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quake disaster Following the disaster, fund-raisers
in Gloucestershire are hard at work already. Plus an eye witness account
and your messages...
Henry Berkeley is confident that fox hunting has a future.
at the Castle Christmas is a time for fun, memories and responsibilities
of Shame Ever taken a really rubbish photo? Why not send it to us
and we'll put in in our online gallery of shame.
Celebration Online Gloucester Cathedral was the venue for a very special
concert of carols, seasonal music and festive readings. Listen again online.
Here's your chance to dedicate a song on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, and
have it heard anywhere in the world on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
open when? Want to know which pharmacy will be open at Christmas?
Check out our SOS pages in our Xmas survival guide.
Claire met Zog Listen to what happened when
Gloucestershire rally driver Claire Tippet got behind the wheel with our
middle-aged motoring man Zog Ziegler.
returns from Everest trek Chris Kerrigan normally gets up very early
to deliver mail in the Cotswolds. But that was all replaced by howling
winds and freezing temperatures.
Shape up with the BBC Shake off the
flab in January with expert help as the BBC Big Challenge roadshow and
Feelgood Friday come to Gloucester
The vikings have landed
craftsmen are restoring the longship Hugin to its former fearsome glory.
safely this Christmas period With the risk of bad weather this Christmas
period, Gloucestershire Constabulary are offering the following travel
advice for motorists.
BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Richard Atkins has
been learning how to cook Christmas
sherry cake or Painswick Pudding for Advent
Christmas Celebration Over 900 people attended BBC Gloucesteshire's
Christmas Celebration at Gloucester Cathedral.
Sparklers Decorated your house with festive illuminations? See if
you can spot it in our gallery...
questions answered Reg Moule answers your latest batch of green fingered
back again Mike's beginning to get to grips with the back-pain which
has until now taken over his life.
last journey BBC Gloucestershire's Anna Pidgeon mourns the death of
her car, and wonders what to do with
his squashed remains.
Christmas? BBC Weatherman Richard Angwin gives his verdict on whether
or not we'll get snow on Christmas Day.
on the Mountain of Moonlight A group of Gloucestershire adventurers
are about to set off on an adventure of a lifetime - to scale an active
volcano in South America.
historic journey - Part Three
Martin Evans is tracing his family tree. Find out how he's getting on
in the final part of his online detective diary...
Else's Baby Carol's expecting her seventh baby
but she only has three children of her own!
is a model student University of Gloucestershire student, Nikki Chislett,
is celebrating after winning a national
cover girl competition...
Neil Innes and the Rutles kicked
off their tour in Gloucester. See the exclusive pics.
Dancing Down Under
Steve Kitchen was at the world premiere of the new Dirty Dancing stage
show in Australia.
Extravaganza Dozens of schools kids will be On the Slide in a special
trombone orchestra at Cheltenham Town Hall.
Who killed the bears? The story of the bears
of Ruardean is one of Gloucestershire's most enduring folk tales. Now
a villager believes he may have found the beasts' burial place.
hell of an extreme challenge Commando Joe's campaign manager Adrian
Bell tells us about the three extreme challenges the group are going to
take on over the next three years.
Turn On Check out the interviews and pictures from when Melinda Messenger
came to the Cotswolds to switch on the Christmas lights.
Man' Charlie interviewed We talk to Charlie Martell, who is planning
to take on some really tough challenges over the next three years.
to BBC Radio Gloucestershire Now you can hear your favourite programmes
and presenters live on the internet anywhere in the world.
Here's all you need to know.
tips from India Pupils from Whitecross School in the Forest of Dean
are to get recycling tips from India.
Lee's Rosie Rosie from Cider With Rosie is alive and well and living
a fresh start Moving to Gloucestershire helped
Paul Moss to put his alcoholic past behind him.
A new forest
for Gloucestershire Ecotricity, a renewable energy company based in
Gloucestershire, are planting 20,000 trees near the site of their first
wind turbine at Lynch Knoll near Stroud.
postman Gloucestershire postman Chris Kerrigan is heading off to Mount
Everest on a charity trek.
for Pudsey See our picture galleries from Gloucester's giant Children
in Need concert, starring Brian McFadden.
detective diary BBC
Gloucestershire's Martin Evans has been set a challenge to research his
roots as part of the Learning Centre Family History Festival. Here's part
one of his "detective diary"...
