Lewis Cowen

In tune for the needy at Devizes

Posted on 4:00pm Thursday 20th September 2012

Young people’s musical theatre group First Stages and community choir Sing Alive have joined forces to create a musical extravaganza to raise money for the Devizes’ Mayor Charity Appeal in October.

Some Bloke's View

Three people complained about the new Courage advert

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Posted on 9:55am Wednesday 15th April 2009

So, three people took the time and trouble to whinge to the ASA about a humorous advert. "Ooo, I'm right upset and offended, me" they must have twittered. FFS, have they nothing better to do with their time. Pathetic twerps. This irritating story is on the right. And then the lily-livered, mealy-mouth, Guardianistas at the ASA upheld their complaint. Why didn't they just say "sod off and stop wasting our time you moron"? Pah! It makes your blood boil. And if this offends anyone who's blood occasionally gets above 98.4 degrees then ... aaaarrggh!

Some Bloke's View

Great flag-raising moments

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Posted on 12:05pm Wednesday 1st April 2009

Let's think. There's the US Marines on Iwo Jima. Then there's Hilary and Tensing on Everest. Ooh ... let's not forget Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon (or in area 51 for the conspiracy theorists) But now there's a new one to add to the list when a "new Wiltshire Council flag will be raised at County Hall in Trowbridge to mark the occasion."

Some Bloke's View

What a generous bunch

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Posted on 12:59pm Sunday 29th March 2009

I was selling raffle tickets atthe Lions Club 'Spring Serenade' last night. Normally, there is a fair bit of 'selling' involved. But not this time. They flew out of the books as we raised £272 to continue supporting (mainly local) deserving causes. Thnnks to all of those who contributed so generously.

Some Bloke's View

Fancy being a trough for food for cattle or horses?

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Posted on 1:44pm Wednesday 25th March 2009

Then you've come to the right place. The G&H and Fish4jobs are giving you the opportunity to become a manger. See link on the right

Another bit of my childhood gone

Posted on 12:38am Monday 9th March 2009

He would never have had the same appeal these days but, along with the likes of Charlie Caroli, he gave em a lot of laughs in the 70s. RIP, matey.

Some Bloke's View

I would appreciate gardening advice from an old-timer

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Posted on 10:54am Friday 6th March 2009

Should I have put my broad beans in last week? The packet said they could go in the ground in February but now we've hada couple of bleedin' frosts! And what about beetrot? It say stick the seeds straight in the ground but would I be better off starting them in pots in the plastic-covered thingy that I got from Argos?

Some Bloke's View

Hello again

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Posted on 6:09pm Thursday 19th February 2009

I haven't felt like writing this for a while now. Just after I finished my last entry, I got a call from my dad to say that my mum had died suddenly that morning. As I'm sure you can appreciate, that really pissed on my chips.

Some Bloke's View

Shock, horror!

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Posted on 10:31am Tuesday 27th January 2009

It seems that the Donner Kebab is not the cornerstone of a nutritional diet (see the absurdly placed 'related links' section). Who'd have thought it, eh?

Some Bloke's View

The old Roundway question

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Posted on 2:15pm Friday 23rd January 2009

You know, the one where they get all the benefits of Devizes whilst paying less than most. But where some residents say "boo hoo it's not fair I live in Devizes apart from when it comes to paying my fair share so I should have an allotment paid for by the people of Devizes and don't ask me to pay any more because I don't want to I just want the advantages."

Some Bloke's View

Why should we be forced to accept Monopoly money?

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Posted on 9:14am Wednesday 21st January 2009

Bloody ridiculous. See 'related links'

Some Bloke's View

Scummy scam

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Posted on 11:49am Saturday 10th January 2009

I've just received one of those scam emails - one where your help is solicited to get some money moved in exchange for 10% of the transaction. The one I've just got claims to be from UNICEF. Am I being unreasonable in hoping that the filthy bastards who are using this organisation as a cover die slow and painful deaths and then rot in the bowels of hell?

Some Bloke's View

Living in a bubble?

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Posted on 4:40pm Tuesday 6th January 2009

Seems what this story (over on the right in that stupid 'related links' bit) about third-hand smoke is suggesting.

Some Bloke's View

Hilarious story

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Posted on 1:38pm Monday 29th December 2008

I'm listening to the Jeremy Vine programme on the wireless as I type. There's a story about some bloke who had a psycho hamster that was biting eveyone, so he let it go into the local park. As he's a journalist, he wrote about it. The RSPCA then contacted him, threatening prosecution.

