3:09pm Tuesday 16th September 2014
5:00am Friday 12th September 2014
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.
12:53pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
8:00am Friday 5th September 2014
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.
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.
8:00am Friday 29th August 2014
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.
5:41pm Wednesday 20th August 2014
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.
5:29pm Monday 18th August 2014
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5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014
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.
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.
1:20pm Monday 11th August 2014
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3:32pm Thursday 7th August 2014
5:30am Thursday 7th August 2014
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.”
11:25am Monday 4th August 2014
11:29am Monday 4th August 2014
5:00am Monday 4th August 2014
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.
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!”
3:54pm Thursday 31st July 2014
5:08pm Wednesday 30th July 2014
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.”
8:10am Monday 28th July 2014
4:07pm Sunday 27th July 2014
2:45pm Friday 25th July 2014
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.
11:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014
5:06pm Monday 21st July 2014
1:35pm Monday 21st July 2014
12:04pm Monday 21st July 2014
11:59am Monday 21st July 2014
5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014
MOST of us have seen them at one time or other… those grainy monochrome films that help define our nation: Winston Churchill resolutely striding through the blitzed streets of war-ravaged London, the Coronation of the Queen in all of its pomp and ceremony, the toothless grin of Nobby Stiles as he joyfully jigs around Wembley Stadium with the World Cup on his head.
8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014
5:48pm Monday 7th July 2014
2:14pm Monday 7th July 2014
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12:25pm Monday 7th July 2014
CHERYL Kelser, 51, is a Great Western Hospital intensive care nurse and an RAF reservist corporal who has served two tours in Afghanistan with 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. She lives in Wroughton with husband Ross, who works in security in Iraq, and has a grown-up daughter. Cheryl is preparing for duty at the Royal International Air Tattoo...
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