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About justaukcook

/kʊk/ Not a chef, not an epicure, not a foodie. Just one who likes to prepare food – What really happens in the kitchen and on the high street is what I write about. Follow me on Twitter @Justaukcook and on https://www.facebook.com/justaukcook

Which retailers are right for our High Street?


Two news items caught my attention in the last couple of weeks. Firstly, Martin Freeman was featured in the Ashbourne News Telegraph discussing his search for a suitable site for a Starbucks in Ashbourne. He argued that without the major … Continue reading

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Drinking a toast to success


On Friday night I attended a wine tasting with a difference at QEGS. I’ve attended wine tastings before and even bought wine as a result. I’m no connoisseur and I realise I have no memory for what I’ve tasted. I … Continue reading

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Belper Crowned Best Market Town in Great British High Street Competition


Originally posted on Visit Peak District & Derbyshire:
We are delighted to be able inform you that Belper has been crowned as the Winner of the Market Town category of the Great British High Street and also the Winner of Winners…

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Rumour has it (wrong?)


In the North of England the “celebration” of Mischief Night still endures. When I was a youngster it was a far bigger deal than the American Hallowe’en. On the 4th of November young miscreants would forget the Treat and spend … Continue reading

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Keeping manufacturing in Derbyshire


Originally posted on SwearPig:
I keep being told that people will buy our SwearPig but the product needs to be cheaper! With the UK manufacturing getting smaller and smaller, I thought it would be a great idea to try to…

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Sustainability


By this time a few people will have attended one of the Neighbourhood Plan workshops. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. For those who didn’t make it I would heartily recommend going along to any future … Continue reading

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My Volvo V40 D2 has matured


I’m now over 70,000 miles into the Volvo V40 D2 and overall I’m pretty satisfied. No time like the present though to give an overview of how the car drives as it gets well into middle age. Although I’ve owned … Continue reading

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Food Miles in practice


I am a big advocate of Try Ashbourne First. Before you buy anything online at least think about whether you could buy it in one of our independent retailers. I firmly believe that you will be surprised at just what … Continue reading

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Ashbourne bunting saved by Ashbourne!


The bunting fundraising has continued to demonstrate that, with a clearly defined target, and with a local issue, Ashbourne folk and businesses dig deep. The original target of £5000 has been smashed and so in our virtual journey around the … Continue reading

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October 30, 1914


Originally posted on Great War Reports:
R. Ward of St John Street decided on a topical approach to promoting the sale of fireworks – claiming they were suitable for blowing up the German Emperor. On Page 5 one headline in…

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