Bring on Christmas after all this empty spin

THERE is always something rather sad - and laughable - about the ‘spin’ which now follows every major event. Do you remember ‘Comical Ali’ broadcasting to the Iraqi Nation that everything was going brilliantly well for Saddam, at the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Lights on, nobody’s home

MANY moons ago, when I lived in Swindon an overexcited friend enquired if I was attending the Old Town Christmas light switch-on, with added pitiful annotation to sway me, “Ian Beale is doing it!” Despite the wealth he must have...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Broke in Marlborough

I NOTICE Marlborough’s Facebook group has added “UK” to its title, being there’s several other “Marlboroughs” worldwide, including USA, New Zealand and Zimbabwe; show-offs. There’s no mistaking Devizes; we’re one of a kind. Attempts to replicate resulted in economic decline...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Ho Ho, Let’s Go

IDEALISTICALLY it’s a special event, snow-sprinkled fern trees line gaily lit streets, and smiling folk sip mulled wine, grasping the glove-filled hands of their dearest while moseying merrily. Children wrapped in scarfs and bobble-hats enthusiastically frolic around an ornate...

DES MORGAN: What next – I hear you ask

MUCH has been written and said about the recent legal decision of the High Court with regard to the Prime Minister's authority to use the Prerogative to invoke Article 50 which starts the process of the UK leaving the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: The Devizes Skank

THE swanky Bear Hotel undeniably epitomises the aristocratic division of Devizes. The landmark stands proud at the head of the Market Place, the centre of our humble town. Historically rich with distinguished guests and proprietors, from Royal Academy Romanticist Sir...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Not in the Mood

I HAD no intentions of writing a column this week; was in one of those moods, get used to it. You lot presume I’ll scribe entertaining rants about Devizes each week and to be honest, it’s wearing thin. All I...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Fountain of no knowledge

UNLESS the Queen cartwheels through Monday Market Street in her undercrackers between me writing this and you reading it, it’s been a slow news week. So despite laughing at the Gazette when they found it imperative to report on a...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: The little things

WHILE my beloved causerie was out on a tangent mocking neighbouring towns and Facebook groups, encouraging developments were occurring in Devizes. No need for negativity and sarcasm this week; let’s see how long it lasts. The Wiltshire Museum conveyed excitement...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Swindon is _________

COMPARE and contrast two books, “Marlborough in old photographs” and “Swindon in old Photographs.” While the first book’s pictures show pretty much the same, save a change in shopfronts and cars, the latter is unrecognisable in modern Swindon. OMG you cry,...

JAMES GRAY MP: There’s no business like small business

WHERE would we be without our small businesses and self-employed sole traders? They are not, of course, the same thing. There are 5.4 million businesses in the UK, 99% of them employing 0-249 people. 5.1 million of them are micro...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Mashback

WHEN a Food Bank volunteer posted on the Devizes Issue about supermarket donation boxes this week, a couple of the responses caught my attention, and infuriated me to rant; so blame them this week! “Who gets the donated food?” asked...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Internet? We’ve Got Issues

REMEMBER the days when cookies were things in a biscuit barrel? Pre-cyberspace, when if you wallpapered over anything other than walls, particularly a phone, you had to rip it off and restart. Can you recollect when spam was the contents...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Chippenham fails the boredom test

Darren Worrow ventures out of Devizes this week to sample the delights of Chippenham. It didn't take long, by all accounts... DUE to the fact I have a Vauxhall with a knackered-up toaster for a fan, I had to spend...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Tree Museum

Darren Worrow goes off the beaten track for some calm, and comes back angrier than ever. SAVE THE TREES... I DON'T know about you guys but when the chips are down and I need a timeout from all modern life...