Monthly Archives: May 2011

Article published for Retford Times 12/05/11


A Harworth teenager is celebrating getting through to the semi finals of a national beauty pageant.

Paige Stephens, 17, will be representing Doncaster in the Miss Teen Great Britain 2011.

Having already beaten other contestants, she is now one of the only 60 girls left running left in the competition that will be staged at The Globe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach in September.

First prize winner will receive £1000, an introduction to Britain’s top leading modelling agency and a photo shoot with leading UK photographer.

At the moment Paige is currently looking for sponsorship of £215.00 and in the process of contacting surrounding businesses for their support. The companies that do get involved will be advertised alongside Paige in her campaign. The website for the competition is


Cornwall – the land of the nudists


Word on the Falmouth grapevine is that Gylly Beach, the favourite student hangout, is turning one day a week into a nudist extravaganza. Hose Rhuaria 26, from Valencia Spain, has lived in Falmouth for the last three months. He is a member of the Spanish bohemian movement which aims to break the English beach tradition. Hose later went on to say “We want to give Britain its well deserved sexual freedom.”

Betty Gregory of Swanpool says, “I think it’s disgusting, a poor attempt at changing our culture. We are England, not Spain! If we were interested in this we would have done something like it a long time ago.”

 Rumour is that a nudist beach already exists in the summer, being located between Swanpool beach and Maen Porth. Students like to nickname it the “Secret Beach.”

Cornwall prides itself on preserving its traditional heritage. The locals have struggled in the past with accepting students into the surrounding area. As such, having a nudist movement try to push its way through will not only rile the residents but also cause offence.

Hose responds, “Come on, we are now past the nineteen fifties. We want freedom and self expression. England should be more European in its beliefs. The local people need to accept that a new generation is in form now.”

There have been mixed reviews on the news of the beach plans. Issues raised include concerns about what children would do, and whether a nudist beach makes it impossible for families to visit on a normal day.

Some residents are coming to terms with the idea, however. Tanya Sollowbey said “I have children, we love going to the beach but I wouldn’t stop going because of this. If I’m notified on what day it is then I shall follow the rules and go on another.”

Safe to say plans haven’t gone into action just yet. As Hose remarks, “We just want change, not to hurt people’s feelings.”

Vox Pop Article – Published 12/05/11


It’s been reported Children have now come to the stage of turning their backs on physical exercise. The poll for British Triathlon and Tata Steel suggests 10% cannot ride a bike and 15% cannot swim. Are we in a generation now when sports and exercise aren’t been encouraged or are we just plain lazy? The Retford Times talk to the people of Retford to hear there thoughts on the matter.

Paula Anscombe says “I think it’s bad, I have a little boy with asthma, he finds it very difficult. There are a lot of things he can’t do and more centres would be a good idea.”

Frances Burkett thinks it’s atrocious that the level of swimming has fallen. She said “The lack of swimming is dangerous. It was more encouraged when I was at school. There needs to be more exercise on offer for children”.

Doreen Pritchard of Clarborough raised concerns of the welfare of the children. “You can’t let them out on the roads anymore. You used to be safe when I was young. Now the safety aspect comes into it. Cars go much faster and are less likely to see people riding bicycles on the road.”

With the level of exercise for children falling, the level of bad health rises. In a recent survey it said a third of children questioned didn’t even own a bike. However 73 per cent owned games consoles.

Jawar Hasan said “It’s bad; children need to be more sociable and get out into the fresh air. They need to be encouraged not only for health reasons but for themselves.”

Beth Clarke thought it was a bad idea closing the original sports centre down for the new one. “It’s very important, just for more facilities. They built a sports centre but took away a lot of things; they could do with the squash courts coming back.”

The Burqa – Should it stay or should it go?


In countries such as Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, the Burqa has become one of the most iconic pieces of clothing. Women are to be covered from head to toe with dark linen that only shows a small section of the eyes.

People have expressed their worries not only for the women and their rights but for the security risk. It is found to be intimidating and also leads to the segregation of other races. Some even express a fear of terrorism in relation to the garment. Banks and retailers have now decided to refuse serving anyone wearing a burqa. Places like Afganistan and some of the tribal areas of Pakistan, it is mandatory for Women to wear the burqa. Recently legislation has been put forward to ban such clothing in France.

Tamzin Newton says: “I have Pakistan decent and I feel that now that I’m equipped with the western culture I’ve adapted to this lifestyle. If I had to go back now I don’t think I would be able to handle all the rules and regulations. We are just given so much freedom here.”

After speaking with a few women who have Islamic beliefs, they have said that due their religious background they feel they are forced to wear such covered clothing. However, Ms Alliot-Marie did stress when presenting the French bill to ban the burqa that it was not aimed at “stigmatising or singling out a religion”. Women yet again are seen as displaying themselves and disrespecting their families if wearing regular clothes like us now. Pakistan is trying to push the boundary and make it more fashionable for women to wear them. Using a range of different textures and colours they aim to make the women feel good while wearing them and not feel threatened by it.

The burqa wasn’t always perceived as a women’s imprisonment, firstly just as a long garment in places such as Persia, India and Jerusalem. Dilek explains her thoughts on the subject: “I can honestly say I do not mind wearing it, it’s just I don’t need to wear it all of the time. I’m a young girl, I still want to have the freedom to buy and wear whatever I shall feel need. My mother has always worn one; I just think they are quite ugly.”

