In this 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings we present a special edition of Ridgeway Magazine featuring interviews made during a visit John made to the D-Day landing grounds in Normandy.
Lord Danatt, former Chief of Staff of the British Army, reviews the military aspects of both Overlord and the failed raid on Dieppe two years earlier which led to Hitler’s order that commandos and Special Forces were to be shot if captured
Military historian Andrew Roberts reveals some of the ideas that worked for the Allies and some that did not.
Two young French people have surprising views on the landings – seems many French would rather not be reminded
Chris Copson, curator of The Keep Military Museum, reprises the important role played by the Dorset Regiment on D-Day and Dorset’s subsequent fight towards Arnhem
Keeping the invasion plans a secret…a local man tells us about an important relic of that period he discovered
Solicitor Katharine Jones celebrates 100 years of women being admitted as solicitors. Once the legal profession, all men of course, considered women not to be people at all. Therefore as non-persons they could not become lawyers
Weymouth sea front lights – we have an exclusive report on the future of the laser display. They think it’s all over – not yet for this local conundrum which seems to limp along
Would you pay £15 for a cup of coffee? You might do in London but not in Dorset as we hear from a coffee roaster, Nigel Green of the Dorset Coffee Company and Christian and Zeta from the prizewinning mobile coffee bar with a difference called Coffee on the Hoof
Cheesed off with your bank manager? An elderly customer writes to her bank and we read the letter which exemplifies the “Computer says NO” style of banking
The history of the theatre from Greek times to backstage at Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre. An expert takes the stage and tells of the days when women were banned from attending
Filled in your self-employed tax return? You might like to hear of some of the more ridiculous taxes down the years from taxes on beards, clocks and hearths to hats!
As for VAT, there are some strange anomalies and some glaring inclusions
What are the chances of picking up a 60 year old magazine and seeing a picture of yourself? One listener did and tells us about her school’s experiment among its pupils in being socially responsible. It made the headlines in its day
Help is at hand with a craze said to be sweeping the country – the Repair Café movement is coming to Dorset.
In Pet Patter Malcolm advises ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’
We’ll start from scratch….and tell you about the invasion of the super flea
You’re nicked! Ever wondered what goes on in the Police custody suite?
The story behind the world’s best know tune.
The facts behind coffee shops and the proposed ‘latte levy’
Babysham is 65 years old. We have its fascinating story so far