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2005 It's Christmas! Check out features, photos, advent calendar plus
more fun and games here...
House Lights 2005 Do you enjoy the Christmas illuminations at people's
houses in Staffordshire? Check out the pics...
Hill's Jazz - a fan's view Mel Hill's Jazz show originates in Staffordshire,
but has fans worldwide. One fan explains why...
Grandad Piggott's new CD Here’s a pensioner who steals, lies, swears and
drinks to excess. We look at his latest release...
Footpath Campaign Graham Evans explains why he thinks we need this campaign
to stop footpaths being closed off.
Fascinating Ancestors Gary Cooper explains why he decided to write a book
looking back over thousands of years of Staffs..
on Down watch Stoke-on-Trent’s tallest building - Unity House in Hanley
- being demolished.
Staffords are back The Regiment are home - after their tour of duty in
Clubbing So many clubs, so little time. Staffordshire has the lot ...
from gay to goth, from macho to techno
Slaughter - your views Many religions practise "ritual killing" of animals.
Some see it as cruel. Religion vs Kindness?
do ethnic women stand in society? Nageena Younis wonders iff the effect
of Islam on women is as bad as some say
Herceptin Campaign Diary The story of the Staffordshire women who fought
to get the anti-cancer drug on to the NHS list
Who - the fan's view Good ol' Doctor Who is back, after being in a black
hole for a while. Should he have returned?
Radio Stoke did CIN... Our roving reporter Mick Tucker went on a tour
of a handful of fundraising events - as a pirate!
in Need Photos 2005 Photos of some of the Children in Need events that
took place in Staffordshire
There Mateys! BBC Radio Stoke was a Pirate Radio Station for the day -
all for Children In Need!
man-made wonders anyone? The BBC wants to know your choices for Staffordshire's
greatest man-made features.
in Need Events 2005 What were you doing in Staffordshire in 2005 to support
Children in Need?
legend of the Chained Oak The Alton Towers’ attraction HEX is based on
the Staffordshire legend of the Chained Oak
speak out Dr Gordon Elliott he explains how he came to publish some of
his interviews with local potters!
in The Book Club On BBC local radio, there was a programme for anyone
who likes reading. Read a book - and join in!
I Was A Child" One of the great - and now largely forgotten - books of
working class life in the Potteries
Craik - Potteries author We remember the Victorian creator of "John Halifax,
buffet food! Andy Bereza remembers eating traditional Polish food, now
he’s creating his own versions for parties
at War Stefan Mucha looks back at the impact of Nazi occupation on his
Polish family during the Second World War.
in Words and Pictures A book from local historian Mervyn Edwards produces
an oral history of 20th century "Boslemites"
- back on track? Want to know about the state of the county's rail service?
Or want cheap rail tickets?
Joe Dundas was on our junior reporter scheme in 2005 - who will be next?
Diary The new Blast reporter Joe Dundas shares his experiences with us
day of the season A poem for Stoke City football fans about that very
special day... and an arty photo gallery too.
spirit of the 1800's Andrew Baker isn't just Andrew Baker...he's an 1800s
composer as well called Joseph Mordant...
a High Street Honey She's appeared on the pages of Nuts and FHM. Joe Dundas
went to visit ...
Young People Buy Art? They lounge around doing very little.. should they
really be interested in being art collectors?
Classical Music Staffordshire county council is now letting you log on
and listen to classical music online… at home… FREE
Stoke's new jingles How were they made and are they any good?
on Wheels... showing films to locals. Thirty years on, "Reels on Wheels"
are sticking to their roots.
Comedy in Crewe Tickling Joe's funny bone at Crewe's LimeLight with Alan
Craven Comedy King Staffordshire boy done good, Tim Craven is making waves
on the comedy circuit
Fashion What is it? Joe’s been out on the street with a camera to find
Queen Natalie Bangs has been an actress since she was knee high to a grasshopper.
Joe went to talk to the Trentham teenager
our Joe... Joe Dundas was our Blast reporter in 2005 - find out about
story of Captain Perrin Read about the heroic tale of a USAAF fighter
ace who died to save a Staffordshire town
Walk Through Time Walks in Staffordshire that help us to learn about the
history of our landscape...
