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All aboard The Watercress Line

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. It’s been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. When sharing nostalgic memories we feel closer and happier. That’s probably why a visit to a preserved steam railway is such an enjoyable experienc e when … Continue reading

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Chobham Water Meadows

You’re lucky to live in west Surrey here if you love nature! The heathlands and commons in the area are acclaimed for their biodiversity and the rare species which inhabit them. The most important is Chobham Common: the largest National … Continue reading

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Count your blessings

(My regular ‘Personal View’ piece for Goldsworth News – the magazine for Goldsworth Park – published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue) Have you spotted the guy in Goldsworth Park with a blue wheelchair, sometimes riding, sometimes (painstakingly) pushing? If you … Continue reading

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The Dole: recording punk in Peterborough

In 1977-8, when punk was THE thing, I engineered and produced a couple of Punk Rock singles by bands from Peterborough where I then lived. I’d had no communications with either band for 36 years or so. Then late in … Continue reading

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Take time to notice

(One of my regular ‘Personal View’ pieces published in Goldsworth News – the magazine for Goldsworth Park.) Are your earliest childhood recollections like mine? Watching ever-changing cloud patterns, soaring skylarks and swooping swifts. Busy bees. Garden birds pecking. Chattering ducks. … Continue reading

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Let’s say “hello”

(One of my regular ‘Personal View’ pieces for Goldsworth News – the magazine for Goldsworth Park. I adapted it to use as my regular weekly leisure article in the Woking News & Mail.) I’m going to make an effort to … Continue reading

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Brookwood Country Park

Click HERE to view walks in Brookwood Country Park. Click HERE to view the map of Brookwood Country Park.  

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Woking News & Mail: community pages

Click on the pictures below to view ‘What’s new in the community’ pages from the Woking News & Mail. (Note: unfortunately conversion to a GIF picture file has both reduced the colour depth and caused minor text errors.) March 14, … Continue reading

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Scalding: a totally preventable “accident”

The article below was one of many I wrote for many publications over several years, on behalf of a valve manufacturer. The publisher was ABC&D (Architect, Builder, Contractor & Developer) magazine. Scalding: a totally preventable “accident” The bill tabled by … Continue reading

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Preventing water backflow

Below is another article from my monthly contributions to the training section of a leading heating and plumbing magazine, written on behalf of a leading manufacturer serving those industries. Preventing water backflow The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (or … Continue reading

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