Barrie Hudson takes a sideways look at life.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Everything is rosy at Homebase depot

Swindon Advertiser: Joanne Bennett gets her fingers green at the warehouse

1:35pm Monday 31st March 2014

WHAT does a person buying a small cactus in the far north of Scotland have in common with a person buying a palm tree in Norwich?

HUDSON AT LARGE: Giving a voice to the non-religious

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Humanists’ committee member Neil Davies

4:23pm Monday 24th March 2014

“A VOICE for the non-religious in Swindon,” says the description on the front page of the Swindon Humanists’ website.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Ex-RAF officer is now a medium

Swindon Advertiser: Andew Dee

5:30am Thursday 6th March 2014

THERE seems to be a rule that mediums – people who say they can communicate with the dead – must conform to one of two stereotypes.

Bringing an ancient tradition back to life

Swindon Advertiser: Paul Goodge and David Parmiter prepare to beat the bounds in Aldbourne

5:21pm Thursday 27th February 2014

ALDBOURNE has a date for our diaries.

Shortened lunch break just doesn't add up

5:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014

DOWN at Isambard Community School 15 minutes has been shaved from the lunchbreak.

BARRIE HUDSON: There’s a time and a place for romance, you know

Swindon Advertiser: Lose yourself in the the supermarket aisles

5:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014

DATING website eHarmony has put out a region-by-region list of people’s favourite romantic places.

BARRIE HUDSON: What a wheelie daft idea

5:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014

AT the last count, about 14,000 wheelie bins bought in for the new green waste paid-for collection scheme remain unclaimed.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Town's colourful history laid bare

Swindon Advertiser: Marion Parsons, the author of the Cricklade Revealed books

5:30am Thursday 20th February 2014

WHAT do airbase doors salvaged as firewood have in common with tales of a long-gone glove factory?

BARRIE HUDSON: It’s not rocket science

Swindon Advertiser: Potholes are driving motorists potty

5:30am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE council, according to figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, has spent more than four grand on media training for certain members over the last three years.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Forget the Archers...Acrebury is where it's at

Swindon Advertiser: Radio producer Gerry Hughes - the man behind Acrebury

10:48am Thursday 13th February 2014

ONE-man soap opera Acrebury is to be revived for some special 40th anniversary episodes.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Get ready to be fascinated by The Little Book of Wiltshire

Swindon Advertiser: Author Dee La Vardera with The Little Book of Wiltshire

4:49pm Sunday 29th December 2013

DIANA Dors and Billie Piper, James Bond at the Renault building and the Beatles at McIlroys...

HUDSON AT LARGE: Man on a mission...Afghanistan holds no fear for entrepreneur James

Swindon Advertiser: James Brett planting pomegranates in Afghanistan

4:39pm Thursday 16th January 2014

LATER this year Waitrose customers will be able to try a new range of pomegranate-based cereal bars.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Pub trade's far from dead - here's proof

Swindon Advertiser: Nicole Calver and Paul Pearson

1:33pm Monday 17th February 2014

PAUL Pearson, 35, and Nicole Calver, 31, have managed the Dockle Farmhouse pub in Bridge End Road for six years. They recently spoke out to help remind the world at large of the major role pubs play in the local economy. The couple live in Swindon.

For someone special...from The Creep At Work?

Swindon Advertiser: Central Library will host a Valentine's Day speed dating event

10:41am Tuesday 11th February 2014

AT the end of the week there will be countless people up and down the country whose hearts are aflutter.

Healthy, wealthy, but not so wise...

Swindon Advertiser: The artist’s impression of the proposed Great Western Hospital radiotherapy unit

5:35pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

NEW figures show Swindon people in affluent areas outliving the less affluent by up to 17 years.

From vampires to erotica, it's all going on at your local library

Swindon Advertiser: Believe it or not, he’s a bloodsucking vampire. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in one of the Twilight films, based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer

5:30am Tuesday 28th January 2014

OUR library service has signed up for a great thing called the Six Book Challenge.

One step at a time...

Swindon Advertiser: One step at a time...

