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Posted on 8:15am Tuesday 15th July 2014
A few days ago #BAS published a guest post from Councillor Jim Robbins concerning his visit to and reflections on #Swindon splendid STEAM Museum. Now here is his report on Lydiard Park and House another of Swindon’s gems – this one well-known though sadly so many aren’t. Like the West Swindon sculpture trail to give but one example.
If you're a frustrated tea shop owner with time to give then the Richard Jefferies museum needs you!
Posted on 8:09am Tuesday 15th July 2014
I was up at the Richard Jefferies museum again this morning. I’ve written about the place before here so this post is largely to share some snaps I took around the garden while I was up there and also to make a plea:
Posted on 10:28am Tuesday 8th July 2014
Social media can, I feel, be likened to an out of hours water cooler. A place where you can pick up all sorts of interesting titbits. Like for instance that Councillor Jim Robins had been fortunate enough to have a guided tour round Lydiard Park and House. Never one to miss an opportunity I tweeted him in request of a guest post about what he’d learned. So full was his response that I’m actually dividing what he kindly sent into two posts – cos it transpired not only had he been gallivanting round Lydiard Park but the wonderful STEAM museum as well. So here’s what he sent me about his visit with the people at STEAM. I’ll give you all a few days to digest this one then I’ll release his writings about Lydiard.
Posted on 9:41am Tuesday 8th July 2014
For some time now I've had a section on Born again Swindonian for guest bloggers. It adds another dimension to blog apart from which I can't know everything, be everywhere etc.etc. I haven't until though shared them on here because, apart from some context that I write around them, my own work. However I'm reviewing that policy because I think perhaps they deserve to get to another audience.
Posted on 9:56am Sunday 15th June 2014
Okay, following on from the A to Z of Swindon and inspired by a leaflet picked up in the Thamesdown Transport travel shop I thought it might be cool to have a post about Swindon fun facts/did you know stuff. When I decided to start this blog I conceived a list of 10 things to celebrate about Swindon - some of it still work in progress. So here is a random list, excluding the items on the leaflet seen below, of 10 fab facts about Swindon:
Posted on 6:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014
Football’s biggest prize might be held thousands of miles away, but for the first time in 20 years, Town fans can look forward to watching a current player take to the field in the most famous cup competition in sport.
Posted on 10:55am Thursday 5th June 2014
Monday 26th May 2014 Okay – I think this has to be done now. There has recently been some furore in the media about some pointless celebrity who will be forgotten soon enough, having a pop at Swindon.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 9th May 2014
AFTER waving goodbye to the 2013/14 season last Saturday, it’s time to take a look back at Mark Cooper’s squad, and how they performed over the campaign.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 2nd May 2014
SATURDAY'S defeat at Notts County ended Town's season as a competitive concern but, overall, I would class the campaign as a success.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 25th April 2014
He has a big future ahead of him in the game, although I don’t think that will be at Spurs and I can see him lighting up the Championship next season.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 18th April 2014
LOUIS Thompson’s second goal in three games saw Town pick up another impressive home win against Brentford in this unpredictable season on Saturday.
Posted on 6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014
AFTER Louis Thompson’s winner against Sheffield United gave Town some play-off optimism a couple of week ago, most of that hope has started to drain away over the past week.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 4th April 2014
ON Saturday the Town End witnessed a moment that will be remembered for many years to come.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 28th March 2014
In my experience you can’t rule out anything, especially with Swindon Town.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 21st March 2014
After experiencing a couple of months of stagnant performances from Town, it was exciting to once again experience some passion and it came in the shape of a West Country derby.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 14th March 2014
IF Swindon Town’s play-off hopes weren’t over before this week, Milton Keynes and Wolves have firmly hammered the final nail into the coffin.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 7th March 2014
DESPITE a much-improved performance against Crewe last Saturday, Town’s poor league form continues to gather pace.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 28th February 2014
If Town were going to be involved in the play-off hunt this season, we had to enjoy a successful February.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 21st February 2014
TOWN’S dream of making their third trip to Wembley in five years came to a dramatic end on Monday night.
Posted on 1:30pm Sunday 9th February 2014
Saturday 8th February Mosh pits? Music? In a library? Yes. You heard it right. Today is National Libraries day and in honour of the occasion public libraries up and down the land have been up to all sorts of things. And Swindon’s central library put on a free live acoustic music set in the Chapters cafe area over the lunchtime period. What a superb idea!
Posted on 11:30am Sunday 9th February 2014
I won’t lie. Prior to writing this I had no real idea of what indie-rock is. My musical tastes are catholic but somewhat time-lagged being as how I’ve not much moved on from the 90s.
Posted on 9:20am Wednesday 29th January 2014
Leadership,Resilience and Wellbeing are important says Swindon Mindful Employer
Posted on 5:36pm Sunday 26th January 2014
Yesterday was my last day at uni for the first semester of this, my final year. Gulp. So, being in the mood to chillax just a little, I arranged to meet a friend for a drink and early supper when I landed back in Swindon from Bristol at tea-time.
Posted on 5:17pm Sunday 26th January 2014
Today, in the cause of giving moral support - and the prospect of getting some cake - I accompanied a good friend (and Swindon resident) of mine to Faringdon where she had entered some of her baked goods into a bake-off being held there for Cancer Research. Yes, I know - where's the link to Swindon in that - apart from that we both live here? Well, surprisingly enough in more ways than one.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 24th January 2014
OUR 27-year wait for a win at the Priestfield Stadium continues after another poor away performance from Mark Cooper’s side.
