John Light

Fine Festival – shame about the cricket

Posted on 4:41pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE Festival was fine in all respects bar one and that was the most important of all, the cricket. Played five, lost four, and just one victory. These blunt statistics speak for themselves but regrettably they do not tell the whole story.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Question marks over Gloucestershire bowling attack

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

WHO will take the wickets? That is the crucial question with the Brewin Dolphin cricket festival underway.

Be positive about where you live and change will come

Posted on 6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Did you read my column last week? What? No you didn’t? Tsk. I’ll let you off (this once), and if you did read it, my eternal gratitude from the four corners of Gloucestershire. And I’ll tell you for why: where we live is blooming great.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Gloucestershire should be proud to maintain Cheltenham Festival

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE last remaining cricket festival is upon us – no other county can provide 11 days of first class cricket on an ‘out ground’.

Make this the summer of doing things for others

Posted on 7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

I’m going to declare this the summer of doing stuff. What? Not snazzy enough a line? Okay then, how about this: the summer where we do things for others. Good right?

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Keeper curse has left Gloucestershire stumped

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Posted on 11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

THE story of four wicketkeepers is the main news this week.

Why should schools be allowed to select by faith?

Posted on 6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

I’M going to say something and it’s going to be little controversial: I don’t agree with faith schools.

Author Unknown

Councillors need to act like grown ups

Posted on 6:16am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT’S sad to know that whether you’re in Gloucestershire or London, people act the same. And by people, naturally, I mean politicians.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Can England selectors and Bristol planners come to correct decision?

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Posted on 8:00am Friday 6th June 2014

WRETCHED weather has caused a stuttering start to the cricket season. The weather is also showing up the flaws in the first class programme with so many important championship games being ruined by rain.

Nikki Owen

Charging for child support is morally wrong

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Posted on 6:31am Thursday 5th June 2014

MY dad left home when I was seven. He left no forwarding address; he left no note. He simply upped and went and my mum had no idea where he had gone. She had three children under eight to feed.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Klinger proved critics wrong by batting on

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Posted on 1:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

TWO whacking county wins, with the weather defeated made last week the best of the season so far.

John Light

Cricket: David Allen was 'hero and example'

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Posted on 10:04am Thursday 29th May 2014

CRICKET throughout Gloucestershire is mourning the loss of David Allen, a true cricketing great.

Inside the Pavilion: Two unfortunate circumstances have held Gloucestershire back

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 23rd May 2014

THE ground was full, corporate punters were feasting, full parking facilities were available, a jolly crowd was impeccably behaved, our bowling and fielding had restricted Somerset to a gettable total (156) and a victory looked probable.

Author Unknown

Politicians need to engage with their communities to win our trust

Posted on 6:01am Thursday 22nd May 2014

IT’S at times like these, I feel used. Take the other day: I nipped into our lounge and saw two cars pull up. Out of them spilt a group of smartly dressed, serious-looking folk, a bunch of leaflets in their hands, and that is when I knew: they were electioneering. And as they popped on their smiles, the thought hit me like a slap on the face: why do politicians only come knocking at our doors when they want our vote?

Nikki Owen

Taking stuff for granted

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Posted on 3:03pm Friday 9th May 2014

There are some things we take for granted. For example: each other.

Nikki Owen

Schoolgirls abducted - but who really cares?

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Posted on 3:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

SOMETIMES, we live our lives completely closeted.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 6:43pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

Gloucestershire cricket president John Light talks all things cricket

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Rovers board took their eye off the playing side and we have paid ultimate price

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Posted on 1:22pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

SO the unthinkable happened and Rovers failed to get the point they needed at home to Mansfield to fend off the threat of relegation to the Conference.

Will Collins

City Chat: New stand will drag Ashton Gate into 21st Century

Posted on 1:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

THERE was a party atmosphere at Ashton Gate on Saturday as City fans gave the East End a raucous send off.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Work to secure Football League status is not over yet

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

GASHEADS breathed a huge sigh of relief after a vital 2-1 victory at Wycombe on Saturday gave a massive boost to our bid to fight off relegation.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 11:29am Monday 28th April 2014

WRETCHED Welsh weather prevented a convincing win for Gloucestershire in Cardiff.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Vital to get a win at Wycombe

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Posted on 1:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

ROVERS’ hopes of avoiding the drop are still hanging by a thread after a disastrous Easter weekend.

Will Collins

City Chat: Two wins make it a Happy Easter

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

IT WAS a very satisfying Easter weekend for City fans with two wins out of two that now sees us in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the League One table.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PROFESSIONAL sport is tough. As well as ability you need a winning mentality, perhaps summed up by W C Fields’ famous line 'Never give a sucker an even break'.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Time for Clarke to justify board's decision

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ROVERS remain deep in the relegation mire after a shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom of the table Torquay United on Saturday.

Andrew Shepherd

Review: The Quiet Ones (15)

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Posted on 4:57pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE HORROR film genre has been a cinema staple almost since the dawn of moving pictures.

