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Posted on 1:19pm Wednesday 17th June 2015
There are certain things that define you as a person, some of which are sought and some of which are less welcomed. I have a view of who I am, but I’m not too sure it always matches everyone else’s perception of me.
Posted on 11:04am Thursday 12th March 2015
Hello listeners. Here we are with an update in the blog section: http://swindonian.me/category/eating-drinking-coffee-etc/
Posted on 10:48am Thursday 12th March 2015
Hello listeners. Here’s the latest post in the Swindon in Business section of Born again Swindonian. This time we hear from three ex-IT people who have made the move from Java software to Java beans via Outset Swindon – those splendid facilitators of new businesses in Swindon.
Posted on 10:36am Thursday 12th March 2015
I absolutely LOVE a miniature train - of any description - they evoke something so visceral. Whether they are ones you sit astride or the ones you sit inside. In fact - extending the genre - wherever there's a miniature train, a funicular, a monorail or even a cable car - I have to go on it. I'm not entirely sure why this is. Perhaps it stems from childhood holidays in Butlin's chugging round the campsite on Puffing Billy. Maybe it's connected to being of a generation that can remember 'proper' trains with carriages, corridors and sliding doors and windows that opened so you could lean out and get soot smuts on your face.
Posted on 6:22pm Wednesday 21st January 2015
Shortly before Christmas 2014 I paid a visit to the studios of Swindon 105.5 for a couple of reasons. One was to talk to Shirley Ludford, the station manager, about the money-raising initiative the station was running in December whereby local businesses could, for a very small fee, have a song of their choice played and talk about their business. I was delighted to kick the initiative off on the 1st of December with a chat over the phone about my own business, AA Editorial Services: http://www.aaedits.co.uk I also had a few minutes on the actual radio talking about this here blog.
Posted on 4:24pm Wednesday 7th January 2015
Happy new year listeners! I hope that the festive season was kind to you and that 2015 will bring you some good things.
Posted on 12:14am Saturday 6th December 2014
After being humiliated in Cheltenham a few weeks ago, Town find themselves kicking their heels for a weekend as the F.A Cup takes centre stage across the footballing calendar.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 28th November 2014
Ten years after their last victory at London Road, Town produced a superb away performance to move themselves within one point off the summit in League One.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 14th November 2014
Last Saturday was a humiliating day to be a Swindon Town fan.
Posted on 8:29am Friday 7th November 2014
Hello listeners. Just for a change here’s a blog post about me, myself and I – in my other hat as AA Editorial Services:
Posted on 2:40pm Thursday 30th October 2014
Both Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens are good defenders but their shortcomings were highlighted without Thompson alongside them.
Posted on 1:48pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
There’s a circumstance that will develop over the next few months which will have huge consequences for traffic movements around north Wiltshire and Swindon, and there appears to be very little attention being paid to it.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th October 2014
NINE games into the season and Mark Cooper’s side continue to upset the odds and entertain the fans.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th October 2014
LAST Saturday, Town put in their best performance of the season as they brushed aside promotion contenders Sheffield Utd with ease in one of the best footballing displays I’ve seen at the County Ground.
Posted on 10:17am Thursday 9th October 2014
It’s occurred to me, and rather frighteningly so, that it’s more than 40 years since I first started reading the Adver. Since I began taking a look at my parent’s paper until today, I will have paid attention to what the Adver had to report through well over 10,000 copies. And while there is much to say about modern technology and accessing the news through a variety of ‘technological media platforms’ or however the jargon goes, there’s nothing like sitting down with a hard copy, perhaps with a coffee, or even better a beer, to catch up on local goings on. The daily ritual of buying it (and that’s not always easy out here in the sticks where there’s no shop in the village and the closest place to pick up a copy is a good four miles away), to the time earmarked in the day to sit down and have a good perusal, has become a way of life. If Swindon have played the night before you need to get in early, otherwise likeminded Town supporters will have wanted their regular match report fix and the shop may have sold out. Some newsagents think Swindon is too far away to be of interest and don’t stock it, while some neighbouring towns can be complete Adver-free zones, stocking things like the Bath Doodah instead. Missing my Adver is something I don’t entertain easily. It has become an old friend whose presence is missed if holidays intervene, and just like old friends it’s sometimes infuriating, frustrating and downright annoying. But it’s a relationship that has endured and over the years I feel I know some of the journos personally. Barrie Hudson usually makes me laugh and I often think Graham Carter and I must be brothers separated at birth, so many things he writes that have me nodding my head in agreement. And when I spotted Barry Leighton’s piece this week detailing all those developments that have been proposed for Swindon over the years it really struck a chord with me. Because I remember all of those ‘artists impressions’ showing the Shangri la of peacefulness that Swindon was to become, and I know just how few have come to fruition. To celebrate the successful library development that was built after 40 years of talking, (that would have started around the time I started reading the Adver I suppose) is pretty hollow for a town that regularly entertains thoughts of becoming a city. Almost all other redevelopment proposals have fallen by the wayside. Of course the Regent Circus rebuild is nearing completion, but that attracts more negative comment by the affect it has had on traffic flow and danger to pedestrians (that’s pedestrians. Not pedestrains), than it does positive. Similarly with Whale Bridge. Almost all town centre restructuring plans involve ‘restaurants’ (fast food outlets), shopping complexes (further discounters) and offices… despite the surplus of free office space the town has always had and can never fill. There will be talk of bars and pictures showing half a dozen people sitting outside enjoying some café culture, but it won’t show the fight going on outside at 2:00 on a Saturday morning when kicking out time arrives. Take a trip to Bath and see how the old bus station area has been redeveloped and you can see what can be achieved, and just how it can enhance a city/town. How new buildings can be integrated into the surrounding architecture in such a manner that they don’t jar the senses. And I’m afraid that difference encapsulates why Swindon’s persona is perceived the way it is outside of the town. Recently there was a fad for cladding parts of buildings with wood, such as those of the Plaza 21 development and the revamp of the old Nationwide building in Princes Street. This looks OK for around 18 months before the lack of required maintenance to protect it from the weather leaves the building looking like a shanty town built from old pallets. The proposed developments are presented in such a manner that they look modern and imaginative, which is how Swindon appears to want to be seen, but as everyone has become weary of expecting them to happen, there seems little reason to pay much attention to them. And those that happen won’t end up anything like the artists impressions.
Posted on 12:09pm Wednesday 1st October 2014
I popped into Eggelicious recently as is my wont, and fell into conversation with an interesting chap who works at English Heritage over near STEAM and the Outlet Centre – and there may well be a blog post in there somewhere – but to return to the raison d’être of this particular blog post… Sharing the counter and ‘breaking bread’ with your neighbour is very much what Eggelicious and its new sister ship E2, soon to open in Wood Street, is all about.
Posted on 8:59am Wednesday 1st October 2014
The newest coffee shop in town, Dark Room Espresso, is gaining ground as a cool place to go.There’s certainly much to delight the coffee lover here and in the plethora of coffee shops around Swindon generally.