Another unhappy ending.

Sad to see another well-established business announcing closure. This bargain bookshop has been trading at the Bog Island end of Pierrepont Street for around 35 years. Ironically – for Good Buy Books – it’s good bye books now. I am told it’s a mixture of bad health and falling sales. Another victim maybe to our […]

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What happened to Bath’s planned water fountains?

A new network of drinking fountains and bottle-refill points is set to be rolled out across London – according to a report in the Guardian newspaper – in an effort to reduce the amount of waste created by single-use plastic. Reminded me of a similar scheme launched in Bath back in 2012 – though we […]

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Did you bathe with a friend?

Just received Wessex Water’s autumn/winter magazine through the door. There’s an article reminding people that it’s forty years since the company had to impose a hosepipe ban. That was the great drought of 1976 – when parts of the region went 45 days without rain. We were invited to share a bath to save water. […]

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What’s your view on the river?

Water taxis and transporting refuse waste – just two of the ideas for finding new ways of using Bath’s waterways –  that l discussed with the man ‘chairing’ a group who are charged with transforming and revitalising the river and canal systems. Cllr Martin Veal – who is Cabinet Member for Community Services – has been appointed […]

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Water power!

B&NES must really learn to coordinate things amongst departments within the authority. The following press release was ’embargoed’ until l am today (Thursday, March 17th) and l have stuck to that request by not releasing it until now. However followers of the Virtual Museum of Bath website know that l published a story yesterday  (it […]

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Wake up to water!

You would think that a city whose fortunes have revolved around its springs and water courses would be doing more to celebrate the fact. Well, you may not know this but Bath’s public acknowledgement of its aquatic attributes IS written in gilded letters of gold – high on the Pump Room facade. The problem is […]

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A peep inside the Gainsborough’s front door!

Just popped into see the very helpful front-of-house staff at Bath’s newest five-star luxury hotel The Gainsborough. It’s the latest incarnation for a building that started life as the city’s general hospital before switching to educating youngsters in the technical arts and trades. It was later bought, as a derelict shell, by a Malaysian-based company […]

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Bath may have to live with flooding.

Bath is going to have its own ‘Cobra-styled’ body to formulate strategy on how the city must learn to live and deal with future flooding. The Virtual Museum has been told it will be called ‘The Strategy River Group’ and involve the River Regeneration Trust, Wessex Water, the Canal and River Trust, the Environment Agency […]

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Praise for the man who helped restore Bath’s Spa.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has been paying its condolences to the family of Dr. Geoffrey Kellaway – the man who helped the city restore its Spa status after the discovery of pathogenic amoebae in the hot springs  forced their complete closure in the late1970’s. Dr Kellaway – who was a former Geologist Consultant […]

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