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Thoughts on Nelson Mandela by a Former Resident of South Africa

Thu 12 Dec '13, 10:18
By Derek Hudson

Derek Hudson, a Wincanton resident who lived in South Africa in his youth, shares his views about Nelson Mandela, whose recent death has been in the news.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony - A Time to Weep?

Thu 30 Aug '12, 18:04
By John Baxter
The Olympic Opening Ceremony - A Time to Weep?

John Baxter reflects on the Olympic Opening Ceremony and describes how he went from originally denouncing the London Games as an appalling waste of money to enjoying an emotional and uplifting experience.

Exclusive Jubilee Scoop - Where the Windsor's Really Went

Fri 15 Jun '12, 13:31
By John Baxter
Exclusive Jubilee Scoop - Where the Windsor's Really Went

So you thought the Queen and the Duke were in London for the whole Jubilee? I can tell you exclusively what really happened.

HM Customs and Revenue, or Con Artists? Beat The Scams

Mon 14 May '12, 13:36
By John Smith
HM Customs and Revenue, or Con Artists? Beat The Scams

Have you received an e-mail from HM Revenue and Customs recently telling you that they owe you £1578.25? I did. As usual, all is not quite what it seems.

Local History Project Requires Old Wincanton Photos or Postcards

Fri 20 Apr '12, 15:15
By Andrew Eldred-Tyler
Local History Project Requires Old Wincanton Photos or Postcards

My name is Andrew Eldred-Tyler and I am a local historian researching Wincanton's history - I would like to hear from anyone who has any old photographs and postcards of Old Wincanton (pre-1962) that I may borrow and scan.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Thu 29 Mar '12, 20:20
By Steve Lee
Reasons to be Cheerful

Having 'dipped my toe', into supporting the Wincanton Window I find myself wanting to do more. Returning home today I stopped off to enjoy the view from the seating area near to the 'Old Faithful' Memorial.

Are You Paying Too Much For Your Phone Calls?

Sat 3 Mar '12, 15:25
By John Smith
Are You Paying Too Much For Your Phone Calls?

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much you pay for your phone calls and have you thought about who gets that money?

Drawing a Line in The Sand in 2012

Fri 6 Jan '12, 16:23
By John Smith
Drawing a Line in The Sand in 2012

A line in the sand is a simple stroke with the finger. How often have we done that on a visit to the beach? Can a line in the sand be really important? The New Year presents us with an amazing opportunity.

Your Bank in Your Community

Mon 19 Dec '11, 22:25
By John Smith
Your Bank in Your Community

How involved is your bank in the local community? Does your bank add to your community? I'm afraid that my experience of banks contributing to the life of the local community is less than sparkling.

Christmas - The Other Side of the Festivities

Fri 9 Dec '11, 14:20
By John Smith
Christmas - The Other Side of the Festivities

Christmas is a great time of year for the vast majority. It's a time of giving and receiving of gifts between families and loved ones. But like many of life's situations there is another side to the festivities.

Worldwide Debt Crisis - A Failure of Governments

Mon 5 Dec '11, 10:44
By Nick Colbert
Worldwide Debt Crisis - A Failure of Governments

One failure of democracy is that political parties, particularly left of centre ones, try and gain votes by bribing the electorate with money they do not have.

Call Centres - Don't You Just Love Them?

Tue 22 Nov '11, 21:05
By John Smith
Call Centres - Don't You Just Love Them?

I love to receive phone calls from family and friends, or even from companies and organisations that I am interested in. However, there is a type of call that I absolutely hate with a vengeance. Unsolicited calls from call centres.

How Good Is Your Community?

Sun 6 Nov '11, 21:47
By John Smith
How Good Is Your Community?

What is a community? Is community even relevant in this day and age? In this article I take a look at this sensitive subject. Could community be the answer to many of our day-to-day issues?

Observing and Living in the Moment

Tue 1 Nov '11, 21:21
By John Smith
Observing and Living in the Moment

These days we are under pressure to plan for the future. But I believe that there is a danger that we forget about "today".

I love HMRC - Do you?

Tue 25 Oct '11, 20:56
By John Smith
I love HMRC - Do you?

I love HMRC? But it's true. I believe that HMRC plays a big role in my daily life. Their cock-ups and failures do wonders to improve my own self-esteem.

The View From New Barns

Fri 16 Sep '11, 20:28
By Anita Nash-Smith
The View From New Barns

Anita Nash-Smith describes how painful it is for new residents to be picked on for decisions taken by planners and politicians over which they have had no control, and how keen they are to be accepted as part of our community.

Gazette Claims "Yobs Go on Rampage"

Tue 30 Aug '11, 12:41
By John Baxter
Gazette Claims "Yobs Go on Rampage"

The Gazette placed a sensational story headed "gangs of youths run riot" on its front page, 18th August. Does this tell the whole story?

Recreational Rioting and Looting - A Local Reaction

Wed 10 Aug '11, 11:22
By John Baxter

As we watch appalled as first London and then other cities are subjected to outbreaks of arson, violent looting and theft on an unprecedented scale we wonder what is happening and how we should deal with it.

Drunks, Litter and Vandalism - Another Summer in Wincanton Has Begun

Fri 22 Apr '11, 12:12
By Mandy Cochrane
Drunks, Litter and Vandalism - Another Summer in Wincanton Has Begun

The recent warm, sunny days hasn't just brought out the flowers - familiar scenes of drunk teenagers at the recreation ground, litter and vandalism seem set to follow the same pattern as last year.

Chaos and Gridlock in South Street

Mon 21 Mar '11, 06:33
By John Baxter
Chaos and Gridlock in South Street

Parking outside the NatWest Bank in South Street continues to cause gridlock and chaos. Can anything be done about this?

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