More JFK files

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A lot of files have been published about the JFK assassination, which thankfully, many have realised have been kept private cos they beg questions about agencies who might have done better, rather than show Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t responsible for the murder.

Any doubts, look up the BBC documentary on youtube – “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy”.

‘This thing only happened one way.’
I’ve referred to the documentary often.
(Shame about the Daily Mirror on this occasion. The Guardian ran a page looking for what was new, but about 8 items was the limit. Meanwhile, having boasted about the release of the files, turns out Trump did not follow the correct procedures so the publication of some of the files have been delayed.) 

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Environmental banality on Question Time

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20171031 bbc qt2 m to n sc as dd Screenshot (735)David Dimbleby leaves little time for a question on congestion charging, the significance of the wider issue of the environment he dismisses.
A Daily Express journalist chooses to focus on the previous advice to buy a car powered by a diesel engine.
Jacob Rees-Mogg demonstrates the entitlement of rich Conservative motorists who live in the countryside
– i.e. wanting to drive into cities but not live in them.
Chakribahti rares to say – you must provide public transport first.
Ditto Alex Salmond.
Dimbleby grins and Germain Greer says charging motorists doesn’t work.
No-one mentions how in Nottingham, mototrists pay for the improvement

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

Pentrich Revolution exhibition

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England’s last armed rebellion, from 1817, and exhibited at the National Justice Museum on High Pavement in Nottingham city centre opened on 200th anniversary of the conviction / execution of 4 of the leaders.
Open until 7th January 2018 and free entrance, put together by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Opened by Roger Tanner and attended by Paddy Tipping, pictured alongside a display on decades of Police spying on activists.
Stating plainly that the Luddites were not anti new technology, but anti shoddy goods and poor working conditions.

The Vietnam War documentary

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Telling the story of a war that figured so heavily in the news broadcasts of my childhood.
The war kinda feels other worldly in an era in which opposition forces are taken out by drones.

The TV documentary series by WETA-TV and Florintene Films is compelling.  You learn so much.  (Note, it cost $30 million to make.)
The piece on the memorial was just one of the special pieces.
Ditto, the napalm attack that caught innocent children.
The point blank execution on camera of a Viet Cong agent during the Tet offensive.
A reminder that the North Vietnamese communists could be cruel too.
John Kerry’s testimony on Capitol Hill.
(It’s possible that bits were missed out – e.g. peace initiatives in the early sixties.  Possbilby a tad harsh on the new regine given what they followed, and that they were to throw out the Khmer Rouge.)

So much to take in, but just one excerpt especially pertinent to today …
Episode 5 showed John McCain being interviewed by a French journalist having been shot down in Vietnam, ejected too low from a plane out of control, broken 3 limbs and having them reset without painkillers.
In the interview, his voice is trembling. He was interviewed because he was the son of a US General in charge of their military in Europe.
He was beaten up afterwards, because he had not been grateful enough to his captors on film.
Years later, he was to be ridiculed, told heroes don’t let themselves be captured and only recently, mocked cos of the physical symptoms he has as he is fighting cancer.
America, get a grip.

My Fair Lady

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An excellent production by the Nottingham Operatic Society.
If only cos I figured Henry Higgins was played better than Rex Harrison achieved – although he did get an Oscar.
Listening to the overture at the beginning and you remember how powerful many of the songs are; and thanks to Youtube, you remember all the controversies around the movie – Julie Andrews dropped, Rex Harrison not singing and Audrey Hepburn not being allowed to sing.
But the musical does suffer from the songs towards the end being spoken rather than sang, and the nonsense of Eliza standing up for herself only to return and commit without the romance she so wanted to be shown earlier.  “Where’s my slippers?” indeed.
For all that, a good night out, being entertained by people who hold down other jobs for a living.

Left Lion review – “What does Eliza see in him?”

Herbert Kilpin

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On the centenary of his death, a shop front on Mansfield Road where Herbert Kilpin was born was dedicated to the Nottingham lace worker and footballer who founded AC Milan.
In the evening, a documentary “Lord of Milan” was released.
And from that film it’s clear that AC Milan wear red and black stripes, cos that what Herbert wore when he played for Notts Olympic.