now incorporating the Sudbury Hill and Wood End Times

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Paula Meehan at Women of the World 2014



Many highlights. A great communicator, with humour and ranging the gamut of emotions.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wood End

Looking east 1

Looking east 2

Update, Saturday 24/10/2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bombs, war crimes and our diminished sensitivity - Rana Dasgupta

'The recent bombing of a hospital in Kunduz highlights a decline in Western efforts to make wars less brutal. ... The vision of a consensual internationalism built on parliamentary and judicial process remains the only way to restore to global affairs the kind of legitimacy that might give young people in Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan a feeling that the world is not entirely lawless and senseless - and it does not need to be burned down. And the starting point of such a "society of societies" must be that the strong - as in any society worth the name - be bound by the same rules as the weak. ...' (Read)


The new library centre is open

It's pleasing that the new library centre has not been saddled with the awful Stalinist sounding working title of "Willesden Green Cultural Centre". There was nothing wrong with the original name, the library centre. Now it's called The Library, which actually is a misnomer, because it's a lot more than that. But at least it's a bit better than the painfully patronising old proposal.

If you think about it, calling it "The Library" is probably only a marketing tactic for the new block of foreign investment units, sorry I mean flats, that occupies the space where the car park used to be. It's still really the Library Centre but you don't want that for selling flats in Singapore, where the block of flats was advertised as having "no affordable housing and no key worker housing". That's because a "centre" might mean local people would be hanging around, and you certainly don't want that, if you're a Singaporean investor. Not that you're ever likely to visit.

But if you do, by the way, there are loads of public services you can avail yourself of, which will save you whatever the same things cost in Singapore, probably a lot, right? It's all paid for by those invisibles and key worker types you never want to see. As well as contributing via P.A.Y.E. most of them pay in monthly to the local council as well. What a brilliant wheeze!

Tuning stone

The original Victorian library (left) is only a shell.

Grange Road side still has Bin Laden's phone booth, updated.

Periscopes?

"Inspire and be inspired"

Monday, October 12, 2015

Elle magazine's clever illustration of disparity



How it would look if men were Photoshopped out, leaving very few women in position #morewomen

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Monsanto and Starbucks versus the People of Vermont

Mothers Want To Know What They Feed Their Children!Historic Showdown on Food Safety versus multi national corporate...

Posted by Neil Young on Friday, 2 October 2015