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Cambs Police and my FOI request

I was stonewalled when I asked Cambridgeshire Police for migrant crime figures in Wisbech – my home town which has witnessed murders among its new Eastern European community – after submitting a Freedom of Information request for this information which I believed they would keep a record of. I was told: It is estimated that it will take a minimum of 25,000 hours a t a cost of £25 an...
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Anglesey Abbey’s snowdrop walk

Now the weather has picked up, I recommend that all garden lovers visit Anglesey Abbey, just outside Cambridge, to enjoy the National Trust’s first ever winter walk designed by their inspirational retired head...
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Terence Stamp’s big regret, Vanessa Redgrave and his favourite East End mango

Perhaps it was because I had just been to a funeral that afternoon that Song for Marion was particularly poignant for me at its Cambridge preview.  I was feeling the loss of a dear friend whose smile always lighted a room, she had a cheerfulness similar to Marion, the terminally ill character played by Vanessa Redgrave in this heart rending film. It was a delight to later hear Terence Stamp,...
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YourEly plan for city’s businesses to unite

Ely may not have Mary Portas, but it is fortunate in having business woman Caroline Bailey in its midst to lead on the challenge of ensuring that local businesses and the city’s high street remains vibrant for years to come. This is not the time for businesses to sit back and bemoan their fate, but to take matters into their own hands, like Caroline has, and, hopefully, she will inspire...
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When will Sir Richard Branson and Prof Stephen Hawking head for space on Virgin Galactic?

Just over a year ago I recorded this video of Sir Richard Branson at Prof Stephen Hawkings’ 70th birthday symposium in Cambridge.  Branson told me he was planning to enter space on his Virgin Galactic by the end of 2012 with his children, and that Prof Hawking would follow on one of the next trips. Although delayed, it shouldn’t be long before the countdown begins as test flights...
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How independent book stores can succeed

With the spotlight firmly on saving further shops in our high street from closure following the demise of HMV, Blockbuster, and, a favourite of mine, Jessop’s, there is one independent store in Ely that shines like a beacon and has the support and admiration of its local community, and that is Topping bookstore. I placed my Christmas orders there instead of Amazon, and their helpful staff...
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How far has cancer screening progressed in the last 60 years?

Abcodia, the award winning biomarker validation company with a focus on cancer screening, highlighted some interesting data in its latest newsletter which I thought I would share here. It published fascinating figures about research growth in cancer screening from 1952 – 2012, and the most studied diseases, following a search of the PubMed website by COO Chris Hodkinson. This is what he...
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Eric Schmidt on UK foreign policy, Julian Assange, and what worries him

Connecting the world may be Eric Schmidt’s dream, but it is one which could dramatically change the shape of the internet today as we know it, dominated as it is, by western users from affluent countries. I had never considered this before, the impact of  digitally empowering repressed citizens who are currently denied access to cyber space; these are the next 5 billion users who are...
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