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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 […]

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 […]

Guilty – drink driver sentenced

A few weeks ago, I went and watched my first ever magistrates’ court case. Strangely, I have watched parts of some more considerable cases at the Royal Courts of Justice, but I have never attended my local courts; neither the magistrates’ or crown. My interest in local justice was piqued when I had to call […]

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It is now 2018!  Wooah. 2017 was generally a great year!  A few blips.  Enormous thanks go to everyone who made it wonderful and supported me.  I am someone who really focusses on connections.  An act, gesture, or spoken word, even if it was tiny, would have really made an impact. […]

Paris.  November 2016

I have been meaning to create a video of my trip to Paris which happened all the way back in November 2016. I kept putting it off.  I am not quite sure why.  I do enjoy editing a video.  It is timely but I find it quite artistic.  Perhaps I didn’t get around to doing […]

KitKat

It’s August already.  I am not quite sure how this has happened.  A friend just said to me about meeting in December and despite thinking “ahhh, all the way at the end of the year, grrrr”, I suddenly thought to myself, “ohh, that’s not actually that far away”. I meant to share my KitKit, well, […]

London Gay Pride 2017

This was my third time at London Pride, where I watched the parade and absorbed the atmosphere. It is a wonderful event. I think it is the ambience and the sprawling crowds. One is free to be how they want to be, to wear what want to wear and celebrate who they are. Wider society […]

Autopsy of a person with a lot of excess fat

On iPlayer at the moment is Obesity: The Post Mortem.  When I saw it, I was instantly intrigued. As I lay in bed watching it, I couldn’t quite remember if I watched an autopsy years ago on Channel 4.  I think I may have.  Either way, watching this didn’t shock me – perhaps though because […]

Improving the driving test?

Good morning, The Driving and Vehicle Standard Authority (DVSA) currently has an open consultation on its vision of improving the driving test.  I have given my views.  You should too. I would have liked, of course, to have seen proposals relating to the further protection of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.  Alas, I supported […]

Go out and vote!

I’ve just voted.  Go out and vote. It’s so important to have your say.  Today may be the Mayoral, Local, or Police and Crime Commissioner election in your area. Educate yourself and use your vote to have a say on how your money is spent.  At any level of elected office, the direction is decided […]

Doing January

The month of January is about to end; the first month of the year of 2016 gone.  How did that happen?  I’ve “done” January. The year of 2015 was very eventful. But I want to make 2016 even more so.  The first month was a relaxed one, but still quite eventful and now I feel […]

Red Poppy, White Poppy

Hello, Here’s a short video I put together which briefly looks into the fact we have been told we need to wear a red poppy. I talk about my wearing of the white poppy. What does this mean? Do I wear both? What arguments do I have? Will you be wearing a poppy? Of which […]

Women

Today I want to talk about yesterday.  It is coincidental there are two other women cropped up on my radar so what follows is a post about three women; the struggles they are faced and the role models they became. I’m a man.  I cannot write in empathy but with sympathy of the inequalities that […]

BBC should keep using the Met Office

I am very disappointed at the BBC’s decision to end its contract with the Met Office.  A middle finger to this decision.   The Met office is the most accurate forecaster, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.  It has made some infamous cock-ups, but generally it is brilliant.  In its 93 year relationship, the BBC […]

Cycled 90 miles

On Friday 24th April, Seb and I cycled from Wellingborough to London.  It was a long and hard journey totalling 90 miles.  We were shattered. After much deliberation, umming and ahhhhing we finally left Wellingborough just after 10.30am. Last year I bought a Garmin device for my bicycle.  It records all kinds of information.  We […]

June 2014 Grenoble

Back at the beginning of last June I went with my friend, Sophie to visit our friend, Amy, in Grenoble, France, who had just finished a diploma year out there.  I vlogged the trip and meant to upload when I got home.  One thing lead to another (including a naked bike ride) and I just […]

Cyclist vigil and die-in

Yesterday Tom and I attended a protest and die-in for Claire Hitier-Abadie on Victoria Street, Westminster.  The event, organised by Stop Killing Cyclists, was a tribute and remembrance of a woman killed on a bicycle – the fourth this year in London and nationally the 19th. Starting off as a protest outside Westminster City Hall […]

An Idiot’s Guide to Politics

Yesterday I watched BBC Three’s An Idiot’s Guide to Politics and I liked it.  It showed how disengaged especially young people are.  Watch it! Jolyon Rubinstein has popped up a couple of times on my BBC programme radar and gets a thumbs-up from me.  In his interactions with the political elite, he lacks expected embarrassment, […]

Creative technology

Whilst singing the wonders of good old-fashioned toys and the harm technology may do to the creative minds, as stated in my last blog post I was dichotomising the argument and it is wholly more complex. The thoughts popped into my mind again recently.  With the birth of my cousin’s daughter (not up on the […]

Happy New Year!

2014 has been a wonderful year for me.  I have done so much.  Check out my previous posts to see some of my happenings this year. To name a few: I went to some amazing house parties, I’ve cycled naked on the streets of London, I’ve cycled from Wellingborough to Cambridge.  I’ve cycled from Wellingborough […]