A fun pirate-themed craft session is are being held in Yate Library this half-term. All activities are free drop-in events for primary school aged children. The pirate pandemonium sessions are taking place as follows: Yate Library - Tuesday, October 24, 10.30am to 12pm. Rhyme-times and story times are also taking place throughout the holiday at selected libraries. Visit this South Glos web page for details.

Posted by Paul Hulbert on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington | Mute

Embed from Getty Images The Reagan Show is a CNN Films movie released in the UK earlier this month. After showing in a few cinemas it is now available on iTunes, Sky, Amazon, GooglePlay and YouTube. The film uses the mountain of archive "behind-the-scenes" and in-front-of-the-scenes footage recorded during the Ronald Reagan Presidency. There are some great clips and there is a particularly compelling portrait of his work with Mikhail Gorbachev to eventually sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. We're reminded that Gorbachev too was a showman, and that the two struck up quite a close working friendship. When ...

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Mon 23rd
12:30

Just a joke, love

Embed from Getty Images I blame Strictly Come Dancing. Autumn last year my son and I are settling down to watch our regular two hour marathon of sequins and emotion when he pipes up that he fancies a Chinese takeaway. Doting Mum, off I trot down the high street to fulfill my youngest's whim. It is not even 7pm in a sleepy market town and stepping out into the evening holds no fears. But as I pass the Crown Hotel and then the Baker's Arms my path is blocked by two young men. The shorter one is almost face to ...

Posted by Ruth Bright on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Mon 23rd
11:00

My tweets

Sun, 13:39: RT @Nyssa1968: How you tell a story is part of the story told. Always worth remembering. https://t.co/Ms1FUkAK20 Sun, 13:39: RT @dellamirandola0: People diss the Blair and Cameron concern w/image but this is why it matters: leaders need that sixth sense https://t.... Sun, 15:45: RT @A_RoyoMarine: Mariano Rajoy has staged a coup d'état against democracy in Catalonia | The Independent https://t.co/3lR0ckkFnU Sun, 16:06: RT @StPapagianneas: The #EU 's future is at stake in #Catalonia today https://t.co/K9NwogqfYb Sun, 16:10: Replacement of Mouse Balls https://t.co/miwGxabe9V Sun, 17:53: Sunday reading https://t.co/yQavo25j3V Sun, 19:16: RT @iFadyElsayed: Happy 1 year anniversary everyone. Class and ...

miss_s_b | I have finished Open Arms by Vince Cable, and written my review...... but you can't read my review yet That Theresa May photo - an explanationmiss_s_b | On Trigger WarningsI got really cross about this again yesterday [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Mon 23rd
10:55

A vision for Vince

Our nation is at a crossroads, if we take the wrong path we could fall off the cliff. Britain lacks strong leadership, there is no clear vision and there is certainly no plan. Our country is confused, our people are perplexed and our neighbours think we are crazy. And above all our governments have consistently neglected the prosperity of our people, the millions who everyday are struggling with unnecessary financial hardship; Promises have been made but there has been no follow through. We have been sold austerity as inevitable when prosperity is possible. Politics for the privileged is no longer ...

Posted by Tom Burgess on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

In the latest turn in the soap opera which has become Britain's attempts to leave the European Union, witness right wing Brexiteers within the Conservative Party imploring the Prime Minister and her Chancellor to spend more public money "preparing" for a "no deal" Brexit. In other words, fiscal conservatives are asking that a Tory leader be less fiscally conservative in order to build "post-Brexit infrastructure". So, let's get this straight: people whose whole political lives have been arranged around arguing we need to leave the EU in order to open the floodgates to free trade around the universe are currently ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

These happen to be $ signs but the same is true of £s. They just seem to go into an inexplicable sinkhole in London in a system which is poorly run Some people think that I only get up in ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think? | Mute

The National Audit Office report on the UK border that was released at the weekend shows:Over the past four years the Border Force workforce has reduced by 4%.(Page 24)If the existing entry regime for non-EEA nationals is extended to all EEA arrivals, UK Visas and Immigration will need to make 230% more decisions a year.(Page 27)If customs declarations are required for trade between the UK and the existing EU, HMRC estimates that the total number of customs declarations could increase by around 360.(Page 27) Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: "This independent report shows the stark reality facing ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats | Mute

Vince Cable and Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson, have penned a joint letter to David Gauke to reverse the cuts to the work allowance in the Budget, which they say has "fatally undermined the whole purpose of Universal Credit" The letter warns the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that "reducing work allowances - even abolishing them entirely for people without children - will both worsen poverty and severely weaken incentives to work." The letter references analysis published at the weekend by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation revealing that keeping the work allowance at current levels - ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats | Mute

