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March 13, 2007 > Across the pond

Across the pond

Hooray! - Spring has sprung in Newark. The sun has finally appeared along with daffodils, primroses and blossoms on the trees. Basset hound Daisy and I celebrated with a long walk around Rufford Park's well stocked lake; just a short drive away. However, due to recent heavy rains, the ford was deep and fast-flowing. Should I risk driving through it or go on a considerable d-tour on the alternative route? I decided to go for it. As I pondered the question, was it best to drive through fast or slow, I found myself on the other side and thankfully still moving.....and brakes still working.

Thought I might just be "pushing my luck" as earlier in the week my electric window ceased functioning- just as I was going through the car wash! You've never seen anyone move so fast...trying to get out of there before the brushes and hoses started. I did, some of you might be sorry to know who were hoping for a funny story! Then, later in the week, while driving home from Nottingham - through the wind and rain- the other window collapsed. Struggling with cling film (shrink wrap), bin liners and sellotape in the wind and rain, I made a reasonable emergency repair job.

There were more disappointed school children in Newark this month. Burglars broke into one of the large Comprehensive schools (ages 11 to 18) and decided to cover their tracks by setting fire to the building. Unfortunately for Newark youngsters, the school was still able to function without sending anyone home or cancelling any classes.

On the subject of smoke, new restrictions are being introduced into all Newark and District Council buildings and their immediate surroundings. Strict no-smoking rules are only just beginning to make their mark in Newark. I believe we're some way behind the USA in this respect. Will the little huddles of Newark youth ever stop their "crafty ciggies" behind the bike sheds though?

Earnest discussions are presently taking place regarding the location of Newark's new bus station.....by the river or by the castle? Or should it stay where it is, near neither of them? The situation is complicated by a proposed new shopping development which will certainly have a big impact on the overall structure and feel of Newark. Time will tell whether the change will be for the better.

Definitely a change for the better will be the opening of a splendid new cinema, presently under construction. Instead of travelling to Nottingham, we'll be able to settle down with our popcorn to watch "The Queen" and other film favourites, on our own doorstep. With reference to aforementioned film and its star, Helen Mirren, I have to chuckle at the extraordinary change in her views regarding our leading royal. She was always happy to announce her anti-royalist views.....until she was made a Dame- a title many expected her to turn down. But along with many other loud critics of privilege, when given the chance themselves to take advantage, beliefs and convictions rapidly change. Brilliant actress though!

As the days get longer, the sun gets brighter and smiles get wider, I'll bid you all fond farewell from Newark......we'll meet up again next month.

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