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DAN THE FAN: So have we had a good season, or not?

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Oh brother, are we still in with a chance

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Keeping it local is the only way to get the real football supporter’s experience

Posted on 6:00am Friday 28th March 2014

In my experience you can’t rule out anything, especially with Swindon Town.

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DAN THE FAN: Standing up for a common sense solution

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Questions to answer after dramatic slump

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Campaign progress dividing supporters

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.

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DAN THE FAN: A big summer overhaul is in the offing

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Wembley dream dashed, but could have been a different Storey

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Wembley is the carrot

Posted on 12:24am Friday 14th February 2014

NATHAN Byrne bundling in Town’s winner at Port Vale was the second time in just four days that Mark Cooper’s side had comeback from a two-goal deficit.

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Under the weather

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 8:52am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Something that is uniting both town and country at the moment is surely the weather and the drenching that we are all experiencing every time we step outside the door.

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In the mosh pits at the Central library

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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!

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Band on the Run – to success as they ‘Talk in Code’

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Latics show up problems

Posted on 6:00am Friday 7th February 2014

LATE goals from Nile Ranger and Michael Smith papered over the cracks against Shrewsbury, but Town weren’t so lucky against Oldham last weekend.

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DAN THE FAN: Michael is money well spent

Posted on 6:00am Friday 31st January 2014

MICHAEL Smith has enjoyed a superb start to life at Town, with a brace on his debut against Shrewsbury and the equaliser at Walsall on Tuesday.

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Leadership, Resilience and Wellbeing will be addressed by Swindon Mindful Employer

Posted on 9:20am Wednesday 29th January 2014

Leadership,Resilience and Wellbeing are important says Swindon Mindful Employer

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Rustico

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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.

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Olivio's: and how social media saved the day

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Posted on 5:31pm Sunday 26th January 2014

It wasn't the most auspicious of starts to spending an evening at Olivio's, a new-ish Italian/Mexican combo on Victoria Road in Old Town.

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Faringdon bake-off and Little Miss Cake-maker

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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.

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DAN THE FAN: Support needed – in good times and bad

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.

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A Mini adventure

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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?

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DAN THE FAN: Maddening inconsistency threatens to undermine our hopes

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.

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Benchmarking on the South Marston cycle path

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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!

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A tiny tour round the town

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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!

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Mental health and Mindful Employer headlines at Swindon CIPD gathering

Posted on 10:24am Monday 13th January 2014

Swindon CIPD looks at mental health in March meeting

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DAN THE FAN: Taking a punt on Barker as returning players offer squad a welcome boost

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.

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DAN THE FAN: It was all aboard the County Ground rollercoaster

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Swindon Town in 2013

Posted on 6:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013

Not in the entire history of Swindon Town have we witnessed a year like 2013.

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DAN THE FAN: Nile issue underlines firepower shortage

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.

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2013 - what year for the Swindon Mindful Employer Network !

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.

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Swindon and iconic buildings

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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.

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Swindon concrete diving platform given listed status

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).

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Rangoli - a revelation

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

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.

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DAN THE FAN: Unearthing hidden gems will be crucial

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.

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Horses for cross country courses

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 5:08pm Thursday 12th December 2013

When I started this blog, my reference to living in Sticksville was rather tongue in cheek.

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Signs of the times

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 3:29pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

A couple of weeks back the Adver ran a piece in it’s weekly ‘Rewind’ article that showed protestors outside the Odeon in Regent Street.

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DAN THE FAN: Departing Jed deserves the fans' thanks

Posted on 6:00am Friday 6th December 2013

Despite Town’s return to winning way last Saturday, it’s been the tug of war action in the boardroom that made all the headlines.

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Asperger Syndrome featured at busy network meeting

Posted on 9:20am Monday 2nd December 2013

Asperger Syndrome featured in employers event in Swindon

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DAN THE FAN: Ryan's mighty important to our fortunes

Posted on 6:00am Friday 29th November 2013

AFTER Town’s humiliation at the hands of Leyton Orient last Saturday, Mark Cooper’s side earned a credible draw in an eventless game away at Crawley.

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The mysterious world of the strange – on the Old Town Cycle path

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Posted on 7:58am Sunday 24th November 2013

Back in the summer, on a beautiful warm summer afternoon, myself and a couple of friends, in the manner of Winnie the Pooh, set out on an EXPOTITION: on a walk - this walk to be exact - a circular route beginning and ending at Croft Leisure centre and taking in Croft Wood, Wichelstowe Canal and Town Gardens.

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DAN THE FAN: Striker light - having no forwards can work

Posted on 6:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

MARK Cooper’s tactical gamble paid off for Town at Colchester last weekend.

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The Ghost of Swindon Past

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 11:39am Thursday 21st November 2013

If any evidence was necessary to demonstrate my commitment to both Swindon and Wiltshire it can be seen by the reading material currently on my table at home. (That’s reading… as in the written word. Not Reading… as in Berkshire.)

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Give a dog a bad name

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 3:31pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

When I first moved to Sticksville various Swindonians asked me if it was a wise move. They had heard the small town in question had a bad reputation and that there were some unsavoury characters there.

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DAN THE FAN: Trophy progress eases our FA Cup agony

Posted on 6:00am Friday 15th November 2013

TOWN started to repair the damage of their humiliation at Macclesfield as they progressed into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area semi-finals after beating League Two side Wycombe on Tuesday.

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Everest Trek Series

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:44pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

As I mentioned in a previous post – I recently took part in a Charity Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. I was part of a team of seven volunteers raising money for the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton and five others raising money for other charities. The Trek took us away for 17 days, landing in Lukla airport, one of the most dangerous landing strips in the world. We aimed to climb from 2800 – 5700 metres where oxygen levels would drop from 80% to 50%. Over the coming weeks I will be writing a series based on the Trek, talking about the highs and lows of the trip and the experiences that we all shared in undertaking this challenge. Along the way I will be uploading photo’s and recounting the experiences of some of the other team members.

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DAN THE FAN: A chance for revenge over the Silkmen

Posted on 6:00am Friday 8th November 2013

Town bounced back in style last Saturday as they easily brushed aside Port Vale at the County Ground.

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Taking back history

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:26pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

In a week where the world has claimed back more than 1,400 lost works of art, many will be asking what else lies in hidden vaults, secret chambers, even attics and garages around the world?

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World Wine Shortage!!

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Posted on 6:40pm Friday 1st November 2013

It seems that wine lovers the world over will soon be pouring less and paying more for their favourite tipple, following  the announcement by American Financial Services firm Morgan Stanley that wine production has been decreasing. In fact Global production has been steadily declining since its peak in 2004, when supply outweighed demand by about 600m cases. In fact demand for wine outstripped the supply in 2012 by more than 300 million cases. 

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The Road to Nowhere

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 4:43pm Friday 1st November 2013

Over the years I’ve fostered a reputation as a bit of a technophobe. I was the last person I knew (apart from my wife) who refused to have a mobile phone until a few years ago.

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DAN THE FAN: Mid-table target sells talented Town short

Posted on 6:00am Friday 1st November 2013

Whenever you come into a season as a fan you normally have a rough idea of what would be a successful season, be that survival, mid-table, a play-off place or automatic promotion.

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Ten things to celebrate about Swindon. No 4: The sculptures. C: 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel'

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:50pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

No 3 (C) in a series on Swindon's sculptures. Yeah, I know, strictly speaking a statue rather than a sculpture but it's close enough eh? And he has to be mentioned somewhere does old Isambard Kingdom Brunel - such an awesome name! - and he did rather put Swindon on the map I feel.

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