Sat 28th
15:02
Ryan Cullen

Dear bloggers,

it's that time of the month again when the hosting meter needs a few more pounds to keep the site ticking. Ideally we need £10 before the end of the month, otherwise it has to come out of my pocket. With over 0 blogs listed, if each author donated just two pounds a year the site would stay alive. Why not make this month the month you help out?

£

Many thanks
Ryan Cullen



Simon Lissauer was a homeless man who had slept in a garage in Ludlow for at least ten years. He died Wednesday night in a hotel provided by Shropshire Council to give him shelter during the second lockdown and because he had complained of being unwell. The death of Simon has affected many people. His friends here in Ludlow and beyond. The team of council officers who had been working so hard to help him. There is a sense of failure amongst us. Simon could be difficult to deal with at times. But we were getting closer to get him ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

Who on earth would deport people in the middle of a global pandemic? From the Independent: The Home Office has scheduled a deportation flight to Jamaica on the day England's month-long coronavirus lockdown lifts, sparking outrage and accusations of institutionalised racism. Speaking with The Independent, Zita Holbourne, the national co-chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts UK and the organiser of a long-running petition calling on the Home Office to end "mass deportations" to Jamaica, said it was a dangerous step to deport people during a pandemic. She said she was disturbed to learn the government had planned the deportation ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Sat 28th
13:14

Jamaica the Land We Love

Of all the Commonwealth islands in the West Indies, Jamaica is the most varied and vibrant. The scenery ranges from the misty Blue Mountains to the beaches of Montego Bay and the waterfall at Ocho Rios. Small wonder that several British writers found sanctuary there, notably Noël Coward and Ian Fleming. But for me what [...]

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Sat 28th
11:00

My tweets

Fri, 12:56: The Missing Melodrama of "Lovecraft Country" https://t.co/8RbPvbE1j7 I quite enjoyed the show, but I think this is fair. Fri, 15:10: Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith Actually this is *very* light reading. The actual mystery is not very mysterious, and is resolved by our heroine by feminine intuition. #nwbooks https://t.co/IEFjyjdfwR https://t.co/fAPya2S6yf https://t.co/458zpDT3E6 Fri, 15:37: As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner Intense stream-of-consciousness tale of a poor Mississippi family, fulfilling their mother's dying wish to be buried in her distant home town. The family dynamics are weird. #nwbooks https://t.co/5tspYu6qAT https://t.co/VKHZ2ffT0L https://t.co/4y6LceuYmS Fri, 16:05: Monkey Planet/Planet of ...

Is a rebranding imminent?

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There is a lack of car parking for the town's supermarkets of Station Drive. That's almost impossible to solve. Some people park in Tesco to shop there. Others shop in Aldi or the town centre without visiting Tesco. The car park is free, as is the Aldi car park. Charges apply in the council owned Galdeford car park. Its lowest deck, nearest to Tesco, is often full of vehicles owned by town centre workers and train travellers by first thing in the morning. Tesco is concerned that its car park is being used by people who spend no money at ...

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i) births and deaths 28 November 1987: birth of Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond in the Eleventh Doctor era (2010-12) and also one of the Soothsayers in The Fires of Pompeii (Tenth Doctor, 2008). ii) broadcast anniversary 28 November 1964: broadcast of "The Daleks", second episode of the story we now call The Dalek Invasion of Earth. On the flying saucer, the Doctor passes the Daleks' intelligence test and is made ready for robotisation. 28 November 2015: broadcast of Heaven Sent. The Doctor is trapped in a mysterious castle. Over and over. For billions of years. (Two exceptionally good ...

They'll be dancing on their desks at the Leicester Mercury tonight. They've only gone and won our Headline of the Day Award.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Great update from the friends of Botanic Garden, University of Dundee : "As some of you will be aware, the Friends' Anthology has now been published. The fundamental purpose of the book is to raise awareness of the Garden within the city and further afield. From stories and poetry to sketches and paintings, contributors colourfully express their emotional response to the Garden in all its seasons, exploring and emphasising the importance of the space. The book retails for £19.99 and can be purchased at Garden reception on any day of the week, and also in the Macro-Micro building within the ...

Tom Holland explores the possible beginnings, folklore and history of the The Long Man of Wilmington, a scheduled ancient monument cared for by The Sussex Archaeological Society.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Fri 27th
21:42

Six of the Best 979

Stuart Crawford asks if Scottish independence could save the Liberal Democrats. Jonathan Lis argues that the British public would have more respect for the government if it owned up to its many mistakes and explains why it can never do so. ITV never recovered from Margaret Thatcher's reaction to its documentary Death on the Rock, says David Elstein. "School lunches are not just about food and cafeterias. The topic touches upon wellbeing, health, social issues, education, farming and agriculture, the environment, politics, parenting and more." Rebeca Plantier is right. "The main cast is rounded out by two extraordinary child actors, ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

This week the British government announced that it planned to cut its overseas aid budget by 0.2 percent or about $4 billion a year. In 2019 it was $19.3 billion and Britain laid proud claim to being the world's third largest aid donor and one of only five countries which had reached the internationally agreed aid donor figure of 0.7 percentage of GDP. The announcement this week by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was an emotional short-sighted political decision by a populist government as a knee-jerk response to the economic difficulties created by the coronavirus pandemic. It had no ...

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

You're about to read about my ethnic or racial identity; it's personal and I expect it to be treated with respect. If you cannot oblige, please try to stop reading now. For too many any discussion of identity provokes an immediate authoritarian, polarised reaction and that reaction, that thoughtless, immediate, instinctive response is a part and parcel of the kernel of racism. So, please take this opportunity to watch your own reactions as though they were someone else's and reflect on your own reactions too, allowing those with a sense of a minority identity a degree of flexibility and control. ...