Will Collins

City Chat: Top half finish is still achievable

Posted on 3:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PRECIOUS 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday lifted City seven points clear of the League One drop zone, pretty much guaranteeing safety this season.

Jane Leigh

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 4:40pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

“We are the Glorious Gloucester’s famed for our attack In Korea and Alexandria back to back When we have served our country and answered the trumpets call.Take us back to Gloucestershire, most glorious land of all.”

Inside the Pavilion: Gloucestershire will perform better in four-day game this season

Posted on 10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

THE phoney war of friendlies is ending. On Sunday the real challenge starts when Hampshire visit Gloucestershire for an LV County Championship fixture.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Watching Rovers is like looking after a newborn baby

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Posted on 12:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

DESPITE a hard-earned point at Wimbledon on Saturday, Rovers remain deep in relegation trouble.

Will Collins

City Chat: One more victory should be enough to stay up

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

CITY moved a point closer to League One safety after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with fifth placed Preston North End at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

Will Collins

City Chat: We weren't clinical enough against Swindon Town

Posted on 12:30pm Friday 21st March 2014

CITY kept their first clean sheet since Boxing Day but couldn’t score at the other end, as last Saturday’s game against local rivals Swindon Town ended goalless.

Will Collins

City Chat: Wins over Shrewsbury and Peterborough helped ease League One relegation fears

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

IT HAS been a fantastic week for City with two wins on the road at Shrewsbury and Peterborough.

Will Collins

City Chat: Steve Cotterill rung the changes and it made a difference

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

CITY got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Gillingham at Ashton Gate.

Will Collins

City Chat: Worrying display against Sheffield United

Posted on 11:00am Friday 28th February 2014

CITY suffered another disappointing defeat last Saturday as Steve Cotterill’s men were outplayed in a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Daniel Chipperfield

Review: The Lego Movie

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Posted on 11:13am Tuesday 25th February 2014

IT was only a matter of time before Lego got in on the action of turning a successful toy franchise into a film.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: A shame Bristol Rovers could not build on momentum after postponement

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 21st February 2014

ROVERS suffered the frustration of not playing on Saturday after the game at Bury was postponed.

Will Collins

City Chat: Steve Cotterill should have freshened team up against Tranmere Rovers

Posted on 11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

FOLLOWING such a good result and performance at Leyton Orient last week there was more frustration for fans on Saturday as City failed to capitalise on that result by drawing with fellow strugglers Tranmere Rovers at Ashton Gate.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: New Bristol Rovers striker Gow can be a valuable asset

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

ROVERS managed to end the week on a high with a morale-boosting win over Cheltenham on Tuesday night.

Will Collins

City Chat: Win against Leyton Orient was our best performance of the season

Posted on 11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

CITY moved out of the League One relegation zone on Tuesday night with a superb 3-1 victory at Leyton Orient.

Review: Dallas Buyer's Club (15)

Posted on 12:50pm Thursday 13th February 2014

IT'S always a pleasure to see a well-liked actor, who has consistently delivered good work, suddenly start to put in the kind of performances that get the attention that awards are made of.

Will Collins

City Chat: Performances are concerning

Posted on 7:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

LAST week I stated that City should’ve been looking for a minimum of four points from our two home matches with Carlisle and Coventry.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Optimism of Bristol Rovers fans quickly banished by successive defeats

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

A WEEK is a long time in football, particularly when you are at the wrong end of League Two fighting a relegation battle.

Andrew Shepherd

Review: I, Frankestien (12A)

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Posted on 3:35pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

With a title like this one, it may come as little surprise that this film is not one which is likely to be having the Oscar contenders breaking out in a cold sweat in response to any threat to their potential awards.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: New Bristol Rovers signing Mohamed makes promising start

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Posted on 12:30pm Friday 31st January 2014

ROVERS experienced a mixed week, gaining a vital three points with victory over Newport on Saturday, followed by a disappointing defeat to Accrington on Tuesday night.

Will Collins

City Chat: Manner of defeats at Brentford and Wolves has been disappointing

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

IT’S been another disappointing week for City.

Andrew Shepherd

Review: Jack Ryan:Shadow recruit (12A)

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Posted on 3:59pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

TO DATE Jack Ryan, the hero of the books of the late Tom Clancy, has been played by 4 actors in the last 24 years.

Andrew Shepherd

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (18)

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Posted on 9:25am Tuesday 21st January 2014

THE 1980s were a time of excess, epitomised by the mantra “greed is good”, which came from the film Wall Street.

Geoff Wheeler

Stroud District Council leader Geoff Wheeler's column

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Posted on 12:00pm Monday 20th January 2014

Thursday, January 9 – A meeting of leaders and chief executives of the county’s seven main councils and representatives from Gloucestershire Police and the NHS.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: O'Toole is an invaluable asset for Bristol Rovers

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

ROVERS scored a dramatic late winner to secure three valuable points and a morale-boosting win at home to Exeter on Saturday.

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