The worst road in the UK?

I’ll admit that the title of this post is intentionally vague.  “Worst road” could mean many things, accidents, nuisance neighbours and crime to traffic or even potholes.  But tonight Matthew, I’ll be talking about flytipping.

I’m sure other towns and cities across the UK have problem areas (or grot-spots as some like to call them) where flytipping is rife, but spare a thought for those living at the Paston Ridings traveller’s site where you could be forgiven for mistaking the 1km road leading up to their front doors as a landfill site.

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Peterborough has Vivacity!

A few weeks ago Peterborough City Council announcement their intention to move all running of public sports, leisure and arts facilities into a new Peterborough Cultural and Leisure Trust and today I found out the name of said Trust – Vivacity!

Vivacity - Peterborough Culture and Leisure I hope this means an improvement in services for Peterborough residents, considering we’ve just lost another theatre (the Cresset is closing in a few weeks in case you hadn’t heard!) but why they feel the need to market it with a rebrand is beyond me.  Rather than coming up with names, mission statements and logos,  just get out there and provide the services!

According to an article from the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management,Vivacity is the culmination of three years’ work.  So this has been in the pipeline all this time?

“The launch marks the beginning of a push to encourage more people to use the city’s cultural, leisure and sports facilities.” – I’m not sure how many people will feel encouraged to pay more for Peterborough cultural, leisure and sports facilities but it’s not like we have much say in the matter.

What the move to a trust does mean is that once it has charity status there are additional benefits and the services will be able to dodge exempt from business rates that normally apply to business, so that alone does make financial sense.

Come Dine With Me – Peterborough

News is that the Peterborough version of Come Dine with Me has now been filmed and is due to air later on this Summer!

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of the series and a bit of a foodie but there’s no way I would put myself forward for the show.  Cooking under pressure isn’t any fun, plus over the years CDWM has become a bit of a caricature of itself with the contestants often paired together in the hope of something dramatic on TV.
Then with the endless repeats shown across digital TV it’s hard to keep track of which is the current series, so I’ve found my interest waning… of course I’ll be setting V+ to record the Peterborough episode of the show!

So I wonder what we can expect to see when Peterborough get’s it’s 5 minutes of TV fame.  Will we have a mix of the cultures that make up Peterborough?  English meets Asian meets Italian meets Eastern European?

Will the aspiring hosts be shopping locally at some of the great meat suppliers we have like Willowbrook Farm and deli’s like The Pasta Shop?  Will Peterborough get off lightly when it comes to narrator Dave Lamb’s comments?

If you know someone that took part in this episode of Come Dine With Me, I’d love to hear more about their experience!