Turkish delight


Last week Turkey celebrated the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s day. Turkish women walked the streets of the Capital Ankara protesting the demand for women’s rights, saying no to domestic violence and improving gender equality. Women carried banners saying “We are protesting on March 8th against harassment, rape, violence.”

In Turkey at the moment women still face many problems. Young males in particular choose to stick to the old tradition that women must stay home and keep to key duties such as housekeeping and the bringing up of children. Political party members have helped to organize the parade to raise awareness that it’s important to everyone that women have voices, that they have their own rights and choose to be educated. The political parties want to change the new generation of men’s beliefs so this doesn’t keep repeating in the future.

Turkey has been ranked as one of the worst places in the world for honour killings. Some women are forced to live in a certain routine, and are married off at a young age to have children. In such circumstances the greatest betrayal of the family is if the woman commits any form of adultery. In Turkey and some other places in the world, accusations of adultery can arise even if a woman talks to a man or is in the same room as another male.

The men take family honour very seriously, and often if a woman is found participating in any of those actions, the fathers, husbands or even brothers have been said to use domestic violence and even go so far as to murder them. In Istanbul, typically there are three incidents a week involving family honour that result in death. The male police in the past have turned a blind eye to incidents, so often many cases are dismissed. Women have expressed that they dread getting married as they feel it is an end to their own independence. In the women’s display last week, one participant walked through wearing a wedding dress with a banner saying “Let marriage not become our tomb.”

Women’s refuges and independent organizations are been highly recognized now. The Istanbul Bar Association’s Women Rights Center’s Nazan Morolu, said: “Women are ready for solving these issues. We want female candidates to be put in at least one of the top two rows of the election lists for the 2011 general elections, so that at least 185 women parliamentarians can be elected to the Turkish Parliament’s Grand Assembly.”

A shelter has been recently opened in Ankara for women suffering from domestic violence. Counseling sessions and training courses have been set up for individuals or couples who are undergoing problems. Hopefully aiming towards the reduction of violence and raising awareness that women are to be counted within society.

Day 4 – Placement


I can’t believe now that I’ve come to my last day in the Retford Times news office. It’s a shame that its only for four days but it’s been a fantastic experience and I feel that I’ve learnt so much new stuff in such a short time. I feel a lot more confident now about Journalism and my own abilities. I have had three articles published this week, wrote four new ones for next weeks issue, met Julia Kendell, been out reporting, went to court, spoke to Labour candidates and got to sort out my case study.

My week has been jam packed with different assignments. Today I’ve read through two press release’s and tweaked some bits ready for the paper. I also brought in a family photograph of my Great Grandfather to put into the Nostalgia section of the paper. It’s a photograph of him in a football team in Ordsall. I’m looking forward to hearing back from anyone with any information on the team.

I started writing up my case study last night, just a draft of what I’ve found out so far. I have spoken to the reporters in the office and asked how they feel the Retford Times will survive in the future. Everybody pretty much delivered the same opinions, this has made it easy to sum up the general idea of the paper and my case study. I have spoken to locals today about there feelings on the paper and history of the paper and how they feel its surviving. I managed to get some really interesting quotes that may be useful in my case study research. I feel very confident about my project and now know what direction to go for. Before I was still in that inbetween stage thinking of what to research. I think because I have had such a great time, it’s encouraged me more with the case study.

I have really enjoyed my time here at the local paper and I do also think that if I went to a more well known paper such as “The Sun” or “The Daily Express”, I may have felt a bit out of my depth. After this experience, its been extremely beneficial and also prepared me for my future in journalism. I was shocked because I didn’t know how busy a local paper would become. I have not had one minute to be bored or left without doing nothing. I have been kept busy writing articles or calling people for quotes or going out watching journalists report. I think placements are the best example of learning about the industry. I’m now going to apply for more placements and feel less nervous! Now I know I can produce good enough stuff to be printed in a local paper, I’m going to have more faith in myself. My next step will be for a magazine placement. I’d like to try all different genres of journalism.

Article Published in the Retford Times


VILLAGERS were out in force to mark the May Day celebrations at East Markham.

The sun was out with not a cloud in the sky, as the village had a record turnout for the events at the village hall.

Boundary Radio from Newark (102.6 FM) announced the event at 11.30am and as soon as it was heard, both the village hall and adjoining field were busy.

Visitors enjoyed teas and bric-a-brac sales, children took part in a procession of floats and stalls were opened and organised ready for the afternoon’s events.

The events included an orderly procession of classic/vintage tractors at noon. The procession including Leyland, David Brown, Fordson Dexta and Massey Fergusons machines, and one stylish New Holland TS100A.

The floats included the May Queen, the winning entry from Pippins Pre-school and a lively selection of floats featuring Meeting In Progress.

 Other attractions included a bouncy castle, coconut shy, donkey rides, the local glider club and the chance to be Robin Hood with the Simply Archery Organisation.

A barbeque, food, ice cream and a bar were on offer. Raffles were held and the highlight of the afternoon’s activities was the annual dog show.