Hunting Ban? BBC Gloucestershire online user Claire makes her point
on the controversial topic of fox hunting, and whether or not it should
2004 There were smiles all round for the University of Gloucestershire's
Check out our photo galleries.
fixed it for John In a bizarre twist of fate BBC Radio Gloucestershire's
John Rockley met up with his co-star almost twenty years after an appearance
on "Jim'll Fix It".
for a signed Cherry and Whites shirt It's your chance to donate to
Children In Need and to get your hands on a signed Gloucester rugby shirt!
In Need 2004 It's the 25th anniversary of Children in Need. All you
need to know about the fundraising spectacle.
Gloucester: chav town? Gloucester has been
listed on a website devoted to 'chav towns'. Fair comment or a cruel snipe?
And what exactly is a 'chav', anyway?
Holiday The Ancient Ram Inn is perhaps Gloucestershire's
most famous haunted pub. Read one visitor's account of eerie events which
took place there almost thirty years ago.
McFadden to play in Gloucester Chart-topper Brian McFadden will be
in Gloucester on Children In Need night at a special BBC concert.
a village fete In a competition with a difference your local community
could have a full-blown day of fun next summer, and the whole thing will
be organised for you!
Quo rockin' in Gloucester The Quo came to the GL1 leisure centre in
Gloucester and proved they still rock, writes Paul Furley.
Cooper The spirit of Tommy Cooper lives on in the critically acclaimed
play "Jus' Like That" based on the routines and life of the
comic genius. It stars Jerome Flynn and is heading to Cheltenham's Everyman
A Tale of One City When Dave Bull from Gloucestershire took a photo
while on holiday in Copenhagen he never dreamt that the snap would be
dance - Asian style! Dipisha Patel has been chosen as Gloucestershire's
representative to encourage more people to make, watch and take part in
book review BBC Gloucestershire's Emma Cook digests "Where Am
I and Who's Winning? by Andrew Baker.
show must go on Kenny Savage went along to see One Night of Queen
Live! at the Stroud Subscription Rooms...
Oliver The original 'Cheeky
Chappie' came to Cheltenham to talk about children's nutrition.
Severn Rail Bridge Disaster Monday 25th October marked
the 44th anniversary of the Severn Rail Bridge disaster.
haunted place in England? The Ancient Ram in Wotton-Under-Edge is
reputedly one of the country's most notorious haunted houses. Take a look
for yourself with our picture gallery.
Night at Woodchester BBC Gloucestershire's Simon Cartwright attended
a 'Fright Night' at Woodchester Mansion. The event certainly lived up
to its name...
Vettriano He's well known for his popular romantic paintings which
capture dreamy, enigmatic moments between men and women. We met up with
him at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
ready for the game BBC Radio Gloucestershire's sport guru Ian Randall
joins Emma and Kat in Paris for the big game
A busy day in Paris
Cookie and Kat race around
Paris to prepare for the important Heineken Cup clash between Gloucester
and Stade Francais.
Business Awards 2004 The seventh
annual awards ceremony saw a number of local companies recognised for
their successful and innovative business practices in 2004.
Cookie and Kat in
Paris The girls prepare for the match between Stade Francais and Gloucester...
and they manage to get a little sightseeing in as well!
The Journey to Paris
Emma and Kat travel over to France to cover Gloucester's game against
Cookie and Kat go
to Paris! It's a tough job but somebody's
got to do it - BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Emma Cook and Kat Brown are
off to Paris to cover Gloucester's game against Stade Francais
rides again David Shepherd's steam locomotive The Black Prince rides
again in the Gloucestershire countryside.
Festival of Literature 2004 The 55th Cheltenham Festival of Literature
has proved a tremendous success, smashing previous box office records
in the process.
King of Prankster TV Dom Joly, star of the prankster comedy series
Trigger Happy TV, was at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to promote
his new book and forthcoming BBC series.
art of adaptation Renowned director Anthony Minghella is taking one
of Liz Jensen's novels and turning it into a movie. Together they talk
about the process of adapting fiction for the screen.
journalistic journey Jon Snow, presenter of the Channel 4 news, has
had a long and distinguished career as a journalist. He was talking about
his life at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2004.
