Street harassment report and video

Street harassment experiences of secondary school students – preliminary study from Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, Nottingham Trent University.
I have referred the report to a senior manager in our Children’s Services.
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My Fair Lady

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An excellent production by the Nottingham Operatic Society.
If only cos I figured Henry Higgins was played better than Rex Harrison achieved – although he did get an Oscar.
Listening to the overture at the beginning and you remember how powerful many of the songs are; and thanks to Youtube, you remember all the controversies around the movie – Julie Andrews dropped, Rex Harrison not singing and Audrey Hepburn not being allowed to sing.
But the musical does suffer from the songs towards the end being spoken rather than sang, and the nonsense of Eliza standing up for herself only to return and commit without the romance she so wanted to be shown earlier.  “Where’s my slippers?” indeed.
For all that, a good night out, being entertained by people who hold down other jobs for a living.

Left Lion review – “What does Eliza see in him?”

Herbert Kilpin

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On the centenary of his death, a shop front on Mansfield Road where Herbert Kilpin was born was dedicated to the Nottingham lace worker and footballer who founded AC Milan.
In the evening, a documentary “Lord of Milan” was released.
And from that film it’s clear that AC Milan wear red and black stripes, cos that what Herbert wore when he played for Notts Olympic.

Three good wins but low turnout

Congratulations to the Nottingham Labour party members and helpers who have met and discussed politics with so many (over 10,000) in recent weeks; and for setting out to meet so many on election day.
Real discussions, and with too many instances of people saying it’s beyond them, in a city where working people once led the drive for every adult to have the vote.
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Three by-election victories for Labour in Nottingham, just four months after losing a General Election; two of the results have significant swings to Labour, all saw an increase in Labour’s share.
But turnout remains an issue.
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Felt the same, and at times, worse during my victory almost 6 years ago to yesterday.
At least 50 helpers on the day and yet the turnout was so low.


Six foot high presentations of Robin Hoods, stylised as a robin, and to be sponsored, decorated and installed across the city next year to give an attractive set of walking routes next year.
The first is painted as Robin Hood, the second as India.  A third is shown before decoration.
The project reflects other successful schemes in Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Brighton and elsewhere.
Launched at the Contemporary gallery.

Planning committee – September 2017

Consideration of whether it’s better to have a path, grass and trees alongside the city side bank of the River Trent (with parking on the wide access road), or parking (for the next phase of new housing around Trent Basin).

Meanwhile an indication from the twin city of Minsk on how to boost the curve index of buildings.
Meanwhile, they’re still exploring building a new housing estate to be called Nottingham in a British style.