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These boots were made for walking ….

It’s time to put my walking boots on again and have a change of scenery from the flat Fenland landscape, so I’m heading for the lush Forest of Dean. I’m off with the Ramblers again for a loooooong weekend, only this time I will be able to rest my aching feet in the comfort of a former hunting lodge of Charles II instead of a youth hostel. And we’ll be...
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Former gangster Ronnie Knight retires to Cambridge

I wonder how many pensioners have knocked on their new neighbour’s door to borrow a cup of sugar. Ronnie Knight, now 73, the former East End gangster once married to Barbara Windsor, has moved into a very modest one-bed pensioners’ housing block in Cambridge where he pays £360 a month rent. He has chatted with fellow pensioners about his life of crime and marriage to Babs, who...
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Will Sir Alan Sugar’s judgement be better this time round?

 I like Sir Alan Sugar’s tough no-nonsense approach. I like the fact that he is not obsessed by youth, that his anchorman and woman are respected for their skills and experience, it doesn’t matter that they have grey hair. Still, he can make mistakes like anyone else, as his choice on last year’s The Apprentice proved with Michelle Dewberry walking out on her £100,000 year...
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Charles Clarke calls for media restraints

What an amazing coincidence. The very same evening that Guido accuses political hacks of being restrained, Charles Clarke blames the mainstream media for creating “a lack of national self-confidence” about Britain – and suggests that legislation might be necessary for them to toe the line. Strong stuff. And ironically, the sacked Home Secretary vented his anger...
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Death threats forces blogger to stop

Blogging for me has been 99% fun one with just the odd nutter and one cyber bully. For Kathy Sierra, a respected American blogger, it has turned into the most horrific nightmare after she was issued with in a series of death threats which have forced her to stop writing. The threats resulted in a picture of her next to a noose, you can read Kathy’s nightmare story...
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An away day

I have appointments in London today, which includes dropping into 18 Doughty Street to pick up my camcorder to be a citizen journalist. I’m really looking forward to being a roving reporter again and filing some reports; you can be one too if you are a registered member of 18 Doughty Street. I hope to also use these reports on my site once I get the hang of it. I was hoping to find...
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Love on the buses

Here’s one good reason to forsake your car and use public transport – you could buy a ticket to romance as a survey has shown that 1 in 30 people fall in love on a coach. These don’t seem particularly high odds to me, but I like the two other results which showed that one in 10 passengers had a life-changing idea while travelling in a coach and one in 15 people made a...
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So where is Bona Mugabe?

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Bona Mugabe? Our government thought she was studying at the LSE, but this has been hotly denied by the university. So is she in the UK or isn’t she? Regardless of her whereabouts, the Foreign Office is pressing ahead with a travel ban against Robert Mugabe’s family . I wonder why a similar ban was not imposed against Stalin’s...
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Sir Alex and climate change

  There were two major events in  Cambridge last night, a sell-out concert featuring Lemar and just across the  road, the even more pulsating Al Gore himself presenting his Oscar winning film An Inconvenient Truth to another packed house.  I naturally headed for the latter, having been invited by Cambridge University’s Programme for...
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Duty calls

I’m afraid I need to take a blogging break for a week to spend quality time preparing my next project for my CIPR PR diploma, as well as keeping on top of my work. Blogging is immensely distracting, as well as pleasurable, and my assignment requires much time and commitment. I have to research and write a PR campaign for a fictitious local authority which has been accused of...
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Wishing Janice the very best of luck

I’m giving Janice Small a plug in her bid to win the Calder Valley selection. I know it means the world to her. We met when we both worked as regional press officers during the 2005 general election and her driving passion and commitment to the Conservative Party is second to none. On the same subject, Tory Radio has the latest insights from Deputy Chairman John Maples on candidate...
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Jeremy, out in Africa

Guest blogger today is Jeremy Jacobs writing about his cathartic trek in the Maasai foothills to boost funds for the breast cancer campaign following the tragic young death of his sister Jackie. How have you marked the death of someone close? My family bought a wooden bench in memory of my father and added a plaque with his name. It is in the grounds of Walsingham shrine in...
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Dear Sally, if only we could turn the clock back

A letter to Sally Clark, whose death at her home has just been announced. Dear Sally, I can’t imagine there is one mother in the country who didn’t share your sense of anguish, your feeling of abandonment and utter bewilderment, as well as the deep grief you experienced following the loss of your two dear little baby boys who died inexplicable only a few weeks old. That alone is...
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Robert Sturdy’s View from Strasbourg

Each month, I issue a report for MEP Robert Sturdy following the extortionate and costly monthly sitting of the European Parliament in  Strasbourg  which is sent to the local press, I thought you might like to see the latest one.  View from Strasbourg – March 2007 “A funny thing happened to me on Tuesday.  I was on my way to the Parliament building and I...
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