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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A couple of days ago back in 2003 Labour thankfully repealed Section 28.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+ […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Yesterday was the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Within the last two hours both within a mile of my home, there have been two separate crashes. One involving three cars. One involving an unknown number of cars and a motorbike. Reports are looking bad for the motorcyclist. Think of the devastation to […]

Hello sunshine, hello close pass

The sun is finally here. I have been waiting for such a long time for better weather. Cycling in the wind, rain, sleet or snow is not the best. But I don’t let it put me off. The sun is now beating down, with clear blue skies, and no wind and it makes me feel […]

Police response to close pass

On Wednesday 7th February 2018, I received a call back from the control room of Northamptonshire Police about a close pass I reported on 2nd February.  I answered the call feeling optimistic and hopeful; I’ve reported a few instances of close passes over the years and slowly but surely the responses seemed to be getting […]

Stop the chicken mega factory in Higham Ferrers

I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Compassion in World Farming saying about the building of a chicken mega-farm close by. The email was targeted to me. It said “Hello Samuel” and something along the lines of it being proposed to be built “just up the road”. I skimmed over it and […]

A different pair of shoes

I think I dislike change. Whenever a proposal to change something comes along, I have a tendency to cast a negative eye in the direction of said change and I do certainly try to resist the idea. In the vast majority of cases, I do actually end up liking the change. In the most part, […]

End the public sector pay cap or wear a tie

 In a bid to lessen the austerity measures which the Conservative government are due to continue, Labour proposed an amendment of regret to the Queen’s Speech asking for a fair pay rise for public sector workers.  The Queen’s Speech, actually written fully by the Conservatives sets out the plan for their next tenure of government. […]

How to be good in a big metal box

This video is entitled “How to be good in a big metal box”. These past few days have been glorious.  The sun has been shining and the wind has been low which means it has been perfect cycling weather. Despite feeling very happy I had a few moments of sadness.  In this video, I show […]

The power of misreporting – 7-Legged has been cancelled

I am a University of Nottingham alumni and I am disappointment at a decision the Students’ Union has made.  I have written to the SU and awaiting their reply.  Here’s my I am angry: The University of Nottingham’s Student Union in a statement on the 6th February announced that the 7 Legged event would cease. […]

Starbucks, you need to change

Dear Starbucks, You need to look at one of your franchised stores. Their behaviour is wasteful and wrong. I went into your coffee shop and asked for a white chocolate mocha, and stated loudly that I wanted to drink in. The barista picked up a takeaway cup and asked for my name. “Ohh no, to […]