Top stories in November and December
December 27, 2012, 9:30 pm
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I am battling flu which has kept me in bed for the past two days and this has given me time to think about my aspirations for the next year.

One of them will be to make my blog better but for now I thought I would update you on a few of the stories I have written since I last posted just over a month ago.

Underpass murder trial begins

Passer-by saw couple and heard screams from underpass

When I went to Windsor for a couple of inquests I noticed Darcey Bussell was signing books in Waterstones – so got her to comment on Bracknell’s Dani Harmer’s Strictly Come Dancing chances here.

Noticed this woman had died in the obits and remembered going to her house when she was about to be a Paralympic Torchbearer so wrote a tribute.

Brave security guards fight off bank robbers

Family want more awareness of IIH after death

Wellington College teacher’s posthumous hit

Nellie the missing chicken

Tree surgeon’s Christmas ruined

South Hill Park brings panto fun to children in need

This is a result of my Census 2011 number crunching!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year x


Two more music interviews
November 18, 2012, 11:11 pm
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I interviewed Simone Felice and Duologue for Kettle Magazine. 

Here is Simone and here is Duologue.

My fave question was to Duologue – I asked them what their menu would be on Come Dine.

First week on the Bracknell Forest Standard

I am finally  a full-time reporter and I absolutely love it.  I started on Monday, after relocating to Reading last Saturday.  I live in a great house, with friendly housemates, walking distance to work.

Everyone I work with is great and my patch, Bracknell and Sandhurst, seems to have friendly contacts in it.

This week I have written quite a few stories and used the phone calls as opportunities to make contacts.  After deadline day, I was also handed a list of contacts to ring around so I am learning lots about the area which is interesting.

Here are a couple of stories that are now online.



I can’t wait to get to know the area better and generate lots of my own stories.

But for now, Happy Easter.  I’ll be writing some better blogs soon!

Fly tipping story in Saturday’s paper

This is the story I am most proud of so far as I found it myself and it resulted in the council being booted into action.

It was in Saturday’s Argus with a byline and I went with the photographer to see the evidence and get the photos.


Two page leads in The Argus today

As my first week at The Argus comes to a close I have had quite a few panels in the paper.  I am pleased today to have two bylined page leads which are stories I found myself.

The first one was a response to this week’s Cancer Research figures that 160,000 children aged 11-15 start smoking every year.  I investigated this for Brighton and Hove and found the shocking figures in a big NHS health report that children as young as 9 were lighting up.

Here’s my story: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9552995.Nine_year_olds_regularly_smoking_in_Brighton_and_Hove/

The second one I found online by conducting various searches of Brighton online and on Twitter.  This led me to the Brighton Society website where I found that the organisation had appealed for a street name change.  I looked into this and spoke to the council and the ward Councillor to find out how much this would cost and what they thought.

Enjoy:  http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9552949.Laine_or_lane__Brighton_street_name_controversy/

Also the best news of the day is that a double page spread I have worked on is eligible for my PA feature for my portfolio.

So let’s hear it for the weekend, woop woo!

Promising athlete needs sponsorship

I am having a fantastic time on Western Morning News and have two stories going in the paper tomorrow.  Friends from my journalism course who call me Baked Bean will be amused to know that I wrote about an article about broad beans today.  I won’t reveal anymore of the details until the paper’s out.  It is so much fun working on a daily paper.

Here’s an article I wrote while I was at the Kentish Gazette.  It was in last Thursday’s series of papers.  It followed my meeting with a very proud mum.  Enjoy.

A PROMISING young athlete with cerebral palsy and epilepsy has a chance of competing in the 2012 Paralympics.

Joshua Taylor, 15, a pupil at St Anselm’s Roman Catholic School, Canterbury needs sponsorship to travel to UK competitions.

The teenager, who lives with his mum in Faversham Road, Seasalter, starting running a year ago and is already ranked UK number two.

Athletics assessors have said his future as a competitive sprinter is extremely promising.

He was spotted by talent scouts at the England Athletics and scored a gold medal in the Cerebral Palsy Grand Prix.

Coach Marianne Underwood, of Invicta East Kent Athletics believes his fast progress is a tribute to his maturity and dedication.

His mother Sian Taylor, 38, a care worker, said: “I am so proud.

“He needs sponsorship to get him round the country.

“The more competitions he does the better.”

To follow Joshua’s ranking visit: http://www.thepowerof10.info. If you would like to sponsor him please contact: anntaylor908@btinternet.com.

When I’m 24….

I’ve come to the realisation lately that I am rapidly moving away from the term ‘young person’.

The factors that have contributed to this epiphany are as follows.

1) I can go into any pub in my home town and spot someone who was in year 7 when I was finishing school, and is OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK.

2) I am slightly disappointed if I don’t get ID-ed.  In fact, it’s an insult when I’m the only person in a group not to be.

3) I complain about loud noise in pubs and clubs.  ‘I just want to have a conversation.’

4) I tut at young people necking on street corners and have to restrain myself on public transport from telling loud schoolchildren to be quiet.

5) I pick up litter.

6) I answer the home phone.

7) My mum doesn’t pay for the dentist anymore.

8) I am shocked at how short schoolgirls skirts are.

9) I can’t tell charity street teams I am ‘not 18 sorry’ anymore.

10) I am less conspicuous about trying makeup testers in Boots.