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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

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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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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