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GRAHAM CARTER: Locals can’t do enough to welcome you to the party

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

1:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

I DON'T want to make a song about it, but we have taken the high road to Scotland (35,000 feet, according to the pilot), and I’m writing this on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

ADVER COMMENT: Next smiles can't mask Swindon's dying town centre

Swindon Advertiser:

1:27pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE smiles on the faces of the staff at the Regent Street branch of Next as it closes its doors for the last time are heartening, especially since we read that all 13 members of this ‘close-knit family’ have been found jobs elsewhere within the retail giant’s stable.

Animal testing is essential

Swindon Advertiser:

2:52pm Monday 28th July 2014

ANIMAL experimentation in the UK is a deeply divisive issue, but the public discussion is not well served by misleading statements.

Double standards over homosexuality

Swindon Advertiser:

2:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

HG SMITH raises an important point regarding homosexuals and Christianity.

It’s just sheer poppy-cockle

Swindon Advertiser:

2:56pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHAT a silly non-article you printed in the SA, “flowers may be pretty poisonous”.

Wi-Fi rumbles on

Swindon Advertiser:

2:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

IN a moment of casual irony the leader of Swindon Council now seeks to demonstrate a clear difference between the role of UK Broadband and the failed Digital City Wi-Fi Project.

Where’s the cash, Anne?

Swindon Advertiser:

2:49pm Monday 28th July 2014

WE see Anne Snelgrove on your front page marching to save the children’s centres in Swindon, but where is the extra money to come from?

Helping prostitutes

Swindon Advertiser:

2:49pm Monday 28th July 2014

I’M delighted to hear Swindon has now got a sex outreach worker who will try to tackle our problem of prostitution.

Eid this advice

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

AS the month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims in the local area will be preparing to celebrate Eid.

Recovery? What recovery?

Swindon Advertiser:

1:45pm Sunday 27th July 2014

IN one of Steve halden’s recent letters he said it is no good public sector workers striking for more pay – there is no more money.

Time to give up, Buckland

Swindon Advertiser:

1:47pm Sunday 27th July 2014

ROBERT Buckland absolutely should stand down on the back of his recent ‘embarrasment’, shall we say.

It's all about profit

Swindon Advertiser:

1:51pm Sunday 27th July 2014

THERE is indisputable evidence that we do not need GM to feed the world. Taking the main excuse being put for GM, “that there is growing human population”.

Quarry dangers

Swindon Advertiser:

1:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

LAST year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Control your dogs

Swindon Advertiser:

1:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

WHY do some dog owners have to be so selfish and thoughtless?

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: This is a fantastic opportunity, in an area I have been very active in Parliament

Swindon Advertiser: Justin Tomlinson MP for Swindon North

1:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

Parliament is a very interesting place during reshuffles. Deep down, I suspect most MPs are keen to advance; some are openly ambitious, whilst others dismiss any potential opportunities with bravado.

ADVER COMMENT: Dispersal order is a sound move

Swindon Advertiser:

12:15pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE Sussex Square dispersal order will prove to be a very positive move, provided everybody involved retains a clear head.

Barmy use of money

Swindon Advertiser:

12:18pm Friday 25th July 2014

I THINK Councillor Renard is being opaque when he cites the reason for not being able to spend £750k of a Government grant on children's centres or indeed on any other project. The Leader of the Council is well aware that the issue is not about the grant but the £670k of match funding which will come out of council coffers.

Limbo suits Arabs

Swindon Advertiser:

12:21pm Friday 25th July 2014

RE Axmed Bahjad’s letter ‘Genocide in Gaza’ (SA July 22), he writes ‘Palestinians seek peace, but they get war planes and bulldozers.’ Mr Bahjad is being economical with the truth it appears. He conveniently forgets to add that since the beginning of this year Israel has been targeted by Hamas with some 2,000 missiles, killing many. Axmed Bahjad is asking the wrong questions.

Acting like thugs

Swindon Advertiser:

12:20pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE tragic events in the Ukraine have knocked the dire situation in Gaza from the number one news agenda. Axmed Bahjad (Adver 22 July) was exactly right in his strong words against Israel.

Thanks for banding together to help bears

Swindon Advertiser:

12:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

THANKS for banding together to help bears On Sunday July 20 the Swindon Animals Asia Support group held their 4th Walk for Freedom round Peatmoor Lagoon and Shaw Forest.

Hour of reckoning

Swindon Advertiser:

12:19pm Friday 25th July 2014

RESPONSIBLE politicians (if any can be found) should be greatly concerned at the abuse being heaped on the indigenous population by their elected leaders. We are informed that because we are living longer the pension retirement age must be raised.

DAVID RENARD: We are keeping centres in areas where children are most in need

Swindon Advertiser:

11:25am Thursday 24th July 2014

ON Wednesday night, Cabinet started the consultation process on changing the focus of our services for children to make sure that we spend more on reaching the most vulnerable.

ADVER COMMENT: New NHS surgery long overdue

Swindon Advertiser:

11:09am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE decision to offer Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy as an NHS procedure has come far later than can possibly be justified by even the most spin-spouting official.

Buckland best man for job

Swindon Advertiser:

11:17am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHILE I feel sorry for the mother and her son after the hammer attack on him while being a pupil at The Ridgeway School in Swindon, I cannot agree that Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, should be made to stand down from his new post as Solicitor General.

