Showjumping is in this family’s DNA – meet Rosie Pyle

Rosie & Saint are riding high - and hoping for more!

(this article was first published in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on October 17 2013, this content may be slightly longer due to the newspaper editing process) TALENTED horsewomen Rosie and Sam Pyle have an exciting personal challenge ahead … [Read more...]

The police, young people and mental health…in Wiltshire…

Today I'm reproducing an article I wrote for my family column in the weekly newspaper, The Gazette & Herald, which covers much of the county of Wiltshire. It was published on Thursday August 29 2013 ¬†and I'm reproducing it here at the request of … [Read more...]

GCSEs and A levels are easier…so let’s make them harder. Really?

Everyone should have a chance to shine.....

I always find this time of year frustrating when exam results come out for young people - results on which the future depends - or so it seems for those affected. For young people of 16 or 18, getting the 'right' results can feel like it's the only … [Read more...]

WHAT ABOUT THE RIOTS?

Police worry about some children who are out of control

Watching the news tonight and I listened to the mum of 13-year-old boy justifying why her son went to the riots with a hammer strapped to his leg. He wasn't rioting, but he was there. The hammer was for his own protection. She was lamenting the … [Read more...]

COST OF CAR INSURANCE FOR TEENAGE DRIVERS

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HAVING an interest in consumer affairs means I often have to look in details about issues around insurance.   For example, you won't find me paying hundreds to insure my new washing machine as, I believe, it's hardly ever worth the cost and … [Read more...]