Dog to Carcassonne The Darlingtons from Stone were the first people to
cross the English Channel in.. a narrowboat
Canals Find out why canals have always been so important to the development
Reliant Obsession Elvis Payne (real name!) is so obsessed by the three-wheelers
built in South Staffs he wrote a book!
Song For Stoke Children from a Bishop Stamer primary school have written
and recorded a song to celebrate Stoke-on-Trent
of Youth Sport In Nantwich, hundreds of youngsters tried out all sports
from archery and swimming to the triathlon!
to Hanley... The BBC's 'Mad about Music' event brought the sounds of Africa
and beyond to the Potteries!
Lives in Staffordshire Our Africa Lives pages show the colour and contradictions
of African life and culture
The Great Few people today know of Havergal Brian, the greatest composer
to come from Staffordshire
leathers From superbikes to style - find out about the Staffordshire firm
who've put the county on the map
to The Torch The Golden Torch Club in Stoke-on-Trent is one of the most
talked about venues in Northern Soul folklore
came from the East Over the last fifty years, thousands of Hungarians
have settled in Staffordshire to start a new life
of the Beast Murdoc, the founder member of the virtual hip hop outfit
Gorillaz was born here in the Potteries...
and Camilla get hitched See the photo gallery from one who was there!
of Faiths The people of Staffordshire are coming together with the formation
of the 'Forum of Faiths'
Parkes: Tamworth's forgotten hero - only the second man in history to
receive the highest award for gallantry.
Regiment history Dave Cooper has put together a history of the Staffordshire
Regiment 300 years after it was formed
from the Aisles! Was your church in with a chance of winning BBC Radio
Stoke's congregation competition? Find out here
Midlands Gunpowder Plot Find out more about the gunpowder plotters who
went out with a bang in Staffordshire
Diary Take BBC Local Radio, add Washington DC, Minton Tiles & the Queen
of Wedgwood... get a USA diary!..
secret Staffordshire name What is your secret name - in Staffordshire
dialect and old slang? Try our generator and find out!
for the Third World A small shop in Stone is doing its bit to promote
fair trade - and some elephant dung! Meet Wikijum
University Fine Art Show 2005 As usual, art students produced the wierd,
the wonderful, the amazing.
down Leek's railway past Leslie Oppitz introduces the background to the
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway
Shugborough Code The world's best code-breakers uncovered a 250 year old
Staffordshire mystery at Shugborough Hall
the birds... The RSPB has ten simple tips on how to care for the winged
wildlife in your back garden
not try birdwatching? All you need to know about getting started in birdwatching,
courtesy of the RSPB
Beer in Staffordshire BBC Radio Stoke's Richard Baynes shows how Staffordshire,
journalists and beer inevitably mix!
in 2005 Find out the latest on the A500 roadworks - we've got useful links
to help you on your journey!
Public Art See some of Stoke-on-Trent's public art nominees here - and
maybe you'll vote for your favourite?
House - come on down! Stoke-on-Trent’s tallest building - Unity House
in Hanley - is to be demolished. Will it be missed?
& Wedgwood & Washington Take BBC Local Radio, add Washington DC, Minton
Tiles & the Queen of Wedgwood - a USA mix
the Lady of Mercia Ethelfleda was the 'queen' from Staffordshire who lit
up the dark ages by defeating the Vikings
short story competition The competiton is now done - but if you like reading
short, short stories, check out the entries...
Staffs to India Fay Prendergast volunteered with children in India. Read
Haunted Man Local author Stuart Neild is now published and his supernatural
thriller A Haunted Man is a success
in... BBC Radio Stoke editor Sue Owen was 'hooked' on fishing from the
first time she tried it.
results Who were the parliamentary, mayoral and county winners & losers
on Elections Day, May 5th?
name's Sarah Rayne The road to publication is not an easy one as Staffordshire
author Sarah Rayne explains...
Dark Dividing Staffordshire author Sarah Rayne describes the origins of
her suspense novel about sets of twins
home of custard Staffordshire is now officially where custard is at. Find
out why, and tell us your custard moments
your credit details at risk? Perhaps you've already been a victim of the
rapidly rising spate of credit card fraud
Johnson's Dictionary Who wrote the first "proper" English dictionary?
