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AGENDA WEST: in praise of the printed catalogue – how online shopping and websites have edged out the ‘books of dreams’ that once featured Tess Daly and Holly Willoughby as models and anything from Christmas hampers to cassette players (but seed catalogues are hanging in there)

AGENDA WEST: in praise of the printed catalogue – how online shopping and websites have edged out the ‘books of dreams’ that once featured Tess Daly and Holly Willoughby as models and anything from Christmas hampers to cassette players (but seed catalogues are hanging in there)

We used to get the Empire Stores catalogue complete with its range of products from tops and coats to toys and Christmas hampers. In 2020 both Argos and Ikea announced they would end the mass printing of their respective catalogues. The motivation behind the disappearing printed catalogue is the belief that most people shop online […]

By January 1, 2021 Read More →
AXBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Public notice from Sedgemoor District Council – beware of this vaccination scam

AXBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Public notice from Sedgemoor District Council – beware of this vaccination scam

Residents across Bath and North East Somerset are being warned to beware of a coronavirus text message scam.Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards Team have received complaints of fraudsters taking advantage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by sending convincing text messages to scam people out of financial information. The text messages claim to […]

By December 30, 2020 Read More →
Dates for your diary in 2021

Dates for your diary in 2021

Friday, 1st January, 2021. New Year’s Day. Bank Holiday Monday, 4th January, 2021. Plough Monday – back to work Wednesday, 6th January, 2021. Twelfth Night, Epiphany Tuesday, 7th January, 2021. Orthodox Christmas Day Tuesday, 14th January, 2021. Orthodox New Year’s Day Monday, 25 January, 2021. Robert Burns Night Monday, 25th January, 2021, Chinese New Year Thursday […]

By December 27, 2020 Read More →
Christmas 2020: looking back to the Big Freeze in 1962/63 when the Res froze over and Somerset looked like Siberia for several weeks

Christmas 2020: looking back to the Big Freeze in 1962/63 when the Res froze over and Somerset looked like Siberia for several weeks

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: memories of the Big Freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and when steam trains connected Wells and Banwell (and when naughty school boys could lark about in the compartment carriages) An article in the Strawberry Line Times magazine a few years ago about the winter of 1962/63 triggered lots of […]

By December 23, 2020 Read More →
Rapscallion Magazine December 2020

Rapscallion Magazine December 2020

By December 22, 2020 Read More →
Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Today and tomorrow are the shortest days of the year. Although the sunset and sunrise times only change marginally in the last week and indeed in the fortnight ahead. Back in 2018 I spent a rather chilly dawn at Avebury stone circle with around 100 hardy folk to celebrate the zenith of the year and […]

By December 19, 2020 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE Book Review – domestic abuse, unhelpful nuns and good women triumphing over bad men – Kathryn Hughes’ self-published best seller The Letter may be simplistic in style but has a finely crafted plot and a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE Book Review – domestic abuse, unhelpful nuns and good women triumphing over bad men – Kathryn Hughes’ self-published best seller The Letter may be simplistic in style but has a finely crafted plot and a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter

It’s easy to be snooty about Kathryn Hughes’ simplistic writing style. Whether it’s the ‘I can see them coming in advance’ plot twists, the easy to read narrative or the unlikely dialogue in which the characters spill out their stories in such detail they run more like essays, there’s no denying the craftsmanship of her […]

By December 8, 2020 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW: sex, secrets and violence – and a coming of age neo-Gothic mystery set within the shadow of Franco’s Spain in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlo Ruiz Zafon

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW: sex, secrets and violence – and a coming of age neo-Gothic mystery set within the shadow of Franco’s Spain in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlo Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Teenager Daniel Sempere is the beneficiary of continuous advice from man-of-the-world and latter day lothario a delightfully naughty Fermín Romero de Torres. Saved from a life on the streets and given a job in Daniel’s father’s book shop Fermín is a veteran of the Spanish Civil […]

By December 5, 2020 Read More →
AGENDA WEST: scam alert for the self-employed and small businesses – bogus email and link to HMRC to claim a tax refund because of Covid-19 (but there’s one tiny give-away which your eye may not notice)

AGENDA WEST: scam alert for the self-employed and small businesses – bogus email and link to HMRC to claim a tax refund because of Covid-19 (but there’s one tiny give-away which your eye may not notice)

Scam alert! The scam works like this: an email arrives seemingly from the taxman or the HMRC – Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – asking you to log in to read an important message about a tax refund due to Covid-19. If you click on the link it takes you to what appears to be […]

By December 4, 2020 Read More →
AGENDA WEST BUSINESS NEWS: the shocking collapse of retailing this year (with Debenhams likely to be liquidated) meaning more than a quarter of a million shop workers have lost their jobs in 2020 and suppliers left with nothing – read the long list of big names here

AGENDA WEST BUSINESS NEWS: the shocking collapse of retailing this year (with Debenhams likely to be liquidated) meaning more than a quarter of a million shop workers have lost their jobs in 2020 and suppliers left with nothing – read the long list of big names here

After Arcadia went into administration last month it meant the only potential buyer of Debenhams, namely JD Sports, pulled out thus condemning the nationwide department store to collapse. “This is another hammer blow to workers and suppliers,” said Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit, “with invoices unpaid, wages void and pension schemes in doubt it means […]

By December 1, 2020 Read More →
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