Monthly Archives: September 2013

Herbs – the non-gardener’s allotment


No matter how big the space available I think I would always like to have a herb garden. As someone who can kill most plants on sight I have long given up hope of being able to fill a vase … Continue reading

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Jasmine of MAP…our hero in Toulouse


In my previous blog I told my tale of woe of a cancelled flight at the mercy of the incompetent Michael O’Leary and his atrocious airline. The consequences of his actions created a chain of events which were costly and … Continue reading

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Visit to the amazing Derby & Derbyshire School Library Service


Originally posted on Pictures for Schools:
After speaking to people who were in the past involved in school museum services, I wanted to visit one of the few which is still in action to see first-hand the type of materials…

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We’re all subsidising Ryanair: The O’Leary Myth


I’ve finally realised what it is about Ryanair and Michael O’Leary personally – they have no moral framework to rein in their greed. At Ryanair’s General Meeting last week O’Leary pledged to transform the airline’s “abrupt culture” which he admitted … Continue reading

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Difference as defined by meringue


There’s nothing like a holiday to make you think about where you live. I’ve just returned from a holiday in the Languedoc region of France stopping in a gite. I’ve realised that what I enjoy about France in general is … Continue reading

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Unwelcome to Ashbourne… exporting tourists


This morning I called in to one of our charity shops and was browsing the books when I overheard an American voice asking a question. I heard the assistant reply “You’ll need to go into Derby for that”. When the … Continue reading

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Jumpers for goalposts


One of the questions a bloke gets asked is “who do you support?”. In some cities there is an assumption: “Blues or Villa? Liverpool or Everton? United or City?” As an Arsenal fan born in the North East and never … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Ashbourne “Yes”


There is a germ of an opportunity afoot. There is also a risk of us all getting what we don’t want if we become too intransigent. Whether we like it or not we are going to end up with around … Continue reading

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Ashbourne In September


In September the holiday crowds begin to dwindle as schools start their new term. Schools highlight one of the reasons people come to Ashbourne to live, although QEGS has been through a tough time over the last couple of years. … Continue reading

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The Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Match.


Originally posted on De Voetbalprofeet:
Two towns, that long that war had raged.Being at football now engaged.For honour, as both sides pretend.Left the brave trial to be ended. In hartje Engeland  is er jaarlijks een sportwedstrijd die hun stadje in…

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