Astonishingly, and as the BBC report, the Welsh Government is to go ahead with its plans to legislate to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in Wales. Using a 50p-a-unit formula, it is likely that a typical can of cider would be at least £1 and a bottle of wine at least £4.69. A typical litre of vodka would have to cost more than £20. Rather than be totally negative about this proposal, I will set out where I agree with the relevant Minister. She believes that tackling excessive drinking could save a life a week and mean 1,400 fewer ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

The latest stance from the extreme Brexiteer community is that we don't need any form of trade deal with the European Union. Operating under WTO rules would be just fine. There is only one logical conclusion to be drawn from this stance. In trade terms, we don't need to leave the EU at all. One [...] The post The great Brexit contradiction revealed appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Joe Zammit-Lucia on Opinion - Radix | Mute

South Glos is looking at developing a Food Plan covering Health and wellbeingEnvironment and sustainabilityJobs and local food economyThey say "A Food Plan in South Gloucestershire will create a vision for improving the food system and culture in South Gloucestershire. It will be a collaborative project that brings together a range of stakeholders that have an influence on food in the region. It will celebrate the good work that is currently happening and highlight the gaps for improvement." They are now consulting on how to go about developing the Food Plan - you can find out more and have your ...

Posted by Paul Hulbert on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington | Mute

On 19th October 2017, we received a letter from Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, ahead of her meeting with the European Council as part of the UK's Brexit negotiations. Given that she had taken the trouble to write to us, we thought it only polite to reply. This is our response. Dear Theresa, Thank you for your letter explaining what you are doing to secure the rights of European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and of UK citizens living in other EU member states. We were relieved to hear that you are taking this issue ...

Posted by Natalie Fey and Simon Perks on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Responding to Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu's comments that the six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is "grotesquely ignorant" Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson, said:"Now we have the Archbishop alongside a former Conservative Prime Minister in John Major, and a good number of backbench Tory MPs, in agreement with the Liberal Democrats over universal credit."All these objectors are emphasising to the government that the current system is not sustainable and that they must shorten the waiting period before new universal ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats | Mute

 

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 2017 A85 Riverside Drive - prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 7 weeks for works to the sea wall. Prohibitions will only be in place when required. Polepark Road (Fyffe Street to Milnbank Road) - closed from Monday 23 October for 5 working days for Scottish Water sewer repair works.

A pictorial representation of the 'M' Maghull logo by Keith Page of Lydiate. www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp215-221 British History on Line has details of Maghull's past which all Maghullians will want to know about – see link above. The various changes to its name and how it was pronounced are fascinating. Just look at this quote from the web site:- 'Magele, Dom. Bk.; Maghul, Maghyl, Maghale, Maghal, Mauhale, 1292; Maghhal, 1303; Mauwell, 1351; Maghull, Maghell, 1353. These last two forms and Maghale most general. In the xv cent. the name was contracted to Maile or Male, which shows the local pronunciation. Sometimes the ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

Well the first thing to say is that it will most certainly not set all Lydiate resident's hearts a flutter. A worthy if unexciting plan is about the best I can say based on the drafts I have seen to date. And that's not to belittle the work of Lydiate Parish Council and those who have helped pull the emerging plan together (including myself I might add), it's just that the world will continue to turn pretty much the way it has done with or without Lydiate's Neighbourhood Plan. As I have said many times a neighbourhood plan can't lead ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

Liberal Democrats have played their part in making sure that the inadequacies of Universal Credit have been highlighted. In the debate on Wednesday, Christine Jardine said: We hear that, instead of it helping, as many as 1 million children could be pushed into poverty by 2020. That surely cannot be the legacy that my Conservative colleagues would want to leave for future generations. They surely cannot be content with what they are hearing in this Chamber from constituents and even their own Back Benchers: that families are facing rent arrears and the threat of losing their homes; that there is ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Sun 22nd
21:42

Six of the Best 736

[IMG: Chairman Meow] Chris Dillow explains why a new centre party would likely fail: "Political parties are powerful brands that have been built up over decades. This loyalty doesn't only attract millions of voters. It means that members stick with the party through thick and thin, even if they profoundly disagree with their policies and leaders." Good news. Cicero's Songs is back with a post on Estonia. Nicole Vassell on the experience of the few Black students who do make it to Oxford or Cambridge. The Pledge of Allegiance in American schools was promoted by a man who made a ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

There's a plethora of social media tools out there. But if your campaign is just launching, focus on where the largest audiences are and do them well.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 493rd weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere ... Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (15-21 October, 2017), together with a hand-picked seven you might otherwise have missed. Don't forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging. As ever, let's start with the most popular post, and work our way down: 1. Is it eight or nine council by-elections ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Sun 22nd
21:00

The shorter Sajid Javid

We don't encourage reliance on experts, particularly foreign experts, in this school. We will now sing the national anthem and if I catch any boy not singing loud enough he will be beaten.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Sun 22nd
20:29

Getting my hands dirty

10am this morning and I was on Church Green in Whickham to help with the planting of the flower beds, organised by Planting Up Whickham. Time to get my hands very dirty. By the time we had finished, thousands of plants had gone into the ground. Thanks to everyone who took part. And thanks to St Mary's Church for the lunch!

