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News Shopper sinks to new low

Saw this, spotted by @mudlarklives in News Shopper Page 15:
News Shopper Star Letter

Wrote this to Webster’s Pen Shop:

Just wondering if your business is pleased to be associated with this bigoted rubbish: http://twitpic.com/2iesl1

Please let me know if your company believes that homosexuals “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator.”…

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Speak to your local politicians

If glaring at them as you enter the station isn’t doing it for you, you’ll have an opportunity to put questions directly to (some of) them, as Blackheath Halls is holding a Hustings event on Monday 26th April 2010, 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Free entry, and the following prospective candidates will be there:

David Gold – Conservative, Eltham
Pete Pattisson – Liberal Democrat, Lewisham East
Nick Raynsford – Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich

Independent commentators:
Malcolm Levitt – economist
John Palmer – political journalist
In the chair – Sir Ian Mills

Seems very odd to me that they are all from different constituencies, so there won’t be any easy to see differences between politicians in your own voting area.

Send me better links if you have them – (Malcolm Levitt’s Google Juice appears to be rather low).

PDF from Blackheath Society Blackheath Halls Hustings.

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Booze, cars, trains, and a very pale shade of red

Heidi Alexander, one of the local Labour councillors has just posted an article on her campaign page called Key issues in Blackheath. She reiterates that the local council and MPs are “talking to SouthEastern”. It’s patently obvious to everyone, including SouthEastern’s boss Charles Horton, that she shouldn’t waste her breath. There are only two sets of people who exert any influence on the train companies: their shareholders, and the small group of MPs who get to draw up the Charter between the train operating companies, National Rail, and the government.

A true Labour party would make sure that a public railway service should be affordable and “better” in every sense than the equivalent car journey. I’m sure the local councillors (of all colours) really do want a better rail service for their constituents, but the game is rigged against them. They’re shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic.

On parking and boozing (or BHA and CIZ as they are known in council circles), they have more impact. And it’s a good thing that they’ve made it harder for pubs to obtain late licenses, but what about the bloody trains?! Really, this post just demonstrates how toothless local councils are against national government.

And as for the Library, I’m really worried. Every time we hear from anyone in the council talking about the future of Blackheath library, they always couch in such careful language:

Decisions about the future of Blackheath Library would ultimately be one for the Mayor of Lewisham to take but should we be elected as local representatives, we would want to see Blackheath Library remain open with adequate funds.

I seriously wonder what will happen to that library when all the major parties stop pretending that the billions of pounds handed to the banks won’t come from public service cuts.

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Being passed from pillar to post

fixmystreet - blackheath - Before and after
The busted bollard has been lovingly restored to its former glory, thanks to fixmystreet, and the council. It’s a great feeling when you wander past something and think – “I spotted that – and now it’s fixed!”

But here’s the annoying thing – here in lovely Blackheath, we are straddled across Greenwich and Lewisham councils. So far, three of the things I’ve reported have resulted in someone from the council calling me, saying “We don’t handle that sort of problem at that location. You need to tell the other lot”.

When this happened for the third time, I finally suggested that the two councils might be able to tell each other about the problems, and asked that they call me back to tell me who might be in charge of that sort of thing. So far, no reply…

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Twittering in Blackheath

The Blackheath Bugle on Twitter

Blackheath Bugle gets addicted to Twitter.  Image by carrotblog.com

The Blackheath Bugle is now twittering (tweeting?).  Twitter is really handy for keeping up to date with events and news stories, a bit like sending text messages to groups of “followers”. It doesn’t cost anything, and from now on, each new post on this blog will appear at http://twitter.com/blackheathbugle.  However – the image on the right by carrotblog.com may serve as a warning.

If you have an iPhone, try Twitterrific for reading messages, it is free and works really well.  If you’re on a PC, just use the twitter.com website.

Of course there may be an occasional rant if the mood takes me.. Join up now and say hi!

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