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Best gifts, worst gifts: Shirley Temple

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Bonnie Greer

The worst gift I’ve ever received was a Shirley Temple doll. I was seven. Her curly blonde hair and blue eyes messed me up. Whenever I drew a self portrait up until the age of 12, it was always a picture of Shirley. Sometimes we don’t realise how deeply children “mirror” and what harm it can do.

Richard Dowden

When I was a child our neighbour was a strange manic major who was obsessed with frogs, owls, stone eggs, wild flowers and railway engines. He spent all his money commissioning models and pictures of them. Whether he liked…

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