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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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

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.

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.”

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

an inconvenient sequel
“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.