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Roundabout Verwood & Three Legged Cross February 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Dear readers,

If you are an ardent Sudoku fan then you might have been very confused by the answer to the puzzle in our last issue which had no resemblance to the puzzle itself! Oops! Thanks go to one of our particularly smart but bemused readers who alerted us! The correct solution can be found on page 38.

On the ‘smart’ subject, have you come across any of the new ‘Smart’ motorways yet? We have an article on page 16 which explains the way they work. Personally I’m not convinced how safe they are as the old hard shoulder isn’t the safest of places to break down or stop in anyway and now even that is disappearing. The thought of breaking down on a dark, wet night and not being able to at least pull off onto the hard shoulder seems incredibly dangerous to me with huge articulated trucks lumbering along also in the same inside lane. So until they are all completed we’ll just have to contend with endless 50mph motorway speed limits for now!

In fact after Googling SMART – I find it may not necessarily be smart as one would assume. Just marketing speak for a simple 5 element acronym used by businesses to create a helpful aid for an actionable plan for results. The 5 elements being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based goals. On a similar vein we have smart meters that go dumb, unlimited phone deals which are in fact limited or free offers that aren’t, etc! I’m sure you all know of many other examples!

So my advice would be “Always read the small print!”

Roundabout East Dorset Villages February 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Dear readers,

Apologies first go to all those Sudoku fans out there who are still bewitched, bothered and bewildered (As sung by Doris Day in the 50s) by the Sudoku puzzle in our last issue! Yes, we did put the wrong answer on our solutions page as some of you kindly pointed out. Maybe our layout designer had imbibed rather too much of the Christmas spirit the night before! So we have added the correct answer to our Puzzle Solutions on page 28.

Our Ferndown historical article in this issue has been a voyage of discovery for me. I never realised that Ferndown even had a hotel, especially such a grand emporium as the Dormy Hotel tucked away in New Road. Part 1 is featured on page 6 and describes the early days pre-war and the immediate post-war period. Part 2 in our next issue will be when it was probably at its zenith, before its sad decline and recent demolition. I recommend you have a look on Youtube and on Google to see what a marvellous place it used to be. We have tried to be as accurate as possible but many dates and details seem to have been lost in the mists of time and are a bit vague!

We also have all the other regular articles such as Blashford Bulletin, Mikes Motors, Book Reviews plus an explanation of Smart Motorways on page 2. Especially useful as part of the M27 is to become one………eventually!

And of course you MAY want to treat a loved one at this time of year AND help local businesses, look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ on page 34!

Roundabout Ringwood February 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Dear readers

Recently we visited friends in Portsmouth and it seems now that a section of the M27 is to become a ‘Smart’ motorway which as it happens coincides with an article on page 16 that we have explaining the do’s and don’ts of these.

Apart from the annoying 50mph speed limit and ubiquitous average speed cameras which will be in place for months now, it appears that suddenly driving on the hard shoulder will be perfectly safe whereas it used to be against the law and also very dangerous!

So after Googling SMART, I found that my concept of smart isn’t actually necessarily the same when applied to motorways!  It’s described as “A simple 5 element acronym used by businesses to create a helpful aid for an actionable plan for results.

The 5 elements being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based goals.” Hence – “It’s Smart Jim – but not as we know it!”

On a similar vein we have smart meters that go dumb, unlimited phone deals which are in fact limited or free offers that aren’t, etc! I’m sure you all know of many other examples!

No doubt you’ll agree that the exception is the smartphone which I find is an absolutely amazing and invaluable tool although it can be rather intrusive if you let it!

A huge help of course for all those small businesses out and about, but who still need to keep tabs on their customers at the same time. Makes you wonder how we ever managed without them!