Monthly Archives: July 2014

Why I Blog


Whenever I mention that I blog to non-bloggers I get two responses. The first is to ask why and the second is to wonder how I have the time. The second is easier to answer than the first.

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Brazil 2014 – A working class world cup


Like just about everyone else I have been watching the World Cup over the last few weeks. My abiding memories are of special football and a uniting event. It didn’t start that way. Press coverage in advance of the tournament … Continue reading

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Hoe Grange Holidays Shortlisted for Goldstar Awards 2014


Originally posted on Visit Peak District & Derbyshire:
Hoe Grange Holidays has been shortlisted for the annual Goldstar Awards by GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme), the WORLD’S leading sustainable tourism accreditation programme. Felicity & David Brown from Hoe Grange Holidays.…

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Housing and Employment matter to us


Well done Ashbourne! I knew you wouldn’t let me down. I opened the door in the Town Hall to be confronted with a full house – around 70 people – and the ever-sprightly Jeffrey Phillips beginning his presentation. The evening’s … Continue reading

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New homes from the developer’s standpoint


There seem to be two sides to developers and their accomplices. On the one hand there are the promises of a bright future backed up by statistics and mocked-up images. On the other, the pages of the Ashbourne News Telegraph … Continue reading

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Simple solutions for congestion


The Neighbourhood Plan is looking for feedback on traffic. We all complain about parking, congestion and the number of heavy goods vehicles coming through the town centre. Solutions are considerably harder to define and, regardless of what we may think, … Continue reading

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It takes more than Eric Pickles, Patrick McLoughlin and NBE16 to stop a lap-dancing club


Imagine Ashbourne in twenty year’s time. It’s a very different place than we have now. Overlooking the whole town centre is a 12-storey block of flats built on the edge of the Rec. It was a very efficient way of … Continue reading

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