5:13pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

SWINDON and North East Wiltshire Ramblers have issued their new programme of walks for February through to May.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: No spotlight for theatre stalwart

Swindon Advertiser: Alan Wrixon, chairman of the Friends Of Swindon Arts Centre

5:17pm Monday 13th January 2014

Alan Wrixon, 67, chaired the Arts Centre for the Community Group, which recently failed to take over the Swindon Arts Centre. He lives in Wroughton and is married with two grown-up children.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Showbiz tradition kept in the family

Swindon Advertiser: The Tanwood Dance School team Mollie Tanner, Stephanie Trinci, Denise Yates, Pollyann Tanner Di Ball and John Tanner

3:54pm Monday 6th January 2014

POLLYANN Tanner, 51, is principal of Tanwood School for Performing Arts, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. She lives in Swindon and has three daughters aged from 15 to 25, each of whom learned to dance at the school, and a baby granddaughter.

Resolve to do as I say

Swindon Advertiser: Trevor Smith and wife Louise try out a Stottie Cake at the Liden Arms

10:20am Tuesday 31st December 2013

ROUND about now, many of us are looking ahead to a period of eating less, drinking less, smoking less and generally indulging ourselves less.

How to look good when things go down the pan

Swindon Advertiser: How to look good when things go down the pan

11:35am Tuesday 24th December 2013

CHRISTMAS is supposed to be the season of good will to all, but one category of people always seems to be left out.

THE BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: A Christmas of fag packets and glue

Swindon Advertiser: Shining a light on Christmas past

3:21pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

LYDIARD House has already staged one of its two excellent Christmas workshops.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Accidental actress

Swindon Advertiser: Sandy Slade

3:50pm Monday 16th December 2013

SANDY Slade, 48, is a cast member in the video for Robbie Williams’ Christmas single, Dream a Little Dream. She started her acting career only a couple of years ago. Sandy lives in Stratton St Margaret and is the mother of two grown-up children.

THE BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: The ultimate Christmas checklist

Swindon Advertiser: Sweet tip: Transfer your favourites to one tin, give guests what's left

2:44pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

WITH just a fortnight to go until the big day, the chances are you’re a bit worried about your Christmas preparations.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Plotting a plan for modern gardeners

Swindon Advertiser: Andy Laker

4:23pm Monday 9th December 2013

“FULFILMENT is a massive thing,” said Andy Laker with the passion of a true gardener.

We didn't get fancy presents at Christmas (because iPads hadn't been invented)

Swindon Advertiser: The 'real nativity'

3:13pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Barrie Hudson - he's not one to moan but...

We didn’t get fancy presents at Christmas...

Swindon Advertiser: We didn’t get fancy presents at Christmas...

11:36am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

A FIFTH of children are ignorant of the true meaning of Christmas, according to Church of England charity The Children’s Society.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Perfectly qualified to find people love

Swindon Advertiser: Sharn Khaira has created Indian Connect

2:30pm Monday 2nd December 2013

Barrie Hudson talks to Sharn Khaira, 27, founder of a new Hindu and Sikh dating website

Real retail therapy

Swindon Advertiser: Real retail therapy

10:44am Tuesday 26th November 2013

I NEED investors for a town centre Christmas shop I’m hoping to open within a couple of weeks.

Here’s to an alternative Christmas

Swindon Advertiser: Here’s to an alternative  Christmas

1:00pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

LIKE most people I could do with some spare cash for Christmas, but it wasn’t until I remembered Westonbirt Arboretum’s annual Enchanted Christmas extravaganza that inspiration came.

The art of being a child all over again

Swindon Advertiser: Successful Swindon-born illustrator Fred Blunt gives a masterclass at Commonweal School

1:00pm Monday 18th November 2013

Fred Blunt, 38, has many books to his credit. He recently helped some Churchfields School pupils discover their own inner artist as part of Swindon’s Youth Festival of Literature. Fred lives in Okus and is married to Clare. The couple have two children, three-year-old Bonnie and one-year-old Sonny THE images Fred Blunt creates in his second floor home studio find their way into childhood consciousness all over the world.

Making movies is Alex’s dream

Swindon Advertiser: Alex Secker, centre, with two of his actors: Connor Hunt-Preston, left, and Mark Starr    Picture: ALEX SKENNERTON

10:33am Thursday 14th November 2013

UNTIL not so long ago, would-be filmmakers had three options: Option 1: Endure starvation wages or no wages at all as you work your way up from making the tea. Hope against hope that after five years or 10 or 20 you’ll be allowed to pitch your cherished idea to some bored studio executives with about as much artistic vision as a housebrick, and that they won’t mutilate it too much.

Get the real food experts

3:50pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

THERE was a story in the Adver the other day about a grocery shop fined pretty heavily for selling stuff past its use-by date.

