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    John Ball's Diary: 24.05.15

    Tuesday, May 19IT is bucketing it down with rain outside the office and I'm wondering if we'll ever see the sun again when an email drops into my inbox from the...

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    John Ball's Diary: 17.05.15

    Monday, May 11'BoS has been scooped by a village newsletter!': that is the message I receive from a so-called friend. Her local publication has announced the...

  • Jess Grugeon

    It would be very difficult to find a man, woman or child in the U.K who had not heard of the second world war. Most of us know the dates, it has become lodged...

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    John Ball's Diary: 03.05.15

    Sunday, April 26AMPTHILL'S grumpy man of letters, Charlie Garth (or Charles, as he likes to be known in the posh newspapers) has one published in the Sunday...

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    John Ball's Diary: 26.9.15

    Monday, April 20 ONE political party must be feeling a bit resentful this week, as a local school could not find any students willing to represent them for...

  • Jess Grugeon

    This time of year, follows for me, an entirely familiar pattern. By this I mean the elections. Unlike many kids of my age, I have fond memories of being...

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    John Ball's Diary - 19.4.15

    Monday, April 13I LIKE listening to Radio 4. It makes me feel like I know what is going on in the world.And that is exactly what I am listening to when the...

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    John Ball's Diary 12.4.15

    Tuesday, April 7CAR parking at the BoS office and all it entails has been well documented in my column over the years.The lack of spaces for staff has been...

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    John Ball's Diary 5.4.15

    Monday, March 30CONTRARY to our dispatch from Tavistock Street last week, I can confirm that Stuart Fletcher is in fact called Stuart, not Russell. The...

  • 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...