Bring on the long frocks


Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on an age of elegance, an unseen Lord Grantham and why your baking-powder submarine never worked.

Phil Gillam: The Wombles, Shrewsbury College and me . . .

Shrewsbury College

I owe so much to Shrewsbury College. For one thing, it completely turned my life around (in a good way). For another thing, it gave me a deep and abiding love of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s rock classic You Aint Seen Nothing Yet.

Star Comment: Working towards a career with apprenticeships

County Training who have ran an event at Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton to show young people how to secure an apprenticeship.

In what you might call the glory days of universities, many young adults would study with varying degrees of assiduity and emerge at the end with good or mediocre degrees in a wide range of generalist subjects of no practical value in the world of work.

The end of elephant's leather

Pentax Digital Camera

Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on the irresistible rise of Yorkshire pudding, the felling of Eric Morecambe and the stress of being a sports fan.

Star comment: Ebola an enemy we must fight


There is a deadly enemy which does not raise a black flag over its conquered territory. It indulges in no propaganda and quietly kills thousands of victims in a dreadful manner.

Star comment: Criminals can’t wait to log on

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From the way some people – and quite probably most people – treat the internet, you might think that it is a benign, friendly environment to which only trustworthy, law-abiding folk have access.