Hague William Hague, former leader of the Conservative Party, was
at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to promote his book on Pitt the
Brydon Rob Brydon came to the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to
talk about the inspiration behind his comic creations.
concert Gloucester has
been chosen as one of three venues across the country to host a special
Children In Need 25th anniversary party.
with Pudsey! Pudsey Bear has launched the BBC Children In Need Photo
Competition! Find out how to enter...
drops in for some fossil fun People of all ages packed the BBC Learning
Centre for the Natural History Family Fun Day - and they could 'bearly'
believe their eyes when a surprise visitor popped in!
solves your October gardening questions
Gardening guru Reg Moule solves more of your gardening problems.
an anxiety disorder Teenager Lou Parkinson suffered from panic attacks.
She now tells her inside story and offers advice to others.
a secret nuclear bunker Watch the videos, view the pictures, and listen
to the interview as we take a tour round a a hidden relic of the Cold
War in Ullenwood near Cheltenham.
great hunting debate 19-year-old Abbee Pratten examines the arguments
for and against the controversial ban on fox hunting...
Gloucestershire Mela 2004 The 2004 BBC Radio Gloucestershire Mela
took place on Sunday 10th October at the Guildhall in Gloucester. Check
out our photo galleries.
of the West Is there somewhere in Gloucestershire that has a special
place in your heart? Nominate your Seven Natural Wonders of the West.
match for Jamie Victory On Friday October 8th 2004 Jamie Victory will
play his 400th game for Cheltenham Town.
of the latest sports books. From Newcastle United to Whaddney the
Robin... More sporting book reviews from Peter Matthews.
make a difference and design a garden Join the CSV Action Desk
campaign to make the "Gateway to Gloucester" a more welcoming
sight by entering your flower bed designs in a local competition.
visit to Chisamba in Zambia Sue Liptrot and her husband, John,
spent a challenging four weeks helping to establish a teaching centre
in Zambia. She talks about her experiences in the African country.
Cup on display. The FA Cup was on display at Bishop's Cleeve FC after
Kevin Slack won the 'Player of the Round' award.
BBC Experience 2004 Around 4,000 people turned up at GL1 in Gloucester
to discover more about the BBC at a special event. Check
out our photo galleries of Daleks, Only Fools and Horses, and much more!
sports book review From Mike Tyson to Subbuteo - another round of
book reviews from Peter Matthews.
Joe Gloucestershires very own 'Action Man' Charlie Martell is
planning to take on some really tough challenges over the next three years...
Cup hero wins vote Bishop's Cleeve FC's Kevin Slack has been named
FA Cup 'Player of the Round' after winning an online vote.
having a laugh! Jongleurs
comedy club took to the road - and arrived in Stroud. Read our review...
Equinox BBC Weatherman Richard Angwin looks at what we can expect
to happen with the weather, now that we're saying goodbye to summer...
for FA Cup Hero Amateur Gloucestershire footballer Kevin Slack who
plays for Bishop's Cleeve is in line for a top FA Cup award.
solves your September gardening questions Gardening guru Reg Moule
answers more of your gardening questions from Gloucestershire and across
look Corinium opens to the public The Corinium Museum reopened its
doors on September 15 2004 after a £5m transformation which has
made it one of the top visitor attractions of the Cotswolds.
is ruining my area Teenager Fay Daniels is unhappy
that a new public space project has been vandalised only a short time
after it was unveiled to the public.
A calendar with
A group of women from the small village of Horsley in Gloucestershire
have created a naked calendar with a difference to raise cash for a worthy
exist? 17-year-old Emily Smith
talks about teen fashion and wonders whether there's such a thing as an
Book Review Fancy a good read? Peter Matthews casts his eye over the
latest sporting books to be published...
Celebration Gloucester's City Centre Harvest has changed its name
this year to reflect the wider group of people who'll be attending...
Running Away with the Circus Teenagers
Max Williams and Mary Bruce spent to weeks training with Gifford's Circus.
Read their diaries.
Nation: Join the BIG Challenge
Find out how YOU and your family can eat, think and exercise your way
to a healthier future and have fun at the same time - with the help of
together for better health How can we improve healthcare services
for Gloucester's elderly people by working together? That's the question
a special event in October hopes to answer by bringing together health
professionals with the people they are there to serve.
there a Doctor (Who) in the house? As everyone's favourite time lord
prepares to return to our screens, a Gloucestershire group are bringing
him to the stage.
stars' stamina secrets revealed!
ever wanted to know the stamina secrets of Gloucester's rugby stars all
is revealed if you sign up for a new course that could change your life!
bass and men Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has a new mascot
- a sea bass.
