Tribute to Eric Irons

“Mr. Fix-it”; Black Jamaican who came to Nottingham to work; stood up against racial prejudice; helped stop ban on black workers on Nottingham buses and brought peace during the St.Ann’s race riots; first black magistrate in the country; awarded national honour, Jamaican Badge of Honour and doctorate by Nottingham University.
Photos and 2 speeches on Facebook.
Excellent article by the Guardian.

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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.
A DAY AFTER THE MEETING, THERE IS STILL CONFUSION OVER THE COMMITMENT MADE, SO THIS MAY BE REVISED – DIFFERENT WITNESSES TO THE MEETING HEARD DIFFERENT THINGS!

Nottingham Forest banners


Seven banners shown last night before the Derby County derby, showing 7 Nottingham heroes –
Brian Clough, Robin Hood, DH Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe, Helen Watts, Eric Irons and Ned Ludd.
Meanwhile there was another banner across the stand celebrating Garibaldi of the red shirts fame that inspired the founders of the football club and their choice of colours.
Quite a radical choice – and not including often cited Albert Ball, Jesse Boot, Paul Smith, and less often cited Peter Mansfield and Stuart Adamson.

Forest won the derby 1-0, fine, though it turns out my Mum’s Dad supported Derby County after he moved there from the Black Country before WWI.

BTW, as explained elsewhere on the site, Forest played at a 10,000 stadium called the Town Ground, being the Town Arms pub win the city side of the Trent Bridge – home of the first crossbars used in football.
When they chose to expand – at the end of the 19th Century, Nottingham was celebrating being made into a city, so it seemed obvious to call the new ground the City Ground.
Back then the city boundary took in part of what is now regarded as West Bridgford, and only became part of Rushcliffe when a land swap gave the city land to build Clifton estate as well as Wilford village and Ruddington Lane in (circa) 1954).

Torvill & Dean & Bolero celebrated

Kinda knew the ITV drama on Torvill & Dean would not be great.
Some moments in their developing lives that were not worked into a strong story for the programme. The story is no “I, Tonya”. If Jayne would have stopped but for the step change that the Bolero act was to represent, and if Bolero was as Chris is shown to have claimed – their story of a love that couldn’t be – it needed to come through, and perhaps be explained in contrast to the staid styles of others that they were breaking away from. Instead, Chris cold be a bit dictatorial, slightly remarks against work colleagues who probably did have to carry them (and hey, no mention of the City Council’s support for them).
But, I knew the programme was not great, and realised, and still watched.
Yes, it’s a Nottingham story. But I’d grown attached to Bolero (the original 15 minute version) in 1977. But I watched cos following them then was an emotional experience.

The BBC tried to help with a 2014 (check) documentary (“The Perfect Day”) re-shown on Boxing Day, but its credibility was damaged by including an interview with Jeffrey Archer telling ‘a man of the people’ story.