Monthly Archives: September 2012


Keeping social media social. How it should be

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These are phenomenal. Love the UFOs

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British Roast Dinner…every week is a cause for celebration


1st -7th October 2012 is British Roast Dinner Week. Setting aside the crass commercialism it is worth noting that there’s something special about the Sunday roast. Something that certainly means it’s not worth waiting a couple of weeks to celebrate. … Continue reading

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Try Ashbourne First: #7 Country Interiors – an excellent stall for soft furnishings


One of life’s pleasures is strolling around a market and Ashbourne is blessed with two! In this occasional series I wanted to take a look at some of the interesting independent retailers in the town and see what they offer … Continue reading

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Signs of the times… through the Gateway to Carsington and Dovedale


The Ashbourne News Telegraph (19th September 2012) provides coverage of the findings from the Ashbourne Traders Group’s survey of retailers and businesses. The traders have been meeting for some time to try to revive Ashbourne’s High Street. They should be … Continue reading

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The Deutsches Museum in Munich. Probably the finest museum in the world


Museums can be dull, exhausting and poorly presented. They need to entertain and inform both young and old. I have visited the British Museum many times. It’s beautiful but I find it often overcrowded and it’s hard to get the … Continue reading

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Classics? Not in my book.


I have a guilty secret. I have never read a “classic” novel. We have many of them and my wife and daughter will happily read Jane Austen, the Brontes, and even Bram Stoker. My definition is probably that a classic … Continue reading

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Lost in Ashbourne


Yesterday I deliberately got lost. There’s something about an unsignposted path or a track. I notice them and sometimes walk past them many times without taking them. Intriguingly a group of hikers, fully loaded with maps and poles will climb … Continue reading

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Ashbourne Half Marathon – a virgin runner’s perspective


To date, the Ashbourne Half Marathon, run annually in September, is my one and only half marathon. I’d decided to compete after taking up jogging after years of sloth and over-nourishment. Ashbourne is a great place to run because there are … Continue reading

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Sorry seems to be the easiest word


Today The Sun has a headline: “The Real Truth”. 23 years ago it published a headline – “The Truth” which led an article blaming drunken fans without tickets for the tragedy which ensued at Hillsborough – 96 football fans lost … Continue reading

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