THE LIST: 10 things to do in and around Swindon this weekend (Oct 25&26)

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Beer Festival organsier Hans Hoffbauer prepares the kegs for the event

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

What a clock-watcher

Swindon Advertiser:

3:09pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE classically styled, substantial-looking antique clock that sits on the mantelpiece in the front room of Martin Thomas’s terraced Swindon house is a fine specimen, to be sure.

THE LIST: 10 things to do in and around Swindon this weekend (Oct 18&19)

Swindon Advertiser: Jim Croton, left, and Tony Norris celebrate the success of last year’s Swindon and Cricklade Railway Real Ale and Cider Festival

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

The castle on the edge of town

Swindon Advertiser:

9:51am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THEY’RE rebuilding the ramparts of an old castle near Swindon. Wow, that sounds interesting. I didn’t think Swindon had any castles. Where is it then? “Chiseldon way, ten minutes down the road,” said the news editor of the Swindon Evening Advertiser, before adding “easy enough to find.”

THE LIST: 10 things to do in and around Swindon this weekend (Oct 11&12)

Swindon Advertiser: The start of Swindon half marathon fun run

8:00am Friday 10th October 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

The neverending story

Swindon Advertiser:

10:05am Wednesday 8th October 2014

GLEAMING, eye-catching structures that include a concert hall, a university, an art gallery and several elegant apartment blocks rise majestically from a smart urban landscape dotted with public squares and fringed with tree-encrusted parkland.

THE LIST: 10 things to do in and around Swindon this weekend (Oct 4&5)

Swindon Advertiser: Young Ciaran on a visit to last year’s Lego show at the Steam Museum

8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

VIDEO: 15 must-see films to catch this weekend

Swindon Advertiser:

12:14pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Damon Smith reviews the latest must-see films this week, including Gone Girl, Dolphin Tale 2, Dracula Untold and Draft Day.

Human face of the railway works

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

IN the spring of 1958 a blue tit built a nest in part of the casing of a giant bandsaw at the Railway Works sawmill.

When giants roamed our streets

Swindon Advertiser:

5:37pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

The recent discovery of the fossilised remains of the world’s largest dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus has prompted some recollections on long gone beasts that once roved the Swindon area… THEY would have been long dead anyway, having departed to that elephant’s graveyard around 40,000 years ago, give or take a millennia.

THE LIST: 10 things to do in and around Swindon this weekend (Sep 27&28 edition)

Swindon Advertiser: The Swindon Farmers’ Market at the Designer Outlet Centre

8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

A right old carve-up

Swindon Advertiser:

10:09am Wednesday 24th September 2014

IT is not difficult, with a little imagination, to picture the scene among those battle-hardened Viking warriors, draped in thick skins, huddled around crackling fires, as they camped within the sturdy earth ramparts of White Horse Castle next to that enigmatic hill carving 1,143 years ago.

Prepared with the finest e.coli

Swindon Advertiser:

3:09pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

READING about a recent hauling of a mucky takeaway into court by the council’s public safety folk has got me pondering a paradox.

Researcher digs up extra hundred years of drama group’s existence

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Friday 12th September 2014

TONY Manders discovered decades of Swindon history – but he couldn’t have finished his task without The Three Hunchbacks.

A frog he would a-wooing go!

Swindon Advertiser:

9:57am Wednesday 10th September 2014

AS our car crunches along the driveway of Sheila Crown’s detached country house I feel as though I am heading into the pages of some weird Beatrix Potter story or perhaps one of those risible horror B-movies where giant bunny rabbits or cow-sized ants terrorise the neighbourhood.

Criminals allowed to have a Field say

Swindon Advertiser:

12:53pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

JUDGE Douglas Field retired recently after nearly eight years on the bench at Swindon Crown Court.