Team begins filming in Gloucestershire An episode of the popular TV
archaeology programme began filming at a secret location near Stonehouse
in August 2004.
steam ahead Thousands
of visitors flocked to Fairford Park in Gloucestershire on the weekend
of August 21 - 22 for the annual Fairford Steam Rally.
Be an Ambassador
for the Arts Are you passionate about the arts, but arent quite
sure how you can get involved? Would you like to get the most out of the
arts scene in Gloucestershire? If you're interested, read on!
ready for a feast of literature October's literature festival in Cheltenham
is set to be a cracker with a host of famous names in attendance including
Terry Jones, Jamie
Oliver, Joanna Lumley and Michael Palin...
Football Teams from ethnic backgrounds took part in the first ever
Community 6-a-side tournament in Gloucester.
out a reputation Some
of the world's top wood carvers are preparing to start slicing up bits
of tree at Westonbirt Arboretum's Festival of Wood and Sculptree this
August Bank Holiday Weekend.
moped for rural students Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is
offering young people between the ages of 16 and 19 the loan of a brand
new 50cc moped...
bird species discovered Gloucestershire college lecturer Genevieve
Broad has been causing a bit of a flap among ornithologists, with the
discovery of a brand new species of bird...
motoring review BBC Gloucestershire's motoring correspondent Zog Ziegler
test drives the Citroën Berlingo Multispace.
mystery solved! The artist who placed a mysterious scrap metal face
at a county beauty spot has been identified at last...
skateboards, and crash helmets The exhilarating sport of kiteboarding
is becoming more popular in the windier parts of Gloucestershire.
TA gear up for Iraq Territorial Army soldiers from Gloucestershire
have joined fellow Reservists from The Royal Wessex Yeomanry in training
for peacekeeping duties in Iraq later this year.
in Athens for Cheltenham diver
Cheltenham born diver Leon Taylor has become the first member of the British
Olympic team to win a medal at the Athens Olympics. Read the full story
BBC Gloucestershire's Peter Matthews reviews some of the latest sporting
hockey - but not as we know it!
unusual medieval game of Bandyball was recreated outside the appropriate
setting of Gloucester Cathedral.
The August night sky is made all the more interesting by the presence
of several meteor showers, the main one being the Perseids.
solves your August gardening questions Reg Moule has been solving
gardening problems for years. Now he's answering your gardening questions
from across the world!
for GCSE results Don't worry too much, says sixth-former Julia McCall
offers some advice on coping with the stress
of waiting for GCSE results.
metal mystery A metal face has appeared unannounced at a local beauty
spot. Who put it there, and why?
shops for local people? Twenty-something Sarah Bickenson ponders whether
or not to start shopping in her local high street.
distress 17-year-old Lou Parkinson wonders whether we are becoming
too dependent on computer technology.
life all at sea Sea Cadets got the chance to climb aboard two university
training ships at Gloucester
at Sudeley Sudeley Castle may have some of the answers for young children
looking for something to do this summer.
greatest show on earth The legendary and fabulously entertaining Giffords
circus amazed audiences when it travelled to FramptononSevern
last week, writes Nicky Hendy.
wedding speech disaster Wedding
speeches can be a daunting prospect for both the speakers and the guests
but fear not! We talk to a local banqueting manager who offers some very
useful tips indeed
webcam goes live at Woodchester
A ruined Gothic mansion in a secluded Gloucestershire
valley is proving to be the perfect location for what is probably Britains
first bat webcam.
Army Summer School 14 year old Tom Elliott is a member of the Salvation
Army fellowship in Gloucester and he's just been away at Summer School.
Down the Severn charity appeal BBC Radio Gloucestershire's John Rockley
is embarking upon an epic journey along the River Severn to raise cash
for local charities...
stars at the BBC
Experience On one day last year more than 3,000 people turned up at
GL1 in Gloucester to discover more about the BBC at a special event. That
event will be repeated again in September!
