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Oliver Phillips moved to a small village in France in 2005 after he retired from the Watford Observer. “Oli” worked for the newspaper for nearly 40 years and, as assistant editor and formerly sports editor, became the oracle on the affairs of Watford FC, writing the definitive book on the club’s history. During later years with the newspaper he also specialised in the history of the area, writing a series of extremely popular supplements and editing the newspapers’ weekly Nostalgia pages.
Posted at 11:57am Saturday 7th December 2013
Going back to Benevent L'Abbaye in The Creuse, Limousin, France, for a two-day visit, only confirmed that we were right to move on, down to the south and The Tarn .
Posted at 1:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013
Two games a golf per week did not make me fit only less unfit. I discovered that when I bought a Rubbermaid upon moving to France and pottering about The Folly.
Posted at 3:41pm Thursday 21st November 2013
Moving from The Limousin to The Tarn in France was a big wrench, particularly after I had invested so much time and energy into developing an acre plot we dubbed The Folly. But having sold, it, we had to return to clear out the outbuildings and garage.
Posted at 1:52pm Sunday 10th November 2013
So many in England without key literacy and numeracy skills and are judged behind their grandparents
Posted at 10:33pm Thursday 31st October 2013
We can see advantages to the ex-pat lifestyle in Spain but ultimately we would not swap it for our lifestyle in The Tarn, France.
Posted at 5:21pm Thursday 24th October 2013
Looking at some of the problems thrown up during research into the Watford Observer's latest publication Watford and south West Herts in the 20th Century Part 3 - 60s and 70s.
Posted at 1:00pm Friday 18th October 2013
Racism in Sw Herts in the 1960s was fairly muted because there was little opportunity to indulge in it if you were so inclined. Oliver Phillips had been schooled by a racist father but a night watching Tina Turner in 1963 confirmed what he already suspected: the colour of the skin did not matter.
Posted at 1:00pm Friday 11th October 2013
With the publication of the new book -Watford in the 20th Century (Sw Herts in the 60s and 70s) - author Oliver Phillips found himself continually reminded of those bygone days and the characters who inhabited them.
Posted at 8:00am Friday 4th October 2013
The new Watford Observer publication Watford and the 20th Century - Sw Herts in the 60s and 70s has been launched this week
Posted at 7:20am Friday 27th September 2013
Writing the book on Watford and Sw Herts in the 60s and 70s, characters from the High Street sprung to mind such as Alfie Walker, Dave 'Don' Donovan, Big Harry and de Gaulle.