Some Bloke's View

Hats off to the Pope

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Posted on 1:49pm Tuesday 23rd December 2008

The link to the story is on the right. It's good to see a Christian leader making a stand like this on moral issues. That's how he interprets the Christian standpoint so fair play to him. And who's to say he's wrong?

Some Bloke's View

The somewhat sporadic nature of my blog entries

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Posted on 11:07am Saturday 13th December 2008

I may be churning 'em out like a good-un if you compare me to the editor and his deputy. I did used to post almost every day so, for me, this is a dramatic tailing off.

Some Bloke's View

Brigades

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Posted on 3:44pm Thursday 4th December 2008

The way that this word is often used has been winding me up for a long time. It's when someone wants to moan about a group of people whose views differ from their own and appends the term to a description of them. How many more times do we have to read about the "PC brigade" or the "animal rights brigade" or the whichever 'brigade' has stirred the writer from their Daily Mail? Is there a lazier and more stupid cliché? The only one that comes close, in my opinion, is to refer to someone or something as 'so-called' as in 'so-called traffic expert' or 'so-called road improvements'.

Some Bloke's View

Out of my way, poor people

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Posted on 4:00pm Monday 1st December 2008

So said some bloke as he breezed down the aisle of the 99p shop in Swindon this afternoon. I think I advised that he should go forth and multiply, but I had to admire his nerve. If not his life expectancy.

Some Bloke's View

The BNP membership list

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Posted on 12:19pm Wednesday 19th November 2008

I hadn't realised the BNP had become proscribed, that it was illegal to be a member. Most of us are not fans of the party but the fact remains that they are a legitimate political party in this country. It's easy to take the line that "they're all Nazis so they deserve what they get" but you've got to ask what makes people join. Sure, many are rabid racists with an agenda of hate. But many others are just people who feel cut off from mainstream politics. They see a Conservative Party that could never represent them. They're unlikely to consider the LDs. And they see a Labour Party that seems to want to do absolutely anything for Scotland at the expense of England.

Some Bloke's View

If anyone wants to organise a fund-raising do

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Posted on 4:32pm Friday 14th November 2008

Then see right. But count me out.

Some Bloke's View

We all seem to have stopped writing blogs

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Posted on 9:48am Tuesday 11th November 2008

But was anyone reading them? Links make no sense any more as they're bunged over to the right, and all old links have disappeared. I'm not as miffed as I might sound, just curious. Most of the time I wasn't that worried if no-one did read them - although I was pleased when people did - writing can be very cathartic. Especially when it's an "and another bloody thing" style rant.

Some Bloke's View

At least no-one can claim that councillors are humourless and pompous

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Posted on 4:17pm Friday 31st October 2008

Good responses by the residents there. Hats off to them.

Some Bloke's View

Might as well jump on the bandwagon

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Posted on 2:11pm Wednesday 29th October 2008

Hang Ross and Brand! FFS ... it's not as if they killed anyone. And what a witch-hunt. Even the bloke who calls himself the country's leader is havign a pop. Pathetic.

Some Bloke's View

Gibbets

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Posted on 2:23pm Wednesday 29th October 2008

That's what I'd like to hang from the lamp-posts along Rotherstone and Avon Terrace. And in each one, place the body of a driver who races down there whilst chatting on their mobile. That's after I, a few other concerned residents and a length of 2 by 4 have pointed out the error of their ways.

Some Bloke's View

A real 1970s injury

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Posted on 8:31am Thursday 23rd October 2008

I cut myself whilst opening a tin of corned beef yesterday morning. Old fashioned one - with a key. Could I have had a more retro-wound without snagging myself on a Ronco Buttoneer? Thinking about it, I can't remember the last time that I heard of anyone 'getting caught' in a ip. Does it happen any more?

Some Bloke's View

Nearly did my bit for the town last night

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Posted on 9:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2008

But my reactions let me down. I was driving past the cemetery just before 20:00 yesterday when one of our charming street-drinking druggy pals cam cycling towards me. He (I prefer the term 'it' but I've been advised that these people are human too) had no lights on. He was wearing a camouflage jacket.

Some Bloke's View

Some people go to a lot of effort getting things onto the internet

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Posted on 1:30am Friday 17th October 2008

That doesn't always include the good people at Stagecoach busses.

Some Bloke's View

Young people should show more respect?

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Posted on 9:09am Thursday 16th October 2008

It's still early, I'm at my desk but I've had contrasting experiences already today. And I'm in a bad mood.

Some Bloke's View

How much?

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Posted on 12:10pm Monday 13th October 2008

Mandy and I went to her cousin's wedding reception at the Angel in Chippenham on Friday. The do itself was great. And they had a Real Ale on - St Austell 'Tribute'. But £3.55 a pint! That's outrageous.

