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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.
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.
Posted on 9:20am Monday 2nd December 2013
Asperger Syndrome featured in employers event in Swindon
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.
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.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 22nd November 2013
MARK Cooper’s tactical gamble paid off for Town at Colchester last weekend.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 5:48pm Monday 28th October 2013
I just wanted to take the chance to apologise for the length of time since I last updated this blog, I harbour no illusions that there was a great many people mired in a state of confusion and loss about the missing blog, but I feel that I must apologise none the less! I could go into war and peace as to the reasons for my poor showing but I won’t bore anyone with such trivial details, suffice to say that time out of the country, work commitments and a little trip to Mount Everest Base Camp for the Prospect Hospice, have kept me somewhat occupied in the last few months. I have returned to our beloved Swindon Advertiser with renewed vigour and hope to post regularly about the Arts, Current Affairs, Food and Wine, literature and much more, and particularly look forward to your comments and feedback.
Posted on 6:00am Friday 25th October 2013
TUESDAY’S defeat to Walsall – the first at home in the league this season – doesn’t change the fact that the club have enjoyed a great start to the season.
Posted on 3:27pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
I’ve just read an article in the Adver that says the twice daily train that runs between Westbury and Swindon is about to receive a £1.2m subside, that means for the next two years it will run eight times a day.
Posted on 5:52pm Saturday 12th October 2013
I've written about Swindon Viewpoint and shared some of their films at various times on this blog. When I first wrote about them it was the first I'd heard of the organization and I was immediately impressed and intrigued by the whole thing. Now I enjoy an occasional root through the archives on their website. I especially like the Artpoint series.