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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).

People have the right to strike but I believe the recent action was not warranted

Swindon Advertiser:

4:37pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Last week we had an unwelcome example of something that has thankfully become much rarer these days – a national strike by some trade unions about national issues, which had a disproportionate effect on some local residents.

BARRIE HUDSON: I wish someone would open a Lapp-dancing club featuring a knees-up with a fully dressed person from Finland

Swindon Advertiser:

12:18pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE Swindon licensing committee plans to consult the public on the regulation of ‘sexual entertainment venues.’ “Sexual entertainment venues’ is apparently the official term for strip joints, lap-dancing places and those shops with the blacked-out windows where mucky books and terrifying pieces of equipment are sold.

GRAHAM CARTER: If only they would trust teachers to treat kids like kids again

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

11:50am Monday 7th July 2014

WELCOME to The Twilight Zone. In our house we’ve crossed over into another dimension between parenthood and grandchildren – and pretty weird it is, too.

We must ensure we take action to boost all sports in our schools

Swindon Advertiser:

5:10pm Friday 4th July 2014

Ofsted recently published a report Going The extra mile: Excellence In Competitive School Sport warning too many pupils are being denied the chance to take part in competitive sport and it is often treated as an optional extra.

DAVID RENARD: Shared centre means public need no longer traipse around offices

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE public sector is going through an extensive period of change as we face falling budgets and rising demand. To cope with this, we are adapting from being a council whose job it is to provide things – the traditional model with which everyone is familiar - to being a local authority that works with partner organisations to get the best results for people.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: We need to make sure our footpaths are as safe as they can be

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

2:20pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

SWINDON is a safe and secure place to live, but just occasionally we are all shocked by a rare and incomprehensible event like the murder of Tom Rogers.

BARRIE HUDSON: In tents experience

Swindon Advertiser:

2:09pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

I WENT camping a while ago.

GRAHAM CARTER: At least there have been no reports of parents fighting over them

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

11:04am Monday 30th June 2014

YOU know you are getting old when a new playground craze sweeps the world but you’ve only just heard about it.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: I am very proud that we have put the Military Covenant into law

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

3:46pm Friday 27th June 2014

THIS week is Armed Forces Week, culminating in Armed Forces Day tomorrow. I am immensely proud of the work servicemen and women have done and continue to do to protect our freedoms both at home and abroad.

DAVID RENARD: I wonder if today some people in the town would have said no to his plans?

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

3:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I MAKE no apology for returning this week to the subject of the best ways to get business investment in Swindon.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Help is at hand for students with special needs

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

4:50pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

IN the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of visiting two truly inspirational centres of learning in South Swindon. Not traditional schools or colleges – although we are lucky to have excellent examples of both in this area.

BARRIE HUDSON: Prostitute guide is the real McCoys

Swindon Advertiser: Guide to Adult Services author George McCoy

2:37pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

YOU’LL have heard that Swindon features in a new book called McCoy’s Guide to Adult Services in South West England Plus South Wales.

GRAHAM CARTER: Sweets haven’t become more fattening since we were in short trousers

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

11:39am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE news may have escaped you amid the noise of England’s latest World Cup humiliation, but the Government has decided to ban school tuck shops.

DAVID RENARD: Leisure deal should keep all our sports facilities running

Swindon Advertiser: Cuts not an excuse for us to walk away from duties

8:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

HARD work by this administration has secured the future of the borough’s leisure centres and golf courses, without any further need to subsidise them with public money.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: This is not about widening the net, it’s about making the net stronger

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

7:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

IT'S often said that backbench MPs – those who do not have a ministerial job – have little influence when it comes to government policy.

BARRIE HUDSON: Send for the X-squad

Swindon Advertiser: The X-squad can wage war on drugs...

1:36pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

POOR old Swindon Council has come under fire for another business deal that’s turned out a wee bit unfortunate.

GRAHAM CARTER: We’ve just returned from a wonderful break in a place that was a war zone

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

2:38pm Monday 16th June 2014

I WONDER if, in 40 years’ time, our children will be taking holidays in Syria, Ukraine or Iraq.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Football is aiming to help kick out domestic violence for once and all

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

1:20pm Friday 13th June 2014

THIS week I was honoured to host in Parliament the launch of the Football United Against Domestic Violence, a new campaign by Women’s Aid, utilising the powerful medium of football.

DAVID RENARD: To thrive we need to say yes to new homes and new business

Swindon Advertiser: Cuts not an excuse for us to walk away from duties

2:02pm Thursday 12th June 2014

OUR main aim is for the years ahead is to promote economic growth.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: It has been an honour for me to be involved with Harry’s story

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

12:43pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THIS week’s events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day have been humbling to watch.

GRAHAN CARTER: Insurance companies give us cheap premiums when we reach 50 for a reason

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

7:00am Monday 9th June 2014

DRIVING is like sex: young people think older people shouldn’t do it, and they have no idea how much better you get at it when you have the benefit of experience.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: There are times I still pinch myself I am lucky enough to be an MP

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

3:30pm Friday 6th June 2014

THERE are times I still pinch myself that I am actually lucky enough to be an MP and on Wednesday we had the Queen’s Speech, one of the most exciting times to witness first-hand all the pomp and ceremony of Parliament.

It’s a tough task to select the council’s chief players

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

1:06pm Thursday 5th June 2014

MY main task this week is to select the key players who will form the council’s cabinet team for the coming year.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: These grants will help to show the world the area’s business potential

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

11:59am Wednesday 4th June 2014

LAST week I talked about the vital role of an MP in helping to promote local businesses which bring jobs and growth to our economy. This week, I’m delighted to have been able to put that in to practice.

