Barrie Hudson takes a sideways look at life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The fantastic life

Swindon Advertiser:

5:41pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The rail worker who was ‘better than Hemingway’

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?

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.

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!”

Walk down Brick Lane

Swindon Advertiser:

5:19pm Friday 4th July 2014

Collector James is fast becoming a Lego legend

She ain’t nothing but a hound’s doc

Swindon Advertiser: Dog whisperer Christine Emerson

5:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

WHETHER your collie was traumatised by a hot air balloon landing in her back garden or your bulldog had an embarassing way of attention-seeking, for about 20 years Christine Emerson was the person to call.

Community stalwart says helping others is helping yourself

Swindon Advertiser: Marilyn Beale

5:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Marilyn Beale, 69, is secretary of the Penhill Forum, which is a non-political body made up of community groups and representatives. She lives in Penhill with husband Tony, a retired sheet metal worker. They have three children and two grandchildren.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Tony's helping firms boost charities

Swindon Advertiser: Tony Martin, leader of Involve Swindon

5:58pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

TONY Martin is in charge of one of the most important Swindon organisations you’ve probably never heard of.

HUDSON AT LARGE: The vocal locals

Swindon Advertiser: The Wessex Male Choir taking a break from rehearsals

2:50pm Thursday 15th May 2014

IF you’re male and can hold a tune, here’s your chance to make music that hits people squarely in the soul.

HUDSON AT LARGE: Instrumental in passing music on

Swindon Advertiser: Sounding good for Nikki Dancey and Janet Hodgson

3:51pm Friday 25th April 2014

“IT’S connecting with young people, sharing a love of music, passing on a skill, allowing them to grow in their own musical development,” says Janet Hodgson, who chairs Swindon Music Co-operative.

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.

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