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Sad times

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Last week I heard the very sad news that Councillor Colin Kay had died. He'd served for many years, and had been the Chairman since 2009; but far more importantly he was one of the kindest, gentlest people I've ever met. I would often give him a lift to meetings, ...

Motcombe Village Shop Post Office Open!

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Yesterday I went to the opening of the new village shop. This is some achievement, and I can only "doff my hat" at the wonderful efforts of the whole village in making this happen, especially the committee; Clare, Clem, Alex, Stephen, Paul, Scott, Keith, Julian, Martin, Kay and Cherry. It's ...

An Evening at Number 10

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Last week, rather out of the blue, I received a formal invitation to a reception at Number 10 - and so it was that this evening I was sipping Pimms in the garden of Downing Street. It felt quite weird, but I did think as I wondered through the security ...

Housing Services are pleased to announce their new Open Surgery

Monday, July 5th, 2010

For anyone needing housing advice, the District Council will be running open surgeries every day from 5th July 2010 9:30am till 1:00pm (Emergencies only after 1pm) Monday to Friday at North Dorset District Council, Nordon. No need to make an appointment, just visit our offices during the above times, and a Housing Needs offi cer ...

I believe in Unfair

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Recently I heard Jonathan Dimbleby attempt to ridicule an Any Questions panellist, who was espousing his belief in fairness, by asking "Does anyone believe in unfair?" Despite the laughter and applause this generated, I'd like to rise to the bait, and say yes, I do. I don't, of course, mean that ...

An illustration on benefits

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Posting this might be considered unwise, as it gives a shocking illustration of what's on offer if you are minded to work the state, rather than yourself. But there is a lot of confusion, so I thought I'd give you an illustration. There's a great website called which basically calculates ...

“I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left”

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Well it might have been meant to be funny. But this one sentence note from the outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury has a pretty unpleasant ring to it. First of all, it's not a laughing matter. Secondly, it gives credence to the idea that Labour had left such a ...

A wonderful word – snollygoster

Monday, May 17th, 2010

One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles. To add to the poetry, it appears that this has recently been brought back into the OED. What a lovely language we have. For a fuller explanation,

Motcombe Village Shop

Monday, May 17th, 2010

On Saturday I went to the auction of promises for the Motcombe Village Shop. For my part I walked away with a couple of pictures (and a few pennies given to a great cause), and a promise of my own to do a magic show for a group of children ...

We have a new Government!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

So after days of horse-trading, and smoked-filled rooms, and a vivid illustration of all that is worst about hung parliaments, we have a government. And when, as we must, one looks beyond the tribal loyalties that were exagerrated in the general election, there is much to be commended. First, we have a ...