Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Olympic viewing – Day 3: what Olympics?


Medals for Team GB: Bronze – Men’s Gymnastics team In the 1950s stories abounded of young urchins standing on fruit boxes to catch a glimpse of a sporting event. They couldn’t see the whole thing, just a third of the … Continue reading

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My Olympic viewing – Day 2: a medal!… and lots of filling


Medals for Team GB: Silver: Lizzie Armitstead – Women’s Road Race. Bronze: Rebecca Adlington – 400m freestyle Busy at work for the afternoon and into the evening and so my Olympic viewing today was sketch at best. The sailing from … Continue reading

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My Olympic viewing – Day 1: reality bites


Medals for Team GB: none After the euphoria of the Olympic opening ceremony yesterday seemed a bit of an anticlimax. In the morning I went looking for some gadgetry and thought I’d be able to keep an eye on the … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #1 Shrovetide


There could only be one winner. Before I came to Ashbourne I thought Shrovetide was a quaint village ceremony. Once you come to Ashbourne you realise very quickly that it is more than that… it is part of the DNA … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #2 The Arts


One of the most important indicators of a civilised society is the creation and appreciation of beauty expressed through the Arts. We are lucky in Ashbourne to live in a beautiful town – the buildings themselves, Georgian and Victorian, create … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #3 The pubs


Market towns are always great for pubs. They have thrived over the years on the weekly trade and work-driven thirst. The thing I like about Ashbourne’s selection is that there is a pub for all moods. My own preference, The … Continue reading

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James Watt: Olympic legend


As someone who can be a bit of a curmudgeon at times, I haveĀ  a tendency to be cynical but the Opening Ceremony for the London Olympics was fantastic. I felt proud to see the quirky show Britain put on … Continue reading

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