There was a time when I was obsessed with sport and could hold a decent conversation with anyone about most sports. Football has always been my favourite but I always had interests in Rugby League, Snooker, Darts, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey and a whole host of others but I am sad to say as [...]

Posted by tompkin982014 on tompkin98blog

Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds has launched a YouTube series in the runup to the Senedd elections to showcase the many ways in which a Basic Income could change the lives of people in Wales. Published on the Welsh Lib Dems YouTube channel, "Basic Income Conversations with Jane Dodds" is a series of informal one-to-one conversations in which Jane asks men and women from all corners of the country about their day-to-day lives and how they think a Basic Income would make a difference to them and their communities. In the first, she hears from Mary, a shop assistant ...

Posted by Jon Alexander on Liberal Democrat Voice

Shropshire's resilience lies in its communities so why won't Shropshire Council support them? I proposed a community lottery in 2017 on behalf of the Lib Dem group. Council members votes to investigate the concept. But the proposal was kicked into touch by Shropshire Council's deputy leader, Steve Charmley. There is everything in favour of a community lottery. More than 100 councils already operate a community lottery. Some councils see it as a way of replacing the money they have cut from local budgets. Other just want to help communities in any way they can. Sadly, Shropshire Council looks to Shirehall ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Wed 21st

400 days of plague

Well, the Belgian numbers are a little better than ten days ago, but only a little. All of them ticked down today, both day-on-day and week-on-week, apart from - crucially - new infections, which are a hair up from the previous seven days. There were over 100,000 vaccinations in Belgium on 7 and 8 April, though only one day since has topped 80,000. I am still waiting for my (supposedly prioritised) turn. I am a little down partly because of the Grim Reaper's recent recruits - our dear friend Liz, of course, but also Shirley Williams, who I had actually ...

The Mirror reports that Boris Johnson has axed his plans for White House-style TV press briefings despite already spending £2.6million of taxpayer cash on the venue: The PM's £125,000-a-year Press Secretary Allegra Stratton was meant to be leading thrice-weekly televised briefings with journalists since last year. But the start date was repeatedly delayed due to Covid and after Lee Cain and Dominic Cummings, who were originally proponents of the idea, quit No10 in a wave of infighting. Ms Stratton, who has now spent around six months in Downing Street without appearing on TV once, will now become the PM's spokeswoman ...

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Liberal Democrats have been commenting on the conviction of George Floyd's murderer. George Floyd's family must feel a huge sense of relief that justice has been done. The broader fight for racial justice in the US and here at home must go on. Black Lives Matter. — Ed Davey MP [IMG: 🔶] [IMG: 🇪🇺] (@EdwardJDavey) April 20, 2021 * Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 21st

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Wed 21st

Trees, Seeds and Crochet

As lockdown eases and the temperature rises it has been lovely to get out & about over the Easter holidays. It is that moment in the year when the trees burst into leaf and bird song and I have spotted my first swallows of the year. As usual, several windowsills have been full of seed trays, mainly flowers this year and now the days are warm but the nights cold, it is that seasonal dance of bringing trays in and outdoors as they start to harden off and grow on. The pasque flowers have survived the frosts and I'm delighted ...

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The current discussions about who authorised the 5k ticketed festival in Sefton Park brings into stark relief the question, "Who should run Liverpool's Parks and for whom should they be run?" My answer to this is very simple. I believe ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Wed 21st

Whoniversaries 21 April

i) births and deaths 21 April 1927: birth of Gerald Flood, who played Kamelion in 1983 and 1984, and also King John in The King's Demons (Fifth Doctor, 1983) 21 April 1935: birth of Anthony Read, script editor of Doctor Who from Underworld (Fourth Doctor, 1978) to The Armageddon Factor (Fourth Doctor, 1979), co-writer of The Invasion of Time (Fourth Doctor, 1978) and writer of The Horns of Nimon (Fourth Doctor, 1979-80). 21 April 1973: birth of Mark Dexter, who played Charlotte's Dad in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (Tenth Doctor, 2008) and Charles Babbage in Spyfall (Thirteenth ...


In recent years, at my request, over the spring/summer, additional wheelie bins have been placed on the northern edge of Magdalen Green to cope with the additional litter generated over the periods of better weather. They are removed over the winter. I asked back in March for additional bins to be placed again this year and was promised by the City Council that this would be done. However, only two initially appeared (roughly opposite Step Row). I therefore contacted environment management again on 8th April and was assured this would be resolved, which I am pleased to note has since ...

After all the furore, when the so-called big clubs climbed down they caved in completely. Announced on Sunday, the idea of a European Super League was dead in the water late on Tuesday evening as the six English clubs - under pressure from UEFA, the FA, politicians and anyone who cares about the game of football - capitulated and feebly announced their withdrawal from the elitist project they claimed to be a sporting competition. Enough has been written about this saga elsewhere that I don't feel the need to add anything to the conversation. It has got me thinking though...there's ...

Posted by Andrew on A Scottish Liberal

Thanks to a nomination from a reader, SFGATE shambles off with our Headline of the Day Award. Whether a Bigfoot can form the mens rea for murder is another question.

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