Meadows ward monthly report 09

Leaving the European Union.
On top of the Wuhan Coronavirus breakout and Australia on fire.
Austerity wasn’t cancelled after all.
And a very sad manslaughter in Nottingham city centre.

Loads to write-up but significant parts of Meadows news already covered in the mid-month report, notes from the ward walk and a presentation of development sites across the north of The Meadows. The N Post also celebrated progress in The Meadows.

Once again, the need to re-state opposition to anti-Semitism. I’ve also put together a statement on Islamophobia.
Hosted a seminar on Greener Office buildings, and gave speeches on simplistic tests for attractive buildings and (at full council) on carbon neutrality for Nottingham, on the Local Plan (& the Cattle Market), on new polling districts and against the Knife Angel.

Meadows Labour Party has re-booted after the election defeat and more analysis makes plain how badly Labour lost and how unpopular Jeremy Corbyn is.

Culture and events – 
Films: it’s the pre-Oscars season so a lot of go see movies around – JoJo Rabbit; Bombshell; Queen & Slim; The Personal History of David Copperfield; 1917; and then Little Women; A Hidden Life;
Events:  Holocaust Memorial Day; Stewart Lee;
TV: drama series and documentary on The Profumo Affair;
Football: Salop looked destined to be thrashed by Liverpool Reserves but came back to draw 2-2.

Queen & Slim

From a country with very few guns, the danger of the pullover by an armed Police officer might be hard to perceive, although it has been shown in “Crash” and with the most convincing sense of danger in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story“.
For this film, an intelligence is shown as a kidnapped off-duty white police officer executes the precautions against getting killed.
The romance in the film is a bit hard to believe, and some of the consequences – a teenager shooting a black officer in a protest – were a bit off-key.
But this a credible and worthwhile road movie that brings interesting perspectives and ideas, and a few smiles and laughs.
Go see. Wiki. Guardian.

Ward Walk – January 2020

Whilst walking down to the ward walk – new bollards on Houseman Gardens; Mundella Road playground which is set to be renewed; then on the ward walk – checking out the pile of leaves which is built up before transportation in lorry loads to main disposal; checking out Memorial Gardens which has had quite a bit of tidying work in the last week or so, and from where we’ve had complaints of ASB; checking out flood gates along the Embankment – and a further test might be needed; welcoming a new business to Pyatt Street; hearing complaint of dog mess on Bunbury Street; noting hoeing of weeds that’s taken place along Pyatt Street; some scraping of leaf mulch from dropped crossings at the Bunbury / Bathley junction, although progress has been made generally on clearing leaf mulch; expressing disappointment t how damp is ruining the front of a house on Lamcote Grove.

Stewart Lee – Tornado and Snowflake

Tornado is the first half and bookends with a mistaken Netflix attribution of a shower of sharks raining from the sky sketch to Stewart Lee. But the portrayal of office life and the Dave Chappelle story doesn’t warrant the time taken.
Snowflake – the second half – stands up for political correctness, acknowledging the burden it now brings, cos children are growing up with a better set of values and rightness than he witnessed when growing up in the ’70s. Ricky Gervais (pre Golden Globes 2020) gets a right pasting, although being unable to say the unsayable consists of a style of retching that goes on too long. But finally, that remark that says that with Boris Johnson, the absurdity of Britain in 2020 has outstripped what comedy was ridiculing. And the latest catchphrase for the absurdity – “Let the Healing Begin“.
Guardian. Other reviews.

Austerity not cancelled after all

Letter was written on January 29th

FT report says they’re calling for 5% cuts, but protection is expected for improve health, fight crime or tackle regional inequalities. Then it mentions “Mr Javid already has a long list of spending priorities, ranging from social care to further education colleges”. So all over the place.

The end of austerity was announced in the spending review of 4th September last year.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

A version of the Charles Dickens story that seeks to skip over the gravity and the misery within the tale when it can, to become a story of reward for the good and those in need, over the cruel and the corrupt.
Entertaining and colourful, with actors who bring even more life. A theatrical presentation. Smiled more than I laughed (cos of not knowing how the story was to unfold); a definite feel good movie.
Go See. Wiki. Observer (5 stars).