Posted by Marisha Ray on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The Guardian reports today: Boris Johnson has appointed Dan Rosenfield, a relatively little-known former Treasury official and banker, to become his chief of staff, a key part of a reorganisation process following the departure of Dominic Cummings. Rosenfield currently works for Hakluyt, an upmarket corporate advisory firm that has a number of former intelligence members among its staff. I came across Hakluyt some years ago on sites like WikiSpooks, which tells us: Hakluyt fills a niche in the spook sector by specializing in upmarket business, with which it has been very successful. In its brochure, Hakluyt promises to find information ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Second paragraph of third chapter:Among the new concepts developed by [Johnny] Byrne were (a) the destruction of Gallifrey by Varnax, combining the climax of [Mark] Ezra's script and Demos's apocalyptic fate from The Time Lord, and (b) the introduction of the Doctor as having become the victim of amnesia, an idea which had only been hinted as in The Time Lord's Version 3, and which had the dramatic merit of enabling the spectator to discover the character and his origins in a progressive, suspenseful fashion.This is the story of several film treatments for Doctor Who written between 1987 and 1994 ...

As far as I am aware, there is only one meeting scheduled for December. It will be held over Zoom, starting at 2 pm. Please contact BTC for a Zoom link if you wish to observe the meeting Tuesday 1st December , 2:00 pm Community Development Committee

Posted by Alisdair Gibbs-Barton on Alisdair Gibbs-Barton | Mute
Fri 27th
13:01

Mosul *****

A fresh-faced Kurdish rookie policeman (Adam Bessa) and an older colleague are facing death at the hands of ISIS/Daesh in the ruins of the city of Mosul when an Iraqi SWAT team almost accidentally rescues them. The young policeman, just 21 and only two months into his job, is deeply suspicious of his rather wild-looking [...]

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This week Scotland brought us the last two council by-elections of 2020, both for Perth and Kinross Council.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

I am actually bursting with excitement right now. Brilliant news! Liz Barrett has won the Perth City South by-election [IMG: 🔶] [IMG: 💥] pic.twitter.com/jRHp9fteeH — Scottish Lib Dems (@scotlibdems) November 27, 2020 * Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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Kent Online wins our Headline of the Day Award. The judges noted that, while the cabinet minister is not named in the story, it does provide direct quotes from him: "Do Europeans even do dogging? There is something deeply British about dogging."

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

There are a couple of upcoming road closures to be aware of: Firstly, Lincoln Road North will be closed from its junction with The Avenue to the service road at 135 Lincoln Road North. This is to renew the pavements. The closure will start at 9am on Tuesday 1st December and is scheduled to end at 3pm on Friday 11th December. The second affects Severne Road, for its entire length and is also for pavement renewal. The work will start at 9.30am on Monday 7th December and will carry on until 30th March 2021. The official diversion route will be ...

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Fri 27th
11:00

My tweets

Thu, 12:35: Thursday reading https://t.co/iiODe1UHRL Thu, 12:50: RT @francescaelston: Amazing article by @anneapplebaum (via @nwbrux) about how the language of left and right can create a vicious circle o... Thu, 12:56: Home Office broke equalities law with hostile environment measures https://t.co/eVcYowUNQx The poisonous legacy of Theresa May. Thu, 14:53: Mutiny In Space, by Avram Davidson I was disappointed by how unimaginative the setting actually was, and the plot is just good Earthmen vs bad Earthmen in Eden. The characterisation is lousy, and the pacing peculiar. #nwbooks https://t.co/8k1T4DK3Ln https://t.co/OYgN0AuueI https://t.co/xiAkNHuvDJ Thu, 14:55: RT @PrinceJvstin: @nwbrux that's a pity, given the strength ...

As arguments rage over cuts in Britain's international aid budget, Liberal Democrats could help expose some of the mechanisms which create and sustain poverty. On Tuesday December 1st, that brand household name Nestle is going the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that it should be allowed to use slavery to farm and ship raw cocoa from west Africa in order to make our chocolate. Let me repeat that. Nestle, whose profits last year were $15 billion, insists it has a right to make money from slavery. In technical terms, it wants to be granted corporate legal immunity. I first reported ...

Posted by Humphrey Hawksley on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

I am not a big fan of the Chancellor's decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%. Not only are the budgetary gains small by comparison to overall government spending and debt, but the signals that are sent out undermine everything that Boris Johnson's government is trying to do in a post-Brexit world. Let us be under no illusion, if we are trying to strike trade deals then the goodwill generated by foreign aid is invaluable. What is more, aid is in investment in future trade partners, and that is before we get to ...

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i) births and deaths 27 November 1918: birth of Peter Tuddenham, who was the voice of the computer in Ark in Space (1975), the voice of the Mandragora Helix in The Masque of Mandragora (1976), and the voice of the Brain in Time and the Rani (1987). Blake's 7 fans remember him also as Orac, Zen and Slave. 27 November 1935: birth of Verity Lambert, who was the very first producer of Doctor Who (1963-65). 27 November 1993: broadcast of second episode of Dimensions in Time, but we don't talk about that. 27 November 2003: webcast of third episode of ...

From the City Council : THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT duct repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Abbotsford Street (at its junction with Blackness Road), Dundee. This notice comes into effect on Monday 30 November 2020 for 3 working days. Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. Alternative routes for vehicles are available Blackness Road / Seymour Street / Abbotsford Street. For further information contact 433082. Executive Director of City ...