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Labour’s win

I have to write down my thoughts here whilst they are still fresh. There’s a feeling in the air which is full of such hope, optimism and change. As I watched Keir Starmer stand outside Number 10 and make debut speech, and the next day hold his first press conference, something hit me. For the […]

Oh bollards! Well, oh barrier!

A story from last year. “Oh bollards,” or, more likely something stronger, slipped out of my mouth when I was cycling through Croyland Park in Wellingborough and was presented with a new barrier completely blocking my path. Through a rather lengthy campaign, I got North Northants Council to replace their recently installed barrier, which completely […]

My April 2024

My April 2024

Dear Diary, As the moment I am writing this, 33% of 2024 is complete. My new habit that has formed this year is writing a blog post every month. It’s mainly a place I can mass upload lots of photos from the month some seeming quite meaningless but all meaningful to differing degrees. For someone […]

My January 2024

Dear Diary, Quick update. Today is 32/366. 8.7% of the year is already complete. It feels like I have blinked and the month has gone but equally, as it is January, the month after festivities and extended break of Christmas, it seems to have lasted a long time. So far this month I have kept […]

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First active week

Dear Diary, The first full week of 2024 has come to an end and I can safely say I have abided by one of my New Year’s Resolutions – to be more active.  I did set numerous others which I have broken, including getting to bed earlier, he writes at 1.40am, but increasing my activity […]

Park Run on Forest Fields

First Parkrun

Today I ran my first ever Parkrun! I had heard about Parkruns for a few years and recently was inspired by my friend Simon, who said he partakes in his local one and does others in areas which he visits. Simon was actually planning on cycling here to do this one and I were to […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham – second ride

On the Sunday 18th June it was the second Kidical Mass Nottingham! The first ride was well attended despite a rainy morning so this time, with word getting out and the weather being on our side, 55 people attended! It was so heartwarming to see so many families being able to cycle around our city. […]

Kidical Mass Nottingham

Yesterday was the very first Kidical Mass cycle ride! I wanted to launch Kidical Mass here in Nottingham after deciding towards the end of last year that we needed a family oriented ride on a weekend day. In collaboration with the North South Active Travelway (NSAT), I pushed the idea of a family ride and […]

My 2022 review

If only I could understand how my mind works.  I posted an incredibly late review of my 2021 on the very last day of 2022 and thought to myself that with this new “do it” attitude it would mean that within a few days I would then upload the more recent photos from the year […]

My 2021 review – a little late

Did I intend to publish this just about 365 days ago?  Yes, I did. “Oh I’ll write this tomorrow,” I thought to myself.  Tomorrow became next week and then it never came about.  There’s always something else to do.  Ahhhh. I just managed before the end of 2021 to make a monumental move into my […]

‘Christmas In A Day’. Filmed 10 years ago…

If you are searching for something to watch to get you into the Christmas spirit, or perhaps not, I recommend ‘Christmas In A Day’. I say not only because the film shows how it is individuals mark it in such a magnitude of ways from the full on traditional day to more modern iterations. The […]

New powers to improve safety on Nottingham’s roads?

New powers to improve safety on Nottingham’s roads? I have long called for further enforcement of both moving and parking offences.  I read about the idea of moving moving traffic offences from the hands of the police to councils a couple of years ago.  Legislation has finally passed meaning it is now a possibility. With […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]