Tony Blair will vote Labour in the European elections

I will vote Labour, because I believe ultimately that Labour will be counted on the anti-Farage side of the ledger. The bulk of Labour party members, MPs and voters are against Brexit and certainly against that Brexit advocated by the Brexit party and its fellow travellers in the Conservative party.
Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, has advocated a people’s vote. Most of Labour’s candidates are strongly remain and the voting system in the EU elections – proportional representation by region – means effectively that a bigger Labour vote means more remain MEPs, especially since the three avowedly remain parties are not under one banner.

Steam engines in Shrewsbury during the 1960s

“In this video we take a look at movements around Shrewsbury Station in the mid 1960s as steam was coming to an end. All credits for this video must go to Michael Clemens of B&R Videos who once again kindly gave me permission to use these clips that were filmed by his late father Jim Clemens, who did such a superb job recording these scenes which were taken from the DVD Steaming Through Shropshire Pt 1. Enjoy.”

Video can be found in youtube under “1960’s trains at Shrewsbury”.
Now given my Dad drove these engines, you can bet I spent the whole 12 minutes 42 seconds looking for him, but the focus here is the engines and the only thing you can make out about the drivers are the pale blue denim jackets.
Other surprises is that the black engines and the maroon carriages don’t always sparkle and it was a bit dirtier than I’d been led to believe. (And check out the recent visit of a steam engine to Salop.)
They also seemed very comfortable reversing – in this video seemingly more than going forward.
You sense that diesels were smoother as well as cleaner (look out for the cab videos), although I sometimes wondered if they’d kept steam for Wales, whether it might have sustained an interest for tourists. Sometimes.

Michael Sheen meets Women for Women’s Sake

Thanks to @michaelsheen
for meeting Women for Women’s Sake who were launching a new campaign to help women in financial difficulties in #Aspley #Nottingham, with Cllr Carole McCulloch.

Actor who played Brian Clough was in Nottingham to meet Women for Women’s Sake, a group of women tackling poverty, and starting a new initiative today.
Michael has founded the End High Cost Credit Alliance.
To be featured in The Mirror newspaper.
Full res. photos available on Facebook.

Tottenham Glassjaws grasp privilege to lose in European Cup final

Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona at home in a European Cup semi-final and Tottenham Hotspur came from 3-0 down at half-time away to Ajax of Amsterdam to win on away goals in the 6th minute of added time.
Being English teams, both comebacks were declared to be about character. Especially since Arsenal and Chelsea won their semi-finals to create the first instance of all contenders in both European finals coming from one country – England.
Except, the teams are commendably international – perhaps Spurs having the most English internationals; none of the team managers are English and 2 of the clubs are foreign owned.
I’ve followed Tottenham since I was 7, first saw them when I was 9, and they became my 2nd preference when I was 11 and old enough to watch Salop on my own. I from time to time refer to Spurs as Tottenham Glassjaws and had resolved not to listen to the Ajax game cos I knew there was no point. So guess who I think will win the Liverpool final! (And I was at the 7-0 thrashing in 1978.)
So what to celebrate? That Deli flick, yes.
But that Liverpool corner. That I did hear, or kinda didn’t, cos the smug commentators, who were soon to point out that Barcelona defenders were sleeping, missed it as well.