Category Archives: Local Matters

The Little Victory Ball

Originally written for http://www.phoenixsomerset.org.uk January 2015. As I reach the top of the stairs I’m greeted by a cheerful soul who introduces herself as Ethel. As she turns to ask if I am an old soldier, the light catches her face … Continue reading

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Loafing Around – The Olives Et Al Story

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. The Olives Et Al story is 21 years old this year, dating back to a time when Captain Henschel became, simply, Giles again and set off in search of adventure, with his wife-to-be … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Shaftesbury

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. With a rich past dating back beyond the time of the Saxons, who used its elevated position to great advantage, it is no wonder that Shaftesbury is steeped in so much history. Well … Continue reading

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A Haunting in Dorchester

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, September 2014. The sign said ‘Dorchester Ghost Walk, no need to book, meet at the King’s Arms at 8pm.’ We decided to turn up and see what it was all about. After all, what’s the … Continue reading

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By Hook or by Crook

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, July 2014. In a beautifully remote spot, at the end of a long lane that hints at the adventure to come, lies Downhouse Farm, at Higher Eype, near Bridport. Visiting recently, I immediately fell in … Continue reading

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Painting the Town Radicchio

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, July 2014. Farrow & Ball are very much part of Dorset’s heritage. They’ve been here since John Farrow and Richard Ball first founded the company and, although their products are available from showrooms around the … Continue reading

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A Dome from Home

Originally published in Arkadia magazine, July 2014. In a recent covert operation, we crossed the border (with Wiltshire) in search of a man rumoured to be single-handedly revolutionising the way we think about providing people with shelter. It turns out … Continue reading

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