WHISPERING SMITH: Mowers, blowers, chainsaws and strimmers...

The long green wall at Mewsbrook Park
The long green wall at Mewsbrook Park

A big pollutant often ignored is noise. Cars with their windows wound down and stereos belting out music no one in their right mind could enjoy.

Screaming children in restaurants, houses with windows wide open drowning the neighbourhood in a sea of noise, late at night buzz-saw motor scooters along the seafront and the man who, in the early hours of the morning, walks by my bedroom window yelling obscenities at the top of his voice to nobody in particular.

Yoda the ferret

Yoda the ferret

Still, it all started with a big bang and the way things are going in North Korea and all over the world, it is likely to end with one, so we had best get used to it... Smiley face!


THE weather held fair for the Town Show and it was the usual success and a credit to the organisers.

I met several folk and I thank them for their kind comments. I also met a lovely little ferret named Yoda which allowed me to pet him without taking my finger off.

I don’t think he reads the column but he – or maybe a she – had a nice smile!


MAKE a big note in your diaries for Friday, September 29, to support the GIANT Macmillan coffee morning to be held at St Mary’s Church courtesy of Father Roger Caswell.

Super food, two bands, a marquee so inside or out, weather permitting. Give generously of yourselves and your money, this is one very worthy cause, sadly we all know someone who has suffered or is suffering. Please be there.


HERE is a thought, work has started on the new leisure centre, much of it hidden behind a long green wooden fence with a few peepholes cut into it at different heights so we curious voyeurs can see what is going on.

Why not a few attractive murals as well, just as they often do on large building sites in London?


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