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Summertime and the living either increased or stayed the same compared to the same period in 2009

John Penrose

, September 21, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

It would be handy to be able to kick this little effort off with something about ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ or a doleful suggestion that ‘summer’s lease hath all too short a date’ but, let’s be honest, there’s a better than even chance that you’ll be moaning about it all being too hot and muggy…

The Paralympics are coming home

As we get ready to mark two years to go to the Paralympic Games this weekend, I have been reflecting on how Britain’s strong tradition in disability sport is helping to drive the recovery of our some of our injured service men and women, following a visit to Headley Court rehabilitation centre with Lord Coe…

Putting out the Welcome Mat

John Penrose

, August 18, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

I think it was The New Statesman, or possibly I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue on Radio 4, that first came up with the idea of asking contributors to find the most inappropriate, but well-meaning, advice to give to overseas visitors to Britain.