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

Fly-tipping in Shropshire was down a little last year but the overall trend is no change. Over the last five years, reported incidents have averaged 1,400 a year, mostly on the highways and mostly domestic rubbish. Over the same period, Shropshire Council spend £500,000 cleaning up and taking action. There were only two prosecutions and twelve fixed penalty notices. More than 300 warning letters were issued. Thousands of perpetrators went unidentified or didn't face action. I am not convinced that the official data records anywhere near the number of incidents that occur on private land, especially agricultural land. Investigating and ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute
Sun 22nd
18:29

Cicero ReDux

By Special Request of Baroness Scott and Mark Valladares... Cicero's Songs returns: bigger, longer and uncut. October 1st marked the half way point of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union. Perhaps for many people such an anniversary is of passing interest at best. Yet the conduct of the Estonian Presidency is reinforcing just how forward looking and innovative the most northerly of the Baltic States has become. Estonia is a country that wants to live in the future, and with its openness and innovation, that future seems a lot closer than almost anywhere else in Europe It is not ...

Posted by Cicero on Cicero's Songs | Mute

I was in the Whickham part of my ward yesterday with a bundle of 450 Focuses to deliver. My usual 3 patches were done and I was back home by 3.30pm. That's my deliveries done for this Focus. There will, of course, be more Focuses coming up.

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute
Sun 22nd
16:53

Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) The Past Through Tomorrow, by Robert A. Heinlein Running Through Corridors 2: Rob and Toby's Marathon Watch of Doctor Who, the 70s, by Toby Hadoke and Robert Shearman Last books finished Plague City, by Jonathan Morris Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum Caprice and Rondo, by Dorothy Dunnett Next books The Last Castle, by Jack Vance Thorns, by Robert Silverberg A Man of Parts, by David Lodge

Liam Fox and other Brexiteers in the UK's current Conservative government are fond of saying that when we are "free" from the European Union, we will be able to enter into a great new dawn of trading partnerships with other big players around the world, not least China. Actually, it was David Cameron and the [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer | Mute

An old one but a good one. If a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Units). Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel. Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop off method. ...

Liverpool Lime Street Station at night. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eLUD_9RBv4 Network Rail have put this time-lapse video (see link above) on youtube with regard to the recent 3 week closure of the station because of massive platform and track works to increase the capacity of Lime Street. It's worth looking at to see the extent of the works so far. A Virgin Trains Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

Today's pronouncements by Keir Starmer that Labour might, if it feels like it, work with Tories to secure some moderate changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill are hardly earth-shattering. I can't find the words "single market" anywhere in his red lines. Perhaps the people's red lines are, like the Glee Club song, slightly pink. I certainly don't think that Labour should be expecting gratitude any time soon. They are barely managing the minimum you would expect from an opposition. Lib Dem Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake is similarly unimpressed: It's entertaining to see the Labour front bench attempting to have a ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Sun 22nd
13:00

On Trigger Warnings

I see the Grauniad have seen fit to publish yet another wilful misunderstanding of the purpose of trigger warnings today, this time from David Mitchell. Trigger Warnings are there to give people extra information about the media they are consuming. It's like when the continuity announcer says before the showing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that "this film contains strong language and scenes that some viewers might find upsetting". It's not censorship to allow people to make a free and informed choice about their media consumption. The purpose of a trigger warning is to be courteous to people who have ...

Sad news for Julian Huppert's many fans. He announced on Twitter this weekend that he won't be standing for Parliament again. It was an honour to represent my home town as MP & to make a positive difference locally & nationally. However, I will not be standing again — Julian Huppert (@julianhuppert) October 21, 2017 I remain passionate about many issues & will continue to try to make things better, in different ways. We need fairer, more liberal society — Julian Huppert (@julianhuppert) October 21, 2017 While I understand that he might want his life back after seven years of ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Anybody who thinks that the effects of 2008 crash are in the past, needs to look again. Not only is the economy still struggling to get back to pre-2008 levels but some of the measures put into effect by the UK Government to control expenditure continue to hot ordinary people. One of those measures was the public sector pay cap. This was meant to be a temporary measure but for some reason successive Chancellors of the Exchequer have not been able to bring themselves to lift it. Now, as the Guardian reports, we have a situation where public sector workers' ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

