Opinion

28 Jul 2014 12:20

Matching Madeira is a tasty proposition

Enthusiasm for good wine has gone through the roof in recent years, thanks to the relative ease of travel to great wine countries including France, Spain and Italy - but also to all-consuming interest in the dazzling products of the new world.

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25 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

WITH the Parliamentary term coming to an end on Tuesday I am looking forward to getting back to Reading and being able to focus on local issues.

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25 Jul 2014 09:30

Richard Benyon's Westminster Diary: July 24, 2014

RESHUFFLES: the fascination of many inside the Westminster village and many fewer in the real world.

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21 Jul 2014 08:00

Richard Benyon's Westminster Diary: July 17, 2014

WHEN most people think of slavery or human trafficking they think back to the days of the Roman Empire and up to 1833 when slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom

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18 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

IN recent weeks, I have been speaking at a number of events focused on the important debate about airport capacity, including a conference organised by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and a Runways UK event held at the Guildhall in the City of London.

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17 Jul 2014 12:28 • Gary Farmer

Who’s rich enough to buy Reading?

Could billionaire James Dyson hoover up Reading all by himself - or would he need a little help from Richard Branson?

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14 Jul 2014 12:14 • Gary Farmer

Anti-social media needs a muzzle

It was bad enough when people were regularly getting themselves into trouble with e-mails they wish they’d never sent - and then came Facebook. And unfortunately the “say it in haste, repent at leisure” syndrome is even more acute now, with the advent of Twitter.

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11 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

SUMMER is one mad dash from place-to-place for MPs trying to keep up with all the fantastic events and activities taking place.

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11 Jul 2014 09:30

Richard Benyon's Westminster Diary: July 10, 2014

ONE in three of us will get cancer.

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4 Jul 2014 14:30

Why men-only poker has had its chips

Social gaming is one of the biggest leisure phenomenons of modern times, and the way women are using it is driving a coach and horses through the old notion that men are kingpins of the gambling world.

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4 Jul 2014 14:30

Glass ceiling that can't last forever

We've all heard about the notorious “glass ceiling” women often face when they try and pitch for the top jobs that have traditionally been dominated by men, but recent evidence suggests things are - finally - starting to get better.

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3 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

ONE of the great satisfactions of being a Member of Parliament is working with dedicated residents in delivering local community initiatives.

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3 Jul 2014 09:29

Should we stay or should we go?

SHOULD we stay or should we go? And, more to the point, does anyone outside of the Westminster elite actually care?

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1 Jul 2014 10:20

Safe gambling ad is a World Cup winner

Imagine the classic image of a man who has lost a bet - for example in some high powered card game in a movie, the sort where fortunes are at stake and ruin is staring the loser in the face. It could turn ugly.

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27 Jun 2014 09:31

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

LAST week I was delighted to be able to vote for a proposal that will make sure that anyone convicted of a carrying a knife for a second time faces six months in jail

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19 Jun 2014 15:03

Who we'll be following in this summer's sporting events

This summer is a veritable feast of sporting events for English sports fans with so much going on across the world in so many different sports.

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17 Jun 2014 13:20

A Mid-East bank account is worth the money

To seasoned overseas workers the vagaries of international problems are just so much distraction from the real business to hand - and that’s arguably never more true than in the multi-faceted Middle East.

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13 Jun 2014 09:30

I'm swapping football for tennis

IT’S official, I’m going to become a tennis fan. You never get this sort of nonsense at Wimbledon.

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13 Jun 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

THIS week we heard that the Education Funding Agency, the part of the Department for Education with responsibility for reviewing and selecting sites for new schools, has purchased High Ridge in Upper Warren Avenue, Caversham, with the intention of clearing the site and building a new primary school.

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12 Jun 2014 16:20

Why our phones aren't safe in Reading

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