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.”

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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.

An Inconvenient Sequel

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“An Inconvenient Sequel” to “An Inconvenient Truth” and Al Gore has decided the way to go, after all Trump has said and done, is to say we need to act on climate change anyway, and even if aspects look bleak, plenty of movements for radical change have reached this stage before the final breakthrough.
So he shows –
how people moved to get India on board for the Paris declaration agreed last year,
– how Chile has gone from 500MW of solar power generation to 13.3GW in less than a year,
– how a right-wing Texas city mayor embracing the new energy technologies cos it provides better value for money, counter to the new kind of denial that the alternative energy technologies can work in reality.
He celebrates the DSCover satellite taking full pictures of the planet earth every day.
Meanwhile, dramatic images show –
– a Greenland glacier popping in the warmer temperatures;
– Hurricane Sandy flooding New York before the year he predicted; and a typhoon ripping through the Philipines;
– what “rain bombs” look like;
– the Zika virus spread through the USA being more widespread than predicted and ridicules the public health response;
– that whatever else has beset Syria, the problems started with a drought longer than any known for 900 years and 1.5 million climate change refugees.
So action is needed.
Reviewers have not been kind to the movie, but I found the points it made stuck, especially the point on Syria. Go see.

Road Safety Quiz for the 1400

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So different from my time 46 years ago when you had six questions each and they’d ask you trick questions like “what does a double white line down the centre of the road mean?”
Road safety has to be stuck at.  New technology, quieter electric cars, even schemes like residents parking schemes changing how busy roads are, and changing visibilty.
And perhaps the recent trend of reducing killed and seriously injured is about to change?
Can programmes and events like these quizzes survive the cuts?

Ilkeston railway station is open

After 50 years, Ilkeston is back on the map.


Holding the Notts County Council Transport policies and programme for 1996/97, which included aims for a railway station in Ilkeston (2 in fact).
The new station is very near to Awsworth in Nottinghamshire, where Lisa is standing for Notts County Council in Stapleford and Broxtowe.


On the 10:46 to Nottingham, talked with a Mum, Gran and daughter from Ilkeston on the way back.
It was the daughter’s first trip on a train.
Mum said the bus trip could take 30 minutes to Nottingham, so perhaps 12 minutes quicker, but a much smoother journey.

A train operator spokesperson said journeys from the station to Nottingham should hopefully sell themselves – cos of the time gains and avoidance of congestion.

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Meanwhile bumped into Steve Calvert who I met in the Summer of 1993 (I was a new County Councillor) to explore how we could get railways stations for Ilkeston (yep stations, we wanted a north and south, for a town that once had 4!)
They didn’t listen then, they’re half-listening now.
But 24 years for a simple railway station is another reminder of how difficult railway development outside of London and the South-East is.
And we wanted a suburban rail network for Nottingham.

Residents parking scheme comes in

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The order is now in force.
Permits should be out, but if you have applied and not received one, get in touch.

Following the lining being painted and the permits notices being installed, have had another complaint about parking on Wilford Crescent East and Robin Hood Way, which clearly shows the permit scheme is having an effect – and we’ve not even started enforcement which is now due on March 27th.
On Wilford Crescent East, not enough space for residents, especially when Forest are playing at home.
Robin Hood Way issues now appear to be –
– parking on grass, particularly proximate to tram stop;
– parking near Soudan Drive junction obscuring pedestrians’ view; we’re proposing extra signage, but a resident, who uses a disability scooter, can’t see well enough;
– parking (possibly not legal) too near to inbound Thrumpton Drive bus stop is stopping NCT buses getting in to serve less mobile passengers properly;
– heavy parking near the Houseman Gardens junction, which is causing some alarm to older people seeking to cross the road; (I’ve also received a suggestion of more yellow lines around that junction);
We will consider all possible changes that might be needed after implementation of the permits in full.