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Well I will be sad to see you go. You see you kept being optimistic when others were not, and pessimistic when we bloody well needed to know. And you got me thinking, the only thing that a university education gave me any semblance of a skill in.So thanks Kevin. Martin
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2017 on Leaving the Neighbourhoods blog at Neighbourhoods
Cooperation - yes? But neighbourliness? Alchmella mollis? No thanks, spreads everywhere and is a pest to get rid of. Reckon B did all right though!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2015 on Neighbourly co-operation at Neighbourhoods
Sounds like a ding-dong battle could ensue!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2014 on Local democracy in action at Neighbourhoods
A masterwork
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2013 on Local news at Neighbourhoods
The postie may have a computer generated 59 seconds for each delivery on his or her walk, so has not got much time to make a decision. Yes local knowledge, secret drop-off places and so on, but the PDA needs to be told 'delivered' or not if its a parcel [they don't have packets any more so its a letter or a parcel]. So the postie will be conflicted between his/her local service to people they may know well, and the requirements of [increasingly] programmed systems.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on Who is my neighbour? at Neighbourhoods
Always worth pointing out to the insistently stupid
Er Parsons Green (or Walham Green as it would have been on the first Underground map) is decidedly above ground Kevin, and indeed is the point at which the District line rises up onto a viaduct (as evidenced at that snakes towards Putney Bridge, giving a (to me) memorable view over the backs of Victorian houses and industrial premises that became a motif in repeated dreams.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2013 on Anti-locality: the tube map at Neighbourhoods
You said: But the idea of a voluntary parliament is refreshing, is it not? For years I have thought that one way to improve the house of lords (once you've cleared out the bishops naturally) was to have its members in part drawn by rote, in effect like having to serve as a juror. I realise that it might be said that the learning curve, the costs to individuals, logistics and so on might be difficult, but I wouldn't mind commuting in for say 2-4 weeks! I'd probably ask you to write me a speech too!!
Oh no - community development - what! Giving people a say? Listening and saying OK get on with it? No - divide and rule I say. Keep,them 'in their place', we know best. Actually in the 18th century, riots were seen by the ruling class as a legitimate way of expressing desires etc. Rich people put candles in their windows to show support (and avoid broken same). After a while, they read the Riot Act. And killed people.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on Cohesion and disturbance at Neighbourhoods
Garbage in, garbage out was the programmer's motto, and I guess it now it applies to democracy too - vote in garbage like that and all you gets is absolute rubbish.
In the early 90's (fin de siecle) a Mori poll for Hertfordshire County Council revealed that the two most popular services were first and second the Fire and Library services. This went down well with the management, and unable to pursue the massed uniforms of the Fire Service (tho they tried), it was time that the libraries were taken down a peg or two. And so they were.
Its the loneliness of the long distance runner isn't it?
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2009 on Neighbourhood encounter at Neighbourhoods