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 have  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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Jeffrey Phillips is right – we need a Neighbourhood Team


Jeffrey Phillips from Ashbourne Partnership stood up towards the end of the Housing Consultation meeting in the Town Hall. As he looked over the 200 or so people in the Ball Room he indicated his hope that the expression of … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #4 Shopping: Try Ashbourne First


It may come as a surprise to some people but we do have a pretty good shopping range in the Town. There may be some concerns about the increasing number of charity shops  occupying otherwise vacant properties as a sign … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #5 Food and Drink: The Ashbourne Terroir


Ah…the Ashbourne terroir! Where to begin. For a town the size of Ashbourne to have the range of pubs, restaurants and great produce is terrific. We have excellent delicatessens in Cheddar Gorge, and Bramalls (sadly, we lost H Smith this … Continue reading

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