The Fly In The Ointment

Our mystery columnist, The Fly, speaks out.

There are certain things in life which should be private

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

9:44am Wednesday 16th April 2014

I WAS in Northwich town centre doing a bit of lunchtime shopping recently and found myself in the queue at the checkout behind a youngish woman.

How can teachers keep up with their heavy workload?

Northwich Guardian: How can teachers keep up with their heavy workload?

2:09pm Friday 4th April 2014

I BUMPED into an old friend of mine in a local shop recently. I hadn’t seen her for a while and we had a good chat about the ‘old days’.

The saga of the £90 car key that I got for £35

Northwich Guardian: Keys amnesty for those illegally sub-letting in Ealing

11:20am Wednesday 12th March 2014

I’VE had a bit of car trouble recently. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, it wasn’t my car, it was my wife’s, but needless to say, her problems became mine.

I’m star struck by the old fashioned variety...

Northwich Guardian: The Screen Cinema in Southgate Street, Winchester, which is hosting Alan Trussler's exhibition

10:53am Wednesday 12th March 2014

I’VE always loved going to the cinema.

Are ‘old school’ ways the best way?

Northwich Guardian: Kings Langley residents invited to school's open day

11:55am Thursday 6th February 2014

By the Fly in the Ointment

Lies, damn lies and statistics

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

3:50pm Friday 31st January 2014

WHEN I was a little boy, my late grandmother used to have a saying, which she trotted out at every possible opportunity.

Learn lessons the hard way

Northwich Guardian: Uniforms are among the regular costs to pay to get your child back in the classroom.

1:56pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

YOUNG people and education have been on my mind this week thanks to two stories that made the news.

Merge councils and save tax payers a whole lot of cash

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

12:08pm Thursday 16th January 2014

I WASN’T a fan of local government reorganisation and the way it was implemented in Cheshire.

Beast of Acton Bridge? Pah!

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

4:59pm Thursday 9th January 2014

SO, there’s a panther-like beast stalking the countryside around Acton Bridge.

No, Wizzard, I don’t wish it was Christmas every day...

4:28pm Thursday 9th January 2014

IT’S funny how you can go off something you thought you really liked.

Raise a glass to resolutions

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

4:50pm Thursday 9th January 2014

IT’S that time of year, the time when a lot of us will be making New Year resolutions.

Ban the car park hierarchy

Northwich Guardian: Don’t just complain, what is the energy solution?

3:57pm Thursday 9th January 2014

A couple of years ago, I read a reader’s letter in the Guardian from someone complaining about parent and baby parking spaces at the town’s supermarkets.

O! Come all ye faithful...

3:55pm Thursday 5th December 2013

WELL, that’s it. I’ve finally had to concede Christmas is almost upon us.

What recession?

2:16pm Friday 29th November 2013

I’VE been thinking about money quite a lot recently.

I found myself cringing

2:14pm Friday 29th November 2013

THE generosity of the great British public never ceases to amaze me.

Funeral got me thinking

2:13pm Friday 29th November 2013

I’VE been pondering on the big issues of life and death recently, prompted by a couple of events.

My place in the food chain

2:11pm Friday 29th November 2013

WHAT, I wonder do our supermarket shopping habits reveal about us as a society?

THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT: Sky TV in prison? Doesn't sound like punishment...

12:01pm Tuesday 8th October 2013

A COURT case reported in a local newspaper (not this one) caught my eye this week.

What is wrong with being an animal moderate?

Northwich Guardian: The annual dog show held this year at Ripon racecourse.

1:30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013

BY and large, I’m an animal lover.

Seeing a GP is really not as simple as it should be

9:56am Monday 16th September 2013

FOLLOWING on from last week’s Editor’s View, I thought I would add my twopence halfpenny’s worth.

Would a council by any other name be as sweet?

2:03pm Thursday 5th September 2013

WILLIAM Shakespeare, musing on the impact and importance of names wrote in Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.

Remember the 11 plus? It was as easy as A B C...

Northwich Guardian: The LGA is impressed with a Bexley education programme.

11:49am Friday 30th August 2013

I’M confused. I need educating about education – so much has changed since I was there.

When is the right time to send in the bulldozers?

Northwich Guardian: When is the right time to send in the bulldozers?

1:24pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

I’M desperately trying to avoid becoming a grumpy old man who is constantly living in the past.

It was not the boost they would have us believe...

Northwich Guardian: It was not the boost they would have us believe...

12:39pm Friday 16th August 2013

I’ve got to be honest, I was never a massive fan of the Thundersprint and I was more than a little happy when it packed its bags and headed for pastures new in Anglesey.

Summer: The bare truth about Brits and fashion

Northwich Guardian: Summer: The bare truth about Brits and fashion

12:37pm Friday 16th August 2013

OK. I get it, it’s warm. The sun’s shining and temperatures have soared.

Middlewich is in the wrong place – please put it back!

Northwich Guardian: The animal welfare officer raced to rescue a woman and two young children after they fell into the canal. Photo courtesy of David Jones at Flickr.

12:33pm Friday 16th August 2013

YOU know when something isn’t right, when it just doesn’t fit.




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