Second paragraph of third story ("The Terror Of The Umpty Ums", by Steven Moffat): "Did you hear me?" emitted the Human from its flapped aperture. "Did you understand? Do you understand what I'm saying?" The encoded sound stream was accompanied by a fresh flow of smells also emanating from the aperture. Karpagnon's sensory filter began processing the new odours, while his tactical monitor noted that they were unlikely to be directly significant to the Human's communication. The light spray of moisture was similarly dismissed. "I'll be back tomorrow morning. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ahmed will be here too. Do you ...

The developer for Sainsbury's is issuing an update to residents on progress with the development and is answering frequently asked questions. From these we learn that Sheffield registered Davies Street Ludlow now owns the site. The site, which had been promoted by Blackfriars Property Group, is now being developed by constructed by McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd. Davies Street Ludlow will lease the store and car park to Sainsbury's in the Autumn. There is a promise for tree planting, which is part of the planning conditions, and much else. The correspondence is below. Sample letter to residents 21 April 2021 The Old ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

The legend of Faust and Mephistopheles is one of the most enduring. Faust makes a pact with the Devil (through his agent Mephistopheles) to secure earthly pleasures. But in the end the Devil returns to secure Faust's soul – a short interval of pleasure at the cost of eternal damnation. I feel something of this ... Continue reading Football sold its soul to the devil long ago

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It seems as though Keir Starmer can add unlucky to his present list of troubles following his unfortunate encounter in Bath with a Brexiteer. Your first thought is how on earth did his minders get him into such an encounter; the very kind of publicity he'd not have wanted. But then on further reflection, what on earth was he doing campaigning in Bath which is already represented by a radical and progressive MP. You'd have thought his efforts would have been better aimed at a Tory seat rather than helping the Tories to unseat an MP of the centre-left who ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute
Tue 20th
12:56

Lest we forget

For the moment the Conservative Party is riding high in the opinion polls with 43% of the electorate supporting it and Labour trailing behind with just 34%. We poor Liberal Democrats have a mere 9% (though frankly I'm pleased that anyone notices us at all) and the Greens, in spite of the current interest in tackling the climate crisis, an even merer (if such a word exists) 5%.* The Troy popularity is assumed to be due to a "Vaccine Bounce": the successful, and for once really "word beating" distribution of the anti COVID vaccine. It seems to go unnoticed that ...

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal | Mute

Liberal Democrats care about people being able to fulfil their potential and getting the care and support they need to recover from illness and addiction. That's why our Scottish manifesto highlights the need to take a public health approach to addiction. Scotland has the highest drug deaths rate in Europe, something which became very real to a friend of mine recently when her son died after taking street valium. Typically, she thought of others before herself and allowed the BBC to film his funeral. Willie Rennie said today that the next Scottish Government will only end the drug deaths crisis ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It is somewhat difficult to think of Jonathan as being dead, and his sudden demise on Friday produced an outpouring of sorrow, second only to that which took place when he announced that he was terminally ill only a few weeks earlier. Many will remember him for his writing, others for his commitment to internationalism, yet others for his campaigning and leadership, and all with good cause. I'll remember him partly for his insatiable curiosity about the world and partly for his sense of humour. And so, perhaps to offer an unexpected insight into someone I was lucky enough to ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy | Mute
Tue 20th
11:00

My tweets

Tue, 10:45: RT @marlenestocker: Gonna use this next time I'm late on a deadline! https://t.co/MpBFHDY6LS Tue, 11:30: RT @HarleyShah: I genuinely want to know why Diane Abbott drinking a mojito on the train caused more outrage than Matt Hancock's sister rec... Tue, 11:47: RT @redhistorian: Quite the sub-heading from this piece by @SJAMcBride for the Belfast @News_Letter. https://t.co/04U6xBIQKH https://t.co/1...

