Full council – July 2017

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Covered –
– a sober review of actions taking place prompted by the fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower;
– the council being awarded good for its children services by Ofsted;
– condemnation of the cuts the government is still planning for school budgets;
– a motion calling for Bedroom tax to be dropped now that there is a majority opposing it in the House of Commons;
– protests against money being found for the north of Ireland whilst Nottingham’s budget is cut.
Astonishing to hear the Conservative Deputy Leader saying that cuts to Nottingham had been justified.  Yep, justifying the cuts made on Nottingham.

Tributes to Glen O’Connell on his retirement on the 22nd anniversary of his return to the city council to lead our legal team.

Pirates of Penzance by People’s Theatre (Nottingham)

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The simple pleasure of just hearing music being played live and watching people sing and perform.
Bags of enthusiasm and some songs I recognise – including one from the football terraces.
The trick is not so much as to not take the plot too seriously, but to realise Gilbert and Sullivan probably didn’t either.
Put on by local artists and musicians at the Nottingham Arts Theatre.

Chinasaurs

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The exhibition on dinosaurs, featuring twenty and more exhibits from China on display outside of Asia for the first time ever, and explaining that many dinosaurs were actually feathered, puts Nottingham as part of the new phase of story-telling of dinosaurs and our understanding of them.
And it’s happening cos of a Chinese student who arrived here in 2004 to study architecture and fell in love with Wollaton Hall and its natural history exhibits and combined that with his love of dinosaurs.  (He’s the guy at the back in the red trousers.)
BBC tv’s Chris Packham is to make a documentary telling the story to be broadcast at Christmas.