Johnson exposed! BBC Gloucestershire Blast reporter Sophie Bonner
talks to Hugo Johnson, a young photographer from Gloucestershire...
holiday survival for parents
The summer hols can be a demanding time for mums and dads so read our
expert advice and useful top tips to help you cope with the long, long,
school break. And yes, it's official, it IS OK for kids to get bored!
Sings Single mother Sandra loves God and
singing. In future she hopes to combine her two loves to spread God's
message. Meanwhile her other great love, her son Manasseh (7), looks on
at hand for mums and dads
Stressed out by parenthood? A Stroud-based charity is here to help mums
and dads with a range of offspring issues, from surly stepchildren to
temperamental toddlers. Click
here for details of Parentline Plus autumn 2004 parenting courses.
Sophie's diary: Week
One Over the summer, Sophie will be keeping a record of her thoughts
and achievements as Gloucestershire's Blast reporter.
There's something about Sophie
Sophie Bonner from Gloucester is Gloucestershire's very own Blast reporter.
Read all about her!
visits Gloucester The Muslim community
of Gloucester had the opportunity to talk to Home Secretary David Blunkett
when he paid a visit to the city on Thursday 29th July 2004...
commence The first day of Joust, the country's biggest medieval festival,
saw the crowds turn out in force to enjoy a banquet of swordplay and chivalry
at Berkeley Castle.
figures honoured Over
2,000 students will be graduating from the University of Gloucestershire
and some famous names, who will be receiving Honorary Doctorates, will
be joining them.
A day in the
life: Stroud FM Nicky Hendy, from
Gloucestershire, talks about her experiences at community radio station
the three peaks Conquering Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in
just 24 hours is a tough endeavour and three teams from the University
of Gloucestershire took up the challenge to raise cash for a good cause.
Resident motoring journalist Zog Ziegler tests drive the BMW 5 Series.
Great Orpheus Pavement A replica of the Woodchester Roman Orpheus
Pavement is now on permanent display at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire.
at Kingsholm Building work on the new East Stand at Gloucester Rugby
Club's Kingsholm ground is now well underway.
sound of Indonesian music An Indonesian orhestra has arrived in Cheltenham.
Apparently it sounds like "metal butterflies".
Gospel the new rock'n'roll?
Music talent spotters are queuing up to get front row seats
for the GEM Awards.
International Air Tattoo Tens of thousands of aviation
enthusiasts turned out at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
Includes picture galleries.
years of the Arrows The
Red Arrows display team continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with
an appearance at Fairford's RIAT.
with the Falcons BBC Gloucestershire's Nic Baddeley hitched a ride
with the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team as they prepared to jump at
the Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo.
a volunteer Becoming a volunteer could
be the most rewarded thing you ever do, according to 17-year-old Lou Parkinson.
Wicca questions answered Our resident witch, Theresa Moorey, answers
more of your questions on witchcraft and Wicca.
hits a high note Gloucestershire's
Youth Makes Music event was a hit, says fifteen-year-old Ed Leighton.
Ziegler test drives the Chrysler Grand Voyager
BBC Gloucestershire's motoring guru parks his compact rear behind the
wheel of the Chrysler Grand Voyager CRD and takes it for a spin.
Awards Old Spot pork, Blaisdon plums, Cotswold honey and Double Gloucester
cheese. They were all on the menu at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink
Fatter or fitter?
With a little expert help, Ann and Ron Bennett are winning their battle
to lose weight.
are here again! You may have thought the term 'Dog Days' referred
our four-legged friends, but instead,
the "dog" refers to Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star
in the constellation Canis Major...
On the "write"
track Martin Evans has spent two years working on his lifetime dream
of writing a book. The result of his efforts is a motivational story called
sky in July
short nights of July are usually compensated for by some pleasant observing
conditions with clear skies and high temperatures.
International Festival of Music Music
lovers are in for treat in Cheltenham over the next couple of weeks at
Festival of Music, and
Cooper The spirit of Tommy Cooper lives on in a critically acclaimed
play based on the routines and life of the comic genius. It stars Jerome
Flynn and is heading to Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre.
Lou Parkinson thinks many teenagers don't care about current affairs and
politics - but she says it's not all their fault...
Dynamite Dancers from a leading Caribbean dance
company are to teach and perform in Gloucestershire.
Praise of Jesus
Sarah Ryan was impressed by the Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society's
Jesus Christ Superstar.
