Discussing A Fantastic Woman

A discussion group at the Broadway to celebrate the Oscar win of “A Fantastic Woman” and discuss trans issues raised by the movie and in Nottingham now.
Hearing stuff I was unaware of.
One remark struck me in particular – (something like) – ‘I don’t know whether I want to start taking hormones, and then have surgery; I just know I’m happier when I’m trans.”
Other references to people in Nottingham being trolled, and stories of violence against trans people (particularly in Brazil).


Boris has no recollection

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“I have no recollection, Senator. That is the phrase you will have to learn.” – a Deputy Direcor of the CIA, from Clear and Present Danger.
How does a former London Mayor, in an age of electronic data and social media accountabilty, decide to declare that he cannot remember the rationale for backing a public project that wasted £40 million?

Bridge ward monthly report 77

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Main focus has been making representations over development planned in the ward, most particular the Broadmarsh bus station & car park and the new college buildings for Narrowmarsh.  Made a special effort to stress the importance of bus services.

Area 8 committee rehearsed the sheer scale of developments now looking to come to Bridge ward, the section 156 works being considered for parks (reflected in an overall parks development statement), and heard the proposal for RINGGO to manage the car parks at Bridgeway shopping centre.   A further step change in managing parking in The Meadows is still planned for July, and aspects of this were rehearsed bat the Meadows Muslim Centre AGM.

New officers elected at the NeMTRA AGM, which was also addressed by Lilian Greenwood MP.

New NCH houses and bungalows were made available, although the ward walk saw quite a bit of tidying up still to do.

New building along Arkwright Walk is on-going, if late, and piling at Blackstone Walk is about to begin.

Nice to see the Watson Fothergill offices repaired.

Tragedy in the USA with a white supremacist killing teenagers in another mass shooting, made worse by clichéd prayers and glib remarks of the ability to kill with a pencil.   Perhaps the new youth protest movement can be the difference.

The Olympics lifted the spirit a bit.      Light Night entertained and new projects from local groups included Nottingham City Centre WI at Barker’s Gate and The Meadows Art Gallery celebrating Queen Victoria; The Council House was lit in purple to celebrate Rotary International’s fundraising to eliminate polio.

The season for the best movies of course (The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread), but theatre was at the fore this month for the Lace Market Theatre’s “Flare Path” and Nottingham Playhouse’s “Wonderland”.






Ward Walk – February 2018

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In the south-west of the New Meadows.
Neighbours wanting to smarten the neighbourhood enjoying the Centrelink buses now they stop along Meadows Way (near “ng2”); a pleasant nine-month old dog; and the new housing, including on Bosworth Walk, awaiting snagging works for pavements, fencing and planting.

Meanwhile, uniformed officers dealing with a difficult situation nearby recently, received recognition from the Chief Constable.
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Area 8 committee – February 2018

Area 8 received presentations on –
–          proposed RingGo to protect Bridgeway Shopping Centre for shopkeepers, shoppers and residents, against commuters;
–          individual travel planning for the south-east of The Meadows;
–          the new building between Meadows Way that has started, about to start or is under consideration (over 1,000 properties);
–          ideas for the use of  Section 106 money from that building that can be used for school places,  the environment or parks and open spaces that are related to the actual developments.

The committee agreed –
–          support for the NCT no. 11 bus again needed to be pushed;
–          fencing and environment works on streets including nearer to the new bungalows that have been built;
–          to proceed with consultation on the RingGo proposal, mindful of the special needs of shops like the hairdressers;
–          that s106 money should be used to improve the Memorial Gardens;
–          that the list of ideas be agreed, and that we should add consideration of a MUGA for Arkwright Walk, and the restoration of metal railings along the boundary of the bund between London Road and Meadows Way (east) which like the story poles down Queens Walk.
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Lilian and Toby at NeMTRA

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Lilian covered –
celebrating votes for women; impact of women MPs; being chair of the Transport Select cttee.; preparing to clean air; the failure of Carillion and noting that the
NHS in Nottingham sacked them; the need fo more council housing; campaigning on gov’t proposals on supported housing (e.g. Carroll Gardens) – gov’t backtracked; new legislation for homes fit for human habitation; wanting more new council homes in The Meadows; that the government could do more; NHS – massive winter pressures; the waits for A&E ambulances: 300 more (check) operations cancelled.  Adult social care needs more support. Instead, the burden on council tax.  Pleased to see money secured for improvements to the Meadows Health Centre.  The new spaces available in local primary schools.
We need more police officers.

Community involvement counts. Casework is key to what she does and the feedback informs.  Meadows Advice Group is invaluable.


Councillor Toby Neal spoke on the cuts to the council’s budget being made by the national government.


Votes for Women

Women Nottingham City Councillors Linda Woodings and Wendy Smith are among many celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Act that gave votes for women in the UK; well, most women, and at a minimum age 9 years older than for a man.
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Wikipedia shows the terms of the “Representation of the People’s Act 1918” was qualified, and in aspects confusing.
– Women over 30, but not all.
– Men over 21, but some younger than 21 if they served in the war at a certain point – something that might inform campaigns for the age of majority to be reduced to 16 since we call on people to join the armed services below 18.
A range of events are being organised to celebrate.