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    John Ball's Diary: 5.07.15

    Monday, June 29I'M no twitcher. But I am intrigued by the picture that drops into my inbox today.The adventures of the Castle Road area peahen have been well...

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    John Ball's Diary: 28.6.15

    Wednesday, June 24ALL is quiet in the newsroom – the only sound that can be heard is the quiet tapping of keys and the whirr of computers. That is until a...

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    John Ball's Diary: 21.6.15

    Monday, June 15 IT seems one Indian restaurant in town is serving up its tasty selection of curries with an extra helping of 'sauce'. A reader spots some...

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    John Ball's Diary: 14.7.15

    Monday, June 8NEWS editor Kathryn Cain is off to a tearoom this coming weekend (lah-de-dah) and is booking a table over the phone. She gives her name for the...

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    John Ball's Diary: 7.6.15

    Monday, June 1I POP out briefly into town and am walking across the junction of Silver Street, Harpur Street and Midland Road when I see something rather odd.A...

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    John Ball's Diary: 31.05.15

    Monday, May 25A PICTURE is worth a thousands words. At least, that's what our photographers keep telling me.I don't know about that.But this week, following the...

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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...

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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...