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Thursday, December 9, 2021

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A class act: what Dodd did and didn’t do

Andy Shaw recalls working with a showbiz legend... More than several, but fewer than many years ago, I harboured an aspiration to be ‘The World’s Greatest Drummer’. Inspired by growing up in household filled with musicians, the clincher was an...

Civil disobedience broadened my horizons

Eric Whitehouse recalls what it was like staging a demonstration in Northampton... I’ve always taken an interest in what schools now call ‘current affairs’, believing that it was a citizen’s duty to be aware of what was going on in...

Fixing Northamptonshire: we’ve got our work cut out

New County Council leader Cllr Matthew Golby and finance portfolio holder Cllr Michael Clarke are charged with getting Northamptonshire back on an even keel. Lena Davis sat them down with a cup of tea to hear what their plans...

Just an impulsive murderer I couldn’t help but relate to…

Writer Tré Ventour reflects on the how the cinematic and social game-changer Black Panther left him feeling... Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a film loved by millions across the world, including those of African descent. From its cast to its...

Can you imagine a world without music?

Helen Blaby reveals the importance of her tunes... Someone said to me this week that they couldn’t imagine a world without music. I don’t think I can either. For as long as I can remember music has been a part...

Marshmallow bricks are not as much fun as you think

Barney Felce reflects on the politics of parties... When I was a small boy in the seventies and eighties I didn’t go to many birthday parties. I don’t think it was compulsory to have one then as it is now. I...

Northamptonshire today: self-harm, poverty, drink problems and low life expectancy

Self-harm, low life expectancy, serious deprivation and double the national average for smoking deaths are just some of the challenges faced by Northamptonshire communities today. The county’s problems have been laid bare in a wide ranging report commissioned by Northamptonshire...

Northampton and Northampton: a tale of two cities

Northampton Mayor Gareth Eales went to Northampton, Massachusetts, as a birthday treat but new links could be forged following the trip... Less than two weeks ago, I had the misfortune of experiencing my 40th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, me and...

When I grow up: my brush with the A-list predators

Michella Dos Santos of the Magic Bean Emporium recalls her own sobering encounters with the sleazy side of showbusiness but is still chasing down her dream... I believe that everyone has kindness in their hearts (some, have it deep down...

Would you know what Wooow-oow meant?

'Uncle' Eric Whitehouse, bluesman and raconteur, recalls one of his favourite stories about the Cobblers... “Wooow...ooow!” (www)....the cry goes up from Northampton’s mean streets. A primeval memory of a lost childhood, permeated by that call from round an unlocked kitchen...
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