OMTRA – July 2019

Started with a presentation on planning and current development in The Meadows.
Omar from the Community Protection officers presented crime figures for The Meadows, which generally showed a decline for the last 12 months to the 12 months previous.
I shared a graphical progress report and a written update on general aims, and news from Portfolio Holder Rebecca Langton.


England draw the Cricket World Cup final twice and then declared winners

Image and text by The Guardian

England were the clear favourites to win the final and the win probability score ran so high for their victory during the match.
So when pundits said at half-time how the New Zealand score might be good enough, it was like they were trying to keep the tension so you didn’t change channel.
The tension developed as it became clear the pitch was difficult to read and the bowling was proving difficult. Hitting singles was not enough and then England needed boundaries. And their best bowler caught one attempt – and then trod on the rope – six. Then another couple – but a run-out attempt hit the England batsmen on the bat and went for an extra 4 – six EXCEPT, turns out it should have been counted as a single and a four.
So England were able to draw; and draw again in a super over, except they had hit more boundaries so a second draw was enough to win and New Zealand were left to wonder at how unlucky they had been. And I was left to marvel at their grace, and at one of their players being known as “Lucky”.

Unlike some who want to make an anti-European point about the victory. The victory was with a captain who could have played for Ireland, and the graphic makes an interesting point of the multi-cultural nature of the team, if perhaps being a bit naughty with all the facts.

Full Council – July 2019

A special meeting celebrated the service and commitments of 9 retiring and retired Councillors by appointing them as Alderman and expecting them in turn to represent the city and city council at events – and more particularly do tours of The Council House.
The 9 have 199 years of service on the council between them.
I moved Glyn Jenkins, my fellow civic in 2017/18 (see comment below).

Fuller res photos are available.

A motion on LGBT rights and solidarity was agreed after amendment by Labour, who had consulted LGBT groups. The Clifton Independent leader declared he would oppose the amendment, but after a storming speech by new Councillor, Angharad Roberts, he backed down.

The first questions from the Clifton Independents saw confusion as –
– they tabled a question condemning special allowances for Councillors; in effect calling for them to receive the same allowance as the Leader and all Portfolio Holder and chairs of committees; (this differing from Ashfield Independents who have recently increased Special Responsibility Allowances);
– then they forgot to ask the question;
– when they did ask the question, they followed up by announcing they were giving their personal allowances away for local spending in Clifton East; different again from the question tabled; but omitted to ask a question, so the leader was not called to reply.
Beyond the confusion about the asking of the question, the proposal challenges one of the core values of any kind of a free society – that elected representatives are compensated for time and effort given, because it’s right and so that people of less then independent means can consider standing at all. Financial support for elected representatives was a principle first advocated by the Chartists around 200 years, and Nottingham was the only city to elect a Chartist MP.

Apollo 11

Cos I’m of an age that landing on the moon was supposed to appeal our idealism the most. Cos we created our own command module using the lino in the bottom of the arts cupboard in Class 4. Cos we were woken up in the middle of the night to watch the landing on TV. Cos I’ve kept watching the movies (e.g. First Man and Apollo 13) and the documentaries that explained the mission, and the failures of the Russian programme. So I knew I had to see this film.

But if I though I knew it, was there anything left to learn? Oh yes –
– the portrayal of the power of the Saturn V rocket was better here than seen before;
– the top of the LEM looked tattier than I imagined it, and it looked fragile;
– the landing felt quicker;
– the photos of the moonwalk were better than I remember seeing;
– the rejoin of the CSM and the LM seemed more astonishing than ever before; the true wonder of the mission;
– amazing that they could adjust the splash down site, and miss the new arrival point by only 2 miles.

With the sound of JFK setting a new ambition or the country fresh in the mind, Apollo 11 is the kind of film that makes you se street life outside the cinema in a one way.
Cos we have a new challenge – to save our planet for our current life.
And we need the kind of leaders who can see the necessity of meeting this new challenge, convey the new challenge in a way that people get, and mobilise people to deliver.