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.

Squash is coming home

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An amazing men’s final at the European Individual Closed Championships.
Close, changing in fortune and played in one of only 3 glass ‘see-through’ squash courts in the country at the new sports centre at the University of Nottingham.
The game’s rules were set out by a teacher from a school in the south, but the idea of playing with a ball in a confined space, hitting it back and forth against a wall must have come from before then, and statistically, a city of caves (650 have now been logged) must statistically have been the most likely place for such games to develop.
So the championships in Nottingham represented the sport coming home, backed up by the number 3 woman seed coming to live here to study and play, and Robin Hood pioneering the ability to hit targets by glancing things off a wall (see the Walt Disney movie). Oh yes.

The 175th anniversary of the Battle of Mapperley Hills

August 1842 —
On The Thursday (18th), 2,000 resolved in the Market Square not to work until the terms of the Charter were met.
On The Tuesday (23rd), a rally of some 5,000 supporters met on Mapperley Hills Common (most probably the area just south of the GMB offices on Woodborough Road for a rally)..
At 3pm, as they ‘sat down for their dinner’, Dragoons brandishing swords (glittering in the bright sunshine) scattered the rally, arrested 400 and marched them into town. 50 were to end up being punished severely.
The actions of the authorities were mocked, a) by the mocking term of “Battle of Mapperley Hills” (cos the ‘battle was so one-sided – soldiers on horseback with weapons) and b) with a very long poem, published a month later.
(Photos of the poem are available – https://www.flickr.com/photos/154928849@N03/sets/72157687876247666)

I’ve made a 4 minute video (sorry, I didn’t appreciate until I got home how much I was grimacing cos I was concentrating on remembering what to say).
https://www.facebook.com/me4sd/videos/10154903369716305/

A previous video is a bit rough. With thanks to contributors to Wikipedia for the improved understanding and to the Local Studies Library on Angel Row.

Streets paved with gold

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The Yorkstone on Barker Gate looks special in the sunlight after cleaning.
So bright at times, that you wonder whether the phrase came not from the story of Dick Whittington, or whether it wasn’t just a euphanism for making a living is easy, but just the use of Yorkstone.
The photo shows the difference between cleaned and uncleaned stone, highlighted by a local resident’s dog.

Remember Heather Heyer

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These are bollards, installed along the length of the Trent Bridge in July, for the first time ever, because we now have to protect crowds from terrorists using motor vehicles as weapons.
Similar costs and inconvenience will be imposed on events staged on Victoria Embankment.
ct-ptb-davich-charlottesville-attack-st-0816-20170815Such an attack has now taken place in the United States of America.
White supremacists started a campaign against the removal of a statue celebrating General Lee (who led the Confederate Army in the American Civil War).
Their march included people carrying Nazi flags – even though the USA fought to destroy the Nazis in World War 2.
Protestors against the white supremacists counter-protested.
One man, pictured earlier on the march,  took exception and drove a high powered car into the crowd of counter-protestors.
19 people were injured; one was killed.
Her name was Heather Heyer.  A 32-year-old civil rights activist.  A campaigner, including on social media.  She used the phrase “if you aren’t outraged, you ain’t paying attention”.
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There is no moral equivalence between fascists / racists / white supremacists – shouting slogans like “Jews will not be replace us” – and their opponents.
Further, BBC News reports that some counter-protestors were organised for fighting, most of them were not, and they were facing marchers who carried protection and weapons.
The people of the United States are now having to come to terms with their President sympathising with people who take the side of the Nazis, people who take the side of white supremacists and people who drive cars into opponents.  The late night shows are delivering whithering ridicule, more Republican politicians are distancing themselves from the President, business people drawn into helping the President out have resigned other countries are condemning his statements.
From what I can tell, his popularity rating remains low but stable.  Michael Moore is calling people who remain Trump supporters racist, and I wonder if that will work.

What we need to see from Americnas are clear signs that more of them get it, and are not prepared to support Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the rest of us should take opportunities to tell the story of Heather Heyer – a civil rights activist iwho was killed for her beliefs in 2017.