THE LIST: 10 things to do around Swindon this weekend (September 6&7 edition)

Swindon Advertiser: Revellers enjoy the Reggae Garden Festival

8:00am Friday 5th September 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

Studio still creating in independent era

Swindon Advertiser:

5:41pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A WHILE ago David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films and multiple BAFTA and Emmy winner, got together for a project with David Collier, a TV writer and producer whose credits range from My Parents are Aliens to the updated Basil Brush show.

Street painting man

Swindon Advertiser:

9:39am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

AS the bright evening sunshine turns the redbrick houses of a typically Edwardian terrace in Swindon a luminous shade of orangey-pink I can see a man at the end of the street comfortably installed on a camping chair who is utterly engrossed in his work with a sketchbook.

THE LIST: 10 things to do around Swindon this weekend (August 30&31 edition)

Swindon Advertiser: Nathan Jones Band

8:00am Friday 29th August 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our new regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

The lifelong dream that crash landed

Swindon Advertiser:

12:59pm Friday 29th August 2014

ON a grey and cloudy Thursday afternoon 20 years ago a group of people are standing on the blustery downs above Swindon. Necks craned, we are keeping an eye out – and indeed an ear out – for the sight or the sound of a distant speck of silver.

The fantastic life

Swindon Advertiser:

5:41pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The rail worker who was ‘better than Hemingway’

THE LIST: 8 Swindon roundabouts that drive us round the bend

Swindon Advertiser: The Magic Roundabout

4:23pm Monday 18th August 2014

SWINDON is well-known for its roundabouts. The most famous of them all, the Magic Roundabout, is often discussed in hushed tones by road enthusiasts on the other side of the pond. It has received global recognition after being featured in the top 12 roundabouts in the world and has appeared in countless calendars compiled by the National Roundabout Appreciation Society.

Rewind...August 11-16 1977: The day the music died

Swindon Advertiser:

5:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE weekend marked the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

REMEMBER WHEN: Love him tender

Swindon Advertiser:

5:24pm Monday 18th August 2014

ELVIS Presley fans all over the world marked the 37th anniversary of his death over the weekend.

Legendary hero may have fought battle near Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

AVALON, Camelot and... a tract of land a few miles west-north-west of Swindon?

An icon arrived in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser:

2:07am Wednesday 13th August 2014

LIONISED like few other popular figures of the 19th Century he was singularly acknowledged as ‘Hero of the Two Worlds’ for his unremitting endeavours on behalf of embattled masses fighting for freedom and independence on either side of the Atlantic.

Spinning back through time

Swindon Advertiser:

11:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

FROM the rhythmic piano of Charlie Kunz and the classically-furnished duets of Layton & Johnstone to a quirky array of oddities such as Leslie Sarony’s Ain’t It Grand to be Blooming Well Dead and the beergarten hits of The Obernkirchen Children’s Choir.

Rewind...August 11-16 1969: Pea pickers and Roman pots

Swindon Advertiser:

1:20pm Monday 11th August 2014

THIS week in 1969, the biggest story in the Adver came from Castle Combe – the pretty village rather than the nearby motor racing circuit.

REWIND: When a big Mac reigned supreme

Swindon Advertiser:

1:13pm Monday 11th August 2014

MCILROYS celebrated its 100th birthday in August of 1975 with a big advertising supplement in its local newspaper.

THE LIST: 10 things to do around Swindon this weekend

Swindon Advertiser: X Factor star Marcus Collins heading to St Osyth.

3:32pm Thursday 7th August 2014

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the second in our new regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon.

HUDSON AT LARGE: The secret society that’s not so secret

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 7th August 2014

A WEBSITE, a busy Twitter account and a headquarters in Old Town with a square-and-compasses symbol over the door.

The war hero...aged just 15

Swindon Advertiser:

4:22pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

REX Barnett, the Mayor of Swindon, is saying something to me over the phone which seems so extraordinary, so unlikely, so “surely he’s got it wrong” that I have to ask him to repeat it not twice but three times. This is what he is saying: “My dad fought in World War One.”

