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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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    Monday, December 22BoS always has one eye on the future, but that eye strayed a little too far last week - a whole week too far in fact (pictured below).Some...

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    John Ball's Diary 14.12.14

    Monday, December 8DEAR pedants,I do love it when you get on your high horse and send BoS a rude email pointing out an error. I have a frank admission to make...

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    John Ball's Diary 16.11.2014

    Tuesday, November 11SNAPPER Richard Marsham is dispatched to Ampthill to take a last minute picture of some local businessmen around the Christmas tree ahead of...

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    John Ball's Diary 9.11.2014

    Tuesday, November 4NOW I know David Cameron is a busy man and I'm sure he needs to let off some steam every now and then.However, when scrolling down my Twitter...

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    John Ball's Diary 2.11.14

    Monday, October 27WE receive a press release about a refurbishment being carried out at Ampthill Post Office. What tickles me is that the quote from the...

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    John Ball's Diary 26.10.14

    Tuesday, October 21I'D certainly noticed it was a bit cooler but that hurricane caused more havoc than I realised, blowing in a proper chill - that is according...

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    John Ball's Diary 19.10.14

    Monday, October 13ON Friday my phone started bleeping and I wasn't sure why. After puzzling over this all weekend (and trying the age old technique of turning...

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    John Ball's Diary 12.10.14

    Wednesday, October 8ONE of our reporters is off to a court case in Luton.On his way back to the train station he spots an H&M and convinces himself he has a...

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    John Ball's Diary 28.9.14

    Tuesday, September 23I'VE always thought of Bedford as the centre of the universe, and it looks as if the rest of the world might be taking note.After BoS...

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    John Ball's Diary 21.9.14

    Monday, September 15WE like to flush out a bit of good news when we can. Ok, it may be only a bog standard story but Deputy Mayor Charles Royden and Chairman of...

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    John Ball's Diary 14.09.14

    Monday, September 8I AM having a read of Private Eye magazine over breakfast when I spot one of our local councils has ended up on their list of 'rotten...

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    John Ball's Diary 7.9.14

    MONDAY, September 1A YOUNG man came into reception this morning with a complaint to make.He said for the past two weeks we've featured pictures of his motorbike...