News and political views

A photo-journal of news and views from The Meadows, Nottingham and the Labour Party, by Councillor Michael M Edwards, using Wordpress

Scoreless at Walsall

… but a good game to watch.

Salop coulda won.  Ditto Walsall.
But it’s usually a tricky adventure for us, so pleased with the draw and the entertainment.  Pleased to have gone at all, cos the last 2 years, the fixture clashed with the community events at Notts County F.C.
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A couple of points on the kits.
Why couldn’t we wear our blue & amber colours?  Instead, ours was dark grey with a primrose high diagonal.  Which despite my photo, made it difficult to pick out the Salop players against the background of the crowd at a range of 130 yards.  No history, no relevance and poor practicability.
Meanwhile, Walsall are sponsored by HomeServe, who I’ve just remembered have a call centre in Nottingham, which I opened.  No, no-one else remembered that either.

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Jawbone

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A small-scale film from which an actor from the “This is England” series who draws on his life experiences as an amateur boxer to write and convey a story of dealing with problems like alcohol addiction.
Though said not to be typical of a boxer movie – an almost life or death movie against a champion – it does have the somewhat predictable fight sequence of almost looking defeated before making a come back.
Despite some of the formulaic stuff, the film is distinctive, if a tad slow.
(r:6.6; e:3, s:3, t:3.)

England’s 1,000th test

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For the second time ever, I’ve gone to an England – India test match for a fifth day for free, cos the outcome was obvious and likely not to last very long.
but this time, I was able to watch from the new Bridgford Road end and, and it was a pleasure.
I’ll not complain about the cost of watching test cricket, cos it’s clear people are willing to pay.  Nor, of the intent to charge £10 for the fifth day, retracted in the morning after they’d reflected on their original decision.
I bought  programme as a gesture to the free entrance, and here’s a fature shoing a grpahic portrayin the previous 99 tests in 2 pages, with the 2 previous wins on the bottom right hand corner – against Pakistan!  I want my money back.

Jermaine Pennant publishes memories of The Meadows

Now 35, Pennant, man of the match in a European Cup Final and twice close to major silverware, has published an autobiography which starts with some challenging memories of The Meadows.
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No gratitude to the community in the first extract; instead, football was his only way out;  dramatic stories – of a father who was a dealer; a mother who moved away; gangs in The Meadows, lined up against gangs from St.Ann’s; a set-to at a fried chicken restaurant in town, which led to a lad from St.Ann’s being kicked to death; a grand-auto style car chase.
I didn’t recall it being as bad as that, then.  Later, I do know a teenage lad was shot and killed in The Meadows; and a teenage girl was shot and killed in St.Ann’s by an indiscriminate shot aimed into a group of girls fired from a moving car from The Meadows.
But we’d made progress from then.  The council employed neighbourhood wardens. There was a major drive on gun crime.  We were tough on the causes of crime.  More jobs.  Children’s centres.  Higher attainment at schools.  We had made significant progress.
Some of the progress has been lost.  Now, we’ve had a period of knifings between dealers.  Tackled, but the underlying causes – lack of proper jobs, insufficient earnings – not so visible, but witnessed by our schools – are ongoing and getting worse.
I was struck by an assertion by Pennant that he would still be at risk if he came back to The Meadows.
Jermaine Jenas survived a visit to The Meadows with a TV camera crew, about a year ago, but the risk factor seemed talked up given community activists who live on the featured Holgate Road have not reported any problems.
As for football, following goals put in at The Green, we are planning to improve the MUGA equipment at Queens Walk Rec., and possibly find some kit to install on Arkwright Walk.  And we want to support local clubs more.  But the finance is a challenge.  Not saying either Jermaine should be obliged to help, but it would be nice.  Not so much to help kids find a way out; just for the enjoyment of the game.

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Paddy visits Arkwright Walk

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Canvassing in the streets in The Meadows most affected by drug dealers and users in the last few months.
There is a multi-agency day of action on the forthcoming Wednesday in the neighbourhood.
All following a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP and a major uniform initiative – after a series of knifing wounds inflicted by dealers upon dealers.
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We had a special leaflet printed, to help seek opinions including a possibility of re-used play equipment for the neighbourhood.
Plans for investment in parks elsewhere in the city might release a 3 sided fence which includes a goal, a basketball hoop and a cricket wicket.
But it needs a kinda 22 yard by 12 yard piece of tarmac, so there is a cost.  If we can find the money, we’d like to offer this “half-muga” for the neighbourhood, either to the west of the play area on Arkwright Walk, or to the south.
Crudely, the play-area would continue to serve toddlers and younger children, and the “half-muga” would serve teenagers.
Response on the doors was positive, including from older residents.

Paddy found one home that was still displaying a “vote Labour” poster from last year’s General Election; he spoke to a number of residents about policing matters.
Nicola and I picked up some general case-work.