REMEMBER WHEN: Council reveals £66k super computer...but has it got Solitaire?

Swindon Advertiser:

11:25am Monday 4th August 2014

SWINDON Borough Council entered the Computer Age 47 years ago.

Rewind...August 4-9 1971: A fantasy for the future

Swindon Advertiser:

11:29am Monday 4th August 2014

IN the 1960s and 1970s, people assumed a hi-tech future with flying cars and meals in pill form was just around the corner.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Offering hope to Swindon's sex workers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 4th August 2014

SUE Lee readily admits that her title is a little cumbersome, but her message to sex workers or those fearing they’ll be forced into sex work is clear enough.

THE LIST: 10 things to do around Swindon this weekend

Swindon Advertiser:

11:31am Friday 1st August 2014

STRUGGLING to find something to do this weekend? Need to keep the kids (or spouse) quiet? Welcome to the first of our new Friday features listing 10 things to do in and around the town at the weekend.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Immersed in a deep passion

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

“AT seventy feet, the shark home team came onto the field. About twenty four of them with sizes from four feet to about eight feet swimming around us. There’s nowhere to hide! And one of them has eaten the ball!”

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 10

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

3:54pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE final chapter counting down the town's biggest headline names.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 9

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

5:08pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The penultimate chapter in our countdown of the town's greatest headliners.

Oh we have such ‘hateful’ memories

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WE were plastered in make-up to look pasty, pale and sickly… those haircuts were so severe it was like being sheep sheared… we were told to scream ‘die, I hate you, death’… sitting in the front we could feel the sheer force of the hatred… my hair was gelled into a fierce quiff… no laughing, no swearing, just jump up and shout… we were told to show as much hatred as possible… on no account should we laugh… And on one occasion, when they hadn’t quite shaken off their initial inhibitions to hit full-on hate mode, an assistant director glared at the assembled crew and sneered: “Is that the best you can do – no wonder Swindon are in the Fourth Division.”

Rewind...July 28-August 2 1980: Agincourt all over again

Swindon Advertiser:

8:10am Monday 28th July 2014

A BITTER Anglo-French row, accusations about Dunkirk and a threat by a school vice-principal to shoot a reporter – it’s not often an education story is quite so juicy.

REMEMBER WHEN: A no show by PJ for McIlroys gig

4:07pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HE was already a star but a failed trouser seam would soon make him a notorious one.

THE LIST...VIDEO SPECIAL WITH DAVID HAYE: 10 knockout ways to keep your pet cool

Swindon Advertiser:

2:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

FORMER boxing heavyweight champion of the world and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! contestant David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye is back on our screens - this time as a weatherman for dogs.

Wonderful, wonderful WOMAD

Swindon Advertiser:

3:15pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS the sun beats down on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the green baize of the Wiltshire countryside a troupe of Pakistani devotional singers, strikingly draped in silky orange stage costumes, marches in unison from an open-air arena where they have just performed a heartfelt set of choral, call-and-response pieces.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Putting excellence first in classroom

Swindon Advertiser:

11:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to Highworth Warneford head John Saunders.

Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 8

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's 160 greatest headline makers...part 1

5:06pm Monday 21st July 2014

The eighth part in our series celebrating the town's all-time top headliners.

THE LIST: Eye of the storm

Swindon Advertiser:

1:35pm Monday 21st July 2014

FOLLOWING Friday night's lightning, the skies of Swindon turned a dark shade of apocalyptic again ahead of Saturday's huge downpour.

Rewind...July 21-26 1974: Tales of flying and fleeing

Swindon Advertiser:

12:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MEMBER of a dedicated yet unsuccessful aviation dynasty was front page news in the Adver 40 years ago today.

REMEMBER WHEN: In praise of Danny

Swindon Advertiser:

11:59am Monday 21st July 2014

DANNY La Rue will be honoured at the Wyvern Theatre later this week to mark what would have been his 87th birthday.



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