Posts for opinion
Why I’m ‘aching’ for the Covid vaccine
Opinion piece: Let me say, I am scared of injections. While not extremely ‘trypanophobic’, I have spent many years being fearful of vaccinations. I have avoided vaccinations at all costs, so never had the flu jab (despite having mild asthma) until December, 2020, when the realisation that ‘Covid-19 coupled with […]
A Cornish response to tiers …thinking aloud
With the tiering system and the growing antagonism to it in parts of the north (I lived in the north-west for many years, so have some sympathy for their very real plight), plus the fire-breaker lockdown in Wales, I suspect two things might happen: Some people who were going to […]
Covid lethargy or just autumn?
A personal viewpoint: I don’t know about you, but as the days grow shorter, an increasing senses of lethargy sets in here. I’m not sure whether it is the dull weather or the longer nights, or whether there’s a Covid lethargy, when invitations to go out in a socially-distanced manner […]
Reader view: a ‘life skills’ container on Summerleaze Downs?
rom Lucille Opie: Re. the proposed course to be run in Bude by the Pearl Exchange for a group of 18 to 30 year olds to improve their life skills, it sounds like a very worthwhile project and I have absolutely no quarrel with it at all… Except for the […]
How lockdown made us more community-spirited?
Read an article about the impact lockdown has had on society. I’ve taken from it a few elements, and it would be interesting to hear your thoughts. 1. “It’s clear that the coronavirus crisis has brought racial, gender and socio-economic inequalities into sharp focus” with the focus on Black Lives […]
Jeremy Vine courts controversy over Cornwall v Spain
From Twitter, presenter Jeremy Vine has courted controversy today by posing this question as tourism businesses still await info from the government. Cornwall or Spain this summer? Spain has reopened to British tourists from today! But you still have to get on a plane. On the other hand, Cornwall is […]
Positivity in testing times
How are you during this difficult time? Well, probably you are primarily concerned about your health and the health of those you love and care for, especially those living away whom you can no longer see. Not just coronavirus, either; there are other conditions many people have. You are probably […]
Project Lock Down Diaries
A new Facebook group has started in Bude called Project Lockdown Diaries. The group is the brainchild of Clair Roberts of The Kitchen Front. The page is now administered by Clair, along with Hilary Curtis and Harry Pearce, and is already yielding some fascinating information about people’s hopes and fears, […]
Strange times. Atlantic Rise and COVID-19
Particular concern re Covid-19 affects Bude’s older residence. Here is one view of these very strange times indeed. Feel free to send your thoughts on any subject. Written by John Gimson. These are my personal views, and are not to be regarded as representing all residents: It is over 5 […]
Tourists are very welcome in future – just not now
My view: There has been a range of anti-tourist sentiment expressed on social media, the vitriol of which strikes me as unnecessary. As with everyone else, tourists are only now being made fully aware of the implications of Coronavirus and the requirement to socially distance themselves by not travelling. Government […]
Nothing in the Budget for social care
From The Alzheimer’s Society: In the Spring Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave no mention of any spending increase for social care. While the money outlined for NHS and local authorities to deal with Coronavirus is good news, it’s astonishing funding for social care appears to have been completely ignored. This […]
Expletive deleted spam mail
Interesting how some people (not usually locals) do not value my time. I get a few of these emails a day because people want to enjoy the visitor traffic on Bude & Beyond. Example: This is a follow-up email in regards to the guest post pitch that I sent last […]
Letter from NSPCC SW
Dear Editor, With the new year under way, you may find your child setting themselves new goals, or even feeling a bit blue now the Christmas holidays are over. While the start of 2020 represents a fresh start for many, it can also be a difficult or overwhelming time for […]
Poor mobile signal will be a thing of the past?
The scourge of poor mobile phone signal in rural areas will be a thing of the past under bold new plans to be fast-tracked in the first 100 days of a Conservative majority government, the Prime Minister will announce today. Currently, only 66 per cent of the UK landmass has […]
Dogs on beaches
A final reminder that residents and visitors can have their say on seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches. The Council currently has 48 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which apply restrictions at certain times of the year for dogs on beaches across Cornwall. The consultation is open until 19 […]