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“Yes, madam, this is a bank: but, no, you can’t have...

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This morning we watched the rain in dismay as we counted down the hours to the Steeple Aston church fête, one of those traditional...

Dear Fat Controller: as you reorganise the nation’s railways, please remember...

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Bernard Trafford hopes that reforms to the rail network might bring a reduction in silly titles and management gobbledegook. Railways have been in the news recently. No,...

Return to normal, or to a very different “new normal”? Well,...

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Lockdown is easing, pubs and restaurants are open (up to a point) and, better still, the weather is improving, with even a hint of...

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel: but...

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Bernard Trafford reckons he cannot be the first person to use that metaphor with regard to the Covid pandemic. The current lockdown seems at...

The coming year: light beginning to dawn, or an extension of...

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On New Year’s Eve Bernard Trafford was tickled by a bogus quote from Samuel Pepys’s diary doing the rounds on social media. But it also gave...

Ministers are floundering into exam chaos: but it’s candidates who’ll suffer

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On 30th September I published a piece on Voice of the North about next year’s (summer 2021) public exams. I predicted that, notwithstanding their...

A level and GCSE exams won’t take place as “normal” in...

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As one in six schools has year-groups sent home due to Covid outbreaks, and pupil progress is affected as a result, education bodies are...

My kitchen sink drama when BT’s repairs left me in the...

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  Kitchen sink drama or BT soap opera? Kitchen sink drama or BT soap opera? COLIN WAKELING finds himself left in the lockdown lurch   I RECENTLY 'ENJOYED'...

Curious cacophony in Crookham as Banksy goes ballistic: a tall tale...

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What was that curious cacophony in Crookham last weekend? Don’t worry: it was only Banksy going ballistic at government’s labyrinthine Cummings and goings! Was I...

Will the virus kill off the local rag? On paper, possibly....

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Coronavirus has killed tens of thousands of people and devastated the printed press. But could it kill off the true hyper-local media ? In...