Sun 11th

Delivering our tabloid

We took delivery of our Gateshead Lib Dem tabloid at the start of February. All hands to the pump to get them distributed. So far I've done 4 patches in Dunston Hill and Whickham East (one of them was this morning) and five in Whickham South and Sunniside, my ward, where I have three patches still to do (a job probably for tomorrow).

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace

[IMG: Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice] The Lib Dem Conference is coming to Southport in March so I thought it might be helpful to if I did a guide to our town. In later posts I will go into more detail about some of the things that should be part of any visit to the town like the British Lawnmower Museum, excellent bookshops like my favourite Broadhurst's , the best places for afternoon tea (top choice Lillibet's), pubs and breweries, restaurants, Southport shrimps ,fish and chip shops, our brilliant municipal gardens, RSPB nature reserve, and will even do some research ...

Posted on birkdale focus
Sun 11th

A Cromford sign

To be found at the village's canal basin.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 506th 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 (4-10 February, 2018), 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. Lib Dems stand only two candidates for ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

When I was a child I went through prolonged periods of what I now understand was mental depression. From the age of seven, I over-slept (when I was allowed to), over-ate when I was awake and withdrew into myself so fully that I was not just anti-social but barely conscious of the world around me [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer

A woman on her mobile partly obscures what used to be the only cashpoint in the Shropshire hills When I started walking in the Shropshire hills there was only one cashpoint in the area. It was at one of the banks in Church Stretton, so a short holiday had to be planned so it took in a visit to the town. Yes, some pubs in more remote areas would cash cheques, but you could not rely on it. The Shropshire Star has a story about plans to reduce the number of cashpoints across the country: The closing of cashpoints could ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

This year's Worldcon, Worldcon 76, has decided to award Retro Hugos for 1943 (celebrating work of 1942) as well as the regular Hugos for 2018. For the first time, this means that we voters will be nominating Retro Hugos in the Best Series category, since it was added to the permanent list by last year's Business meeting. The Best Series category is defined as follows:3.3.5: Best Series. A multi-installment science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, appearing in at least three (3) installments consisting in total of at least 240,000 words by ...

Earlier on today I came across a number of photographs taken on the afternoon of Sunday June 26th 1960 at the British Celanese Motor Club Driving Tests event. Thanks to my late father's meticulous record keeping I can also provide the context to the event, as well as the photographs. And finally, the results. The Austin Healey finished fourth. This ... The post British Celanese Motor Club Driving Tests – June 1960 appeared first on ten pence piece.

Posted by tim on ten pence piece

Second paragraph of third chapter:In some indefinable way the black face thus flashed upon me shocked me profoundly. It was a singularly deformed one. The facial part projected, forming something dimly suggestive of a muzzle, and the huge half-open mouth showed as big white teeth as I had ever seen in a human mouth. His eyes were blood-shot at the edges, with scarcely a rim of white round the hazel pupils. There was a curious glow of excitement in his face.Dr Moreau is one of the earliest mad scientists in sf history, and possibly the first to experiment on living ...

Vince summed up in a tweet what many people are thinking about the Government's Brexit plans and yet another attempt to show that they actually know what they are doing. Ministers to set out "road to Brexit" in series of speeches. Probably a series of different roads to different Brexits. Hammond doesn't want to leave his driveway. Boris will have too many pints with Nigel before setting out. Theresa May's sat nav has broken down. #ExitfromBrexit — Vince Cable (@vincecable) February 11, 2018 Please someone make that a cartoon. He also had this to say on the comments by ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

With the UK Government poised to launch new initiatives to tackle the scourge of single use plastics it is good to see that the House of Commons is to follow suit. It is now likely that plastic knives and forks will be banned from the various eateries on the Parliamentary estate. Apparently, MPs and their staff used 398,000 pieces of disposable cutlery to eat their meals last year and one million plastic cups and lids. Anybody who saw a recent BBC documentary will know how much plastic waste has ended up in the Arctic ice. Research shows that up to ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

TISM stands for This Is Serious Mum and is pronounced "tis-um". They were an alternative, anonymous Australian band who flourished in the Eighties and Nineties. This song, which was recorded in 1995, satirises our obsession with celebrity deaths and manages to foretell the death of Michael Jackson years in advance. River was River Phoenix. The older brother of Joaquin Phoenix, he killed himself with drugs in 1993. He had been a successful child actor, notably in Stand By Me, and was making his way in adult roles. Despite his squeaky clean image, he had long been struggling with drink and ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sun 11th

It's not the scandal...

