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Two managers sacked – but what a contrast

TWO Premier League football managers sacked within 24 hours and a couple of miles of one another – and yet the two events could hardly have met with more contrasting responses. The dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo six months after leading Chelsea to their first Champions League success was universally seen as an act of … Continue reading

Another night of rain

AFTER another night of torrential train, the flooding in Blandford was even worse today. The Stour Meadows recreation area was turned into a vast lake as the River Stour overflowed its banks in several places. The flood gates in the Marsh and Ham car park were kept closed for several days. Across the road, the … Continue reading

River bursts its banks again

AS much of Britain, especially the south-west, reeled from yet another deluge, Blandford did not escape the impact, although the flooding was not as severe as on the two previous occasions earlier in the year. The River Stour overflowed its banks but once again the watermeadows did their job and prevented serious problems. The floodgates … Continue reading

England must learn from Cook

THE brave and brilliant captain’s innings produced by Alastair Cook, which briefly raised flickering hopes that England could steal a draw from the first Test in India, must not be allowed to camouflage his team’s shortcomings. His defiant 176 – described by India’s legendary serial ton-makers Sunil Gavasker, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly as the … Continue reading

Southern giants sound ominous warning

IF we weren’t already well aware of the power of southern hemisphere rugby, the weekend’s series of autumn international curtain-raisers certainly hammered home the message. England had the easiest task, of course, and did pretty much all that could have been asked of them in thrashing Fiji 54-12. Coach Stuart Lancaster will not need telling, … Continue reading

Blandford remembers

HUNDREDS of people turned out to line the market square in the centre of Blandford Forum for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony today, Sunday November 11, 2012. It was a bright sunny cold day and civic dignitaries from the town and county were in attendance. The event, organised by the Royal British Legion, culminated in … Continue reading

Dorchester enjoy their moment in the spotlight

THE FA Cup may have lost some of its shine for the elite clubs in recent years but for the vast majority it still quickens the pulse and offers the chance of a rare moment in the limelight. Just ask the players, officials and supporters of Dorchester Town, of the Blue Square Bet Southern Division. … Continue reading

A walk in the grounds of Kingston Lacy

A sunny afternoon in October and a walk in the woods and grounds of Kingston Lacy, a National Trust property between Wimborne and Blandford.

BBC Sports Personality – a tough choice

IF you want to get a measure of just what a golden year 2012 has been for British sport, consider the likely contenders for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The 12-strong shortlist has not even been announced yet but by my reckoning there will be at least half a dozen sports stars … Continue reading