Lib Dem peer Floella Benjamin's book about her life as a child is to be turned into a stage play. In her children's book Coming to England she wrote about her journey from Trinidad to the UK at the age of ten, and about the racism her family experienced. But, as anyone who has met her or heard her speak will expect, the tale is essentially optimistic and encouraging, providing inspiration to children to overcome their own difficulties. Floella has written some 20 books and pursued a career as an actor and singer, but is best known as the charismatic ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Tue 20th
09:52

The arrogance of Labour

The Labour Party in Gateshead tend to view the area as a one-party state and any opposition to them tends to be treated as insurrection and insubordination. There is an uncomfortable level of arrogance from Labour who have run the Council since it came into existence in 1974. Take a look at the above Facebook post from Labour candidate for Low Fell Calvin Lawson which was posted last year when

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

It comes to something when six opposition parties unite to call for an inquiry into the Prime Minister's "consistent failure to be honest" in statements to MPs. Prime Minister is meant to be the most important job in the UK, the summit of a politician's career, representing the country to the outside world, commanding respect from his peers and demonstrating a strong grasp of issues and the authority to do something about them. And yet somehow Boris Johnson has failed to understand and achieve any of that, or even begin to live up to those expections. The Guardian reports that ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

So, yesterday morning, this happened: Scottish Lib Dems say a brick was thrown through the window of their Edinburgh HQ this morning Police Scotland involved @amcarmichaelMP: "Political campaigning should be about the clash of ideas, not about acts of violence" — Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) April 19, 2021 * Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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BBC Radio Shropshire is this morning reporting that a senior Conservative, who has been deselected and will stand as an independent, has taken a parting shot at her former colleagues. As the radio station reports, the email was sent to all 74 councillors not just the Conservative group. As such it was obviously meant to be made public. Laying in to the lack of leadership by the Conservatives, retiring Hodnet councillor Karen Calder opines her sympathy for fellow councillors who have been deselected in the north of the county. She praises opposition leaders and rages against the cull of sitting ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute
Tue 20th
08:30

Whoniversaries 20 April

i) births and deaths 20 April 1951: birth of Louise Jameson, who played the Fourth Doctor companion Leela from 1977 to 1978. She is 70! It doesn't seem possible! ii) broadcast and publication anniversaries 20 April 1968: broadcast of sixth episode of Fury from the Deep; last appearance of Deborah Watling as Victoria. The seaweed creature is destroyed by Victoria's screams, and she decides to stay behind. 20 April 1972: publication of The Making of Doctor Who by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, the first book about the show. 20 April 1974: broadcast of fifth episode of The Monster of ...

Many residents have asked me when Leisure & Culture Dundee aims to reopen Blackness Library. Last Friday, it was announced that the Central Library will reopen on Monday 26th April with.reduced opening hours (Monday, Thursday, Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; Tuesday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm and Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 1pm). It will be open for lower floor departments only - returns, browsing and borrowing, limited PC access. Reconnect and Collect will also be available. I have asked the Director of Leisure & Culture Dundee the position regarding Blackness Library and she has ...

Tue 20th
01:41

Six of the Best 1004

"Essentially ,,, Britain is being run by children in adult bodies for whom politics is little more than a fascinating game." Jörg Schindler examines the baleful effect of Eton on our politics. "Fundamental to holding onto hope of living in harmony with nature is modernising the UK's Anglo-Norman land ethic. This cannot abide the idea that land is the core natural asset of the nation and of the planet. Instead, it gives primacy to any private benefit that may accrue to those who choose to exploit it." Laurence Rose says we shall have to be radical if we are going ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

I wrote a piece for Liberal Democrat Voice which went live this morning, in which I suggested that there wasn't an awful lot that Government could do if a collection of the "richest" clubs across Europe decided to form their own league. Naturally, a slew of politicians then suggested that, not only could the Government act, but that it would. I'm yet to be convinced that it's anything but words in the run-up to a bunch of local elections, but we'll see... One of the suggestions as to why a European Super league has emerged now after years of talk ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy | Mute

Second paragraph of third chapter: Een allée couverte is meer rechthoekig dan een gewone dolmen, die over het algemeen redelijk vierkant is. De ingang bevindt zich aan één van de twee smalle uitein-den. De twee lange zijkanten en het uiteinde waar de ingang zich niet bevindt, bestaan uit grote, platte, rechtopstaande stenen of draagstenen. Oorspronkelijk was de ruimte tussen de rechtopstaande stenen vaak gevuld met kleinere keien, of stopstenen, maar daarvan blijft na al die duizenden jaren niet veel over. Bij de Belgische dolmens zie je er alvast niets meer van. A gallery grave is more rectangular than a regular ...

