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1:19pm Wednesday 30th July 2014
MADAM - Most people have heard of the Glorious Twelfth – the day in August when the four-month long grouse shooting season starts on Britain’s moorlands. But they know little else about a ‘sport’ that is staged and undertaken by some of the wealthiest and most influential individuals in the land.
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MADAM - The spectacle provided by London 2012 made for sporting history. Now the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will create their own sporting legacy, reigniting the flame sparked by the Olympic and Paralympic Games almost two years ago.
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MADAM - In the months leading up to the election next May, the Conservative party, with their supporting newspapers, will increasingly try to portray Ed Miliband as “weird” and not qualified to be prime minister after the election.
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2:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
ON the £8 million redevelopment planned for the Cornhill in Stroud which includes plans to turn the Market Tavern into a supermarket. Posted by kjag23: Sounds like an M&S. As stated, Waitrose is literally a five minutes walk away. I’d love for it to be another friendly pub - bring back the Pelican days but without all that fighting. Posted by Nimue Brown: I recall there used to be a little theatre space on the back of that pub - we need community spaces and venues for a lively town centre. We really don’t need yet another supermarket. Extending the space for the farmers’ market is not without charm but if this is the price tag... it’s not worth our paying it. Supermarkets do not make for vibrant town centres or a strong local economy. Independent shops do.
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MADAM – So our MP Neil Carmichael, who is supposed to represent all his constituents but not those families using food banks, the best he could offer is ‘the government has reduced unemployment by 30 per cent’ to help you come through such difficult times.
1:57pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
MADAM –Re: Attempts to Rescue our NHS (page 5 of the SNJ 09/07/14) It is really heartening to read that David Drew is supporting Clive Efford’s NHS bill following much discussion around Lord David Owen’s NHS Reinstatement Bill (which can be viewed in full on www.OpenDemocracy.net).
1:54pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
MADAM – The World Cup final – an observation. As I watched the world cup final on Sunday, I became quite inflamed by the evidence of cheating as displayed in shirt-tugging, tackling to bring men down and cynical purposeful obstructing of play.
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MADAM – Whilst I recognise the wonderful way with words had by the late Laurie Lee and the pride with which Stroud remembers him, I have to say that I have long felt that there is another writer who spent a large part of his life in Stroud (Rodborough), where he died, who has by comparison received far less accolade, even ‘tho the principal character of his books is global in popularity.
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2:46pm Friday 11th July 2014
MADAM - When this government came to power it pledged to reduce the number of animals used in vivisection. But the number of animal experiments in 2013 was the highest in nearly 30 years. There is an attempt to conceal the bad news by suggesting that the exponential increase in the use of genetically modified (GM) animals does not somehow represent animal suffering. But, as Animal Aid's detailed investigations have shown, GM animals are subjected to some of the most horrific torments imaginable.
2:44pm Friday 11th July 2014
MADAM - Over 4.1 million experiments were carried out on animals in Great Britain during 2013; it is the equivalent to starting over 11,000 experiments every day. This is the highest number of animal experiments seen for 26 years and flies in the face of the Coalition Government’s pledge in 2010 to work to reduce the number of animal experiments.
2:45pm Wednesday 9th July 2014
MADAM – Do we, as a nation, have a democratic right to decide, for example, whether to allow fracking or to ban it: to sell cigarettes in plain packaging: to regulate sugar and other additives in food?
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4:46pm Monday 7th July 2014
1:49pm Monday 7th July 2014
MADAM – Wynstones School, founded in 1937, has been a successful local Steiner Waldorf school for 75 years. We are not part of the Free School initiative so we’re neither supporting nor opposing it. As part of the opposition to the initiative though, I have read some views that don’t bear any resemblance to what actually goes on at a Steiner school. Rather disappointingly in all the debate I see little evaluation, nor much understanding, of educational outcomes.
1:47pm Monday 7th July 2014
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MADAM – Randwick Historical Association is mounting a small exhibition to commemorate the start of World War One. Part of the exhibition will feature the history of our War Memorial which was dedicated in 1920. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any information concerning fund raising we know however from the newspaper report of the dedication ceremony that the memorial was built by Mr AE Chandler of Rodborough. If anyone can give us more information about Mr Chandler we would be very grateful particularly if there are any archive records.
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9:07am Friday 27th June 2014
MADAM - Following on from one of your respondent’s letter (June 18) – ‘Tory or Labour will be the winner’ and you then realise why our electoral system is both unfair and completely unrepresentative and why it so suits the two main players, namely Tory and Labour.
9:05am Friday 27th June 2014
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