Shropshire Star

Peter Rhodes looks back on 2023 and how the year unfolded in this column

JANUARY: Some GPs are advising folk to take a bus to hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. And if that fails, you could always put yourself in a large box covered in postage stamps and, well, you get the idea.

Criticising the critics – Trevor Phillips

FEBRUARY: In the row over Roald Dahl being rewritten by “inclusivity ambassadors,” does it really matter? It's a kid's book, not the Holy Bible.

MARCH: HSBC has enough money to take over the Silicon Valley Bank but not enough money to keep my local branch open.

APRIL: A boat-hire firm on the Norfolk Broads has banned alcohol from its vessels. Watch out for trippers loading the vacuum flask marked: “Dad's special orange juice.”