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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 169 - Wednesday, 17th October 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [Why the news was late - Successful 'Open Art Surgery' at Nature's Choice]
Page 2 [Saturday evening with Will Killeen - Roy wins BBC Competition to make Ross Cider - Guided walk around Ross]
Page 3 [Filming at Symonds Yat - They're crafty folk at Fonteine Court - What's happening in Ross this week?]

Page 4

[Wild at the Doward - Nature Watch - JKHS Open Evening - Music Award - Police telephone disruption - Congrats]
Page 5 [Stabbing in Ross? - A Joint Family Birthday Celebration - Daylight robbery in Cawdor]
Page 6 [Heart Start - Recycling tip - VBL - Daz Fishing - Goodrich Football Kit - Rugby - Weather Station]
Page 7 [News from around Herefordshire]
This issue: Why the news was late

As Tina and I sat in the office on Tuesday evening, working on the news, we kept hearing what we thought was somebody letting off damp fireworks, in what sounded like a confined space. Well it is that time of year. There were bangs, which were loud, yet somehow muffled and there were flashes of blue light, coming from somewhere just the other side of our hedge. This went on for about half an hour as we carried on working, prepping the news.

It was only when two fire engines arrived that we realized that it was not fireworks we were hearing and that there was something wrong. The noise was the main, heavy duty power cable going into the house a couple of doors away in our street and backing onto our garden arcing. The bangs were being muffled by the roof space of the house.

The fire brigade, having looked into the problem, knocked on our door and told us that we needed to turn off our main power switch. Without my having to mention it, the firemen already knew that it was my news deadline night. They apologized but there was nothing they could do until the electricity people could get there. There was a high risk of an electrical surge, which would have put all the Wyenot computers out of action on a more permanent basis. (I have had that experience before with the Wyenot Computers - when a 'Paddy' dug through the power cable outside our house back in 2001 and I do not want it repeated! I received no financial compensation whatsoever.) Moments later, when Central Networks arrived, the power went off in our section of the street entirely anyway.

I obviously then had no way of finishing the issue on time. Neither did I have access to the Wyenot web server as I could not connect my battery back-up computer to the internet. I called my son, Matt, who accessed the server for me from Cawdor and put a temporary 'News Late' notice on the front page.

It is now 5:00 am on Wednesday morning. The problem was fixed at around 2:00 am and the power is back on but despite having worked since that time, there is a news item still not finished as Tina wrote down the event details - the Fonteine Court article. Tina is snoring in bed at the moment and I am out in the office alone. I needed to continue working as the issue was so far behind. I wanted at least a fighting chance of being able to get the issue on line by mid morning Wednesday.

It is nobody's fault but today's problem is a real pain in the backside as I have been working on prepping this issue virtually non stop since Sunday morning to get it out on time. I'm totally knackered and I have an ad-hoc photographic job to do at midday on Wednesday - this is the main reason time is short, and why I am working at such a stupid time of the morning, having not been to bed.

I think I shall have to install emergency Wyenot News editing software and back 'Wyenot News' itself up onto one of the computers in 'Glentworth', Cawdor, in case anything like this should ever happen again.

This weekly news may seem to just magically appear on Wyenot every Wednesday morning but, believe me, a lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into every single issue! Sorry this one is late and I hope there are not too many mistakes as a result. Being tired badly affects my thinking and ability to write.


The fire brigade looking into the electrical arcing problem on Tuesday evening. Ref: DSC_1710
The White House Guest House, Ross-on-Wye. Anchor Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Ross-on-Wye.
Successful first 'Open Art Surgery' at Nature's Choice

Local Broad Street café, Nature's Choice held the first in a series of 'Open Art Surgery' events on Thursday and the evening went down a storm, with a variety of performers all quite different from one another, giving a great show.

Approximately forty people attended, which proprietors Christine and Allen said was 'brilliant for starters! Interval time gave us a chance to show off our great variety of wraps from vegan to meat, we also sold four different organic real ales, which were very popular alongside our organic wines. The place was packed and with a great atmosphere and a free buffet for the first night'

There will be a simple snacks menu available during future 'Open Art Surgery', unplugged open mic nights, and all are welcome to come along and perform. The Nature's Choice full drinks menu will be available during the sessions and both performers and non-performers alike are welcome to make this a great fortnightly event in Ross. Further details on future events can be seen below.


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