Travel and Transport in Wellingborough and North Northants

We now have a new council – the North Northants Unitary and May 6th presents an opportunity to vote in a better solution in Wellingborough and North Northamptonshire.  With services all controlled by one authority, our overall travel and transport strategy can be unified and can be so much better if it becomes Labour controlled. […]

I am a candidate!

Hello! I can now officially call myself a Labour candidate in the upcoming Local Elections for the new unitary authority!  I was a prospective candidate but now my paperwork is all handed in and the proper campaigning shall begin, as candidate Samuel Shoesmith! I am standing to become a councillor for the Wellingborough’s Croyland and […]

Pinch punch, first of the month

Hello March! Let’s March on with the blog! It is the first of March in case you hadn’t noticed and as is common for me to ask, how did that happen? Where does the time go – but I shall not ruminate on this as time passing quickly means we are closer to near normality. […]

My January 2021

I have blinked and the month of January has past me by.  I remember as we rolled into 2021 I had an expectation that this month was going to last an age. The miserable weather, the short days and the ongoing lockdown all combined to mean a long month in my mind. As what happened […]

My 2020

Happy New Year 2021! What a year 2020 has been! As I did at the beginning of the last year, I selected some photos from the previous twelve months to see what I had been up to.  Who would have suspected that in 2020 life as we knew it would to change so enormously so […]

Brit Spit Up

I’m about to recommend something other than the BBC so I need to firstly get the following out there. I am a big fan of the BBC.  I think it is a fabulous institution. When asked to describe what make a Briton feel British, the BBC is one of the pieces of cotton woven into […]

Christmas Eve Doorstep Carols

A few months ago a couple of neighbours had seen some Facebook groups circulating with the idea of a Christmas Eve doorstep jingle and suggested to me that we take part too. I think it kind of came from the idea of everyone coming out to do the doorstep clap for the NHS which happened […]

What’s happening with close passes?

A group of police officers sit staring at a computer screen watching a piece of video footage submitted by Samuel Shoesmith.  They listen to him exclaim as the car overtakes within mere inches of his bicycle.  They look at each other.  They laugh.  “Oh, we haven’t got time for this.  The driver of the car […]

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Last week I read about how they were turning ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ into a film and it is due to be released early next year.  I was very excited to read this.  And just yesterday the trailer was released and instantly my friend Seb sent me it.  It looks wonderful. I can’t wait to […]

First Critical Mass Wellingborough

Back on Friday 31st July 2020, Wellingborough held its first ever Critical Mass. What follows is collection of photos and videos from the day.    It was such a massive success.  At its peak, there were 67 people cycling in one big group.  As I have watched some of the videos back, it seemed […]

Coming up – Critical Mass Wellingborough

This coming Friday, the 31st July 2020 it is Wellingborough’s first ever Critical Mass.  This is a big group cycle ride to celebrate cycling but also to protest for change. This morning I was on BBC Radio Northampton (@2:11:39) to discuss cycling in Wellingborough. Yesterday I did the same for the BBC News website.  At […]

Brain haemorrhage and stroke, 20th July 2019

A year ago, back on Saturday 20th July 2019, I had a brain haemorrhage and stroke. It is only now that I feel ready to talk about this.  I jest!  It is talking about myself so something which I love to do and do all the time.  The delay though has meant this has turned […]

50 years ago today the Equal Pay Act was set into law

On this day, 50 years ago, the Equal Pay Act 1970 gained Royal Ascent and became law. Years and years of hard fought campaigning eventually meant this act went before parliament and passed making it illegal to pay women less than men.  It actually took another half a decade until its commencement. The act was […]

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It is a day to remember those who suffered from violence and discrimination as a result of their sexual and gender identities.  It also notes the progress that has been made but importantly focus on the fact there is still so much to be done […]

Response to Wellingborough Town Centre vision

Hello, Yesterday I submitted my response to the Wellingborough Town Centre vision. The Borough Council of Wellingborough held a public consultation for a couple of weeks. A few years ago, they had commissioned a consultancy firm to come in and provide feedback on the town centre. In this podcast I briefly talk a couple of […]

Child Of Our Time

Child Of Our Time: Turning 20

It came as a great surprise and delight that last month, whilst browsing BBC iPlayer, I stumbled upon the final one-off episode of, ‘Child Of Our Time’. I was elated to see this programme it was a much needed for follow up of these children, well, now adults. Every so often over the course of 2018 […]

PrEP is soon to be available on the NHS

It was announced a few days ago that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, will be made available on the NHS from next month. This antiretroviral medicine, if taken every day, can almost completely stop any acquired transmission of HIV during unprotected sex. It feels fitting that I write a piece about HIV in a climate where […]

My 2019

My 2019

Happy New Year 2020! We enter a new year and a new decade. May it be a good one! As I reviewed my photos from 2019 I realised just how eventful the year has been. I’ve just read the piece I wrote back as we entered the year and I prophesied that “2019 will be […]

Vote Labour – General Election

Go out and vote. I am writing this on the evening of Wednesday 11th December. A while ago, I went to put some rubbish in the bins and looked up in the night sky. It is cold tonight, it is crisp and completely clear. It is a full moon. Its brightness made me stare and […]

Repealing Section 28

A couple of days ago back in 2003 Labour thankfully repealed Section 28. The Tories brought in this terrible piece of legislation in 1987 stating that councils should not “promote” homosexuality or allow teaching in schools of the acceptability of homosexuality as a family relationship. It fostered a culture of ignoring and forgetting about LGBT+ […]