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  • Jess Grugeon

    Last Tuesday's plane crash into the Alps was undeniably awful.  One  hundred and fifty people lost their lives as the plane descended into the alps en...

  • Time to end shame of Yarl's Wood is now

    LOOKING back, it feels as though the flames that consumed Yarl's Wood just a few months after it opened were an omen; the fire was the first in a series of...

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    John Ball's Diary 1.3.15

    Monday, February 23EVERY little helps, that's what they say. But after forking out £30 in Sainsbury's last week, BoS reader Frank Caimino reckons the slip...

  • Jess Grugeon ammended Feb 24th

    Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit; were the words we all sang /chanted near the end of a summertime camp. In 1983, my older...

  • Jess Grugeon

    Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit; were the words we all sang /chanted at the end of a summertime camp. In 1981, my older...

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    John Ball's Diary 22.2.15

    Monday. February 16NEW recruit Jenna Hutber goes behind the scenes at the circus on her second week in the role. The ringmaster Paul Martinez introduces her to...

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    John Ball's Diary 15.02.15

    Tuesday, February 10EDITOR Sarah is having a look around a new theatre which is due to open soon. However to do so she has to don wellies but they don't have...

  • Parliament is one big posh school reunion

    UNTIL I watched that new documentary about life Inside The Commons, I had never realised just how similar Sharnbrook Upper School is to the Houses of Parliament...

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    John Ball's Diary 8.2.15

    Tuesday, February 3THE newsdesk is sent an email by a reader containing a number of pictures of the peahen which is regularly seen around Bedford.Also attached...

  • Jess Grugeon

    There really is nothing quite so effective at making, 'anything else' seem an attractive idea than a looming essay deadline.   And I mean, 'anything.'...

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    John Ball's Diary 1.2.15

    Tuesday, January 27AFTER 16 long years our beloved Judy Riley is finally leaving us for pastures new but true to the character she is, she has had to make sure...

  • Jess Grugeon

    As a child, me and my brother were never allowed dogs or cats or anything large enough to cuddle.  We did have mice and several hamsters even goldfish. My...

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    John Ball's Diary 18.1.15

    Sunday, January 11REGULARS at an Ampthill pub gave landlord Russell Fletcher his first shave in 12 months – and raised a massive £6.5k for...

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    John Ball's Diary 11.1.15

    Tuesday, January 6LAST week we ran a story about how Sandy Town Council is planning to close its tourist information centre following calls from concerned...

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    John Ball's Diary 4.1.15

    Monday, December 29OUR sister title, Luton on Sunday, publishes a weekly column written by figures in the local community. This week it is PCC Olly Martins'...

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