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Burton-on-Trent UKIP candidate says he's no politician

With just over four months to go before the May 7th general and local elections the UK Independence Party is in ascendance, taking votes from Labour and the Conservatives on major policy issues pertaining to immigration and our relationship with Europe. 97 more words


Council leader says he will aim for less damaging cuts across services

Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Julian Mott, tells Midland Confidential that in light of further cuts in funding from central government to English councils, he wishes there wasn’t a cut and would have welcomed the same amount of money as the year before. 173 more words


Cat needs new servants

The current servants of this gorgeous small cat are moving overseas and she is now in need of new people to feed, house and pet her. 96 more words

Christmas on Arcadia

We’re off early tomorrow morning on long-awaited Christmas cruise on Arcadia. What could be nicer? – seven nights at sea, and Christmas dinner included. It’s a pity is the North Sea in December, but that latter bit goes pretty unavoidably with Christmas. 41 more words


More pictures of Aurora's new livery

Andrew Sassoli-Walker sent me these images today. Obviously, they’re of Aurora in Southampton. I think she looks good, although I’m not sure how good the funnel colour, which is OK on its own fits with the rest of it. 32 more words


Aurora's new livery

I received a couple of images late last night from Andrew Sassoli-Walker, of Aurora arriving into Southampton. They’re night shots and I gather were not taken in ideal conditions; nonetheless they’re a record of how she looked on her first reappearance in the UK with the new livery so here they are. 38 more words