Thanks to those who gave vision to the sense of staying in the European Union

Distraction. Defeat. Irrelevance. Ridiculousness. 

Emptiness.  

Thanks to those who stood.
Thanks to those who didn’t ditch it all for short-term electoral advantage.  

Thanks to those who gave vision to the sense.

Lest we. forget

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.