New housing too much to cope with

Swindon Advertiser:

11:19am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH the possibility of 2,600 new homes to be built at Lotmead Farm I have to ask the question, how on Earth will a possible 5,200 cars get in and out of the proposed village? Where will all of these people work? Will it be Oxford, if they are supposed to filter onto the A420?

Polio still has an effect

Swindon Advertiser:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN I was two years old I was struck down by Polio. I was fortunate: I survived the virus that has killed so many.

Praise for bus driver

Swindon Advertiser:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

HAVING just returned from a holiday in Dawlish Warren, may I pass comment on the old adage regarding women drivers? I decided the family and I would take the bus to Torquay.

Guide Dogs gratitude

Swindon Advertiser:

11:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

THANK you to everyone young and old who visited our Guide Dogs stall at the Stratton Festival on Saturday, July 19.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Part of my role will be to review sentences which may be unduly lenient

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I write, it’s exactly a week since David Cameron asked me to join the Government as Solicitor General as part of his reshuffle. It’s an honour and privilege to have been appointed to this historic position, records for which date back to the 14th century.

Applauding move to get women off the streets

Swindon Advertiser:

11:15am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE appointment of dedicated sex outreach worker Sue Lee to support prostitutes in the Broadgreen area makes perfect sense.

BARRIE HUDSON: Problem with rats? Send for the '70s...

Swindon Advertiser: Rats invade homes in flood-hit areas

11:25am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RESILIENT rats are plaguing Old Town.

Well worth the money

Swindon Advertiser:

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT is obvious that Ian Hunt, (SA July 14) who I am reliably informed lives in the parish of Stratton St Margaret, and is a former Local Government Officer with Thamesdown/Swindon Borough Council, does not fully understand the workings of the local government sector, especially that concerning parish and town councils.

Baptist church built on faith

Swindon Advertiser:

11:11am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RE your article (SA July 7) on Page 8. May I pay a tribute to Stratton Green Baptist Church, now sadly closed. Alas, we must now consider it to be yet another redundant church!

In very bad taste

Swindon Advertiser:

11:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN his letter (SA July 15) Mr Nibbs, referred to his previous letter, Drowning In Refugees, saying it was all tongue in cheek.

Half baked bias

Swindon Advertiser:

11:09am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WHY is it that members of the gay community have no respect or feelings for the persons of a strong Christian faith when they are knocked back and do not get their own way?

Like it or ‘lump’ it

Swindon Advertiser:

11:07am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAST week government business secretary Vince Cable held a face to face meeting in London at the request of members of an organisation known as 38 degrees, who wanted answers concerning the latest government tinkering with zero hours contracts.

Read up on metaphor

Swindon Advertiser:

11:06am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I RESPOND to Martin Webb’s letter, July 16, Smirch Of Rosa Parks.

Centres much valued

Swindon Advertiser:

11:05am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN your article (SA July 19) you refer to the fact that additional health visitors to be appointed next April will mitigate the impact of the closure of the seven centres.

Tobacco blind spot

Swindon Advertiser:

11:04am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE relentless instigation of tactics by the Anti-Tobacco Campaign has become ever more ludicrous since huge financial penalties were awarded to groups of ex-smokers in the courts of America.

Taxes reach a tipping point

Swindon Advertiser:

11:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I go on my daily walk along the lane from my house to the shops to buy your paper, I am faced with a vast increase in fly-tipping, usually garden waste, over the past few months.

Picking up nostalgia

Swindon Advertiser:

11:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I SHOULD like to thank you for your article in your On This Day column dated July 12 1947, by which you instantly energised a terrific wave of nostalgia by referring to the Fruit Pickers of Headlands Grammar School.

The hurt carries on

Swindon Advertiser:

10:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

QUADRENNIAL football tournaments rarely yield much joy for England. By Euro 2016 it will be 50 years of hurt. Ironically it is World Cup glory for Germany in the centenary of World War One.

We are all at risk

Swindon Advertiser:

10:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH sadness in my heart I write these words .The public has been inundated with details in the newspapers and on television about the civilian aircraft shot down in Ukraine .

Genocide in Gaza

Swindon Advertiser:

10:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Roman historian Tacitus wrote “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more, and tolerated by all.”

Golf partial victory

Swindon Advertiser:

10:41am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I ENTIRLEY endorse the position taken by Councillor Grant to the Full Council meeting on 17 July as outlined in his letter (SA July 16), on the outsourcing of golf courses in Highworth and Broome Manor to a private contractor.

Rail history truth

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ROAD resurfacing! Money for Swindon! There must be an election coming. I think recent letters, columns and articles in the SA contained some inaccuracies and differing aspects confirm this view.

GRAHAM CARTER: It takes colonial cousins to remind us how lucky we are

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

THIS week’s column has been made possible by a twist of fate that happened in 1882. It’s all to do with my great great grandfather, who was born in 1831, lived in Upper Stratton and went by the impressive name of Adolphus Adams (not many people can say they have an Adolphus in their family).

Mechanics' event a triumph for Great British spirit

Swindon Advertiser:

11:18am Monday 21st July 2014

IT was an example of the great British spirit... hundreds of people turning out for the Children’s Fete at Faringdon Park on Saturday... despite the rain, the thunder and the mud.

Priorities are real concern

Swindon Advertiser:

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS so concerned to hear of the proposed 40 per cent cut to Swindon Children’s Centres (£770,000) with the result that more than half of them are to close.

Crossing fears

Swindon Advertiser:

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

THANK you for reporting on the dangerous situation facing pedestrians attempting to cross the road at the Regent Circus development.

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