The river was high and flowing fast, so the swimming leg was replaced by running, for fear of the risk that logs etc. in the river might not be spotted and hit the competitors. Attendance was lower because of the unpleasant weather. Captured one strange incident when the 3rd leg German ran into the French runner.
Attended a funeral of a 59 year old man. The second of a family of six from Netherfield. Was a fan of Lou Reed and the Sex Pistols. Things went wrong for him and he spent 25 years living on the streets of 6 of our big English cities, before coming back to Nottingham. He’s helped by Framework and the Friary, and Nottingham City Homes are able to offer him a flat in one of their former warden-aided complexes in The Meadows. He makes friends with the neighbours, frequently hailed people and joined them for a chat, and often handed out lollipops as a gesture of friendship. He found contentment. He died on City Council Election Day from lung cancer and complications. Some days later, a sister is found and informed of his death. See the floral tribute. – Much more to be known I’m sure. Plenty to reflect on.
Joined in at the end. – Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer. Reflecting on other things about life in America – – that they are over-dependent on oil; – that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion; – the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms; – that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom. We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place. But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham. That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service. We need the Labour movement to re-gain these. And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.
OMTRA reps have reviewed Nottingham Labour’s manifesto commitments, and the feedback is being added to a list of aims for delivery in the next 4 years. City Councillor, Portfolio Holder and Meadows resident Rebecca Langton met senior community reps to hear many of the demands as the new Communities portfolio holder. At some stage, I hope to publish everything that’s come up during the election campaigns and in subsequent reviews of the city-wide manifesto.