M Magazine interviewed Jon Boden last week: 'The future of folk is hanging in the balance, and is in danger of turning into just another branch of the performing arts... passively consumed by the audience rather than being a participatory social art form,' warns Jon Boden, ex-frontman, composer and arranger with Bellowhead. As a leading light in the British folk scene, over the years he's added to our nation's canon while also exhuming forgotten works for contemporary audiences. It's an endeavour that has seen him pick up many plaudits along the way, not least from the BBC Radio 2 Folk ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

... However, as it is for publication in Liberator, you'll have to wait to read it :þ Once Liberator has landed on doormats I'll put the review up on Goodreads and link to it here. But if you want a little spoiler, although I had some criticisms I genuinely quite enjoyed it, and will definitely buy his next (if he ever writes another). [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Sun 22nd
11:00

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: RT @DailyOscarWilde: A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Sat, 15:02: Cimarron, or how to erase feminism https://t.co/d4aMUsKN4S Sat, 15:27: Just behind me in the queue for pictures with @Jenna_Coleman_ . https://t.co/N5NbOYOpzj Sat, 16:05: Psalm 53 Sung in Aramaic for Pope Francis by Georgians https://t.co/NvVMoWLoiF Absolutely amazing. Sat, 16:14: RT @quarsan: Envious of a friend who's just met the Maybot v 1.0 https://t.co/uiknStlgP4 Sat, 16:19: Having revealed to @Jenna_Coleman_ that @brianminchin is my cousin... https://t.co/jzLZbFYFzo Sat, 17:19: "My God! Was the 50th anniversary as long ago as 2013?!" - @Jenna_Coleman_ https://t.co/V6BstofF4l Sat, 17:21: ...

Britons facing Storm Brian urged to 'always look on the bright side of life' Other people not being such twats 'can help treat depression', finds study [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

An illegal vote. State police censoring political websites. Paramilitary police using violence against peaceful protesters. Calls from Amnesty International to release imprisoned political campaigners. The right-wing preparing to seize control of a democratically-elected government. You might think that I'm talking about a backward dictatorship in a far-flung corner of the world. Rather depressingly, I'm not. Instead, these events are happening right now in one of our fellow EU countries. By now, I'm sure most of you are aware of events in Catalonia. You may not be aware that this is not a sudden constitutional crisis, but the culmination of centuries ...

Posted by Alan Collins Pérez de Baños on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

While Universal Basic Income is popular in principle, support for it falls sharply once increases in taxation or reductions in benefits to pay for it are included as this IPSOS Mori survey shows. UCL's Institute for Global Prosperity has just published a report, proposing what they call Universal Basic Services as a less costly alternative. The first point to make about their proposals is that only some of them are truly universal, with others targeted at the lowest two deciles. The Royal Society of Arts, who have their own Basic Income model, have already criticised it. The Universal Basic Services ...

Posted by Laurence Cox on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Oxford and Cambridge are always viewed as the ideal English universities. Witness how every time someone mentions that they attended or have applied to study there inevitably the response is always a "wow". I was in thrall too and had always wanted to go to Cambridge. That all changed a year ago. After attending an open day at Cambridge I was left with a distinct impression that it was just the epitome of white privilege and middle-class snobbery. Every other university open day I had attended had focused on what the university could offer students with a list of reasons ...

Posted by Maelo Manning on libdemchild aged 17 | Mute

With the school holidays over tomorrow, it is back to West End Ward surgeries this coming week. My Mitchell Street Centre and Harris Academy surgeries take place tomorrow afternoon. My full surgery details are below - although I can also be contacted via esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk or phone me at home on 459378 anytime :

The use of hashtags on Twitter may be a great social media innovation for getting a specific message across in the way the #metoo hashtag has drawn attention to rampant global sexual harassment of women. The flip side of the coin is the power of the eponymous hashtag to further reinforce and disseminate stereotypical demeaning messages and pictures of women. I looked up the hashtag #Asians because I had attended an Asian Writers Festival and was seeking to reach the right audience with my tweets. What I found was a stream of naked women and nothing of any relevance to ...

Posted by Jane Chelliah on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas | Mute

Bootle Town Hall – The Labour administration runs the Borough from here This has been a odd carry on ever since it first emerged that Sefton Council was buying this shopping centre. I blogged about it at the time the story started to leak out (May 2017 – see link below to access that posting) from Labour's Bootle Town Hall bunker:- £32.5m borrowed & spent by Sefton buying Strand shops Sefton Council are now saying (Champion Newspaper 18/10/17) that the Lib Dem Group Leader on the Council was briefed about the £32.5m purchase, yet how on earth does that ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute