World War 1

November 11th, 2018

I cannot begin to comphrehend the First World War. I have never understood war at all, beyond the occasional need perhaps for two angry men to knock seven bells out of each other to settle a misunderstanding in a pub. I have never ever understood why these differences of opinion have to be extended to encompass entire nations and destroy civilisations. So today when I read this Tweet from Tom Cordell I thought yes, I agree with you and that’s why I’m posting it here.

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

November 4th, 2018

New Labour, you started this.

Bookmakers taking huge profits and football clubs taking sponsorship from gambling and leaving the NHS to pick up the bill and families to face grief is privatising profit and nationalising consequences.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/04/end-scourge-of-fixed-odds-betting-terminals

Austerity isn’t over

November 1st, 2018

Right to buy – Richard Blyth

October 31st, 2018

Sutton Estate dual aspect

October 26th, 2018

David Shukman BBC One news 10pm July 26th 2018

“This new assisted living centre in East London is designed to protect elderly people from the heat. I went to see one of the flats inside, they’re designed to be cool. Jill and Morris Matthews explained that they have windows on both sides of the building so a breeze can flow through”.

Perhaps the BBC can be persuaded to take an interest in Woods House Pimlico for the benefit of its residents.

On Grenfell Tower

December 3rd, 2017

This is not expensive.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/cooking/hobs/logik-lindhob16-electric-induction-hob-black-10143242-pdt.html

Near the Stags Head I met a man who had moved to London in the early 1970s, having worked as a domestic appliance service engineer in and around the old Byker and got to know it all intimately.

Then he returned to find only the Stags Head and the church down the road standing, he was on his way to the pub with a friend when I ran into him.

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This is not an article, I don’t have time to write one. I enjoyed my walk around Heaton and above is the planning map of C19th housing, much of which I saw.

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I was planning to write this up and perhaps one day I will. But the closer I look the more the subject grows and the less I actually know about the district. You can see my walk above and I met some interesting people but life is taking over and this will have to wait. Likewise Byker. So I’ll leave these notes here for anybody else planning to go.

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