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Thank you, and goodnight

Graham Smith | 07:35 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Readers wondering why I seem to be suffering from writers' block are entitled to an explanation. After two and a half years and several hundred blog posts, resulting in more than 15,000 unique visitors and more than 50,000 page views (since September 2011, according to Google Analytics), this blog is soon to disappear from its BBC platform. Cost to the licence fee: nil. If you're interested, you can continue to follow me on Twitter @GrahamSmithBBC.

Glittering prizes

Graham Smith | 11:30 UK time, Friday, 29 June 2012

Congratulations to BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed, who picked up his third consecutive gong for best regional news and current affairs radio programme at the EDF Media Awards in Bath yesterday. Yours truly was EDF's regional radio journalist of the year, which meant that Laurence and I were able to compare paperweights on the way home. A splendid time was had by all, particularly me, as seated at my table was an EDF chap who told me all kinds of interesting things about the proposed new Hinkley Point nuclear power station. My thanks to EDF and Hold The Front Page for hosting this event.

Cops and robbers

Graham Smith | 11:13 UK time, Friday, 29 June 2012

Thanks again to the FoI team: there's some amusing sport to be had from this list of items stolen from Devon and Cornwall police stations. Eleven thefts a year - that's nearly one a month. How did a burglar manage to steal a mattress? And what rotter has been going round nicking aftershave and the (presumably) WPCs' perfume and eye-liner?

In addition to the list of stuff stolen from police stations, there's a longer list recording the items where police have been the victims of crime while out on the street. Lots of jewellery, fishing rods and a six-pack of cider were among the swag which caught my eye. Of the 76 crimes recorded here, only seven resulted in prosecutions.

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