Wed 16th
08:30

Whoniversaries 16 June

i) births and deaths 16 June 1932: birth of Norman Jones, who played Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen (Second Doctor, 1967), Major Baker in Doctor Who and the Silurians (Third Doctor, 1970) and Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora (Fourth Doctor, 1976) 16 June 1937: birth of Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber-Controller in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967) and Attack of the Cybermen (1985), an Ogron in Frontier in Space (1973), and the Robot in Robot (1974-75). (Face never visible, so no photos.) 16 June 1940: birth of Carole Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor's granddaughter Susan ...

Earlier in April I was pleased to join the national Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping alongside representatives from local government, housing, health and homelessness bodies, to examine and learn the lessons from the emergency response which supported people sleeping rough during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Government launched the Everyone In initiative, which sought to ensure that anyone who was sleeping on the streets was immediately provided with safe and secure accommodation. This involved unprecedented collaboration between government at central, regional and local levels, alongside ...

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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 Scottish Water repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Tay Street Lane, Dundee This notice comes into effect on Friday 18 June for one night (7.30pm to 6.30am). Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. No alternative routes for vehicles are available For further information contact 433082. Executive Director of City DevelopmentDundee City Council

Second paragraph of third story ("Cardiac Arrest"):After seventy-eight minutes of holding, the daily Pan-Pac Boeing from San Diego was signalled down on to Emergency Runway A. Careful not to infringe Chinese air space, it circled down across sea and land. The delay had been caused by a plane on a local flight, which had crashed and blocked a main runway. The passengers could see the dark smudge of smoke drawn across the field, impersonal, remote from human lives and deaths.Aldiss is one of my favourite writers, but I don't think this is one of my favourite collections. The best stories ...

As predicted "Freedon Day", when covid restrictions were due to be lifted, has been postponed from 21 June. And as usual most of the sceptical comment seems to have missed the point. They are suggesting that the government will keep on postponing through dither and indecision. But in fact I thought the government was being ... Continue reading How do we live with Covid-19?

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Today I again went to Chesham & Amersham to help Sarah Green and team. I helped to deliver targeted letters to residents in Great Missenden and Chalfont Saint Peter. My task was greatly assisted by my excellent co-deliverers, Baroness (Liz) Barker and Mukta Patil from Chesham & Amersham Young Liberals. They both greatly helped in plotting our various routes and in making the task a great pleasure in the sunshine! The selfie above shows us with our suitably coloured conveyance! It is great to see the Lib Dem by-election machine in over-drive. They have already sorted out bundles for me ...

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At the end of the recent G7 meeting, participants declared their commitment to 'democracy, freedom, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights'. How many had fingers crossed behind their backs? Boris Johnson for one, but probably others, spared their own blushes by the blatant fraudulence of their host regarding Northern Ireland. But it is not just Northern Ireland. Last week his government declined its obligations under Common Article 1 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, 'to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances'. After Israel's recent punitive and extensive destruction of life and property in the ...

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As Refugee Week begins, the Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to establish safe and legal routes for refugees to come to the UK. The motion, tabled by the party's Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP, calls on the Government to resettle 10,000 refugees each year, as well as a further 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children from elsewhere in Europe over the next 10 years. It follows Home Office data showing that just 353 refugees were brought to the UK last year, compared with 4,968 the year before. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael ...

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Tue 15th
11:00

My tweets

Mon, 18:30: Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, vol 2, by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter https://t.co/tNFJ2b7sqU Mon, 18:35: RT @anandMenon1: This would make some kind of sense if the protocol had been imposed on the UK against its will. But the PM negotiated it,... Mon, 19:53: RT @Muinchille: I suppose this has to be done. That Vernon Bogdanor article in all its glory. @BrigidLaffan https://t.co/GzntN0SbBO Mon, 20:48: My Father Prof. Maurice Pope's Farewell to Apartheid South Africa https://t.co/FphJeWG6aJ Tremendously moving from @Hugh_Pope on his father. Mon, 21:07: RT @worldcon2021: Great news! The Hugo Voter packet - a free ...

Keir Starmer doesn't talk about Brexit much anymore. He's desperate to leave the issue behind; for everyone to "move on" and stop talking about a subject that has bizarrely helped further destroy the Labour party while making the Tories electorally invincible. And yet, there are days when he can't help himself. Yesterday was one of those days. Speaking on LBC, Starmer started off by taking Boris Johnson to town on the issue of the Northern Ireland protocol. "We do need to remind the prime minister that he signed on the dotted line: this is what he negotiated. If he's saying ...

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The Guardian's editorial on the changes needed to lobbying laws is spot on. They argue that public trust is damaged when a former PM and ministers are caught up in a cronyism scandal, and must be repaired. The recommendations of Lord Evans, chair of the committee on standards in public life (and a former head of MI5), includes a ban on ministers and senior civil servants lobbying for five years after leaving office, that the public appointments watchdog should get new powers, including the right to prevent ministers taking certain jobs and a proposal for new penalties for rule-breakers. Lord ...

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Tue 15th
08:30

Whoniversaries 15 June

i) births and deaths 15 June 1990: death of Leonard Sachs, who played Admiral de Coligny in The Massacre (First Doctor, 1966) and President Borusa in Arc of Infinity (Fifth Doctor, 1983) ii) broadcast anniversaries None. This is the first date in the year on which no episode of Doctor Who or its various spin-offs has been premiered.

Many thanks to the residents who recently highlighted to me that the fence at Pleasance Court on the corner of Brook Street and Brewery Lane is rather badly damaged. I contacted the factors Ross & Liddell who now have matters in hand - the fence was hit by a vehicle and the driver has given Ross & Liddell insurance details.