Ridewise in The Meadows

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Teaching people to ride, maintaining bicycles, comedy bikes including a bike with a non-central rear wheel.
Ridewise event at Arkwright Madows Community Gardens.  To be a regular event.

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Environmental banality on Question Time

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20171031 bbc qt2 m to n sc as dd Screenshot (735)David Dimbleby leaves little time for a question on congestion charging, the significance of the wider issue of the environment he dismisses.
A Daily Express journalist chooses to focus on the previous advice to buy a car powered by a diesel engine.
Jacob Rees-Mogg demonstrates the entitlement of rich Conservative motorists who live in the countryside
– i.e. wanting to drive into cities but not live in them.
Chakribahti rares to say – you must provide public transport first.
Ditto Alex Salmond.
Dimbleby grins and Germain Greer says charging motorists doesn’t work.
No-one mentions how in Nottingham, mototrists pay for the improvement

Housing development in The Meadows

Keepmoat’s development along Arkwright Walk are to be marketed as “The Edge”.
New dates for the developments have been published.
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Blueprint’s scheme for Wilford Crescent East will be marketed “Meadows Green”.
They have achieved planning permission for Mundella House.  Planning permission for Trent Works has been agreed subject to s106 agreement, which is currently with lawyers.  Start on site expected early/mid 2018 with 12 months build for both.

Former Clifton Miners Welfare site: 18 council bungalows proposed and plans submitted 25.10.17. Expecting developers to be on site in February 2018 with 10 month build.

Former Meadows police station site: 22 NCH market rent apartments – no planning application submitted yet but expected to be on site March 2018 with 14 month build.

New council homes Meadows West: 22 homes have been let including 3 to former Q block residents

Pentrich Revolution exhibition

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England’s last armed rebellion, from 1817, and exhibited at the National Justice Museum on High Pavement in Nottingham city centre opened on 200th anniversary of the conviction / execution of 4 of the leaders.
Open until 7th January 2018 and free entrance, put together by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Opened by Roger Tanner and attended by Paddy Tipping, pictured alongside a display on decades of Police spying on activists.
Stating plainly that the Luddites were not anti new technology, but anti shoddy goods and poor working conditions.

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?

Electric buses using super-capacitors


By being re-charged in a quick way, and frequently, a new kind of electric bus is running in Nottingham’s twin city of Minsk.
Environmentally friendly cos they are low weight, but challenging to operational use cos they need re-charging so frequently, and can you always know that jams won’t stop them reaching recharging stations in time?
The buses are made in Minsk, although the super-capacitors come from China.