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Winchester Bloke

Winchester Bloke runs from the buses...

Posted on 12:00pm Wednesday 29th February 2012

The old saying; ‘You might get run over by a bus tomorrow’ took on a sinister edge recently...

Winchester Bloke

Winchester Bloke Seeks Lost Dog

Posted on 10:47am Wednesday 29th February 2012

Winchester Bloke asks...Have you seen this dog?

Steve Cross

I'm a true Wessex Boy

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Posted on 10:24am Monday 16th January 2012

Steve is a definite fan of the new Winchester theme tune by Frank Turner.

Steve Cross

Watch out - they're about 7 days a week

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Posted on 2:20pm Tuesday 10th January 2012

Steve warns us Winchester's parking police now work on the Lord's day

Steve Cross

New Year Address to Winchester

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Posted on 3:44pm Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Steve's New Year message to the city

Steve Cross

Hiding our money away

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Posted on 4:56pm Sunday 13th November 2011

Steve asks us to look a little further down our noses to recognise what goes on on Winchester

A new type of moron

Posted on 3:20pm Wednesday 12th October 2011

There are many things to get upset about it in life: world poverty, the fortunes of AFC Bournemouth and drivers who nick the parking space at Tesco in Winnall that you have patiently waited for.

Steve Cross

Get your marigolds out this Autumn!

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Posted on 8:25pm Tuesday 11th October 2011

Winchester needs to be clean to succeed, Steve argues

Steve Cross

Hello students

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Posted on 8:25am Wednesday 5th October 2011

Steve has a message to the freshmen (and women) of Winchester

Steve Cross

Where can I park in Winchester?

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Posted on 4:19pm Monday 12th September 2011

Steve wants to know why he's not allowed a car parking permit.

Oliver Gray

Hands Off The Railway

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Posted on 12:54pm Saturday 3rd September 2011

Winchester's cultural oasis has been criticised by a neighbour.

Steve Cross

Will you be my friend?

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Posted on 6:34pm Sunday 21st August 2011

Steve wants to know how to make friends in Winchester

Winchester Bloke

A City greater than its parts

Posted on 11:16am Thursday 18th August 2011

There were five of us queuing in the rain - two druggies, one old Brigadier, an HCC worker and Winchester Bloke - What did we all want - apart from an umbrella?

Steve Cross

Time for shorts?

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Posted on 4:07pm Sunday 14th August 2011

Steve takes the chance to consider Winchester in the summer sunshine

Steve Cross

Snapping the City

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Posted on 8:16am Monday 1st August 2011

What should Steve take pictures of in Winchester?

Steve Cross

Riding Solo safely

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Posted on 12:24pm Monday 25th July 2011

Steve discusses how to make Winchester safer for cyclists

Steve Cross

Summer in the City

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Posted on 10:43am Monday 18th July 2011

Steve has a positive message for Winchester's city dwellers in the summery rain.

Steve Cross

Will we wander away from Winchester?

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Posted on 7:42pm Sunday 10th July 2011

Steve discusses young people staying in the city

Winchester Bloke

Winchester Bloke ponders eccentricity

Posted on 10:44pm Wednesday 6th July 2011

The other day as I scurried away through the door of my bank, I collided with the grim reaper passing me on his way into the building.

Andy Napier

Being dive-bombed by a sparrowhawk

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Posted on 11:56am Wednesday 11th May 2011

The sunlight filtered through the fresh foliage on Dark Lane, dappling the narrow path as Esme and I set out one sunny morning recently.

Steve Cross

You'll be back

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Posted on 4:42pm Monday 9th May 2011

Steve has a little reminder for anyone wishing to leave Winchester

Steve Cross

Winchester wipes the floor

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Posted on 5:50pm Tuesday 26th April 2011

Winchester has great public toilets and we should be proud of them.

Steve Cross

Summer in the city

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Posted on 3:30pm Saturday 9th April 2011

Steve gets excited about the onset of a new season in Belgarum

Steve Cross

The Art of Conversation

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Posted on 1:54pm Sunday 6th March 2011

Steve insists we talk to people

Steve Cross

Refreshing the city

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Posted on 12:19pm Monday 31st January 2011

Steve makes the case for the students of Winchester

Steve Cross

Looking back to move forwards

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Posted on 4:42pm Monday 17th January 2011

Steve finds the answer to attracting more people to Winchester city centre

Steve Cross

Do we like cyclists or not?

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Posted on 11:13am Thursday 13th January 2011

Steve considers some Sunday silliness on a cycle...

Steve Cross

SOS - Support our Shops!

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Posted on 1:28pm Tuesday 4th January 2011

So everything in Winchester costs 2.5% more today? That’s not quite the reality, but we shouldn’t forget the burden a few more pence here and there add up to for our smaller retailers

Stuart Appleby

Council Chief Executive provides job reduction update

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Posted on 1:37pm Monday 27th December 2010

Earlier this month, I attended a Winchester City Council Cabinet meeting where imminent changes to job reduction and the structure of the organisation were discussed.

Steve Cross

Reviving the Resolutions

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Posted on 11:27am Monday 27th December 2010

Promises, promises and promises. No, not politics, but our New Year’s Resolutions.

Steve Cross

King Alfred Doesn't Fight

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Posted on 11:42pm Sunday 19th December 2010

Sat high above the Broadway, watching over his city, King Alfred is a pretty good simile for Winchester.

Stuart Appleby

Lib Dem indecisiveness leaves party not knowing what way to turn

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Posted on 9:54pm Sunday 5th December 2010

Quite what Business Secretary Vince Cable’s stance over tuition fees is, is anyone’s guess.

Mike Irving

Cressroads' ambassador for disabled invited to ice Spanish resort's 21st birthday cake

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Posted on 10:00am Saturday 27th November 2010

For a man who lives his life from a wheelchair, Ross Smith has lived more life in 27 years than most of his contemporaries.

Mike Irving

Other pubs in Cressroads plan bite of their own on Chestnut Horse cherry

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Posted on 5:52am Thursday 18th November 2010

One pub's flop may prove itself another's opportunity to bring back the good old Boomer times of Berni Inns and starched petticoats.

Mike Irving

Tonight's the night for Greater Cressroads kids of old to remember how it was in Berni Brothers' days of gold

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Posted on 11:32am Tuesday 16th November 2010

'Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with you," as good as promises the personal assistant to ambassador for the disabled Ross Smith. And accepts the town hack's saucy invite to a one-off Berni Night at Easton's Chestnut Horse.

Stuart Appleby

Forget the House of Commons; public meetings could be the answer to Britain’s woes

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Posted on 5:25pm Sunday 14th November 2010

Public meetings of their sort in recent years have failed to ignite the interest and flare of old, but Thursday’s Labour rally held at the East Winchester Social Club offered welcome unite – although from a specific political angle.

Mike Irving

Voluptious red-blooded Greek raises Blogsbody's temperature in Cressroads

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Posted on 10:24am Sunday 14th November 2010

Cressroads' town hack completes his daughter's 30th birthday letter with news of her septuagenarian father looking towards a possibility of life resurrected after four children and three failed marriages.

Stuart Appleby

A journalist is like a wounded animal, if it gets knocked down, it just gets back up again and bites back even harder

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Posted on 10:55pm Saturday 13th November 2010

Journalism, for all its perks is a nose to the grindstone industry. Last week I was present at a Southern Daily Echo pay and pension’s workers strike held at Southampton’s Civic Centre.

Mike Irving

Blogsbody's 30th birthday daughter - Keogh of Tichborne Arms fame - is blogged open greetings for start to her fourth decade

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Posted on 7:35am Thursday 11th November 2010

Little or nothing is kept under raps within or outside of Cressroads town hack's dysfunctional Lower House of Windsor as well as continuing tale of self-styled watercress capital of the world.

Stuart Appleby

Proposal for long term benefit claimants to work...a timely decision

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Posted on 4:19pm Sunday 7th November 2010

New government proposals today which could force benefit claimants in the UK to undertake unpaid manual labour are a timely step in the right direction if you ask me.

Mike Irving

G'Saturday, young buddy - and, troubles in the cyber camp, best you hold onto your wheelchair

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Posted on 9:57am Saturday 6th November 2010

Son of a renowned Appeals Court judge threatens to take his cyber axe to Blogsbody's Continuing Story of Cressroads within next two days.

Jeremy Hann

Last posting from Afghanistan

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Posted on 1:51pm Tuesday 2nd November 2010

Column Part 18 I was planning to write this last epistle from the turquoise shores of Cyprus, but due to ‘circumstances beyond our control’ it is not to be. There are two things certain in this life; that some poor sap is going to hand in their ticket if they are a guest at a country house-party in an Agatha Christie yarn and that those magnificent men and their (not so frequently) flying machines will throw the odd spanner in the works. These same spanners may have been better utilised on repairing the aircraft, and the upshot being we never reached Cyprus. On the plus side I was able to spend a day in an aircraft hangar in Muscat. And so it is with a Scotch within easy lifting distance and the welcoming Yorkshire drizzle outside, that this attempt at closure takes place.

Stuart Appleby

Cricket legends Winchester connection

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Posted on 5:05pm Sunday 31st October 2010

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Cricket legend David Gower recently, when the former England Captain received an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to Sport from the University of Winchester.

Stuart Appleby

Spending cut backlash harms next generation

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Posted on 4:38pm Sunday 31st October 2010

Chancellor George Osborne’s recent public spending review and action plan to improve the current condition of an ailing British economy was always going to be ruthless.

Oliver Gray

Johnny Thunders in Winchester

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Posted on 4:30pm Saturday 23rd October 2010

The most unlikely punk gig of all time

Jeremy Hann

Dreaming of conkers and single malts

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Posted on 9:32am Friday 22nd October 2010

AS I sit down to write, we have exactly a week of our tour in Afghanistan left to complete. It would be foolish in the extreme to tempt dear old providence at this juncture, so I shall resist the urge.

Mike Irving

On an hour's noonday visit to the cathedral city in Hogshire's Greater Cressroads

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Posted on 7:55am Thursday 21st October 2010

For the sheer joy of sharing a moment or more of Cressroads barmaid Thirsty Kirsty's graduation day, the town hack and his photo-journalist son Matt Dylan trip the light fantastic in Winchester.

Mike Irving

'Go on Bloggie, do your stuff,' Cressroads' town hack urged to follow his nose for scandal

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Posted on 4:30pm Wednesday 20th October 2010

Gossip emanating from Hogshire's county line with Royal Berkshire commits Alresford's town hack into blind-dating his source for laying bare a gathering storm of love and lust in Cressroads

Mike Irving

With dawning of his 70th, Cressroads' Mr Blogsbody muses on his miracle of life

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Posted on 8:24am Tuesday 19th October 2010

From around the world and within its self-styled watercress capital family and everyday folk remember generously to wish a town hack 'happy birthday' as he passes into his eighth decade on the planet.

Mike Irving

Blogsbody is urged to let loose and tell it as it really is in the snooty, self-styled watercresss capital of the world

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Posted on 1:42am Tuesday 19th October 2010

Blogsbody, Alresford's town hack, is egged on and a next day to let loose with his Continuing Story of Cressroads, watercress capital of the world, as he survives into his eighth decade on Mother Earth.

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