Posted on 9:41am Saturday 18th January 2014
I tell you. I swear to your God and mine that I walk about with my eyes shut half the time. I've mentioned in my writings on here more than once, how I've managed to not really notice things. Well, some things are easier to miss than others for sure but you'd really think I'd have noticed a Mini climbing up the wall of an office block wouldn't you?
Posted on 6:00am Friday 17th January 2014
DESPITE beating one of the favourites for promotion last weekend, Town fans had to endure another lacklustre away day from Mark Cooper’s side on Tuesday night.
Posted on 8:47am Tuesday 14th January 2014
I just love social media! One of my Twitter and blog followers sent me this photo,which is great, as being a non-driver and bogged down in studies I don't get to all four corners of our town. What you are looking at is a new(ish) piece of public art that is also a handy bench: a perfect marriage of form and function indeed! But not just any old bench. This here is a Portrait Bench. So now, not only do I know about this lovely bench, I also know about the concept of portrait benches and a little bit more about Swindon's history. And it started with a Tweet!
Posted on 8:23am Tuesday 14th January 2014
17th December 2013 Yesterday was the day of the Grand UWE Joint English Hons Mature Students Christmas 'do'. Which meant my friend Kim, who hails from Bristol, came to Swindon for the day and we trawled round coffee shops and cafes, did a bit of heritage and ended the day in Bistro Les Chat in Old Town. And a jolly good time was had by both!
Posted on 10:24am Monday 13th January 2014
Swindon CIPD looks at mental health in March meeting
Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th January 2014
After a quiet week on the pitch at the County Ground, Town confirmed their first signing of 2014.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 3rd January 2014
THREE managers, three different owners, selling players for pittance and a midnight raid from a former manager, just another year at Swindon Town.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 20th December 2013
SWINDON’S lack of a number nine came back to haunt them again last weekend as Mark Cooper’s striker-less formation nearly sent the traveling fans over the edge at Bramall Lane.
Posted on 9:10am Tuesday 17th December 2013
What a year 2013 has been for the Swindon Mindful Employer Network ! Now recognised as one of the largest and most well attended business networks in the Swindon area, concentrating on mental health and well-being issues in the workplace – the initiative focussed on workplace cultures in March with a visit to Swindon from two authors of an influential government report. You know when something is a hit at the Jurys Inn Swindon – when they started delivering more comfy chairs into the packed conference room. Employers and businesses were waiting eagerly for a presentation by the authors of a government report on employee engagement – and they were not disappointed by the two-hour session. David Macleod and Nita Clarke, armed with impressive CVs and superb communication skills, provided one of the best network meetings since its launch in 2008. The report entitled ‘Engaging for Success’ was originally commissioned by Lord Mandelson during the last Labour government and adopted by the Coalition government. David Macleod has worked at the highest levels of industry and is a former senior adviser on change and performance at the Cabinet Office. Nita was formerly the adviser on trade unions to Prime Minister Tony Blair, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street. Their report to government in 2009 demonstrated the link between employee engagement and improved productivity – enhanced staff well-being and reduced absenteeism.
Posted on 7:33pm Sunday 15th December 2013
I've always rather liked the Spectrum building or the Renault building as it tends to be referred to, even though the car company moved out of it some years ago. I didn't though know very much about it until recently. 've always rather liked the Spectrum building or the Renault building as it tends to be referred to, even though the car company moved out of it some years ago. I didn't though know very much about it until recently. Whilst I did know that it had been used in a Bond film - 'A view to a Kill' in 1984 - I didn't know that it was designed by none other than Sir Norman Foster, internationally renowned architect. I also was ignorant of the fact that the design won a number of awards including the prestigious Financial Times 'Architecture at Work' Award in 1984. Famous for his steel and glass designs, Lord Foster created the Gherkin and Millennium Bridge in London, rebuilt Berlin's Reichstag and also Hong Kong Airport, so our building is in very illustrious company. Being such an iconic building it's unsurprising that there's reams of writing about it on the internet. But as ever our very own Swindon Web has an informative article about it. From there I learned that: 'this was not Sir Norman's first Swindon FT winning design. He won the same award for his design of the Reliance Controls Electronics Factory, Greenbridge, Swindon in 1967. The building was unfortunately demolished in 1991 to make way for PC World.' I know I've said I don't want to use this blog as a place to rant and rave but seriously - what?! Why would someone do that? So it's great to hear this week that the Renault/Spectrum building has now been given Grade II listed status by English Heritage in what it describes as a move to 'protect post-war' architecture.
Posted on 1:08pm Sunday 15th December 2013
The now-defunct diving platform at Coate Water invokes a fair amount of nostalgia in me. As a child I was sometimes taken to Langold Lake (5 miles the 'other' side of Worksop).
Posted on 9:20am Sunday 15th December 2013
"Rangoli offers the first Indian chef worked under Michelin star restaurant, to cook authentic Indian dishes with modern twist in Swindon" Well, I reckon I've found a new favourite Indian Restaurant in the shape of Rangoli - on Groundwell Road. It opened in November last year apparently but I was blissfully unaware of its existence until last night when I, and my daughter and son-in-law (up from London for the weekend) were introduced to it by friends of theirs.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 13th December 2013
On Tuesday night Swindon reached the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final after a 3-1-penalty shootout win over Stevenage, the second time in three seasons Town have reached this stage of the competition.