Festival of the Garden 2004
third Westonbirt Festival of the Garden is now on at the National Arboretum
Zero to Hero
goblins and cave trolls are all in a day's work for Mark Roberts, whose
job is "turning ordinary people into heroes" with Heroquest.
Midsummer Night's Dream Bill Hughes, a visitor to the BBC Learning
Centre in Gloucester, reviews A Midsummer Night's Dream, an open-air picnic
play at Berkeley Castle.
to go home? If you feel tired and stressed, it may be time to sort
out your work/life balance.
Cheltenham Festival of Science 2004
Mutants, robots and aliens were just some of the topics on the agenda
at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Science.
Smith's Summer sizzlers Gloucestershire cook Mo Smith brings us some
seriously delicious dishes to tempt our taste buds during the Summer months.
off with the RAF Falcons The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team is
world famous for its spectacular aerial displays. We pay the team a flying
Euro 2004 adventure While most of us were watching England take on
the Swiss from the comfort of our sofas, lucky Julia Causton managed to
win a trip to see the game live in Portugal.
Osbourne tribute band to play in Cirencester
It's the next best thing to seeing the Prince of Darkness
himself - Local Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Wizards of Oz are to appear
on stage in Cirencester.
solves your June gardening questions Reg Moule has been solving gardening
problems for years. Now he's answering your gardening questions from across
magician to perform in Gloucestershire Magician
and escapologist Peter McCahon brings his controversial and highly unusual
act to Gloucestershire.
Drive of the Audi A8 BBC Gloucestershire's motoring expert Zog Ziegler
is among the first to test drive the Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro.
RAF Fairford Air Tattoo We take a look at what aviation enthusiasts
can expect to see at the 2004 Royal International Air Tattoo.
away for Kemble Air Day
We preview this year's Kemble Air Day, which celebrates
the 40th anniversary of the world-famous Red Arrows display team.
designer and silversmith David Hayward has won an international award
in New York.
secret life of the Church - Part 2 We
continue our look at what goes on behind the scenes of a Gloucestershire
Potter photo gallery
yourself in the picture with a bit of web magic at Hogwarts.
of the desert come to the Forest The Forest of Dean boasts many creatures
but the addition of golden camels is surely one of the most bizarre. Intrepid
BBC journalist Naomi Wordley finds out more.
Woolsack races The annual event involves running up a steep hill carrying
a large sack of wool, and attracted dozens of competitors.
Cheltenham Balloon Festival
Racecourse was the venue for the town's first ever Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Includes pictures and video.
secret life of the Church We
look at what goes on behind the scenes of a Gloucestershire church and
meet vicar Mike Burke.
Potter's county Discover Gloucestershire's hidden links with the boy
Muslim Leyla Khan provides an insight into what it's like being Muslim
Ahmad Nabi provides an insight into what it's like being Muslim in Gloucestershire.
Public enemy number
one? A decision to cull Stroud's pigeon population
has resulted in angry debate over the whole issue of culling as a method
of controlling numbers of the bird.
to talk at Science Festival An astronaut with NASA is to give a talk
at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
New Bishop of
Gloucester is enthroned The new Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham,
was enthroned at a special ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral.
Haroon provides an insight into what it's like being Muslim in Gloucestershire.
Transit of Venus The highlight of the month, indeed the whole year,
for weatherman Richard Angwin was the Transit of Venus, an event which
last occurred in 1882 and which will not happen again until 2012.
the big cheese Fine weather greeted competitors and spectators from
across the globe at the 2004 Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling festival. Includes
pictures and video footage!
mascot for the evening A Gloucestershire schoolboy is getting a chance
to rub shoulders with the likes of David Beckham, Paul scholes, and Michael
Pottermania: Good or bad
for books?The Harry Potter craze has given a major boost to book sales,
but are other books being forgotten, and are our libraries going the same
way? Student Ed Leighton considers the situation.
good fun It's something we all take for granted - having our wheelie
bins emptied once a week. But have you ever thought about what goes into
making it happen?
people turn on to jazz More and more young people in Gloucestershire
are getting into jazz music, writes teenager Ed Leighton.
night sky in June The highlight of the month, indeed the whole year,
has got to be the transit of Venus, an event which last occurred in 1882
and which will not happen again until 2012.
