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.

Arkwright Walk developments

New designs for the apartments at either end of Arkwright Walk have been approved.

It’s envisaged that the housing will be available from a year after construction works, with all housing planned for Arkwright and Blackstone being available after two and a half years.  Works might start in April.
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Now we have the full road open again to walking and cycling, we are also planning for midi buses to used the route (NCT Navy 3 and city council LOCALINK 1) both for convenience of local residents and to give the shopping centre a higher profile.
The grass patch next to the play equipment is very worn (the litter bin and the lighting column proving natural goalposts).  Perhaps some proper goal posts, a wicket and some grass mats might give the kids a better experience.

On the eve of Putin’s inauguration

Yip, Alan Simpson, ex-MP, opens a presentation to students from the USA on a study tour with the line “on the eve of Putin’s inauguration”.
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Alan was giving a presentation on climate change, and the new energy options available to us, including use less, generate locally, and store more effectively.
A rehearsal of a presentation to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, it was a tour of the world drawing on best practice from Europe, the United States, Britain (including Robin Hood Energy) and Utter Pradesh (800,000 volunteers planting 50 million trees in a day).
A hint of the debate on fracking which the students were to be talking through in Sherwood Forest the next day.
Note, Alan was keen to emphasise the search for forward-looking proposals, rather than criticising those in power making the bad decisions..
The students are from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and their course is called “Green Europe – Advanced Modes of Sustainability“.  Reaction appeared to be a sense of richness of opportunities were presented with a sense of hope.
Local green activists attended too.

‘Allo, ‘Allo

allo_allo_castYeah,secret-army-p01nkrzh never a fan of “‘Allo, ‘Allo“.
Never watched it.
It seemed to me an insult.
I loved the earnest “Secret Army” which dramatised the underground organisation that put so much at stake in their efforts to get 300 RAF personnel back to Britain.  And “‘Allo ‘Allo” came in to ridicule it. private-schulz-ac720264-523f-4e32-8c66-7815da29e4b2
It was backwards in other ways – stereotypes for characters.   Contrast with “Private Schulz“, broadcast a year earlier, was a drama-comedy that was grown up, featured German soldiers as lead characters and tackled foreign accents by speaking very formally when speaking in a foreign language.
Still safe enough dads-army-hqdefaultwith Dad’s Army eh? Some stereotyping, with an dads-army-criticismelement of idiocy (that even Morecambe & Wise used).
Then a mate of mine rips into the titles!  (‘Feeding a myth of plucky Britain when our army’s leaders had made idiotic mistakes.’)
Comedy – tricky, especially if you take a political view.
My trade union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, has published a video highlighting the absurdity of the privatised British train operating companies, being owned in many cases by European state owned railways, and making profits because they are subsidised.
Take a look.

1.7 million views within its first 3 days.
I think the video is misjudged – for an internationalist organisation like my union – the TSSA.
Elsewhere, others have said it well – why make the Europeans in the video appear to crow over British people?
Don’t thi
nk it’s stereotypical but it is a tad unpleasant.
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Always gotta be careful using England vs Germany football matches, cos that generates some other emotions, but as it happens, it’s a British, not English, issue.
That said, I think MP Stella Creasey’s criticisms of the video are a bit unthinking too – the characters are not portrayed in a stereotypical way.
Stella attacks Momentum for promoting the video, but interesting to see that Momentum were sensitive about criticism by tv critic Charlie Brooker about Jeremy Corbyn.  Some great lines here.
Comedy, eh?