Swindon Link's Agony Girl solves yet more readers' problems

By Swindon Link - 14 July 2023

Opinion and Features

From the pages of Swindon Link's sister publication The Ocelot comes Agony Girl in the form of ten-year-old Amy. We read her the questions and she tells us the answers. To ask Agony Girl a question yourself email us at [email protected] with 'Agony Girl' in the subject line.

Dear Agony Girl,

Summer is here! What summer games would you recommend? And how do you play them?

Tyler, Haydon Wick

Kiss, Marry, Kill. You ask a person if they would rather kiss someone, marry someone or kill someone. Twister is also good. With Twister it says on the instructions but you have to put your elbow by your feet. Tag is also good. Someone is ‘it’ and they try and catch you. I’m good at tag.

Dear Agony Girl,

It has come to my attention that the fortnightly bin collections that were introduced around Swindon a few years back, do make the whole town smell especially in the warmer months. What do you suppose we should do about it? How do we make it not smell? Should we all protest outside of the Civic Offices?

Daniel, Middleleaze

Just say to the Council to get all of the smelly bins and then put them in a country where it’s cold. Then it’s their problem but it won’t smell as much. You shouldn’t protest to the council because if you upset them they might decide to not collect your bins at all seeing as it’s a favour in the first place.


Dear Agony Girl,

At times of stress I find myself picking at little patches of dry skin on one of my fingers and one of my thumbs. Although I try not to do it, especially when my partner notices and nudges me, the affected parts end up looking as though I’ve caught my hand in a mincer.

Sometimes when I go to shake hands with somebody, they seem to be afraid of catching something nasty.

Short of wearing mittens, what can I do?

Yours worriedly,

Bloke with shredded digits

You just need to stop. I do that on my thumb but then I keep stopping. If you stop your thumbs won’t look like they’ve been in a zombie apocalypse. When stressed get a piece of paper instead and scribble as hard as you can.


Dear Agony Girl

I’m going on holiday soon but it’s down the coast in Weymouth and I’m dreading the non-stop traffic jams that I’m bound to face all the way down. How do you keep yourself from getting bored to death on long car journeys?

Karen, Ridgeway Farm


Pack an entertainment bag with paper and pencils. Download movies and pack fidget toys and books.

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