Some Bloke's View

What's going on here?

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Posted on 9:25am Wednesday 1st October 2008

I have a look at the G&H site and it's all changed. Do they let us know beforehand? Do they bunnies! I'm not expecting special treatment as a regular (and unpaid) contributor, but a note wrapped around a bottle of Bruichladdich or 1989 St Emilion would have been nice.

Some Bloke's View

Overheard on the bus this morning

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Posted on 12:03pm Monday 29th September 2008

Passenger A: "He's a really intelligent bloke, he knows who invented to television and the telephone".

An Editor's View

How to spot a cannabis factory

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Posted on 7:41pm Friday 26th September 2008

What is it about Wiltshire that attracts Britain's cannabis industry?

Some Bloke's View

This shouldn't be happening

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Posted on 10:46am Friday 26th September 2008

An Editor's View

Baby boom

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Posted on 7:10pm Thursday 25th September 2008

This week has been Baby of the Year week which always bring with it attendant tantrums, recriminations and tears... and that's just from me.

Some Bloke's View

You know you've got a sandwich to look forward to when ...

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Posted on 12:18pm Wednesday 24th September 2008

... you open your bag on the bus to put your book away and a girl sitting behind goes "Blimey! What's that smell?"

An Editor's View

Making cents of Lehman's collapse

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Posted on 7:39pm Monday 22nd September 2008

I think I can shed some light on the demise of Lehman Brothers.

Some Bloke's View

Transition time for Pewsey carnival?

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Posted on 2:39pm Monday 22nd September 2008

As many predicted, entries were down for this year's Pewsey Carnival. On the face of it, that's a bad thing. But is it really? I know quite a few spectators and who don't go any more because they feel that the event has been spoilt by the drunks. There are potential entrants who won't take part for the same reason - a bandsman told me that he was fed up with having coins thrown at or into his expensive instrument.

Some Bloke's View

Further proof, if proof were needed

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Posted on 11:53am Saturday 20th September 2008

It’s an unarguable, incontrovertible and positive truth that a 'Continental Breakfast' is an abomination; a crime against the laws of God and man. How the croissant is allowed to exist in a world that contains eggs, bacon and sausages is beyond me.

Some Bloke's View

Bank Aid

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Posted on 1:59pm Friday 19th September 2008

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Mothballing

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Posted on 1:40pm Thursday 18th September 2008

That's a nice little euphemism, isn't it. My house is currently on the market with Atwell Martin. I think I'll 'mothball' that.

Some Bloke's View

Where have the swings gone?

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Posted on 9:23am Tuesday 16th September 2008

I looked last week, and the Green had a little play park with swings, a slide and all that. But it's all gone now. Is there nothing that visiting space aliens won't steal?

Some Bloke's View

Come and have a go ...

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Posted on 7:18am Monday 15th September 2008

... if you think you're hard enough.

Some Bloke's View

I weep for the language

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Posted on 10:30am Friday 12th September 2008

From the BBC, of all people:

Some Bloke's View

British Lion fantasy football

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Posted on 1:47am Wednesday 10th September 2008

If you want to take part in a fun and accessible FF game, where you have a decent chance of winning a prize, look no further. Well, a bit further as you'll have to go into the BL to get an entry form. And do it by the end of the week.

Some Bloke's View

Don't stick that in your mouth

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Posted on 12:44pm Tuesday 9th September 2008

One of the age-old fears of parenthood is of a child choking. Lego is a great toy but the pieces have, on occasion, proven rather tempting to babies and toddlers. To be fair to our Danish friends, they've always warned people about the risks.

Some Bloke's View

I don't like to be churlish but ...

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Posted on 5:00pm Friday 5th September 2008

... it's not exactly a Community Choir, is it?

Some Bloke's View

If anyone fancies organising a fund-raising event ...

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Posted on 11:24am Thursday 4th September 2008

... they could do a lot worse than copying this race.

Some Bloke's View

A place in town I wouldn't be seen dead in

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Posted on 8:45am Wednesday 3rd September 2008

Or shouldn't be.

Some Bloke's View

Quiz on October 9th

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Posted on 7:54am Tuesday 2nd September 2008

I'm not plugging my own event here. This is being organised by our Mayor, Jane Burton, to raise money for her appeal.

Some Bloke's View

Drug addicts waiting for treatment

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Posted on 1:48pm Monday 1st September 2008

When I first read this article, I felt the same as some who've made comments - stuff him, he brought it on himself, where are more worthy causes, etc.

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