5 Ep3: The Falklands
The Falklands War was a brief but costly conflict involving British and Argentinian forces between April and June of 1982 over the disputed Falklands Islands - a British territory. In this episode, Milly talks about Chris' near involvement, the armchair perspective of watching the war on the nightly news and the aftermath.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the MwM podcast and a warm welcome to listeners in the Maldives. 
March 21, 2021
S5 Ep2: Cash Points, Credit Cards, Computers & Famous Folk
Welcome to the MwM podcast and a Happy UK Mother's Day to all the mums out there. In episode two, Milly talks about her first experiences with the work computer and it doesn't go well. Milly and Marilyn have a clockwork system going in the tourist information office but everyone's expected to get on board with the new technology. Milly meets Jesus (at least the actor who plays him, Robert Powell) and she tells a wonderful story about pianist, Winnie Atwell.  Please enjoy and don't forget to write us a review. 
March 14, 2021
S5 Ep1: The Lady's not for turning: change is on the way
Welcome to our fifth season of Mondays with Milly.  Thank you to all who continue to listen - and to all our new listeners across 17 countries. In season five we take a close look at the 1980s. After the turmoil of the 1970s you'd be forgiven for thinking things might settle down. On the contrary, Margaret Thatcher has very big plans to transform the country and her agenda is a controversial one. Milly is one of 60% of women in the workforce and she reflects on the politics of the day. Join our Mondays with Milly Facebook group here:
March 07, 2021
S4 Ep5: Viva Blackpool Vegas - let's head down to the Golden Mile
"Blackpool Vegas" - an apt description, indeed!  In this second part of our look at 1970s Blackpool, Milly describes the attraction that's Blackpool; live shows, side shows, crowds and a bustling tourism industry. The decline comes in the form of cheap overseas holidays and Blackpool's peak is soon on the wane.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the MwM podcast. We'll be back to talk the 1980s in season five. The Mondays with Milly Facebook page hosts photos and videos from back in the day:
February 28, 2021
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. If you like the Mondays with Milly podcast, please leave us a review.  The Mondays with Milly Facebook page can be found here:
February 21, 2021
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. Please don't forget to review the podcast and join the MwM Facebook group:
February 14, 2021
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. Please join the Mondays with Milly Facebook group:
February 07, 2021
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. Please feel free to wish Milly a happy birthday via the Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
February 01, 2021
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.
January 31, 2021
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. Don't forget to join the Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
January 24, 2021
S3 Ep4: Losing Harry
Welcome to this final episode of season # 3 of Mondays with Milly. The loss of the family's patriarch is more than just a shock; it has both short and long-term ramifications. JC's job with Boeing in the US is no longer a viable choice and the family makes the decision to stay in the UK and rebuild financially.  Join the MwM Facebook page here:
January 24, 2021
S3 Bonus: Bushy Tales - Tales from the Bush Inn
With the discovery this week of the Wigan World website, the Mondays with Milly podcast has a extended its audience to Wigan. Welcome to patrons from that part of the world, with a special mention for Steve Breheny and Belinda Denholm - Jackie Sharple's nephew and daughter, who I contacted via the Wigan World website. The world is indeed small.  In this bonus episode, Milly takes us into the Bush Inn for a refreshing and light-hearted look inside. There are lots of tales to tell so there will be another bonus episode next week. 
January 17, 2021
S3 Ep3: I'm just like you...I'm a "Bush Baptist"
Stolen pies...broken promises...another career change. Managing the Bush pub calls for a very specific set of skills. Milly and JC have doubled the takings in just two years and are promised a bigger and better opportunity close to home. It doesn't turn out that way and the family take a step backwards by purchasing a grocery business with a cash-flow problem. The big house becomes a much smaller one. Join the MwM Facebook page here:
January 17, 2021
S3 Ep2: Would you like to run a Pub?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to quit your job - a well-paid one you love - and manage a pub? That's exactly what JC does and life takes yet another adventurous turn. Life in the pub is hard work but a vibrant place full of colourful characters, like Jackie Sharples whose party trick is back flips off the bar. Please enjoy this episode of Mondays with Milly. Don't forget to write a review and join our Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
January 10, 2021
S3 Ep1: Dodging Bullets - Thalidamide, Plane Crashes & The Cuban Missile Crisis
Welcome to the 1960s - an exciting time...a dangerous time. In episode one of season three we enter this new decade with Milly's family growing. Paul is adopted by JC - not without difficulty - and Christopher comes onto the scene. Milly and her family can count themselves lucky as they manage to somehow avoid catastrophe and the world watches as the Cold War heats up. Please take the time to join the Mondays with Milly Facebook page:
January 03, 2021
S2 Ep6: But you've already proposed to me...
In this final episode of season 2 of Mondays with Milly, things are happening.  Milly and JC are ready to tie the knot - after a decade or so apart. JC is in for a bit of a shock when he's expected to pitch in and lend a hand around the house as both he and Milly hold down full-time jobs. Paul and JC bond immediately and the family is ready to face the 1960s. Don't forget to join the Mondays with Milly Facebook page to see photos from each era and ask Milly a question or two.
