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Drive electric! - all you need are some solar panels and a three-pin plug

 

Are electric cars really the cars of the future? According to a report published this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Electric vehicles are on track to accelerate to 54 per cent of new car sales by 2040.”  And today (July 24) the government are publicising plans to make us all generators of electricity.

Commander Charles Heron-Watson, secretary and chief executive of the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation based in Hungerford and who lives in Ramsbury, is a strong supporter of the electric car.

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Vanessa Lafaye's new novel tells of a woman's struggle against violent racism - Vanessa too has a major struggle to confront

 

Vanessa Lafaye lives in Marlborough with her husband, founded the town's Community Choir - and writes novels.  Her first published novel, Summertime, was a run away success - described as 'a cracking first novel', it was chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club title: "It sold a lot."

 

Now she has published her second novel - At First Light.  Like Summertime it is based around a true and terrible story and is set in Florida (where she was brought up.)

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Matt Prior - Marlborough Downs' "Mr Tree Sparrow" - keeps tabs on another new generation of chicks

 

During a very hot late afternoon and evening - one of June's record breakers - I watched Matt Prior ring 73 tree sparrow chicks from sixteen broods.  A five-hour shift after his day's work.

His conservation work on the Marlborough Downs centres on the tree sparrow, which is on the Red List of endangered birds and was almost extinct in North Wiltshire when he began taking an interest in them.

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Read all about it! Fallout from a nuclear bomb attack on London - in a debut novel

 

Next Thursday (June 8) will be a big day in the nation's history.  It will be a big day too for Bishop Cannings resident Elizabeth Frearson.   She writes under the pseudonym Lizzy Mumfrey and will be launching her debut novel at a special event at the White Horse Bookshop on the evening of Election Day (details below.)

 

The novel, Fallout, explores the lead up to a terrorist nuclear bomb attack in London - and its aftermath. It reveals the impact of such an event on the lives of ordinary people living in a commuter community similar to Marlborough.

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