How to draw Dennis
the Menace Children at a Gloucestershire School
have been getting an art lesson with a difference - how to draw comic
Get ready to roll
that cheese! Gloucestershire's craziest event returns this year and
there are plenty of daring souls who are willing to risk life and limb
to chase after a big Double Gloucester cheese at Cooper's Hill.
big adventure Gloucestershire teenager Rebecca Crowther is flying
out to China this summer for what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime.
unique Forest voice This year sees the tenth anniversary of the death
of playwright Dennis Potter, whose life and achievements are celebrated
at the Voices in the Forest festival.
air ballooning comes to Cheltenham A hot air balloon festival is coming
to Cheltenham Racecourse in May and it's going to be hot stuff!
Underground They're a specially formed collaboration that came together
for the 2004 Cheltenham International Jazz Festival.
jazz pioneer visits Cheltenham Brazilian composer and musician Hermeto
Pascoal put on a worderfully eccentric latin jazz show at the 2004 Cheltenham
International Jazz Festival.
disposal crisis looming According to the Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire
is facing a major waste disposal crisis in less than a decade.
Hooch - Gloucestershire style! A Gloucestershire police dog handler
and his canine companion have taken a top 10 position in the National
Police Dog Trials, hosted by the Metropolitan Police.
steals the show Norwegian jazz songstress Silje Nergaard and her band
put on an awesome show at the 2004 Cheltenham International Jazz Festival.
Cullum jazzes up Cheltenham The UK's biggest-selling jazz musician
came to Cheltenham Town Hall for the 2004 International Jazz Festival
and proved exactly why he's such a popular performer.
Pine kick starts the jazz Virtuoso saxophonist Courtney Pine made
a welcome return to open this year's Cheltenham International Jazz Festival.
interview with Courtney Pine Saxophonist Courtney Pine spoke to us
in an exclusive interviewed before he took to the stage at the 2004 Cheltenham
International Jazz Festival.
cycle trek Cheltenham man Brian Wronski and his friend Matthew Evans
recently set off on an intrepid charity 1500 mile bike ride to Portugal.
the trail of big cats Gloucester's Frank Tunbridge has set up a hotline
for sightings of big cats.
Air Tattoo celebrates pact 2004's Fairford Air Tattoo will commemorate
the signing of the Entente Cordiale.
son's death A family are appealing for information regarding their
son's death on the A417.
Charity China Trek A Cheltenham PC will
soon be swapping the beat for an exotic charity adventure.
With Danger Gloucester director and martial artist Scott Clifford
has made an explosive action thriller.
Remember St George's
Day? Should the Patron Saint of England's day be a public holiday?
becoming a Blast reporter? We are looking for local students who are
willing to take part in BBC's Blast Young Reporter project.
trek to Mount Olympus Karin Blak is undertaking the challenge of a
lifetime by trekking to the summit of Mount Olympus.
website is a hit Two Gloucestershire
mums have launched a successful website for young parents.
Ninjas head East
men and women are set to go on a trip of a lifetime to train with Dr Masaaki
Hatsumi - the only Grand Master still living and training in the martial
art of Ninjutsu.
feast of literature for all The fifth mini-festival of literature
in Cheltenham was a cracker, and our reviewer Nic Baddeley went along
to see what was on offer.
Achievement of a lifetime for disabled rower
Disabled oarsman Stuart Boreham was the first person with cerebral palsy
to row the Atlantic alone and unaided. He told BBC Gloucestershire what
inspired him to make the journey.
Pond transformed! What was an eyesore dumping ground in Gloucester
has been miraculously transformed into a beautiful nature reserve thanks
to the efforts of a local community group.
Turn on to learning fun with
the BBC! BBC Gloucestershire is opening a new centre which aims to
get more people to switch on - to the life-changing possibilities of lifelong
Appeal over son's death
The family of a teenager found dying on the A417 dual carriageway are
appealing for information.
A hidden affliction
Katie Foulser explains to BBC Gloucestershire what life is like for a
Spring bundles of
joy Spring is all about new beginnings
and first time mother Rachel Evans tells us about her new arrival.
Come fly with me...
Helen Tempest has been wing-walking for 22 years and says her love of
aerobatics is in her blood.
