Daily Archives: June 3, 2009

It only encourages them…

Blackheath Goes to the Polls

But don’t forget to vote anyway…  I’ve been trying to find out where my nearest polling station is for the election tomorrow (4th June), I’m sure last time it was at the church next to Blackheath Park & Pond road (St Michaels?), but can’t find any mention of it in Lewisham’s list of polling booths.  God knows why it is a PDF file – I’d have thought it was crying out to be a map of some sort… They’re open from 7am-10pm.

Mind you, it’s better than Greenwich Council’s effort.  Clicking on the “polling station online search” link gives the following informative message:

SQL error on statement select * from sequences where sequence_id = ? – Invalid state, the Connection object is closed

Ah, SQL and local councils, a marriage made in heaven.  Anyway, looks like I’ll be heading to Blackheath Library to cast my vote.  In case you can’t decide who to opt for, try the wonderful VoteMatch website.  Surprisingly, my vote came out the same colour as this post.

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Bikes, Kites, tweetups and bollards…

Bits and bobs for you – the Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival now has its own site, instead of having to navigate around the Lewisham Council’s website:  http://blackheathbikeandkite.com/

Twitter user @troublebrother is organising a meeting of South East London Twitterers…  The Bugle is a bit shy, but may make an appearance, as Blackheath won the hotly contested location battle over Greenwich!  The date still has yet to be decided, probably last week of June or beginning of July.  I’m sure you’re allowed to go even if you don’t send “stupid little messages™!  The website is http://seltwitup.wordpress.com/ You can follow the plans as they are drawn up by searching for #SELTweetup in Twitter.

And finally, the Bugle has lovingly entered this photo of the bus stop’s busted bollard into fixmystreet.com – thought you’d like to know.
Bus stop's busted bollard next to big budget bazaar

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Interchange opportunities for Cannon Street passengers…

British Rail hat by flickr user Geshmally
I’ve always wondered what it was called… You know the sensation of squeezing through the enormous 1980s style public toilet that is London Bridge train station on a wet weekday morning at around 9am? Apparently it is an interchange opportunity. So now you know.

The Stop the Rail Cuts email elicited a response. Unfortunately, Mike is the Public Affairs manager, which presumably means he’s not actually in charge of the timetables. Unfortunately for me, I don’t actually use the DLR much, so won’t be making use of the additional interchange opportunities generously afforded to me at Greenwich and Lewisham stations.

As he pointed out at the end of his email, Southeastern is a wholly owned subsidiary of Govia Ltd, which is part of The Go-Ahead Group plc and Keolis. Which may sound like the tail-end of an advert for life-insurance, but is actually very instructive.

According to the FT, the Go-Ahead group paid out 81p per share as a dividend in the last 12 months. Which is wonderful if you own shares in the train companies, but not so great if you never get a damn seat on the train that you purchased a ticket for! Nationalise the lot of them… At least when it was BR it had some (albeit grim) sense of public service. Now it’s just a group of French shareholders squeezing each penny out of our sweaty overcrowded little palms.

Photo by flickr user Geshmally.  The full post has the email below. Continue reading

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