Posted on 11:45am Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Anyone who’s ever caught a train from Salisbury on a weekday knows that after 8am it’s impossible to find a space in the station car park. The commuters have got there first. So you must allow an additional 15 minutes to drive across and use the long-term section of the Central Car Park, which will cost you £7.40.
Posted on 11:11am Tuesday 5th February 2013
Professionally I interviewed him for Day by Day when he first became Tory leader and twice during The Troubles when he visited units in Northern Ireland. Socially we met a few times at supper parties in The Close, and we had a fascinating lunch with him (hosted by Bishop David) on his birthday.
Posted on 11:09am Monday 3rd December 2012
It’s now six weeks since Graham Parker’s letter to the Journal – warning of the need to ensure that today’s development doesn’t spoil life for the next generation – was published. And if there’s been any response from Wiltshire Council, I must have missed it.
Posted on 10:56am Thursday 11th October 2012
SIR Terry Pratchett, my favourite philosopher, once wrote that when a process is called “transparent” it can either mean you can see clearly what it is, or that you can’t see it at all.
Posted on 1:38pm Tuesday 7th August 2012
… asked the electrician we'd called in to discover why we kept getting power cuts (it was ants nesting inside a garden light: they'd come in from the rain and then caused a short circuit).
Posted on 1:12pm Friday 15th June 2012
Imagine for a moment that spread before you is a completely blank map of England. The only markings are hills, plains, valleys and rivers; and man-made features such as roads, railways, towns and cities. There are no county boundaries, but you must decide them. Question: would you – would anyone - create Wiltshire?
Posted on 4:23pm Thursday 19th April 2012
It is one of the most searing images of the 20th century: a terrified nine-year-old girl runs towards the camera after being burned by napalm in Vietnam. Journal blogger Chris Wain, then an ITN news correspondent, on what it was like to return to Vietnam 40 years later.
Posted on 4:54pm Monday 19th March 2012
…I found myself wondering, as the curtain rose on the opening night of the Playhouse revival of The Seven-Year Itch. The action is set in a New York apartment with a big living room, kitchen area and a small patio on stage-right.
Posted on 11:24am Wednesday 15th February 2012
…first appeared on the political radar screen. There’d been talk of it earlier, of course, but nothing serious. Previous Tory cabinets had looked at the idea and rejected it as impractical.
Posted on 9:35am Friday 3rd February 2012
We took her to the wonderful King’s Singers’ concert at the Cathedral on Saturday night, enjoyed a great Sunday lunch in a pub at Burcombe, saw The Artist in the evening, visited Christchurch Priory and harbour on Monday, and finished her visit with an excellent dinner in Fisherton Street.
Posted on 3:02pm Monday 21st November 2011
… in the cathedral there was an embarrassing moment when one of the officers thanked our “Lord Mayor” for attending. But it was an understandable slip. After all, if our powerless parish council insists on styling itself as something it isn’t, there’s bound to be confusion.
Posted on 2:01pm Thursday 21st July 2011
… in Salisbury Cathedral gift shop is a greetings card listing collective nouns – a Shrewdness of Apes, Pace of Asses, Murder of Crows and so on. It occurred to me, ploughing through the Unkindnesses, Pandemoniums, Lamentations and Destructions, that something was missing. They’d overlooked a Trowbridge of Incompetents.
Posted on 8:56am Wednesday 22nd June 2011
… to manoeuvre his 44-tonner into Fisherton Street and under the railway bridge to leave the city, it occurred to me that the Government’s proposal to stretch these monsters by another two metres will have a serious impact for planners.
Posted on 12:20pm Monday 16th May 2011
… as it launches a campaign to reverse Wiltshire Council’s latest attempt to mug us by imposing outrageously high car parking charges. But the underlying premise is mistaken: in reality it’s doubtful whether anyone in Trowbridge thought it through in the first place.
Posted on 9:48am Tuesday 26th April 2011
Not knowing Danny Willis, I don’t know how accurately he reports events. But if his description of the recent Salisbury Vision open board meeting (Journal letters, April 21) is an authentic account, then SV owes us an explanation.