Author Archives: StratMan

Bah Humbug…

On Friday me and specially chosen members of the brood went to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ and I have to say…I was underwhelmed. Maybe it was something to do with all the publicity surrounding the project. Let’s face it, ACC … Continue reading

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A Funny Old Day…

MORNING. Just over a month ago I visited a recently taken over Stratford upon Avon Theatre & Entertainment establishment in an effort to find out about hire. Unfortunately, the very nice man on counter couldn’t help me as the person … Continue reading

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Stratford upon Avon Rumour Mill set to rise to 11.

The streets of Stratford upon Avon are running hot rumour. The rumour being that the first of Mister Bird’s family projects is about to close. If true, and the MAYBIRD shopping centre is set to close* and give itself over … Continue reading

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Nest of Vipers

As we are all aware the new year is a time to reassess. A time to look a little deeper into our lives and see what can be changed for the better. Unfortunately, and at the moment we are in … Continue reading

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Onward…and over the cliff we go…

I’m sorry to be so transparent but thank God that’s over. 2018, unless you won the lottery was, shit. The world had the idiot Trump to contend with and the UK has Brexit and a robot for Prime Minister. The … Continue reading

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CLOSED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR…see you then.

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3 stents later…

For those of a nervous disposition (snowflakes), turn away now… First of all, I have to say to sorry to myself for not keeping my blogs up to date. It was something I promised myself right at the beginning. At … Continue reading

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Stratman’s solution to the rapidly approaching shopping Armageddon

Quite a few years ago now when I was cool and even though I say so myself, was admired by many for being at the height of fashion, I used to buy a lot of my clothes from a place … Continue reading

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‘Tartuffe’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is Brilliant. Go see.

On Tuesday evening me and a buddy went to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (The Swan) to see ‘Tartuffe’ (The Hypocrite)…and boy, it turned out a fabulous evening. I haven’t laughed so much for a long time (it must have been … Continue reading

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The Train that never arrives at the Station no-one knows exists…a tale for Halloween

Seeing as it is coming up to Halloween, I thought I’d publish three photos I took about 3/4 years ago at Stratford-upon-Avon’s phantom train station that goes by the name of Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway. I ought to explain that the mist … Continue reading

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Battle of the Bypass

And so, the battle of the bypass‘ rages on…just like it has for the last 40+ years I have been here. On and On it goes… Every few years a plan is revealed and regular as clockwork it gets panned … Continue reading

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Wellesbourne-upon-Snobbery

I write this today as one hell of an angry parent. I’m fuming. If there was a competition for the most fuming parent, I would win it…and it concerns my daughter. My daughter has recently been on the look out … Continue reading

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Taken for a Ride at The Stratford Mop

I’ve suddenly realised that it’s that time of year again when Stratford-upon-Avon gets a day and a night’s relief from the traffic pollution and instead gets to breath in the all-the-fun-of-the-fair fumes of the Mop. All beefburgers and onion rings. … Continue reading

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‘There’s nothing for our young people to do’.

One of the most popular (and annoying) cries that goes up around these parts on a regular basis is ‘There’s nothing for our young people to do’. Personally (and even when I was a young person), I have never understood … Continue reading

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Goodbye Old Friend

One of the things that is inevitable if you live in Stratford-upon-Avon for any amount of time (5 years?), is the development of certain ‘tics’ or ‘symptoms’. Unfortunately, there’s no cure and no satisfying explanation, they just happen and you … Continue reading

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something completely different

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Heroes and Villains

You know, all those years ago when I first started commenting on Stratford-upon-Avon, there were two things that used to crop up with annoying frequency. One. Dog shit.   &                       … Continue reading

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Breaking News. Amanda Chalmers to leave as Editor of the Herald

For all my mickey-taking of the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald and its gossamer-like pages. For all my ‘hilarious’ comments about its constant and on-going unsuccessful search for News in the news-free zone that is Stratford-upon-Avon. For all my ‘jokes’ regarding possible headlines…’Man’s … Continue reading

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Seedy is Good

I’ve just been to have a look at the new (what would you call it), housing complex(?)  The almost ready buildings stand where the (appropriately) cattle market used to be and opposite Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station and you know what? I … Continue reading

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The Art of Standing Still

The word on the street is that over the past few years tourist numbers to Stratford-upon-Avon have grown. If this is true I can only assume that the more visitors we get in Stratford then the less money they spend. … Continue reading

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