A friendly voice that offers hope

Swindon Advertiser: A protest rally held by the Women of Zimbabwe Arise, who have been subjected to abuse and violence

10:04am Thursday 7th November 2013

THERE’S no such thing as a typical member of Amnesty International and no such thing as a typical person helped by the organisation.

Oh no, not Hudson’s place again

Swindon Advertiser: Oh no, not Hudson’s  place  again

11:50am Tuesday 5th November 2013

I READ in the Adver that ghost hunts will be run by a Swindon organisation called Paranormal Planet, starting in February.

High-wire walker's reflections on life

Swindon Advertiser: Jacob Hirsch-Holland, aka Jake the Juggler

10:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013

OFTEN called a daredevil, Jacob Hirsch-Holland says what he does is more akin to meditation.

Coping with the impact of trauma

Swindon Advertiser: ick Hilling, centre, with left, Jan Kirby, of Asda, Judy Fenton, Rob Fenton and Joan Haddrell

8:10pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

WHEN Dick Hilling listens to Enya it takes him back to the first Gulf War and Saddam Hussein’s Scud missile attacks.

Barrie Hudson column: Be kind and trick a thief

Swindon Advertiser: Disguising expensive shopping in bags from less designer stores can trick thieves

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

A PRE-CHRISTMAS crackdown on crime and antisocial behaviour in the town centre has been launched.

Barrie Hudson column: Play the planning game

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson column: Play the planning game

11:40am Tuesday 8th October 2013

DID you read about John and Eileen Saveall, the elderly Swindon couple who face being chucked out of their one-bedroom home in Blunsdon?

Politicians? You are kidding says Barrie Hudson

Swindon Advertiser: n An exclusive shot from a recent council meeting debating the important local issue of who has the biggest present

3:08pm Tuesday 1st October 2013

SWINDON Trading Standards have come up with an excellent scheme called Buy With Confidence to tackle dodgy doorstep traders.

Spreading the word... from Westlea

Swindon Advertiser: Paul Woolley

7:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013

SWINDON, global conduit for the word of God.

Barrie Hudson column: Light up the cringe factor

Swindon Advertiser: A teenage boy lighting a cigarette. Picture posed by a model

12:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013

THERE was worrying news from Cancer Research UK the other day.

Barrie Hudson column: GCSEs are for wimps

Swindon Advertiser: Pictures from schools and colleges across Swindon as pupils pick up their GCSE results.

12:20pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

IF you’re a grown-up and you know a young person who’s had their exam results lately, don’t forget to remind them that they have it easy these days.

Barrie Hudson column: Thanks Swindon - from your water guzzling friends in London

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson column: Thanks Swindon - from your water guzzling friends in London

1:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013

THAMES Water, you’ll have been delighted to learn, is planning on hiking our bills by £29 next year to cover the cost of a new sewer in London.

Barrie Hudson column: Come and join my elite club

Swindon Advertiser: STFC historian Dick Mattick with Sam Allen’s overgrown grave in Radnor street cemetery

12:10pm Tuesday 6th August 2013

WITH the centenary of the First World War only a little over a year away, red tape continues to prevent the war graves in Radnor Street Cemetery from being spruced up.

Barrie Hudson column: Where will I get my booze?

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson column: Where will I get my booze?

8:40am Tuesday 30th July 2013

EXTRA strong beers and ciders could be banished from shop shelves in Swindon in a bid to deter street drinkers.

Barrie Hudson column: Now then kids, try these ‘proper’ toys

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson column: Now then kids, try these ‘proper’ toys

8:30am Tuesday 23rd July 2013

PROSPECT Hospice has remodelled its Havelock Street charity shop to deal exclusively in things for children.

My pilot scheme to be a hit with the ladies

Swindon Advertiser: My pilot scheme to be a hit with the ladies

9:40am Tuesday 25th June 2013

AS ALWAYS, I’m looking forward to this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, which is set for July 20-21. For one thing, I’m a machinery junkie, so watching and listening as dirty great lumps of it hurtle about the sky is fantastic.

Taking a sideways look at life: It's rather taxing

Swindon Advertiser: Taking a sideways look at life: It's rather taxing

11:30am Tuesday 18th June 2013

FROM what I gather, Thames Water’s excuse for not paying any corporation tax is that its payments have been deferred.

Taking a sideways look at life: A moo-ving plea

Swindon Advertiser: Down to Earth Farm

12:50pm Tuesday 11th June 2013

DID you read our story about the anti-social cattle who broke free from their field and headed for Mouldon Hill Country Park?

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