Now incorporating the Sudbury Hill Times

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This is a funny one


Maradonna's "hand of God" goal, recreated with Lego

What's really funny is the players arguing with the ref. at the end.

This evening

View from Wood End Road

Local election results Brent and Harrow 2014

Brent

The Brent results are in. It stays under Labour control. But the LibDems have been all but wiped out, down from 16 to 1 councillor. Conservatives are down 1 to 6 and Labour are up 16 to 56. No other parties won a seat and therefore Labour has an overall majority of 56 to 7. It seems nobody cares that half of the libraries were closed and sold off to developers to build flats for overseas buyers.

Harrow

In Harrow the breakaway Independent Labour 9 councillors have been wiped out and official Labour is up 9. The split was about some perceived racism in the local party. I don't know how true it can be as two of the three official Labour candidates here in the Harrow-on-the-Hill ward (home of the new Herald House) were Asian. We also had a UKIP councillor, switched from Independent, in Harrow but he lost his seat this time. So it's UKIP minus 1 here and Conservatives plus 1. So much for "the UKIP surge". Totals: Labour 34, Conservatives 26, LibDems 1 (no change) and Independent 2. So official Labour has taken back the council from "no overall control" to an overall majority of 5.

Complete national results: Guardian
London facts and figures: Diamond Geezer

Friday, May 16, 2014

Zadie on storytelling

Zadie Smith accepts the 2014 Moth Award at the annual Moth Ball Gala, held at Capitale in NYC

"The unlikeliest story of my life is the one about the girl from Willesden who found readers in the United States." Follow the link for the complete talk. It contains among other things a marvellous memoir of her school days.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

This evening

Cavendish Avenue

Wood End Road

Reprise - alternative Eurovision entries by country



Back by absolutely no popular demand whatsoever, the Willesden Herald alternative Eurovision entries wishlist by country. It's supposed to contain Russia, Portugal, France, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Germany, Royaume Uni but some of them might skip. Portugal was Ana Carolina and Seu Jorge singing that translation of The Blower's Daughter (it's better than that makes it sound). Why are Brazil representing Portugal? Just because.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Fresh Guacamole - brilliant animation



"The 2013 Academy Award Nominated film by PES. Fresh Guacamole is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar."