Good old days in the Works

Swindon Advertiser:

1:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

The receipt of the Notice of Members Annual General Meeting of the National Trust next month, to be held at Steam, the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon, gave me food for thought.

You've got it wrong

Swindon Advertiser:

1:22pm Monday 20th October 2014

Oh dear, Steve Nibbs, so wrong, once again I’m afraid.

Bless our lovely union

Swindon Advertiser:

1:21pm Monday 20th October 2014

As we went down to Land’s End this summer we decided to go to John O’ Groats last week.

Hands off green space

Swindon Advertiser:

1:19pm Monday 20th October 2014

I read with interest that ex-councillor Mike Bawden is seeking an ‘active role’ in Swindon’s future after news that his leukaemia is in remission, and has expressed a wish to be involved with what he describes as ‘strategic planning’.

Bring back imperial

Swindon Advertiser:

1:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

I could be persuaded to tolerate UKIP’s nuttier policies, like withdrawing from the EU, and might even turn a blind eye to Nigel Farage’s conspicuous consumption of real ale and cigarettes, which gives regrettable support to the evil alcohol and tobacco industries, if UKIP made it a pre-condition of any coalition that we dump metric measurement in favour of the traditional imperial system and return £sd to our pockets and tills.

Many thanks to all

Swindon Advertiser:

1:13pm Monday 20th October 2014

On behalf of President David Coe and the members of the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix, I would like to thank all those people who attended our first Sporting Dinner at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday 11 October.

Is it really up to us?

Swindon Advertiser:

1:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

In reply to Bill Williams (Oct 13), he is correct when he says our Parliament in Britain is dominated by the far-reaching tentacles of the European Union bureaucracy.

More harm than good

Swindon Advertiser:

1:06pm Monday 20th October 2014

HG Smith writes to the Adver suggesting that the solution to problems in the Middle East is to kill everyone who lives there with nuclear bombs. Not for him the namby- pamby ideas of our current rulers.

Don't Top 20 campaign

Swindon Advertiser:

1:04pm Monday 20th October 2014

TODAY we launch a safety campaign which we truly believe will prevent a tragedy in or near Commercial Road.

Nice one, Mr Brown

Swindon Advertiser:

12:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

Gerard Lyons is an economist who has spent nearly 30 years working in the City of London and who is now chief economic adviser to the Mayor of London.

Noah's Ark is a myth

Swindon Advertiser:

12:38pm Monday 20th October 2014

There have been several references to the story of Noah and the Ark recently in this paper.

Manufacturing is key

Swindon Advertiser:

12:36pm Monday 20th October 2014

Tariff barriers are only allowed in world trade in emergency situations.

Don't enter quagmire

Swindon Advertiser:

12:35pm Monday 20th October 2014

Peter Smith is quite correct that the whole business of English votes for English people is a red herring, but I feel it also has something of the school yard about it ( It’s not fair, nah nah ne nah nah).

Hospital transport

Swindon Advertiser:

12:32pm Monday 20th October 2014

A 79-YEAR-OLD lung cancer patient called Eric Spencer is the latest of many unfortunates to experience what Arriva has the gall to call a hospital transport service.

Group name change

Swindon Advertiser:

10:52am Monday 20th October 2014

After an affiliation with Wiltshire Blind Association lasting over 80 years, the Swindon Branch is changing its name to Swindon Blind Association and will operate independently of the county charitable company, now known as Wiltshire Sight.

Racism is apparent

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Monday 20th October 2014

G A Woodward obviously got so hot under the collar about me disagreeing with part of his letter ‘Britain at breaking point’ that he missed that I agreed with the main thrust of the letter, that it was and is Western (UK as well as US) interference in Muslim countries that is destabilising the area.

Jab vital for diabetics

Swindon Advertiser:

9:55am Monday 20th October 2014

As we head further into October Diabetes UK is recommending everyone with diabetes takes up the offer of a free flu jab from their GP as soon as possible.

Ever the optimist

Swindon Advertiser:

9:54am Monday 20th October 2014

One could never call Councillor Garry Perkins anything other than an ‘optimist’ in that he believes in the Blair principle which generally means that 'if he said it - it must be' - the latest incarnation is to be seen in Coun Perkins assertion that “We were over optimistic with the time scales, given the economic situation”.

Council in the wrong

Swindon Advertiser:

9:52am Monday 20th October 2014

Two stories in the Adver of 15 October illustrate perfectly all that is wrong with SBC.

Royal Mail Christmas recruitment

Swindon Advertiser:

9:50am Monday 20th October 2014

LIKE the clocks going back and the appearance of selection boxes in supermarkets, Royal Mail’s winter recruitment drive tells us Christmas is coming.

This was always meant to be a targeted rather than a universal service

Swindon Advertiser:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

The Council continues to face two enormous pressures on its budgets. The biggest pressure comes entirely from the rise in the number of vulnerable people who require the Council’s support. At the same time, we have to operate in a wider environment where the Government is working to restore responsibility to the nation’s public finances. In order to meet these challenges, the Council must make radical changes to almost all its services.

I believe that we can help keep young people safe online

Swindon Advertiser:

11:57am Friday 17th October 2014

AFTER an action-packed recess spent meeting local businesses, charities and residents in North Swindon, this week I joined other MPs as we returned to Parliament.

Some farmers are just big hypocrites

Swindon Advertiser:

10:32am Thursday 16th October 2014

Are there no bigger hypocrites than livestock and dairy farmers?

BATS gratitude

Swindon Advertiser:

10:31am Thursday 16th October 2014

Swindon BATS would like to thank all the generous people who donated to our bucket collections at West Swindon Centre on Saturday October 11 and Morrisons Haydon Wick on Sunday October 12 raising a fantastic total of £370, which will help us with our activities for the visually impaired in Swindon.

Do something creative

Swindon Advertiser:

10:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

CREATIVITY is a great quality to possess. Would you believe that you are a creative person? Would you also believe that your private ideas can be useful to others?

No time to loos

Swindon Advertiser:

10:28am Thursday 16th October 2014

Swindon Town centre desperately needs more public conveniences. It is quite wrong for people to have to rely on shops in the town centre. Swindon is growing at a very fast rate so I think the council must improve these facilities in the town.

Fighting meningitis

Swindon Advertiser:

10:27am Thursday 16th October 2014

Everyone at Stroud based Meningitis Now is delighted that the New College, Swindon student who contracted meningitis last month, has returned to studies.

Why not nuke ISIS?

Swindon Advertiser:

10:26am Thursday 16th October 2014

I do not understand the western powers still using conventional weapons against the evil of ISIS. This particular belief of their own God-like power can only be destroyed by the ultimate one of nuclear power.

A voting red herring

Swindon Advertiser:

10:24am Thursday 16th October 2014

What a red herring. People in England, we are told, are outraged that Scottish MPs can vote in Parliament on English affairs. It is entirely possible that the media will be able to excite a proportion of the population at this complete non-issue.

Too many dodge jail

Swindon Advertiser:

10:23am Thursday 16th October 2014

Many times in the Adver the headline infers various perpetrators “face jail”for their misdemeanours. Facts prove that indeed some do, but for far too many cases this statement does not prove correct.

Staff are the victims

Swindon Advertiser:

10:22am Thursday 16th October 2014

Recent press releases from the Great Western Hospital have highlighted serious issues that exist between the Trust and the facilities management company Carillion.

Football prices

Swindon Advertiser:

10:20am Thursday 16th October 2014

Football clubs, like any business, need to make money to survive, and hopefully thrive.

Re-routed bus misery

Swindon Advertiser:

10:09am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I wonder if the people in charge at Thamesdown buses realise the hardship they have imposed on the many elderly residents that live in the Westcott Place area by re-routing the buses along Church Place?

Not so Smart Meters

Swindon Advertiser:

10:08am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Regarding Smart Meter installation, I feel we are being led into something which is not in our best interests and the companies are relying on the population’s ignorance, naivety and even apathy regarding all the facts in order to achieve their agenda. I wonder if government is really aware of all the facts regarding Smart Meters.

The only way is Green

Swindon Advertiser:

10:07am Wednesday 15th October 2014

So David Cameron is going to blame the electorate if he fails to win an overall majority in next year’s election. He keeps boring us with ‘vote UKIP, get a Labour government’.

Unbalanced over UKIP

Swindon Advertiser:

10:05am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I've just read that the UKIP leader has been invited to appear alongside the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in a TV debate ahead of next year's general election. Also, I see the title of the Panorama programme of October 13 was ‘The Farage Factor’.

Don't move library

Swindon Advertiser:

10:04am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I write to express my deep concerns regarding the current proposed situation of the West Swindon Library, i.e. to be removed from its prime visible location on the ground floor to the floor above where it would be not be visible to the community, and is not easily accessible for prams, pushchairs, mobility scooters and all who are physically handicapped.

Soccer theft shocking

Swindon Advertiser:

10:03am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I note you asked for comments/ thoughts in the Swindon Advertiser on October 13 regarding the revelations about Margaret Rivers and Karen Prictor, who have pleaded guilty to stealing money and benefitting from this, also producing fraudulent documents to support their criminal activities.

West Swindon Family Centre grant

Swindon Advertiser:

10:01am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE West Swindon Family Centre in Freshbrook is a worthy recipient of a £3,000 grant from the Police and Commissioner’s Fund.

Interference dangers

Swindon Advertiser:

1:03pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Being as Steve Thompson took it upon himself to criticise and pass judgement on my letter ‘UK at breaking point’, I have considered that it warrants a reply in kind, as he is quite wrong in his interpretation of what I wrote, along with what seems to be a complete misunderstanding of its underlying purpose.

What is Labour's view?

Swindon Advertiser:

1:02pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

I have serious thoughts for Mr Pixton – he tells us we are all in it together, and then does his best to destroy the thoughts of the Tories and Lib Dems but says nothing about Labour. Are they not in it?

Ebola close to home

Swindon Advertiser:

1:01pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

How galling it is to watch world leaders meet to discuss ways of preventing ebola from reaching the wider world.

Short-sighted cuts

Swindon Advertiser:

12:45pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Further to your recent letter and article about the proposed closure of seven of Swindon's children’s centres, of course the council should not be closing them. The Labour Group's position is that this is short-sighted and likely to cost far more in the long run.

Living at Tadpole Farm

Swindon Advertiser:

12:40pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

IT is good to hear that developer Crest Nicholson has built the first batch of homes at the Tadpole Farm development.

Guiding students

Swindon Advertiser:

12:37pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Educators, whether parents or teachers, help students, whether sons, daughters or pupils, under a necessary condition: the main target of education is the student, and all external help the student can get for him or herself is detrimental. Giving unnecessary help is equivalent to overprotecting the student and exempting him or her from the necessary efforts and exercise of his or her willpower, which is the foundation of his or her education.

Who gets money

Swindon Advertiser:

12:34pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Once again it costs at least £1 to vote for Robins Rider Of The Year. I am sure more £1s are spent by voters than a season tickets costs. Who then pockets the surplus? And is it him/they who prevent voting by post?

Sad memories

Swindon Advertiser:

12:33pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Media reports that the unfortunate Alan Henning was strongly advised, for his own safety, not to enter Syria, bring my own experience to mind.

The best NHS service

Swindon Advertiser:

12:32pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Congratulations Alec Salmond. You might not have won the Independence vote but you most certainly have won the right to continue offering your countrymen the best NHS service, which is the envy of the rest of us in the UK .

Political platitudes

Swindon Advertiser:

12:28pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The fight for our freedom as a sovereign nation has finally broken through the tentacles of the spiders web of European unelected bureaucracy.

Stealthy changes

Swindon Advertiser:

12:25pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Further to my letter of Friday Oct 3 I have received an email from Julie Furneval, Traffic & TRO Technician, in which she states that after objections had been received to the original proposal for parking restrictions at the junction of Kelesboro Ave, Maskeleyne Way and Summerhouse Road in conjunction with the local ward councillors “we met and discussed a solution. This resulted in a change to the original proposal and all the relevant households were informed under statutory consultation”.

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