British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup 2017

The Meadows and Victoria Embankment shown off to advantage on BBC tv at 2 triathlon events; first a mass participation event starting at Portland Leisure Centre and then a national open relay race along the Embankment.

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Bridge ward monthly report 71

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New Meadows based troupes in the Carnival and a mini road network for kiddies to learn bicycle riding and road safety.   A spider conference and the European Squash championships – squash came home.
A Radio Nottingham show, reflecting on the disappointment that came with the first Forest vs Salop match and on the failure to do enough with Nottingham history stories, including the Battle of Mapperley Hills.
Celebrations of independence for Jamaica, India and Pakistan, though with a smack of imperialist condescension.
Rain spoiling the Salop match, but serious damage being done elsewhere – in the USA who’ve ignored Al Gore, his movie and his sequel, and in south Asia.
Political news from the USA was worse – including the condoning of a terrorist attack by The President.  So we remember Heather Heyer.  And in Nottingham, we remembered Alan Clark and Kate Rush too.
Certain intractable issues in The Meadows are still being tackled – many reviewed during a visit by Lilian Greenwood MP.
A site visit to St.Peter’s.
The Lace Market had a mixed time, a scrubbed street, renewed rest gardens and a car park fire.  Sorrow over the demolished Black Boy Hotel.
An eventful and emotional August.

I sent you Al Gore and 2 climate breakdown movies

Hurricane Katrina came upon America,
whole neighbourhoods of New Orleans were destroyed and
Al Gore spoke out
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a speech.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

More storms and forest fires came upon America,
so Al Gore produced a movie that said –
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a movie.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

And Hurricane Sandy came
and flooded Ground Zero in Manhatten when many had denied it could happen.
Al Gore produced a sequel movie saying –
‘This is climate breakdown. Let’s change we way we live.’
But the people said –
“We are good people.
“We don’t need a movie sequel.
“We lead a pious life.
“The Lord will save us.”

And Hurricane Harvey came
and many suffered.
When they got to heaven, they were completely bewildered.
They asked God, “Why didn’t you save us?”
And God said,
“Well, I sent you Al Gore and 2 climate breakdown movies.”


Not an original idea, based on a well known joke on a man who is trapped by a flood and turns down help from people in a boat, a motor boat and a helicopter.
And of course not all victims of climate breakdown have been pious.

** The Lord Will Save Me **

During a particularly wet winter, flood waters rose so high in one town that the national guard evacuated all the residents. One man stayed behind, however, and when the water was waist-high, two national guardsmen in a motorboat passed his house, checking for people left behind.
“We’re evacuating the town because of the flood! Jump in the boat and we’ll carry you to safety!”
But the man said, “No, don’t bother; I’ve led a pious life, and the Lord will save me.”
The men in the boat shrugged their shoulders and motored away. Later, when the water level had driven the man onto his roof, another boat appeared.
“Haven’t you heard the town has been evacuated? Come on, we’ll save you!”
But the man sent them away too, saying “No, no, the Lord will save me!”
The water level keeps rising until the man was standing on his chimney, barely keeping his head above water. A helicopter, doing a final check, appeared overhead. It dropped a rope, and over the loudspeaker the man heard, “Grab the rope and we’ll take you to safety!”
But the man waved the helicopter away, once again saying, “No, the Lord will save me!”
But the water level kept rising, and he drowned.
When he got to heaven, he is completely bewildered. He asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?”
And God said, “Well, I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

Mini road network for kids


** New mini road network for kids to cycle on **
Further to the paddling pool, and the wide range of outdoor play equipment, Victoria Embankment and Nottingham City now offers a road network exclusively for kids to learn to ride a bike on, and to learn road safety.
Photos show site under development, opening ceremony, and a couple of dads pushing kids along on their first rides.
Facility is great for The Meadows, but designed to serve the conurbation.

Streets paved with gold

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The Yorkstone on Barker Gate looks special in the sunlight after cleaning.
So bright at times, that you wonder whether the phrase came not from the story of Dick Whittington, or whether it wasn’t just a euphanism for making a living is easy, but just the use of Yorkstone.
The photo shows the difference between cleaned and uncleaned stone, highlighted by a local resident’s dog.