Aquaponics and criticisms of cars

IMG_7807mb0697h Uni of Nottm architecture and built env degree show
Degree show of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham.
less projects based on bridge ward, but the ne that did gently eradicated the listed buildings south of the railway station. Er,…
Still, a couple of boards showing arguments against cars dominating transport and some material on aquaponics.


Nottingham Emmanuel school visit

IMG_7784mb1580h Nottingham Emmanuel School
To start the montage, I wanted to include a photo of the Wilford Meadows school that preceded this new school.  And I couldn’t find one – so what does that say?
Cos, as chair of Elliott Durham, along with Margaret Glen-Bott, we were 3 schools united by challenging circumstances.  But that was a while ago, and the world has changed.
Most emphatically, the campus.
I’ll certainly tell planning committee about these school buildings.  Curved and circular and faced variously in brick, tiles and wood.  Made me proud of the investment in schools we did make when we ran the country..
Clean and big and functional and decorated inside.
Serving loads of kids from The Meadows and growing in popularity.
Orderly and confident inside the walls.  Calm and focussed classrooms.
A chance perhaps to do more with the school on projects like improving The Embankment and the Memorial that the school faces. Maybe even some “customer focus” work for Councillors, like we did with Greenfields pupils some years back.

Mel Read’s plastic bags football XI’s review of England beating Tunisia

Mel Read’s plastic bags football XI are back.
And they say –
“We were so critical of Harry Kane 2 years ago.  But used in the box at set-pieces today, he scored twice; the first simple enough; the second was top-class, as he used the time waiting for the ball to sell the keeper a dummy – a top-class finish for the second.
“England’s shots at goal from free-kicks were woeful; but the corner kicks have been worked on, generated 2 goals, and with a bit of luck might have generated a penalty kick.
“Beyond obvious criticisms of Lingard (missing sitters and even prompting Rashford to step-over a goal chance only for him to be tackled), England were reported as stale for much of the second-half – ‘bemusement when facing sides who are sitting back’ – Henderson’s defence minded saw build-up play reversed and slowed down.  Despite what others say, Dier should be tried for the Panama game.
“Also to be improved is the control and passing of Henderson and the back 3 (often passing behind each other), which was less than effective even during what is said to be England’s best patch.
“Man of the Match – Trippier.”
Biggest criticism is reserved for the BBC commentary team
“Twenty minutes in, they were crowing about England’s start being the best of any team.  Approaching half-time, after the Tunisian goal, they were crass enough and arrogant enough to believe they’d changed the course of the match.  Relentless wailing for most of the second half without really explaining development, with plenty of panic stirred in.”

Conservation Area suggestion for the Old Meadows

OMTRA and community activists are exploring the idea of a conservation of the Old Meadows with City Council officers.

Objectives might include –
– celebrate and protect the older brick faced houses, and their fixings;
– protect the rooves;
– protect the Bulwell stone front walls;
– offer more protection against poor quality rear / lean-to extensions.
Next stage is to write a first bid up and consult with local residents, perhaps in October.