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Monday, 27 April 2009

Aunt Mimi: Sandbanks, 1981.

As mentioned in a previous post, John bought his aunt Mimi a bungalow at 126 Panorama Road, Poole, in Dorset in 1965, and would drive down from Kenwood to visit her fairly regularly. Here is a fascinating and rare interview with Mimi from 1981, conducted in the house itself. Mimi´s house is another long since smashed to bits. The interviewer refers to it as "Studland" at one point. Hmmm. I always thought it was called Sandbanks. Maybe that was just the name of the bay which it overlooked, however.


  1. Yes, you're quite right, Mimi lived in Sandbanks. Studland is a village right next to it (Coldplay's video for "Yellow" was filmed there).

  2. The Sandbanks peninsular is to the east of Poole Harbour Entrance. It is a district of Poole. At the other (west) side of the harbour entrance is Studland Peninsular, also made mostly of sand.

    The village of Studland is a couple of kilometres farther on, just before the low-lying peninsular gives way to the line of Purbeck Hills made ofr chalk.