7 Mar 2014 09:34
WITH Iron Chancellor Merkel delivering the first non-surprise and T. Blair belatedly the second, the only surprising feature of the past week’s two major events was that anyone was actually surprised.
7 Mar 2014 09:32
THE definition of parallel lines is never far from our thoughts when a third bridge over the Thames is up for discussion.
7 Mar 2014 09:31
THERE’S not much getting away from the big story in the Reading area at the moment; ending the daily traffic gridlock and convincing south Oxon residents that it’s in everyone’s interests to deliver a third Thames bridge
7 Mar 2014 09:30
LAST week I found myself wandering around one of the less desirable boroughs of West London, having managed to get hopelessly lost while attempting to visit my sister.
28 Feb 2014 09:33
UNTIL Viktor Yanukovych legged it to the Crimea in a hurry on Saturday night, whether the West likes it or not, he was the legal head of a country with a legitimate and democratically elected government.
28 Feb 2014 09:32
WITH the resources of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service stretched to the limit by floods across the county there was certainly no shame in calling for back-up from both the military and brigades in other parts of England.
28 Feb 2014 09:31
THE British economy is forecast by the Bank of England to grow by 3.4% in 2014 and part of this growth will be through increased bi-lateral trade with other countries as well as more inward overseas investment to the UK.
28 Feb 2014 09:30
INDEPENDENCE is a funny thing, isn’t it?
21 Feb 2014 09:31
THERE has been a little respite for those affected by the flooding in the past few days, allowing other issues to rise up the political agenda.
21 Feb 2014 09:30
THE INTERNET is a strange place. Can you imagine life without it? I’m of that generation where it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t around.
20 Feb 2014 09:32
THE way they were all going on last Friday morning you’d have thought we still had a democracy to be proud of.
20 Feb 2014 09:30
THERE has been much media attention and speculation surrounding the recent vote in Parliament over smoking in cars carrying children. I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I voted in favour of this piece of legislation.
14 Feb 2014 09:33
MARK Harper, according to pals of the calibre of big Eric Pickles, is a fine fellow who’s had a spot of bad luck which forced him to resign from the Government and he’ll be back in high places in no time.
14 Feb 2014 09:32
WHETHER the phrase ‘money no object’ means the same as a blank cheque or indeed a bottomless pit will be of small consolation to householders attempting to deal with the devastating heartbreak of having their homes and possessions destroyed or damaged almost beyond repair by flood water and effluent.
14 Feb 2014 09:31
DESPITE the rain doing its best to cause disruption to travel, work carried on in Westminster, including votes on amendments to the Children and Families Bill.
14 Feb 2014 09:30
SOME things are just quintessentially British, aren’t they?
11 Feb 2014 09:30
IT STRIKES me that whenever I’m chatting to residents it’s not long before the conversation turns to energy bills and the general pressures on household budgets.
7 Feb 2014 09:32
A FEW years back I used to share the occasional pint with a bloke who was made redundant after the old Thames Conservancy got the chop and was turned into a division of the Thames Water Authority, while simultaneously turning him into a doomladen soothsayer.
7 Feb 2014 09:31
THE flood-enforced closure of Sonning Bridge this week once again brought congestion across a wide area of Greater Reading as drivers sought escape routes and found that when you live and work on the banks of a mighty river such options are few and far between.
7 Feb 2014 09:30
THE congestion around town seems to get worse. I’m always tempted to try cycling into work to beat the glacial traffic flow.