GRAHAM CARTER: I never dreamt it would cost £22, so I didn’t think to check

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

12:13pm Monday 2nd June 2014

IMAGINE how miserable you would feel if you parked in town all day on Saturday and then returned to your car to find you’d been robbed. It happened to me.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: This local election result is a real credit to our campaign

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

12:19pm Friday 30th May 2014

I HAVE dug out my notepad and pen as my weekly article returns after the purdah period of the local elections.

DAVID RENARD: We serve those who clamour loudly, as well as those who are silent

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

2:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE elections are over, and I would like to pay tribute to all those who sought to be your local representatives.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: It was a privilege to see this choir's concert at the Wyvern

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

11:12am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THIS is my first column for several weeks due to the ‘purdah’ which newspapers quite rightly enforce in the run-up to elections.

BARRIE HUDSON: Next time cast a vote for 'none of the above'

Swindon Advertiser: How to ship out the pathetic parties

11:17am Tuesday 27th May 2014

WE’VE just been through two of the most hotly-contested elections of recent times, yet the turnout didn’t even hit 50 percent.

GRAHAM CARTER: Band has been a great lesson - in all kinds of ways

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

3:51pm Monday 26th May 2014

THIS must be how The Beatles felt in 1970. Like them, our band – once called The Misfits and latterly renamed The Rockhoppers – has decided to… um… disband.

SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: B team plan is ri-Dyke-culous

Swindon Advertiser: Greg Dyke announces his FA commission’s plans for the future of English football

5:30am Thursday 22nd May 2014

TWO weeks on, the prospect of the Football Association’s League Three proposals actually coming to fruition still fills me with dread.

BARRIE HUDSON: Don't be alarmed but...this is what happened

Swindon Advertiser: Raising the alarm

2:20pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

THIS week, I have a helpful announcement for those of you who like breaking into other people’s houses and stealing their property or doing even worse things.

GRAHAM CARTER: Brave cancer victim proves the young are worth listening to

Swindon Advertiser: Festival-goers this weekend can help to boost the Stephen Sutton fund for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Stephen, left, has already raised more than  £3.1 million

11:10am Monday 19th May 2014

THERE couldn’t have been anybody in Britain who wasn’t touched by the death of Stephen Sutton last week.

BARRIE HUDSON: It's a taxing issue

Swindon Advertiser: Claim tax credits? Renew early or you could miss out

2:37pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

PEOPLE sometimes ask me: “As a journalist you must know a bit about current events, so what are these new tax rules all about then?”

GRAHAM CARTER: I've been clocking up the miles in the last few weeks

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

8:00am Monday 12th May 2014

MY WIFE says I’m in danger of becoming what she calls “a bike bore”, which is a little unfortunate because that’s what I’m going to write about this week: cycling.

SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Even Coppola would struggle to script Town's manic year

Swindon Advertiser: THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN

5:30am Thursday 8th May 2014

“ANYTHING you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”

BARRIE HUDSON: Some Dutch courage may help our voting

Swindon Advertiser: The Tawny Owl will be used as a polling station for forthcoming elections

1:33pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Tawny Owl pub is to be used as a Priory Vale polling station in the forthcoming European and local elections.

GRAHAM CARTER: Do you know the best things in life?

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

3:09pm Monday 5th May 2014

I don’t know about you, but personally I don’t care much for raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens.

BARRIE HUDSON: Think before you rummage

Swindon Advertiser: An oriental panel recently auctioned at Kidson-Trigg

4:41pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

HIGHWORTH auction house Kidson-Trigg wants us to look in our attics for Oriental treasures.

GRAHAM CARTER: Car boot sales were made for people like me

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

1:16pm Monday 28th April 2014

THE bluebells are blooming, the daffs are out, and young men’s fancies are turning to love. Spring has sprung.

THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Isn’t it fantastic when football does its job properly and unites people?

Swindon Advertiser: Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

WHEN football does its job properly it has a quite extraordinary power to unite.

BARRIE HUDSON: Here comes the summer

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson's garden after the Easter weekend

3:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AS spring is here it’s time to visit the garden centre or nursery of our choice and select the plants we’re going to kill this year.

GRAHAM CARTER: Age is no excuse for foolish ancient views

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

12:36pm Monday 21st April 2014

For the best part of 10 years, this column has been spouting words of wisdom on the peculiar situation that we will all, if we are lucky, eventually find ourselves in, which goes by the name of middle age.

SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Don't let your local sports club die

Swindon Advertiser: Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

9:53am Thursday 17th April 2014

EVERY year at around about this time I start getting bombarded with text messages.

THE NICOLAI KLINDT COLUMN: Double-header is a tough ask

Swindon Advertiser: Nicolai Klindt

5:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ON Friday we’re riding in the double-header against Poole Pirates.

BARRIE HUDSON: Give them the cold shoulder

Swindon Advertiser: ROGUE trading cold callers are in the crosshairs of council Trading Standards officers and the police.

11:37am Tuesday 15th April 2014

ROGUE trading cold callers are in the crosshairs of council Trading Standards officers and the police.

GRAHAM CARTER: It was the end of an era

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

3:07pm Monday 14th April 2014

It drives me up the wall when I think about wallpaper. At precisely 8.35pm last Tuesday, I removed the steamer from the wall of our front room and aimed my scraper at the chimney breast. Half a second later, the last little scrap of wallpaper in our house came away and fell on the floor.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: The arrival of Waitrose is a big boost for our town

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

11:58am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Parliament breaks up for Easter this week. I always look forward to the recess because it provides an opportunity to get out and about in Swindon even more than usual.

BARRIE HUDSON: Protest hardly a shining example

Swindon Advertiser: A view over fields of the former Wroughton airfield where Honda hopes to park unsold cars

11:08am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A PLAN to carpet the bleak tarmacscape of Wroughton airfield with solar panels has drawn enough objections to prompt a public inquiry.






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