Bridge ward monthly report 71

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New Meadows based troupes in the Carnival and a mini road network for kiddies to learn bicycle riding and road safety.   A spider conference and the European Squash championships – squash came home.
A Radio Nottingham show, reflecting on the disappointment that came with the first Forest vs Salop match and on the failure to do enough with Nottingham history stories, including the Battle of Mapperley Hills.
Celebrations of independence for Jamaica, India and Pakistan, though with a smack of imperialist condescension.
Rain spoiling the Salop match, but serious damage being done elsewhere – in the USA who’ve ignored Al Gore, his movie and his sequel, and in south Asia.
Political news from the USA was worse – including the condoning of a terrorist attack by The President.  So we remember Heather Heyer.  And in Nottingham, we remembered Alan Clark and Kate Rush too.
Certain intractable issues in The Meadows are still being tackled – many reviewed during a visit by Lilian Greenwood MP.
A site visit to St.Peter’s.
The Lace Market had a mixed time, a scrubbed street, renewed rest gardens and a car park fire.  Sorrow over the demolished Black Boy Hotel.
An eventful and emotional August.

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Diana Spencer 20 years on

Flowers were left on the steps of The Council House and it reminded me of the full council meeting that took place on the Monday after the accident, and how some fellow Councillors were stunned by the news that the driver was drunk at the wheel and then I protested cos only one book of condolence was put out in reception and the queues to sign it were terribly long – and I just didn’t think it was neccessary.
I wrote to my branch on the 10th and expressed a fuller view, parts of which I regret a bit.  Including calling for a republic – really, we kinda are already, and although it’s annoying Prince Charles doesn’t get it.  Too keen to give Tony Blair some credit – I hated his remarks on the Sunday morning.  I felt what it brought on was to be Britain at its worst – gushing over a celebrity death.

I wasn’t looking

More than 40 million people have been affected by devastating floods and landslides in South Asia, UN humanitarian agencies have said.
Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 1,200 people and left millions fleeing their homes in India, Bangladesh and Nepal over the last fortnight.
Governments and aid agencies are working to bring clean water, food, shelter and medical aid to people affected as tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed.

From the Independent.


Guardian web-=pages shows how the west is looking at the USA when the scale of death elsehwere is massively higher.

I sent you Al Gore and 2 climate breakdown movies

Hurricane Katrina came upon America,
whole neighbourhoods of New Orleans were destroyed and
Al Gore spoke out
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a speech.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

More storms and forest fires came upon America,
so Al Gore produced a movie that said –
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a movie.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

And Hurricane Sandy came
and flooded Ground Zero in Manhatten when many had denied it could happen.
Al Gore produced a sequel movie saying –
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a movie sequel.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

And Hurricane Harvey came
and many suffered.
When they got to heaven, they were completely bewildered.
They asked God, “Why didn’t you save us?”
And God said,
“Well, I sent you Al Gore and 2 climate breakdown movies.”


Not an original idea, based on a well known joke on a man who is trapped by a flood and turns down help from people in a boat, a motor boat and a helicopter.
And of course not all victims of climate breakdown have been pious.

** The Lord Will Save Me **

During a particularly wet winter, flood waters rose so high in one town that the national guard evacuated all the residents. One man stayed behind, however, and when the water was waist-high, two national guardsmen in a motorboat passed his house, checking for people left behind.
“We’re evacuating the town because of the flood! Jump in the boat and we’ll carry you to safety!”
But the man said, “No, don’t bother; I’ve led a pious life, and the Lord will save me.”
The men in the boat shrugged their shoulders and motored away. Later, when the water level had driven the man onto his roof, another boat appeared.
“Haven’t you heard the town has been evacuated? Come on, we’ll save you!”
But the man sent them away too, saying “No, no, the Lord will save me!”
The water level keeps rising until the man was standing on his chimney, barely keeping his head above water. A helicopter, doing a final check, appeared overhead. It dropped a rope, and over the loudspeaker the man heard, “Grab the rope and we’ll take you to safety!”
But the man waved the helicopter away, once again saying, “No, the Lord will save me!”
But the water level kept rising, and he drowned.
When he got to heaven, he is completely bewildered. He asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?”
And God said, “Well, I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

Mini road network for kids


** New mini road network for kids to cycle on **
Further to the paddling pool, and the wide range of outdoor play equipment, Victoria Embankment and Nottingham City now offers a road network exclusively for kids to learn to ride a bike on, and to learn road safety.
Photos show site under development, opening ceremony, and a couple of dads pushing kids along on their first rides.
Facility is great for The Meadows, but designed to serve the conurbation.

Squash is coming home

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An amazing men’s final at the European Individual Closed Championships.
Close, changing in fortune and played in one of only 3 glass ‘see-through’ squash courts in the country at the new sports centre at the University of Nottingham.
The game’s rules were set out by a teacher from a school in the south, but the idea of playing with a ball in a confined space, hitting it back and forth against a wall must have come from before then, and statistically, a city of caves (650 have now been logged) must statistically have been the most likely place for such games to develop.
So the championships in Nottingham represented the sport coming home, backed up by the number 3 woman seed coming to live here to study and play, and Robin Hood pioneering the ability to hit targets by glancing things off a wall (see the Walt Disney movie). Oh yes.