Windrush: celebration of a generation

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A pleasure to attend a “celebration of a generation”., to speak and to represent Lilian Greenwood MP at the event and at the emergency Windrush surgery in April, during a crisis which saw a Home Secretary fall.
“Celebrating the heroes and heroines of the Windrush Generation that laboured in the NHS,factories, brought up families, whch contributed to the civic and cultural life of the UK.”  The celebration included stories, poetry and songs.
A pleasure to be asked to speak but had to be wary, as a football fan, of being asked to pick out a group of people, especially after a 6-1 victory, when football fans lose perspective and see yourselves as part of some kind of super race.
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My, how England has changed!  Huge since our own Viv Anderson became the first black footballer to play a full international for England.
So much has already been said about the African-Caribbean community centres and the various people who have played big roles.  Such as Eric Irons, the first black local magistrate, and Milton Crossdale who played a big role in the City Council.  Currently we have 6 black city councillors – Leslie Ayoola, Merlita Bryan, Marcia Williams, Patience Ifediora, Corral Jenkins and Eunice Campbell.  Previous City Councillors – Hylton James, Des Wilson, Tony Robinson and Ron Mackintosh.  And George Powe – the first local black Councillor, who served on the County Council.
There is so much to say about so many, so to narrow the scope, let’s explore who helped when I was Lord Mayor?
The All-Stars: performed at the Lord Mayor’s Ball, which had a Caribbean theme; and at the Carnival in The Meadows, along with
The Ancestors: the local St.Kitts & Nevis masquerade troupe; launched with an event a Queens Walk Community Centre and took over the Lord Mayor’s parade;
The National Black Archive and Panya Banjoko: celebrating the overlooked achievements of black servicemen and reminding us of their commitment and service with a black poppy and a black poppy wreath;
Merlita Bryan and the Black Achievements awards;
ACNA: with their own 40th anniversary and celebrating Jamaica’s independence and 55th Anniversary;
Bishop James Stapleton: served as Lord Mayor’s Chaplain; introduced me to Psalm 133 – unity is a wonderful thing;  and a member of the Windrush Generation;
Jane Jeoffrey: secretary of Queens Walk Community Association, member of The Ancestors, read a prayer at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol service and a member of the Windrush Generation.
And whose voice was so alike the lead in Shebeen; from which the romance between the young black man and white woman brought to life what George Powe and Jill Oswald must have gone through in Nottingham’s 1950’s.
One last thought – from Lenny Henry’s Mum.  Will never forget it.  Cos Lenny Henry said it so clearly.  What disappointed her so much on her arrival in Britain was the lack of respect.
Respect is one of Nottingham’s watchwords.  So let’s show it and keep on showing it.

England 6 Panama 1

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Chances created well and taken well.
Optimism says –
Goal 1: good cross from corner kick into space created; header executed well.
Goal 2: direct run into the box; foul; emphatic penalty kick.
Goal 3: free-running and triangles; excellent curling shot into the top corner.
Goal 4: intelligent free-kick with wall pass/cross to players behind the wall; intelligent headed cross across goal and headed follow-up to excellent save.
Goal 5: corner kick again creating panic; ref. spots the slam-dunk and awards penalty kick; emphatic penalty kick.
Goal 6: a 25 pass move; vindication for years of practising back-heel chips from the 18 yard line.
Pessimism says –
Goal 1: Young obstructed a defender to allow the space to be created.
Goal 2: Lingard fell, and handled.
Goal 3: How many did Lingard have to miss before he scored?
Goal 4: England have had to give up on direct kicks; Stirling missed again.
Goal 5: England forwards are tangling themselves up.
Goal 6: 24 of the 25 passes were flat; a fluke.
Football pundits and tv presenters are too excited.  The control is still not there.  Still wayward passes from the back.
In summary: England have plenty to improve on.  But the special teams play is excellent and means they have the capability to beat better teams.

England should rest players for the Belgium game, but not the formation. So Dier for Henderson, Rose for Young; Loftus-Cheek for Alli; possibly Cahill for the Leicester centre-half. Victory should be the aim and subject to injury, the only change I’d make for the round of 16 is Dyer for Henderson. And I kinda get why no-one’s really talking about us getting past Brazil or Germany.

I love my Mum

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Kids were out and being kids, but parents were nearby and the neighbour whose fence was chalked didn’t mind.

Overwhelming concern whilst canvassing Osier Close and Oxbow Close off Robin Hood Way, is car parking.  Whilst this could have been guessed at, this hadn’t come through on casework.  Some doubt that permits will make a difference, but their effectiveness is why were having to introduce another phase, most probably in August.  Some requests for grass and trees to be taken out for car parking space – priorities for investment remain on pavement and road repairs, but we’re short of money for that anyway.

Knifing didn’t come up, but drug taking in the Oxbow Close underpass did.

That grass in common areas had got long was mentioned, and some thought we’d arranged for it be cut before the canvass!  (We hadn’t – but we have been reporting problems on a general level.)  Weed spraying has been late too.
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