Tag Archives: Wotton-under-edge

Gazette column: I survived Meningitis – now the NHS should fund the new vaccination

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about Meningitis and how, after I survived the disease 39 years ago, it’s about time the UK government funded the new vaccination that can save lives.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Should vaccinations automatically be funded or is the NHS to strapped to allow that to happen? Let me know.

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

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Gazette column: Solve both speeding & obesity – walk like Laurie Lee

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about Laurie Lee and how, we can take a leaf out of his book and walk more instead, that way we can reduce speeding and obesity some 80 years after the author was born.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Is walking more the solution? Or is today’s society just too fast and demanding for walking? Let me know.

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: Changing the exam grading system won’t make a blind bit of difference

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about the proposal to change the UK GCSE exam grading system and how, due to the meddling by the Department of Education, it will mess with the future of our children.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Is the GSCE grading system fine as it is or does the whole thing need a shake up? Let me know.

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: Should pubs be at the heart of our communities?

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about pubs, and specifically the Full Moon pub in Wotton, and I ask if pubs should really be the centre of our communities – and if we’re suffering from a case of double standards .

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Should pubs be at the heart of the community? Or should we have central, shared – no alcohol – spaces? Or, quite simply, does it really not matter? Let me know.

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: Less car parks, more state subsidised public transport, please

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about car parks and how the answer is not to build more, but to have better, state subsidised public transport instead.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Is better public transport the answer? Or are more car parks essential for towns and villages to grow? Let me know.

Nikki Owen_RND 2013**RED NOSE DAY ALERT: Remember, all the royalties for my book, The Boy Who Played Guitar, are going to Comic Relief and the Red Nose Day appeal to help raise vital funds for people who live imaginably tough lives.

To buy the book in paperback or for Kindle now, click here. Tell everyone. Let’s Read & Raise!**

 

Gazette column: Investment in families, not youth centres should be the priority

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about youth centres and why I think we need to invest in helping families more than developing youth centres. To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Is family the answer to better society or are youth centres a vital investment?

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: It’s time to think of others not yourself

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about local crime and how it’s time to think of others not ourselves. To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Do you believe if we thought of others more society would be better? Or is it everyone for themselves? Let me know.

**OUT THIS SATURDAY: My latest column for  Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspaper.  Catch the Weekend Magazine on their website link here**

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: Wind turbines are beauties not blots

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is all about why wind turbines are essential to our landscape, not blots on it. It is also a piece in which I use the word ‘poppycock’. Really.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Are wind turbines vital for our future? Or are they simply an eye sore? 

**STOP PRESS: I’m also now writing for the weekend Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo newspapers. It’s a brand new column. First new launch magazine issue out on Saturday 22nd September. **

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, um, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**