History Column December 18/January 19

Folklore in Warwickshire Villages by Val Tonks, Earlswood Historical Society

Most of us have, at some time, heard of sayings such as, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” and “Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning”, about whether to expect rain. There were many such sayings about weather predictions for which some have a scientific explanation. […]

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Tom’s Column December 18/January 19

Never Meet Your Heroes, Unless It’s On The Big Screen by Tom Beasley

As a film critic who sees in excess of 200 movies a year at the cinema, I watch a lot of biopics. Every year, dozens of films are made that delve into the lives of well-known or interesting figures in order to shed light on who they are or were as people. […]

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Mind Over Matters December 18/January 19

Don’t Let Your Career Define You by Richard Nicholls

Imagine you’re invited to a friend’s house for a party and you find yourself chatting to a total stranger. If they were to say to you, “So, what do you do?” What’s the first thing that pops into your mind? […]

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Bits and Bobs Column December 18/January 19

I Look After You, You Look After Me by Bob Garlick

As part of my daily diet, I like to start […]

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Mind Over Matters October/November 18

Anything Is Better Than Nothing by Richard Nicholls

Is there something you want to achieve that you know is going to take a while? Maybe something that has many steps, such as getting fitter or writing a dissertation? If so, then you need to be aware that doing anything that brings you closer to the end result, is better than doing nothing at all. […]

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Bits and Bobs Column October/November 18

In The Early Days by Bob Garlick

I see that ‘Still Open All Hours’ is on the telly. I confess that I don’t watch it as there could, for me anyway, be only one Arkwright and that was Ronnie Barker. Perhaps I could see a bit of my Dad in his character. […]

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Tom’s Column August/September 18

Unity’s Coming Home from the World Cup, Win or Lose by Tom Beasley

I often write in these pages about the political and cultural differences that are rife in modern Britain. Any mention of Brexit immediately turns 52% of people into gloating victors crowing about our bright future, while the remaining 48% of the population sees it as a sort of constantly worsening nightmare – like one that starts with you embarrassingly naked, but ends in you being crushed to death by a giant block of cheese riding a Zamboni. The same is true of former EDL leader and professional hatemonger Tommy Robinson, who is a misunderstood Messiah to many but, for others, he’s a blindingly simple case of someone who committed a crime and is now in jail as a result. […]

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Mind Over Matters August/September 18

Guilt and Shame by Richard Nicholls

Does a good person become a bad person just because they cheated on their partner?

If you think of yourself as a good person, but you do a bad thing, it causes you to be disappointed in yourself, because it goes against what you believe to be your true self. […]

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Bits and Bobs Column August/September 18

More Tea Vicar, Another Helping of Broccoli? by Bob Garlick

A few weeks ago, I had an annual procedure carried out in hospital that should have happened last November. After an overnight stay for recovery, I was discharged and able to walk out to be taken home. The next day I developed what I call stomach pains. I am not going to go into details but will give you a brief outline of what happened next. […]

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Mind Over Matters June/July 18

Self-Worth and Anxiety by Richard Nicholls

Studies into the psychological theory of what’s called ‘The Resources and Perception Model’ have shown us that feeling physically low can influence the way we see our external world. When tired, we tend to guess the gradient of a hill as greater and destinations in the distance are estimated as further away. But what we also find is that things that we might perceive as threatening, like tarantulas, are perceived as being closer to us rather than further away. This shows us that things that should be manageable actually feel more difficult than they actually are and so we could miss out on opportunities if we’re not careful. […]

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