Desperate Housewife

Since my last post, cancer has paid us a visit and what an unwelcome visitor it is.

Posted on 12:11pm Friday 30th January 2015

I realise that with the cancer statistics as they are that it would have been impossible to have reached forty years of age and to have never known anybody with cancer. Indeed, I have known various friends who have had it and lost their battles, and other friends have had close family members with it. But nothing prepared me for the day that it would strike our family. It was literally like a fireball had hit us from the sky. I feel like I owe an apology to every person who ever told me that they were being affected by cancer. I mean, I offered sympathetic tones but I really had little comprehension of the level of their suffering. Sadly, I now know and there is no way of denying  that it is absolutely horrendous.

Bucks Bites

Child torture. Not Buckinghamshire but Berkshire. Does it matter anyway?

Posted on 8:04pm Friday 21st November 2014

I’ve been unable to keep quiet about what I saw yesterday. A child being hurt, witnessed by everyone in the venue.

Melissa Blamey

Why are we all keeping chickens?

Posted on 1:34pm Thursday 17th July 2014

From High Wycombe to Holyport, what is this current obsession with chicken keeping?

Bucks Bites

Sooo not Bucks...

Posted on 7:36pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

I’ve had discussions recently about what constitutes a Bucks person.

Melissa Blamey

£70-a-week food shop? You're having a giraffe.

Posted on 11:07am Thursday 22nd May 2014

‘Phrrrrt!’ was the noise I made when Ed Miliband claimed he spent £70 on his weekly shop. Out of touch? Just a Lidl.

Melissa Blamey

Peaches didn’t die of a heroin overdose but a broken heart

Posted on 11:59am Thursday 1st May 2014

While heroin is the suspect, the loss of losing a parent so young is the real killer.

Colin Baker

Getting crossed wires after the theft of a phone

Posted on 5:16pm Monday 28th April 2014

Last weekend my iPhone was purloined while I was shopping in one of our busy supermarkets.

Bucks Bites

GCSE Science: more training than prompting to learn?

Posted on 10:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

To explain: I’m helping my daughter revise and am feeling as though I’m doing my own studies again – not an unpleasant experience.

Melissa Blamey

Food Bank Bucks

Posted on 11:49am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Feeling hungry? Nearly 3,500 food parcels were issued to families in Bucks in 2013. Here's the skinny on High Wycombe's own Hunger Games.

Bucks Bites

I could use £2000…

Posted on 1:30pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The government will chip in to help working parents.What's behind this?

Bucks Bites

“Only a large chain can make the cafe profitable”

Posted on 7:31pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

The above quote is taken from the BFP article about the surrender of a Wycombe park café to Costa.

Bucks Bites

Benefits Street: the vote

Posted on 10:24am Friday 21st February 2014

73% said yes 27% said no


Champneys the health spa and fitness motivation

Posted on 9:41am Thursday 13th February 2014

Q. I had lots of good intentions to exercise regularly in January but now I’m back on the sofa. Help!

Mark Brown

Busy doing nothing

Posted on 1:55pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

A few days back Tim Montgomerie (Opinion Editor and a columnist for The Times Newspaper) hit back at claims that recent extreme UK flooding meant we should act on climate change. He called such calls “alarmist” and assured his readership that we should keep listening to the likes of “Rational Optimists” Matt Ridley, Lord Lawson and Bjorn Lomborg. Their advice? Do nothing because Climate Change won’t be a big deal, it won’t damage us anytime soon and besides, we will be so much richer in the future that we will be able to afford this luxury then.

Mark Brown

All out of vision? Shale Gas, fracking & you

Posted on 10:44am Sunday 19th January 2014

“We’re going all out for shale gas” announced our Prime Minister. Rousing cheers all round. Well maybe in the only other two countries in Europe to embrace this fossil fuel: Poland and, err, Lithuania. But what the heck, it will create jobs we were told. Well yes, spending money doing almost anything creates jobs but that is NOT what this is all about is it? If creating jobs was our objective then we would spend the money on mass transit and home insulation. But we don’t.. well, putting HS2 to one side for a moment. In fact, as the infographic I am publishing with this blog clearly shows, doing almost anything else other than fracking would create more jobs.

Mark Brown

What do the powerful worry about this year?

Posted on 10:23am Sunday 19th January 2014

In 2012 I delivered a public presentation called “The History of High Wycombe 2000 to 2100″ in the High Wycombe Guildhall. It was based upon the World Economic Forum’s 2011 assessment of Global Risks. These assess what our world leaders expect the challenges will be, how much each could cost and how likely they are to happen. You can download these terribly dull documents from but I did it for you so you don’t have to. So what’s the big deal?

Ads I hate

Posted on 8:08pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

Because I won’t pay for channels I suffer Freeview with programmes interspersed between long spells of ads.


What's up with the weather these days?

Posted on 7:36pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

We certainly are having some very funny weather these days.
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Don't ruin Marlow

Posted on 1:05am Saturday 11th January 2014

Marlow is a lovely town and it would be a shame to ruin it.
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What is Sin?

