Yesterday, contractors drove 200 miles from Norwich to resurface Dinham and Linney. That's despite the council's commitment to using local contractors and to becoming carbon neutral. The works also began on a day when King Street was closed and pubs and cafes reopened. The work was four days later than scheduled. No one in Shirehall seemed to know this was happening. Or of they did, they didn't care about the disruption to traffic and trade on the most important day for Ludlow this year. This work was not necessary. The residents of Dinham and Linney don't think the work should ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

Ed Davey has written to Kent Police asking them to investigate whether Nigel Farage has breached quarantine rules. Farage was, inevitably, photographed going for a pint yesterday morning and it is not clear that he had completed his 14 days before he did so. Davey told the Mirror:"It is clear from his social media posts that he was in American (sic) on June 20th, and he was pictured at a Trump Rally that evening. "Given the current requirements for visitors returning to the UK to isolate for 14 full days on their return, Nigel Farage appears to be in violation ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sun 5th
18:43

Doctor Who Annual 2020

Second paragraph of third section ("The Rhino of Twenty-Three Strand Street", by Dave Rudden):Patricia Kiernan didn't say it because she thought anyone was listening; people didn't listen to Patricia, as a rule.Wow. this really is lazy stuff. The latest Doctor Who Annual consists of two extracts from books that I already had, with as filler in between summaries of each story from Series 11 (or 37), the Thirteenth Doctor's first series, and that's basically it. Even less thought has been put into this year's annual than last year's, and not surprisingly none of the editorial team wants to be credited ...

Sun 5th
14:49

February 2007 books

February 2007 was the historic month that I joined Facebook. The travel highlight was a trip to the USA, taking in New York and Washington DC as usual, and finishing in very snowy Rockport, Maine, where I spoke at the annual Camden Conference: Also more Doctor Who fan art from young F, this time a crossover with Spongebob - what if he partly changed his house into the Tardis? Transatlantic travel and uninterrupted commuting by train allowed me to read quite a lot of books: Non-fiction 9 (YTD 16) A Soldier in Time: The Nicholas Courtney Memoirs, by Nicholas Courtney ...

Sun 5th
12:50

Library update

From Monday 6 July SOME services will be available at Yate library *by appointment only* in line with the latest public health advice. đź“· Free computer use and free WiFi for an hour a day at Yate Advance booking essential - full details: www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychangesđź“· Click and Collect service: order items to borrow Yate, . Bookings are now live. UPDATE: Due to high demand, collection slots for 6-11 July at Yate library are now full or almost full. *New slots are now available for collection dates 13-18 July*.To find out more about Click and Collect and to book slots see: sglibraries.eventbrite.comTheir ...

MPs' inboxes at the moment are flooded with the millions of people who are getting no support at all during the Coronavirus pandemic. Imagine what that must feel like? It's people like self-employed hairdressers, physiotherapists, cleaners, decorators, people who own self-catering holiday homes who have been left with nothing. Often their income from self employment was not that high anyway so they don't have any sort of cushion. After almost 4 months of this, many are at breaking point. Liberal Democrat MPs have consistently called for more help for people who have been affected like this. Here are four things ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Posting a snippet about The Move the other day put me in mind of Roy Wood and his later band Wizzard. I used to be a little embarrassed that I had liked them so much when I was 13, but no more. Because Roy Wood is a genius and the first three Wizzard singles - Ballpark Incident, See My Baby Jive, Angel Fingers (the last two topped that charts - were superb. So here is the second of them with no embarrassment at all. Viewing the video today, with its teddy boys and gorillas, I can see the influence of ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Well clearly not the Conservative MP for Carshalton & Wallington Elliot Colburn. In an astounding act of failure to champion the interests of his area, this MP signed a letter alongside three of his Tory colleagues calling to locate a new acute hospital in another constituency rather than his own. St Helier hospital, located in [...]

Posted by jaynemccoy on Diary of a Sutton Councillor
Sun 5th
11:00

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: RT @rebeccamakkai: What's something you could say both during sex and as a useful edit to someone else's manuscript? Sat, 14:48: Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 552 https://t.co/8mL7FN4par @ErikLoomis on John Adams. Sat, 15:14: The Godfather II (1974) https://t.co/Zw83aYmhYS Sat, 15:23: Remembering Helsinki! https://t.co/u7fF4NuQu3 Sat, 16:05: Best Time-Travel Movies: From 'Back to the Future' to 'Primer' - Rolling Stone https://t.co/m9iZp4rWFG Great list. Sat, 20:48: RT @avram: Some days this website is good https://t.co/3OhINPFSed Sun, 09:30: Whoniversaries 5 July https://t.co/N9xZItE9uU Sun, 10:45: RT @YaxueCao: CUHK graduates turn their backs shouting in unison, drowning it when PRC national anthem ...

There was a bit of late night amusement over the weekend as the Young Liberals publicised this page on their website inviting all of us to pay a penance if we had referred to them by their organisation's previous name: Setting up the page like that is basically entrapment, but you know what, well played @English_YL pic.twitter.com/EZoGV5VbyY — Laura Gordon (@LibDemLaura) July 4, 2020 (Image shows two tweets, one by me, saying "We have all done this at some point so we should all give something. Everyone deserves to be referred to by their name. My problem is that this ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
YouGov

This is probably a phrase that many of us have used when we've heard about an incident which is either of no consequence to us or is one we regularly participate in but which is actually against some law or regulation. So when we say it are we in reality saying 'well I would break that law too' or 'that law should be abolished because I regularly break it'; is it actually simply an expression of our frustration or even selfishness? Let's see what you think the Police 'have better things to do than' – here are 5 examples:- Enforcing ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Our friends at ALDC are hiring. They have one job in Wales up for grabs and another two in Salford with closing dates in the next 12 days. If you fancy them, don't delay – send off for an application pack. Development Officer (Wales) Full Time, Cardiff (with significant travel) £24.000-£28,000 (plus 8% pension contribution after 3 months). This is a new post, jointly funded by the Welsh Liberal Democrats and ALDC. The postholder will work with council groups, councillors and local parties across Wales in the run up to major elections in 2021 and 2022. This is an exciting ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

Showing that the point I often make about how little most voters know about politics is nothing new, here's a quote from the 1925 book, The Confessions of a Candidate...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sun 5th
08:30

Whoniversaries 5 July

i) births and deaths 5 July 1934: birth of Philip Madoc, who is Brockley in Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD (Movie 1966), Eelek in The Krotons (Second Doctor, 1968-9), the War Lord in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969), Solon in The Brain of Morbius (Fourth Doctor, 1976), and Fenner in The Power of Kroll (Fourth Doctor, 1978-9). 5 July 1970: birth of Toby Whitehouse, who wrote School Reunion (Tenth Doctor, 2006); Greeks Bearing Gifts (Torchwood, 2006); The Vampires of Venice (Eleventh Doctor, 2010); The God Complex (Eleventh Doctor, 2011); A Town Called Mercy (Eleventh Doctor, 2012); Under the ...

With thanks to Dundee Westenders, this is a fantastic photo of three ladies at the bottom of Watson's Lane. Watson's Lane was a narrow back lane branching north from Hawkhill.

It is not just Dominic Cummings and Stanley Johnson who have been exercising their privilege to break the lockdown rules. As the Independent reports, Nigel Farage has been at it again, and has been reported to the police for his trouble. Apparently, the referral to the authorities came after Farage visited a pub less than a fortnight after a trip to a Donald Trump rally in the United States. Anyone returning from overseas is required supposed to self-isolate for 14 days under current quarantine laws, with few exceptions: The former Ukip leader Mr Farage was pictured on social media earlier ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black