Andrew Lye was born in 1959, in Devizes, Wiltshire. Andrew was brought up in a village at the base of the Salisbury Plain and attended local schools. Andrew went to work for the Atomic Energy Authority, in Oxfordshire, after completing his "A" levels. Andrew then went to Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University) and studied for a Business Studies degree. On graduating, Andrew moved back to Wiltshire and bought his first house in Trowbridge and became active in local politics (Lib Dem) and eventually got elected to Trowbridge Town Council (1987-2000) and West Wiltshire District Council (1991-1999). By the time he retired from the Councils, he had served terms as Mayor or Trowbridge and Leader of West Wiltshire District Council. Andrew is no longer active in party politics and has no involvement with the local Lib Dems. But since moving to Pembrokeshire in 2001 with his wife Ann, he still maintains a close interest in what is happening (or not!) in Pembrokeshire nd would like to see greater involvement by the people of Pembrokeshire, in what is being done in their name. Andrew primarily became involved in local politics to put wrongs to right and put some common sense back into people's lives. Andrew is not afraid to speak out, even if others are. All he wants is some common sense put back into our lives, even if its not quite politically correct. Andrew set up the on-line petition in April 2005, calling for the removal of the tolls on the Cleddau Bridge. Andrew moved to Pembrokeshire, for a new life after passing the age of 40. Life begins at 40! Now 48, Andrew is self employed and loves Pembrokeshire as it reminds him of Wiltshire when he was a boy - apart from Wiltshire did not have the sea, the National Park, the Preseli Hills. The countryside, the flowers, the bird life, the coastline .... ITS ALL SPECTACULAR. Even now, every day feels like a holiday. Unlike many English people who come to retire in Pembrokeshire, Andrew CHOSE to move to Pembrokeshire to WORK and enjoy the benefits of living in such a beautiful part of Wales. Andrew lives in Johnston with his 2 dogs, Randolf and Jessie. Andrew loves Ruddles Rhubarb beer (Tesco's, Haverfordwest) and fish and chips from Virgo's fish and chip shop in Johnston... Andrew also is an avid E-Bayer and sells under the name of FLOGGOFF.
Posted at 9:13am Saturday 13th November 2010
Harry Hill's TV Burp is one of my favourite Saturday night programmes. I recorded a BBC3 programme the other night called "Freaks Like Me" and for sheer hilarity, I am sure Harry will find it one day....
Posted at 11:09pm Wednesday 3rd November 2010
When I heard that Labour's Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman had called the Coalition Government's Chief Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, a "ginger rodent", I was somewhat gobsmacked.
Posted at 11:31am Wednesday 27th October 2010
Nothing has riled the public more in the last 10 days more than the antics of Wayne Rooney mouthing his comments about Manchester United and then his about turn when he signed a new contract earning him a reported £250,000 A WEEK.
Posted at 6:35pm Monday 27th September 2010
As I was doing my paperwork this morning, I was watching the arrival of the US Ryder Cup team at Cardiff Airport.
Posted at 12:06pm Friday 24th September 2010
I read in yesterday's Mercury that Cllr Mike Stoddart has been reported to the Ombudsman again and he has shut down his Old Grumpy web-site.
Posted at 11:43am Friday 24th September 2010
As much as I dislike the death penalty, though I can understand it may have a place in some circumstances, I am surprised at the way the news media have reported the state murder, I mean execution of a grandmother.
Posted at 9:25pm Tuesday 21st September 2010
Last Saturday, I attended an Open Day at the Lammas Project site near Glandwr.
Posted at 2:42pm Tuesday 14th September 2010
I just ask this question as I had heard a rumour in the village, last week, that the Cape Collection shop was going to become an Indian restaurant and take away.
Posted at 12:53pm Sunday 12th September 2010
A few weeks ago, a woman complained at she might be seen on the toilet in a public toilet and I remember a Plaid Assembly Member taking up the matter.
Posted at 11:57am Sunday 12th September 2010
Posted at 11:31am Sunday 12th September 2010
I've never seen the roadside bodypiercing, when I've driven through Llandisilio...
Posted at 11:25am Sunday 12th September 2010
I love walking around cemeteries and here is a gravestone, from the same cemetery in March, Cambridgshire.