A Staffordshire man, Samuel Johnson - 250 years ago
down Leek's railway past Leslie Oppitz introduces the background to the
Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway Staffordshire's
100 Club Listen to our archive of 100 stories - each one from a person
born in every year between 1904 & 2003
Holy Books The reading and care of the scriptures of world religions involve
many rituals and customs
quake disaster reaction People all over Staffordshire have raised money
in aid of the victims of the Tsunami disaster
EMA - for better or worse? You'd have thought that students would welcome
some money, but the EMA allowance is a headache
- the Friday rock night at Newcastle's Zanzibar (before it closed). See our
Bolted Pix Gallery .
More on Bolted
pix 2005 Looking back through the year - some of your clubbing photos
Audley Publications story Local author Michael Eardley shows how do-it-yourself
publishing can be a success on the internet
Get the cure! The problem with longer drinking hours and party-celebrations
is... hangovers. We have the cure
history of haunting in Stafford Stafford
has a history of ghostly residents who've made their presence felt in the town...
Ghosthunting in Staffordshire
One man from Stoke-on-Trent is actively in search
of ghosts and ghost legends.
Joy Of Poems - txt style It was certainly a case of 'modern art' as BBC
Radio Stoke organised its 'Ptry Txt-Msg' competition
from the pitch... As part of BBC Radio Stoke's 'Joy of Books' season,
we want your sporting poems
greatest living poet Carol Ann Duffy - born in Stafford - is enjoying
new levels of poetic fame
From The Music Hall Local creative writers need your help to publish their
Music Hall book with colourful characters
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some perennial seasonal Favourites....
history What's with all these scares anyway? We take a look at the chilling
history of Hallowe'en and more..
recipes & ideas for Hallowe'en There's plenty of fun to be had at
Hallowe'en - recipes, games and drinks..
eCards We've got a frightful selection of scary Hallowe'en eCards for
you to send to your friends and family..
a long a horror Time to hide behind the sofa? Have a smile while you're
10 Scary Movies
Check out our scary list
ideas Do you need any more Horror? Ok - here's some
- get some loving with our Valentine tips
Pud All you need to know about Xmas pud &
& Trimmings Check out our handy guide to cooking the perfect Christmas
Tales You've been coming in to our recording studios and telling us your
stories about Christmas
Christmas in Europe Many European countries have their own customs.
Christmas Jokes Time for some of the worst Christmas jokes ever! You think
e-cards We've got a festive selection of Christmas eCards for you to send
to your friends and family
ten Christmas movies Take a look at the most festive movies to give you
the Christmas spirit.
quizzes Proud of your county? Prove it by entering our Staffordshire quizzes...
Messageboards We have thousands of cmments from you on all sorts of subjects.
Might be worth a rainy afternoon's nostalgic surfing...!
- the Staffordshire Stew Bits of old left-over Sunday beef, some root
veg, some barley, and cooked for hours. Heaven in a pot
drink to savour! Known for being British, Bovril is really a Staffordshire
thing – it's been made here for years!
or Yuk? Marmite - food of the gods or tastebud hell? What do you think
about the Staffordshire born product?
To The Oatcake Known affectionately as a Clay Suzette, the Staffordshire
oatcake is one of this county's treasures!
Words & Dialect
any Staffordshire words? Can you come up with local words, phrases or
sayings? From "nesh" to "ronk"...
language of the Potteries Local historian Steve Birks traces the origins
of the local dialect of North Staffordshire
is "Voices 2005"? Find out more about this huge project to survey Staffordshire
people's ways of speech, and languages
Spiritual Places A list of your most favourite inspirational and spiritual
places in Staffordshire
facts about the M6 Check out the fascinating facts about the new M6 toll
road that passes through South Staffordshire.
Canes service station A brand new state-of-the-art service station opened
on the M6 toll road in 2004.
Toll Road route map Want to know where the new M6 toll road is? Check
out the map.
the M6 toll road gallery We have exclusive aerial pictures of the new
M6 toll road in construction.
for the M6 toll road Take a look at the timeline of the new toll motorway's
planning right through to its construction.
advice - links Are floods on the way? Storms? Icy conditions? Or just
need a holiday abroad weather forecast?
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