Article - Perils on the sea

I gather that this past year has witnessed more hurricanes than in any other year in recent times.

Article - A stitch in time

I was delighted to hear the other day, that Sport England had recently provided a substantial sum of money to help those of us who have sadly passed beyond the stage where we can comfortably call ourselves "middle aged" to remain fit and healthy.

Article - Regeneration

As I mentioned in this column last week, I recently spent a little time at the Conservative Conference in Manchester, partly signing copies of a book I have recently published and partly doing some broadcasting.

Article - Party Conferences

One of the many joys that come with leaving Ministerial Office is that I no longer have any official obligation to attend the Conservative Party Conference – or indeed, any other party conference.

Article - A303

Rather more than 20 years ago, when I was getting ready to be a candidate for the first time in a West Dorset election, I drew up a list of local issues that I thought were likely to concern the electors of West Dorset in the years ahead.

Article - apprenticeships

Last week, I referred to the Melplash Show.

This week, I see that the Melplash Agricultural Society has awarded a set of handsome bursaries for young men and women who are training for the agro-industries.

Article - local agricultural shows

Late August and early September seem to be the parts of the year when our local agricultural shows - at Melplash and Dorchester - take place.

Article - Anthony Nolan

A constituent wrote to me recently about blood.

Being of a somewhat squeamish disposition, I find this a difficult topic to discuss. But the enquiry was a serious one - as it was about blood cancer which remains as a serious killer.

Article - Gardens

A few days ago, my wife and I, alongside a steady trickle of other people, were visiting a West Dorset garden that was open under one of these splendid schemes that provide so much pleasure to so many by enabling us to wander round a patch of earth that has been lovingly tended by its owners.