December 27, 2020
S2 Ep5: Gremlins, Fairies and JC
In episode 5 Milly's on the move. Harry decides it's time to sell up the Presall house and send each couple off to buy their own homes. As a single woman, Milly has to come up with a bigger deposit and Harry is there by her side. JC comes back on the scene and the courting ritual begins yet again, this time on very different terms. Please take the time to join the Mondays with Milly Facebook page where you can see images from each era and ask Milly a question or two.
December 20, 2020
S2 Ep4: I Smell a Rat...
After the sudden and shocking betrayal of her husband, Milly makes the best of the situation by focusing her energy on her family. Milly faces the harsh judgements of others, despite being blameless, and attempts to have the details of her divorce kept private. In the 1950s divorces are published in the local paper and Milly is even snubbed at her local church. Milly's family invest in chickens and sell eggs and tomatoes on the roadside to supplement the household income. And then one day the rats return... Please enjoy episode four, season #2 of Mondays with Milly. 
December 13, 2020
S2 Ep3: My Husband left for his interview and I didn't see him for 30 years...
In episode #3 Milly marries and starts a family. Paul arrives in 1951 and life in the large Preesall house is pretty good; the extended family are all together under one roof, there's plenty of room for everyone and Milly is in a good place. That changes the day her husband Bob leaves the house for a supposed job interview and doesn't come home. In that moment, Milly becomes a single parent. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of Mondays with Milly. 
December 06, 2020
S2 Ep2: Out of the Confessional and into the Pub
What do you do when you're a restless young adult and the war's over? Simple: you work a series of jobs and get busy socialising. And that's exactly what Milly does in episode two. Milly becomes frustrated with the growing list of young men wanting to emigrate to Canada and is faced with a sliding door decision.  Please enjoy this episode of Mondays with Milly. 
November 29, 2020
S2 Ep1: Harry, Hope and Haberdashery
The end of WW2 brought a sense of hope to Milly and her family. Milly's dad, Harry, puts on a brave face but continues to struggle emotionally from the loss of his beloved, Doris. Life goes on and Milly decides to leave school and join the workforce. There's no shortage of jobs and sense of optimism, despite continued rationing. Then, one day while window dressing, Milly has a chance meeting with JC. 
November 22, 2020
S1 Bonus Episode: School Days
This bonus episode of Mondays with Milly focuses on Milly's recollections of growing up, going to school and family holidays. It was a bit disturbing to learn that Milly used to play "house" with a friend in an undertaker's basement using coffins!  Please enjoy this bonus content and we hope to have you back for season two.
November 15, 2020
S1 Ep7: When Harry met Doris
In this final episode of season one, we learn about Doris' story; how she met Harry and the circumstances around her tragic death which left the family reeling. Milly relives these events vividly and emotionally.  If you like this podcast, please tell your family and friends and write a review. We'd love to know what you think. 
November 15, 2020
S1 Ep6: Doris and Buddy
In episode #6 we explore the far-reaching consequences of losing family members to tragedy. With the unexpected death of Milly’s mother, Doris, Milly is forced to grow up quickly and naturally takes on many extra responsibilities. The death of her cousin, Buddy, is an enduring mystery and the end of the war brings about muted celebrations.
November 08, 2020
S1 Ep5: Tiptoe through the Tulips
Have you ever wondered what it was really like to live with air raids? In this episode, Milly gives us some idea of how her family developed an air raid routine and what might have happened if you were unlucky. Singing songs was a way of reassuring young children frightened by the noise and destruction around them. 
November 01, 2020
S1 Ep4: Did you steal that butter?
When ration books were introduced during World War 2, families had to adjust quickly to smaller portions and less choice. Air raid shelters called "Anderson Shelters" were installed in back gardens and would become an important part of homeland defence. Things were getting serious. In this episode, Milly gives us some idea of what was to be the "new normal" for a country at war. 
October 25, 2020
S1 Ep3: Where's my Dad?
On Sunday 3rd September at 11am, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's radio announcement shook the nation. Eight year-old Milly was more concerned with not being able to go on a planned holiday with her neighbours and didn't fully comprehend the gravity of what was to come. Milly's father was away from home for months and the country was suddenly faced with strict rules to follow. World War 2 brought with it a new list of challenges. Please enjoy episode #3 of Mondays with Milly.
October 18, 2020
S1 Ep2: False Rumours
What happened to people who got sick before there was a national health system? What was it like to go to school in the 1930s? What were peoples' attitudes to vaccinations against disease? These questions and more will be answered in episode two of Mondays with Milly. 
October 11, 2020
S1 Ep1: Meet Milly from Moss Side, Manchester
Welcome to Mondays with Milly. In episode one we're introduced to Milly's family and get an idea of what it was like to grow up in the shadows of the Great Depression. Finding work was a challenge and families supported themselves any way they could. Milly meets the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and her dad mixes cement for Winston Churchill, whose hobby just happens to be brick-laying.  Please enjoy this episode of Mondays with Milly. 
October 04, 2020
Introducing: Mondays with Milly
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 Covid 19 era, these online interviews have relevance during uncertain times and, perhaps, provide us with a sense of perspective in dealing with our own challenges. New episodes in the series will be released on Mondays. Please subscribe, share and review.
October 04, 2020