As if we needed reminding why vaccine passports are a bad idea, the Independent reports that more than 1,000 clergymen and women from across the UK have written to Boris Johnson to warn against them, describing these passports as an "unethical form of coercion". They also claim the documents could herald a "surveillance state": The message is contained in an open letter from ministers from a number of different Christian faiths. As lockdown restrictions ease, the certificates could play a role in allowing the safe reopening of theatres and nightclubs. Significantly, however, they have not been included in a series ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

The Guardian reports: Six opposition parties in the Commons are urging the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to allow a vote on an inquiry into Boris Johnson's "consistent failure to be honest" in statements to MPs. They want Hoyle to let them table a motion saying that Johnson's conduct should be referred to the committee of privileges, on the grounds that making a deliberately misleading statement to MPs amounts to a contempt of parliament under the Commons rulebook, Erskine May... The letter was organised by the Green MP Caroline Lucas and it has been signed by five other parliamentary party leaders: ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

From the description on YouTube: This 1½ mile standard gauge branch left the Ashford-Hastings line just west of Rye station. It can be joined on the southern edge of Rye at grid reference TQ 920199, where a kissing gate leads on to a narrow waymarked path enclosed by bushes. This is the trackbed, which soon opens out on to a shallow embankment across sheep pastures, with fine views of Camber Castle to the south. The old railway can now be followed, with very minor diversions, as far as the former level crossing on Harbour Road (TQ 936192). Do not turn ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The news that six of England's biggest (if not currently best) football clubs are intent on joining a so-called European Super League is dominating both back and front pages today, and rightly so. This is a story about football, but not just football: it drives home the point that excessive foreign ownership of many of our industries is not in the public interest, and illustrates the grotesque outcomes we get when we allow market and consumer logic to totally dominate the economy at the expense of citizen and community power. As such, this an issue on which the Liberal Democrats ...

Posted by Ian Kearns and Jon Alexander on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

One of the reasons that I joined the Liberal Party, as we were then, 54 years ago was because liberals believe passionately in internationalism and in true equality of opportunity. We don't care about the colour of a person's skin ... Continue reading →

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

Simon Calder is the Independent's roving travel correspondent. To describe him as "dedicated follower of travel" (with apologies to the Kinks) would be an understatement. Appearing across the networks, he is on his way to becoming a modern day Alan Wicker. Want to know where to travel to? Problems with getting to your destination? Call for Simon Calder. At the weekend, he said that he expected Shropshire to do really well as lockdown is eased and is not as highly rated as it should be. He went on to describe Ludlow as an "absolute joy". Thank you Simon. We owe ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

The breaking news that a group of the most prestigious football clubs across Europe (in reality, Western Europe) are expected to announce the formation of an elite league has triggered widespread reaction across the British (actually, make that English) political spectrum. As Ed Davey put it; This is greed personified, ripping the heart out of the English game, leaving clubs up and down the country to suffer after an awful year. The govt must take all action possible to stop this from happening and save the beautiful game.https://t.co/IX0aPHnfTY — Ed Davey MP [IMG: 🔶] [IMG: 🇪🇺] (@EdwardJDavey) April 18, 2021 ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Mon 19th
08:30

Whoniversaries 19 April

i) births and deaths 19 April 2011: death of the much missed Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith (companion to Third and Fourth Doctors, 1973-76; various appearances from then on, culminating in her own series from 2007 to 2011). ii) broadcast anniversaries 19 April 1969: broadcast of first episode of The War Games. The Tardis lands in what appears to be a first world war battlefield, and the Doctor is sentenced to death by firing squad. 19 April 1975: broadcast of first episode of Revenge of the Cybermen. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah arrive at Space Beacon Nerva to ...

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021 Forthcoming Road Works Riverside Drive/Riverside Approach - give/take traffic control from Monday 26 April for 2 weeks for sign replacement works. BT Cable Renewal Programme - rolling off‑peak temporary traffic lights at various location from Monday 26 April for 4 weeks - streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive (at Yarrow Terrace); Glamis Road (at Elmwood ...