Posted on 7:53pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

Do you know what sin is?
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A worrying start to the New Year

Posted on 3:50am Saturday 4th January 2014

When it comes to crime it seems the New Year has got off to a bad start.
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Welcome to 2014

Posted on 12:57am Wednesday 1st January 2014

Once again a New Year dawns.
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Christmas 2013 – Is it better than Christmas past?

Posted on 3:00pm Wednesday 25th December 2013

Once again it's Christmas time but it a modern Christmas anything special?
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Getting ready for Christmas

Posted on 3:11am Sunday 22nd December 2013

Only a few days to go now....
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HWBIDCo: What defines a thief?

Posted on 12:01pm Friday 20th December 2013

What defines a thief?


Did you know 12,000 children in Buckinghamshire live in income poverty?

Posted on 8:06pm Thursday 19th December 2013

It seems for many poverty is bubbling away under the surface of modern life.
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Did you buy your Christmas gifts in Wycombe?

Posted on 8:42pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

This year the shopping facilities in Wycombe are excellent so who needs to go elsewhere for presents?
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Bucks Bites

Teen trouble

Posted on 3:20pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

Can we stop making sweeping assumptions about our growing young?


There's a new sound in Wycombe

Posted on 12:17am Saturday 14th December 2013

There are some exciting things going on in Wycombe town centre at the moment.
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What is Christmas about?

Posted on 8:29pm Thursday 12th December 2013

Are you looking forward to receiving presents this Christmas?
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Would you work for the minimum wage?

Posted on 9:49pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

Are too many people expecting wages beyond their expectations.
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Five weeks and still there are problems

Posted on 12:25am Saturday 7th December 2013

It seems people are still unhappy with the new refuse collection scheme.
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Get ready to say goodbye to an old friend

Posted on 8:17pm Thursday 5th December 2013

It looks like the time is drawing near to say goodbye to something that has been with us for a long time.
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Would you like to see Wycombe go upmarket?

Posted on 9:24pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Over the years I fear Wycombe has slipped down the prestige ladder.
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Melissa Blamey

The road to Mandeville is strewn with sick

Posted on 3:04pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

It’s been two years since the closure of High Wycombe’s A&E. Here’s my personal account of why Wycombe needs this essential unit.


Wot no post box?

Posted on 1:05am Saturday 30th November 2013

Have you heard the old saying that 'where there's a Post Office there will be a post box'?
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What colour bin will be collected this week?

Posted on 8:34pm Thursday 28th November 2013

With so many bins to choose from it seems there's almost a different coloured bin for each week of the month.
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Darren Hayday

Please help to bring back the lost A&E Unit to Wycombe Hospital

Posted on 5:03pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

It’s now been over a year since we last had any real effective Emergency Unit within Wycombe and in its place we have been left with the ‘MIIU’ Unit. Of course prior to the Emergency unit we had a fully operational ‘A&E’.


Wycombe's Christmas lights are BETTER than Oxford Street in London!

Posted on 8:17pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

Last Thursday the switching on of Wycombe's Christmas lights took place.
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Christmas is on the cards

Posted on 3:35am Saturday 23rd November 2013

Once again I find myself making preparations for another Christmas.
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Support local manufacturers to help Wycombe

Posted on 5:52pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Here's a good idea to help the manufacturers of Wycombe.
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Is Wycombe beyond saving?

Posted on 8:22pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

Recently there was more devastating news for Wycombe.
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How much? You must be joking!

Posted on 12:35am Saturday 16th November 2013

I was amazed by the cost of a simple road sign....
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Just 40 days to Christmas

Posted on 7:54pm Thursday 14th November 2013

Did you know there are only 40 days to Christmas?
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Christmas Sparkle

Posted on 11:29am Tuesday 12th November 2013

Those of us involved in town centre management have grown to dislike Christmas over the years.


Don't forget those who fought for our freedom

Posted on 8:37pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

Remembrance Sunday may be over for this year but we should not forget those who fought for our freedom.
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What a waste: How to get the most out of you black bin

Posted on 2:59pm Saturday 9th November 2013

Is it possible to get two weeks of rubbish in one black bin?
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Get better at shouting

Posted on 3:23pm Friday 8th November 2013

You know how these things work. It was a good idea at the time, until the reality kicked in. “You should write a blog” they said. What they meant was, “you do lots of stuff but you need to get better at shouting about it.” Well, they did ask.


Someone always causes trouble

Posted on 7:50pm Thursday 7th November 2013

No matter how happy the event someone will ruin it.
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A dark day of disaster for Wycombe

Posted on 7:33pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

Today there was some very bad news for Wycombe town centre.
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The perfect wife and mother, Rebecca runs a home, a bad temper and is working on her novel. She enjoys photography, playing the piano and likes almost anything that's out of fashion and uncool. She lives in Amersham with her husband and youngest child (aged ten). Her eldest, now 27, lives and works in Buckinghamshire.

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