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swedish-uk penpals celebrate 50th anniversary

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swedish-uk penpals celebrate 50th anniversary

christine power from stalybridge, near manchester in england, and stockholm-based nurse christina hesselbäck, have been writing to each other since the age of 11. the friendship began when hesselbäck sent a letter to a manchester school, after encouragement from her father and a teacher, who hoped it would help her to practice her english skills. power’s teacher instructed the class to write back if they wanted to -- and the then 11-year-old did. "when i started writing to christine, i was almost crying as i thought i couldn’t do it but my dad said, ‘yes you can'," hesselbäck remembered. that was in 1968, and despite the invention of mobile phones, email, skype and facetime in the years since, the pair still keep in...