Sat 27th

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1991, thirty years ago. In second place was Total Recall, which I have seen; three films I have not seen came third, fourth and fifth, respectively Ghost, Back to the Future III and The Witches. Edward Scissorhands was nominated for one Oscar, Best Make-up, but beaten by Dick Tracy. IMDB users rank it 3rd on one system and 7th on the other, which is not bad. Goodfellas and Home Alone beat it on both rankings. I've have voted for Total Recall ahead of Edward Scissorhands, but for both ahead ...

New polling from YouGov shows strong public support for removing the remaining hereditary peers from the House of Lords.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 27th

My tweets


Here are Willie Rennie's videos from his last two morning runs, posted at a more civilised hour. On Friday, he talked about the campaign launched – and talked about how the Lib Dems are the alternative to the toxic battle between the SNP and the Conservatives. Getting ready for our official campaign [IMG: 🚀] #PutRecoveryFirst #MorningRun — Willie Rennie (@willie_rennie) March 26, 2021 * Newsmoggie - bringing you comment from a different perspective

Posted by Newsmoggie on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 27th

An unnecessary slaughter

The Mirror reports campaigners have warned that another 140,000 badgers face being culled before the controversial scheme is halted: A three-month public consultation paving the way to end the programme closed this week, with ministers and officials now studying responses. The Badger Trust, which has always opposed the cull, fears tens of thousands more of the creatures will be killed before it finally finishes. Its 17-page submission to the consultation, seen by the Mirror, says: "Over 140,000 badgers have already paid with their lives to cover for the appalling failures in Government policy and farming practice, and we believe current ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

About the only time the world's land-based public thinks about seaborne traffic and the globalised trade it underpins is when they look above the parapets of their sand castles and spy a ship on the distant horizon. Or, when something happens, such as a war or a vital sea artery is blocked and prices creep up and super market shelves start to empty. The latter is happening. One of the world's largest container ships - the Taiwanese-registered Evergreen - is blocking the Suez Canal. It is expected to take weeks to refloat it. Twelve percent of the world's trade passes ...

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 27th

Bootle job losses

Bootle Crest. This version is fixed to the wall of the Council Chamber in Bootle Town Hall. I spent my whole working life in Bootle as a civil servant, or more precisely as a PCS trade union officer looking after the interests of civil servants, so to see significant job losses in the town in both the public and private sectors troubles me. It's a subject I've blogged about previously on the back of the announcement of the loss of civil service jobs in Bootle. Here's a link back to my most relevant posting:- And now things on the ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 27th

Whoniversaries 27 March

i) births and deaths 27 March 1935: birth of Julian Glover, who played King Richard in The Crusade (First Doctor, 1965) and Scaroth in City of Death (Fourth Doctor, 1979). I met him last year at a convention in Brussels. 27 March 2014: death of Derek Martinus, who directed the story we now call Galaxy 4 (First Doctor, 1965), Mission to the Unknown (First Doctor, though he's not actually in it, 1965), The Tenth Planet (First Doctor, 1966), The Evil of the Daleks (Second Doctor, 1967), The Ice Warriors (Second Doctor, 1967) and Spearhead from Space (Third Doctor, 1970). ii) ...

Sat 27th

Friday reading

Hugo nominations closed last weekend, so it was a slow week for reading. Current Romeinse sporen: het relaas van de Romeinen in de Benelux met 309 vindplaatsen om te bezoeken, by Herman Clerinx Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco Kaleidoscope: diverse YA science fiction and fantasy stories, eds Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios Water Must Fall, by Nick Wood Last books finished Light of Impossible Stars, by Gareth Powell Next books Worlds Apart, by Richard Cowper Le dernier Atlas, tome 1, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard

A number of Newhall Gardens residents have contacted me about the need for a dog bin in the large grass strip along the centre of the street. The nearest such bin at present is in Riverside Drive, south of the entrance to the street, so some distance away. I took this up with the City Council's environment team and have now been advised as follows : "I have visited location and will arrange to have a bin sited on grass area. We have no bins in stock at present, but will erect at site as soon as new stock arrives." ...