Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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...

ROBERT BUCKLAND MP: Busy in Swindon during summer recess

PARLIAMENT has returned after the summer recess.  It has been a busy summer and I have welcomed the opportunity to spend more time in Swindon, meeting with local residents, holding local advice surgeries and visiting local businesses, whilst also being...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: No Scam Visiting the Sham

Darren Worrow's weekly column on life in the market towns of Wiltshire... IT'S not so scary for ‘Vizes residents to drive through the Badlands of Sells Green with destination Melksham. Agreed, usually there’s no reason to, this town, that town; all...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Carnival Homecoming

Darren Worrow casts an envious eye to The Vale during carnival season... SQUASHED in a valley of the Marlborough Downs, lays an inimitable large village, known locally as “the Vale.” Amidst these beautiful surroundings Pewsey can be a law unto itself,...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: School’s out….still

This week’s column is dedicated to the memory of Pete Smith. IN any small town, such as Devizes, there are those people who EVERYONE knows. Over the course of this adventure I’m highlighting as many of them as I possibly can,...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: No room at the Imber

Darren Worrow's weekly look at local life delves into Wiltshire's ghost village.  BRITAIN is full. Full of self-centred bigots insisting they’ve the skills to run a country when their only intentions are to line their own pocket. I mean Brexit, what...

JAMES GRAY MP: Our Olympic heroes receive special training, so why not the academically...

AS Britain (and Wiltshire) celebrate Rio glory, the MP for North Wiltshire backs plans to bring back grammar schools... WHAT a thrill we all get from the Olympics. It’s about pride in our country; admiration for our sportsmen like Adam...