My pain and Bath’s gain.

Well l am back from our South American travels but have to apologise for not yet being back to full Bath Newseum steam.

Seems l have torn ligaments in my knee and – having been told it’s a lengthy natural repair job – am having to rely on partner’s good will and patience to get me anywhere!


Ice packs and ibuprofen are helping to pass the time and ease the pain but this maturing ‘hobbler’ is currently in a lower gear than he would like.

Enough of that – and l have to say – on the positive side –  l have plenty of memories of an amazing three weeks.

How settling in at home to find a new kid ‘ on the block’ – journalistically speaking – as the online Bath Echo finally gets to put its news on paper with the launch of a fortnightly freebie which will be pushed through the letter boxes of 20,000 homes across the city.


Congratulations for making that transformation during difficult economic times.

Communication and knowledge is paramount at this time in both the city and the country’s history. Challenged to say the very least.

Thank you editor Seb Hawker for bringing my copy to my door. It’s an impressive first effort.



  1. Get well soon, Richard. It does take some weeks from personal experience. This first issue of Bath Echo was good enough. Hope it continues with proper investigative journalism and certainly so much better than Somerset Live.

  2. Hello Richard, Very sorry to hear about the damage to your knee. I hope it won’t be too long before we spot you walking around Bath’s streets again! Best wishes,Ruth 

  3. I hope you mend soon. I had a completely-torn ACL way back when, no insurance or surgery (in the US at the time), and taking it easy, doing appropriate strengthening exercises as directed, and wearing a supportive brace helped it tremendously. It was tedious to learn to walk again, but I did it. My biggest problem was weight gain from enforced indolence during the recovery, but the rest worked out fine. let’s hope you do well too, and as soon as practical. Best wishes–

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