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Boscombe’s Hidden Gem

Pic: William Butt

Pic: William Butt

By Bill Webb

Walk along Christchurch Road Boscombe and look for the statue of Charlie Chaplin inviting you to enter a small but quirky bar and restaurant. Don’t just stop here, as tempting as it may be to stand and watch the old Chaplin movie playing on the TV above the bar or to grab a board game and while away a few hours playing  Scrabble with friends, read a book from the pub library or just wander around looking at the art work that pops up everywhere. Grab a drink and walk through the pub to the garden.

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Jamie’s Art Works photo essay

hidden gem

The Art Works is a hidden gem

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Jurassic House

Hidden just out of sight..

Hidden just out of sight..

By Helen Hanbury

There is an event on at various places over Dorset coinciding with the release of Jurassic park , particularly at the Redhouse Museum in Christchurch. This event at the museum lasts till 27th June 2015.   Called Dinofest 2015,  you can get to visit various museums and galleries over Dorset over the course of the summer, you can get more info at Continue reading

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Michael House, stepping into the light

contemplating what is success

Pic: Jamie Derrick. Contemplating what success is.

By Melody

‘Rebuilding Lives’ is the maxim of Michael House, a hostel situated in Boscombe, Bournemouth. It provides needs for vulnerable people who require support and those who have a history of rough sleeping.  The house opened in 2000 and recently recorded its 500th resident.  The charity has been established for over 22 years and Michael House is due to celebrate its 15th anniversary on July 10th. Continue reading


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Bill’s Wheels 2015 blog


By Bill Webb

Having looked at the vintage cars and then the super cars at the second Bournemouth Wheels Festival I decided to check out something quieter and more environmentally friendly.

Team Extreme, a group of highly talented, brave and a little crazy roller bladders, 4inch wheel scooterists and BMX riders.  My first contact was with Danny Aldridge, 4 times British roller blade champion.  Danny has been part of the team for 18 years having been spotted when he was 10 years old.  One of the highlights of his career was at the NAS Festival in 2010 when he was awarded the Richard Taylor Memorial Trophy for completing a 180 back flip between the ramps. Continue reading

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Austin, The Age of Elegance revisits Bournemouth

Paul and Maureen Edwards By Melody A

Bournemouth’s popular ‘Wheels’ Festival opened for the second year in wind-swept conditions today but still drew huge crowds. Amongst the eclectic exhibits, ranging from scooter stunts to Monster Trucks was a dazzling classic car, a 1937 Austin Clifton.

The owners, Paul and Maureen Edwards of Wimborne, a friendly and engaging couple, were happy to share their experience of the elegant vehicle. It featured a cream body, maroon mudguards, canvas roof and leather interior. The Edwards purchased the car from a dealer in Weymouth 17 years ago to replace their previous passion for riding classic motorbikes. Continue reading


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Wheels, bumps and jumps

Balancing act

Balancing act

This was the first of many acts at the Wheels festival from Friday through to Sunday. They demonstrated their expertise at BMX bike jumping just near the entrance to the pier. I visited over two days capturing and recording the event, as I was hampered by bad rain the first day. Continue reading

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June 1, 2015 · 11:37 am