Mercifully, I have never found myself short of water when crossing a desert - and I have not therefore, had the experience of seeing a pool of water that turned out on closer inspection to be nothing more than a mirage.
A multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs, helping to ensure that every child has the best start in life.
I hope that this may be the very last occasion upon which I feel moved to write in this column about local government reorganisation in Dorset.
Using the funds that the Chancellor allocated at the Budget, we've set out proposals that will see wage rises of between 6.5 per cent and 29 per cent for over 1.1 million NHS workers in England
As I write this column, I am on the way to one of my regular meetings with the Chair and the Chief Executive of Dorset County Hospital.
Over the years, these meetings have taken many forms.
I am writing this column not many hours before Parliament debates the Statutory Instrument which (if passed) will trigger the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.
As I write this column, votes are still being counted for the local elections.
We in West Dorset were not amongst those called upon to vote. But there are two bets I am willing to make.
Courtesy of the Bridport and Lyme Regis News
YEARS of hard work, dedication and determination have finally paid off and an iconic building has been officially reopened following a £2m restoration.
On Thursday 3rd May's local elections, residents across England will vote to decide who runs their local services - and who manages the money they pay for those council services.