Red Sky at midday …

… hurricane on the way.
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Saw people lean out of office windows to witness this phenomena.
Ex-hurricane Ophelia had picked up sand from the Sahara and other material from Spain.
In the East Midlands, it was a bit windy.
Nothing like Ireland has suffered.
But hang on …
… a hurricane coming straight to the British Isles.
How many more “messages from the Lord” do we need?

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London Road fire station

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A year now since it was opened by Lilian Greenwood MP.
Visited with co-Councillor Nicola Heaton and saw that the building is working well for the Fire Brigade.
The Ambulance Service use the facility and the Police may soon share the same office too.
On the top floor, the City Council’s emergency planning team have their office and the command centre for emergencies.
Some souvenirs from the old Central fire station have been brought over, including the two lions – one alert, and one at home and sleeping – to represent the then two watches (red and blue). There are now four watches – green, white, blue and red – who showed us around.
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Discussions were held on fire safety standards in mid-rise buildings in the city centre and traffic management.

May has no vision

Theresa May’s conference speech is famous now for a lot of mishaps.

Being poorly, with a nasty cough; spilling water; a prankster getting her to accept a fake P45, and then talking to Boris Johnson; wearing a chic bracelet using paintings by Leon Trotsky’s girlfriend; the lettering falling off the conference slogan background.

Well, imagine the fuss and ridicule if such mishaps happened to a Labour Leader at their conference speech. The nearest I can think is the huge fuss made over Ed Miliband not mentioning the deficit in one speech.
Now, I know Kinnock and Wilson made conference speeches that defined them; Gaitskill made a famous one too; and Blair’s speeches could sometimes give you something to work with, like his speech on respect.
But I’m not sure I know of a conference speech that has destroyed a leader (possibly Iain Duncan Smith’s “small man roar” speech).

So the real point to draw from May’s speech is her vision of “the British Dream”, which in essence is that the children should do better in life than their parents (just at the time this is no longer proving to be true).
Underpinning this was a repeated assertion in the belief in free markets. (Then kinda undermined by saying more council housing was now needed.)

Better I think to state how we learned that in life, we needed everyone to succeed, especially drawing from World War 2.
So, coming together; full employment, so that people are active and pay in, rather than too many only taking out;  proper jobs and proper goods, so that we’re not subsiding cheap labour and illness;  more common ownership and more money to the many to keep businesses going, rather than profits to the very rich that are  taken away;  free education and quality child development;  health services free at the point of use and service within deadlines;  quality housing and housing services – and stop subsidising the private landlords that don’t deliver;  valuing good government, enabling local government to deliver more and bringing in accountability;  tackle the newish challenges of globalisation, aging societies and climate change;  a global solution for abolishing nuclear weapons;  a free society – rights, responsibilities and respect; and winning the World Cup.
Alright, maybe the World Cup in the modern era is a bit impossible – but elements of the rest were all implemented and overseen by Attlee, Wilson and even Blair.
Things tend to go wrong when you codify this as an ideology, but these are the values of British Socialism / democratic Socialism.  (British cos we were once the country that drove these values, not cos we should be isolationist.)
And big change is needed.  Radical change.  And some kind of repeat of the 1945 “British Resolve” is needed.

Planning committee – September 2017

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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.