The best way for charities to make amends for recent accusations of sexual abuse among staff, will be for them to keep doing what they do to ever higher standards.

Posted by jfefleming on Whatever's Left

Business Insider has been looking at the coming together of several different pro-European groups to form a new, more effective push against Brexit: The rise of pro-EU groups such as the Scientists for EU, Best For Britain and the New European newspaper has created an increasingly powerful, but disparate pro-European movement... Now for the first time, these groups have joined together under the "Grassroots Coordination Group (GCG)" which is chaired by Labour MP Chuka Umunna and championed by Conservative MP Anna Soubry, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, and Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats. This sort of cooperation ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

You judge whether a society is civilised or not by how it treats its most vulnerable people. The Work and Pensions Select Committee will publish a report this week which has recommendations for the reform of social security for sick and disabled people. If one of your relatives suffered from a debilitating, life limiting physical or mental health condition, you would want them to have the best support possible. You wouldn't want them to have to endure a social security system that is complex, demeaning and stressful. As a prelude to their full report, the Work and Pensions Committee published ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 11th

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Thread. Actually not that short. Sat, 15:07: Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, by Kate Fox Sun, 11:14: RT @ottocrat: I strongly agree with @acgrayling (& disagree with @IanDunt) on this: voting is a civic duty & should be obligatory, citizens...

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Sun 11th

Exit from Brexit

Yesterday Catherine Bearder MEP hosted a rally in Richmond-upon-Thames as part of the LibDems' campaign to Exit from Brexit. As the Party's London spokesperson on Brexit, I gave a short speech of welcome, underlining the importance of two dates this year. First is May 3rd., when there will be all-out elections for councillors in all [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer

An interesting look at the history behind Liverpool's airport here by the Liverpool Echo – see link above to access their article

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

It was snowing in Ipswich. Admittedly, whilst it was surprisingly heavy, it wasn't destined to last, and it was mere coincidence that, beside my desk at work was a large purple suitcase, packed with a surprising amount of warm weather clothes... For it was time to head for the airport again, and despite the weather, I made my way to Heathrow's Terminal 5 without alarm to catch a British Airways flight. Next morning, I would awake in Latin America. The Santiago flight is, by long haul standards, pretty civilised. You leave London at 10 p.m., and arrive at 9.45 a.m., ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy

a Having joined the Liberal Democrats only around 8 weeks ago it was heartening to see that various recommendations & thoughts I expressed to Lord Alderdice in December were included in his comprehensive report. John's enthusiasm and will to drive change with Baroness Brinton's vision of change can be felt throughout this report. For myself personally, it was incredibly positive to see a party that is truly looking to engage with the BAME communities. Having been the Deputy Chairman of the London Conservative Party, stood for Parliament & the GLA for them, I had almost given up hope on ...

Posted by Kishan Devani on Liberal Democrat Voice

In the earliest days of Doctor Who, the historical story lines took great care over their accuracy. Then came The Romans.

Posted by Pink Dog on Mark Pack

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2018 Lochee Road (Polepark Road to Gardners Lane) - closed on Sunday 11 February for Scottish Water reinstatement works. REPORT FOR WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2018 Riverside Drive at Dundee Railway Station - eastbound nearside lane closure for 4 weeks for footway works. Bellfield Street (at Blackness Road) - temporary traffic lights from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February for BT cable repair. Glamis Road (Blackness Road to Dickson Avenue) - off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) temporary traffic lights on Thursday 15 and Friday ...