Raising the awareness of
nursing Garrett Bright from Gloucester
is determined to raise the awareness of nursing and nurses in the county.
the wonder of Whittle Gloucestershire has been celebrating the pioneering
work of Sir Frank Whittle.
Winter wonderland Snow was predicted for Thursday 12th March 2004,
and the weather didn't disappoint! Residents of Gloucestershire sent in
their pictures of the snow covered county.
More funds needed
The Pied Piper Appeal needs £800,000 to
finish a special children's centre, and they need your help!
developments at Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham Racecourse now boasts
some brand new multi million pound state-of-the-art facilities for racegoers
and non-racegoers alike.
U21 27-19 Ireland U21 A crowd of over seven thousand watched England's
stars of the future take on Ireland in the Under 21 Six Nations Championship
at Kingsholm last night. With pictures!
A trek to Mount Olympus Karin Blak
is undertaking the challenge of a lifetime by trekking to the summit of
Mount Olympus is Greece.
Life as a surrogate
Carol O'Reilly, from Newent in Gloucester, has had three children for
childless couples, making her an experienced surrogate mother.
Man from Tewkesbury Neil Hall, from Tewkesbury, is going to tackle
this year's London Marathon to raise cash for a Cancer charity.
The life of
rugby referee Chris White Cheltenham born and bred International rugby
referee Chris White arrived home from Australia last November, having
taken part in the greatest Rugby tournament in the World.
the flavour with the 'Fairford Recipe' Different generations in a
Cotswold town are learning more about each other through an interest they
both share - food!
photo challenge Calling all budding David Baileys! The search is on
to find the best photo to promote South West England in a multi-million
pound marketing campaign.
'Why did they
butcher my dead son?' Maureen Thomas Powell was devastated twice over
when she lost her teenage son after a road accident - then found 12 years
later that his body parts had been removed and kept without her permission.
learned from a nightmare The Cromwell Street murders sent shockwaves
through Gloucester and round the world. But 10 years on, the tragedy has
brought improved services for vulnerable young people.
Stylist to the stars
goes back to his roots! What do Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Josh
Hartnett and Billy Zane have in common? Well, they've all been dressed
by Cheltenham fashion stylist Stuart Weir.
sprung? These frogs think so! If the recent topsy-turvy weather has
got you confused, you're not the only one. Gloucester's frogs reckon it's
the weight off! It's week four of Ann and Ron Bennett's slimming diary.
Even after going on two holidays they've managed to lose a few pounds!
to City Bank? A park in Watermoor, Cirencester is now a dirty place
to visit and is full of dog mess. Kelly Archer puts forwards her thoughts
on the matter...
up in foster care! Charles Welsh from Gloucester became an orphan
at the age of 10 years old. He tells us what life was like growing up
in a foster home.
Cirencester ignore the young? Cirencester is a busy town but with
so many young people there is just nothing for them to do, says Kelly
Archer. Here the 21-year-old outlines the scale of the problem.
email from America Student Kelly Archer highlighted the issues of
living in a rural community and many of you agreed. Michelle Schrup emailed
us with her comments...
drug addict's 'friend' Probation officer Mike Arch explains why jail
is no longer the sole destination for convicted drug users who steal to
feed their habit.
services in Gloucestershire Find out where to get help in Gloucestershire
for drug related problems.
to Chagall! Tewkesbury resident Lyn Ede is an ex-English teacher turned
successful artist. Take a look at some of her contemporary work below...
needed to finish Royal Hospital Children's Centre Over the last decade
the Pied Piper Appeal have been raising funds to build a special children's
centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. But they need to raise another
£800,000 to finish the job.
to hell Jason Simmonds, from Cheltenham, despairs at the state of
the approach road to the town's landmark Pittville Pump Room.
Care: Could you foster? As the BBC's Taking Care season explores what
it is like to grow up in care, Gloucestershire County Council is appealing
to more families to offer a loving home to young people.
Care: Keeping families together As the BBC's Taking Care season explores
what it is like to grow up in care, Gloucestershire County Council is
playing its part in keeping children out of care.
Care: Help for troubled teens As the BBC's Taking Care season explores
what it's like to grow up in care, Gloucestershire County Council launches
a new support service for teenagers in care.
Gloucestershire's year in pictures 2003 has been an unforgettable
year in Gloucestershire in all sorts of ways. Take a look back at the
year in pictures.
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