Photo: Robert Shopland Observant readers will notice that we have moved on to the March 1971 issue of the IWA Bulletin and that it cost me 20p. The best photo in this one is on the cover, which shows one of the Crofton flight of locks on Kennet and Avon Canal. You will find it near Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire. The whole canal is now navigable, which - as you can see - was not the case in 1971.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

A characteristically trenchant entry, which sheds unexpected light on the Whitechapel murders of 1888. Wednesday Congratulations to the Duke of Sussex for making it over the wall and quitting the Royal Family, together with his delightful wife and child. In my experience his family are a ghastly crew - in my young day it was common knowledge that the Jack the Ripper murders had been committed by Queen Victoria - and he is well shot of them. Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South West, 1906-10. Previously in Lord Bonkers' Diary: Well, it was DecemberA generous dose of phosphorous ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

The agenda for the Lib Dem spring conference in York is now out. There's also still time to register to come to this great event yourself too. Keep up with news about Lib Dem conference If you'd like to be notified by email when further posts about Liberal Democrat conference appear on this blog, just sign up here. (Note: if you're already signed up for a daily email alert with all my new blog posts, then there's no need to sign up for these alerts too as the stories will also be in the full daily digest.) Email* Enter ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sun 9th

Irish election 2020

It's difficult to call the irish election without having seen where SF transfers go. But looking at first preferences (where we have them) and tallies (where we don't) I think this is a better election for FF than people are saying. I call: FF 46+1 (bonus for the Ceann Comhairle) FG 37 SF 37 GP 9 Lab 7 SD 3 SPBP 3 AO 1 Inds 16 This obviously puts FF in best position to lead the next govt. If I were Micheal Martin, I'd fancy a minority administration for a few months and then go to the polls again. If ...

[IMG: Have you bought a dog, fast car/motorbike (like Boris) or comfy slippers?] Emulating J Lo on the Bakerloo Line must be one of the lowest points in my midlife crisis. There's J Lo dressed in spangles gyrating... The post Have you bought a dog, fast car/motorbike (like Boris) or comfy slippers? appeared first on Ambitiousmamas.

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Again, an Old Who story that I got back to pretty early after New Who revived my enthusiasm, but this time I am pretty sure that I watched it both first time around in March/April 1975 and then the 85-minute cut shown during the Christmas holiday that year. In April 2006, I wrote:Watched episode 4 last night, and episodes 5 and 6 tonight. Will have to go back and do it all again with the commentary turned on. But it really is very good, after all this time. The whole thing is very much Davros' story, rather than that of ...

Sun 9th

The Jam: Disguises

Ultimate Classic Rock says of the original Who version: The psychedelic era brought out some of the weirdest sounds in the British Invasion bands, and the Who were no exception. Pete Townshend ensconced the melodic, mid-tempo 'Disguises' with whooshing waves of metallic distortion. The effect is so prominent, if you heard the song on the radio, you'd be certain that the signal was fading in and out. The warped listening experience only enhances the confusion Roger Daltrey expresses about trying to recognize his girl, who's wearing the bizarre fashions of the day. Originally slapped on stop-gap releases (the 'Ready Steady ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

My reaction on first seeing copies of Rolf Dobelli's Stop Reading The News was a mix of fear and excitement.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

The Irish news website The Journal wins our Headline of the Day Award.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sun 9th

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth Wow. Sat, 15:50: Distaff: A Science Fiction Anthology by Female Authors, eds. Rosie Oliver & Sam Primeau


Residents who came to the town council meeting and their councillors Residents from the Rodford Way and Shire Way areas met with Town Councillors from the Focus Team to identify a 6 point action plan to try to tackle speeding, particularly late night speedsters, and other problems on Shire Way and Rodford Way. Since then we've taken advice from other communities who have encountered similar problems, the police have been out doing speed checks. Residents have been advised to call the police when they get late night problems - if we don't log the problems then the police won't allocate ...

Today voters in Azerbaijan are electing a new parliament in snap elections, brought forward from their scheduled date of November. The move was at the behest of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) and approved by President Ilham Aliyev late last year. The idea, officially, is to bring new blood into the Milli Majlis (National [...]

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Whatever the outcome of the talks over future trade deals with the EU, we can never cease to be Europeans nor can we completely abandon the principles set down by Winston Churchill of greater cooperation and joint working in an effort to avoid further European wars. From a European perspective I suppose it will take some time to try and rub out the memory of the rancour and bitterness brought to the democratically elected European Parliament by Nigel Farage and his various parties, the racist messages put out by his 'Leave' campaign during the referendum, and the many scandals that ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:- I'm grateful to Keith Page for bringing this to my attention not least because I've just finished re-reading Bill Bryson's wonderful book Notes from a Small Island. 'And so, soon afterwards, I found myself, like all fresh arrivals in Liverpool, in the grand and splendourous surroundings of the Philharmonic, clutching a pint glass and rubbing shoulders with a happy Friday-evening throng.'

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Daniel Lewis and Yaso Sathiy, are holding their next advice centre in Churchtown. We will be at Botanic Gardens cafe (Settle Inn), from 10:30 to 11.30am on Thursday, 27th February. We also hold a monthly advice centre in Crossens, at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens every month (except August) on the second Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00. We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary, just pop in.

Posted by John Dodd on Meols Lib Dems

The rain is dancng on the roads and pavements and tap dancing on my windows as Storm Ciara hits with full force. If Shropshire Council is to be believed, potholes will be popping up on roads across the county like zits on a teenager's face. Too much rain is the latest excuse by the council for the pothole menace invading the county. Even Tory councillors are complaining. It has not been a good week for the Shropshire Council cabinet member for highways and transport, Steve Davenport who is having a bumpy ride. Public outrage over the menace of potholes has ...

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From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden : Victoria George, Scottish plant hunters, is speaker at today's Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden talk. Victoria is a lecturer in horticulture at Dundee and Angus College. She has a degree in Garden and Greenspace Design from Glasgow University, and wide interests in the field of horticulture. The talk is in the Education Centre at the Botanic Garden at 2pm today - all welcome!