Category Archives: Politics

Save Us Now

Apparently, there is a new political movement in Gateshead. They are shining a light on corruption.

This leaflet arrived through our letterbox this afternoon.

Unfortunately, this new political party, which wants my vote in the local elections, aren’t able to achieve even a minimal standard of grammar in their marketing material.

There’s the obvious apostrophe fail, several instances, spaces before commas (on a pretty big scale), and missing full stops.

Oh, then there’s the weird change in font, presumably to fill a page.

Should I mention the scaremongering about Gateshead Council’s pruning trees to allow a 5G signal to work more efficiently?

Now, Gateshead Council are rubbish, but is there really a subversive move towards streetlight 5G transmitters?

I’m more concerned, as I’ve previously mentioned, about their tendency to demolish old buildings and their failure to maintain clean streets.

I shall read what they have to say at www.saveusnow.org.uk. although I think they should have gone for a .com. it does appear to be complete rubbish though.

Photoshop the verb

Somehow, I’d missed the formalisation of Photoshop as a verb. Like many, many other people, I’d used it as such since the 90s, but I’d not realised that it had been adopted by dictionaries until this morning when, on breakfast news, a clip was shown of Theresa May accusing Russia of using fake news along with photoshopped images. 

As a committed Linux user, I’ve used Gimp as a most capable alternative to Photoshop. While I do recognise that gimped may not work quite as well as a verb, it feels wrong that mainstream dictionaries should offer free advertising for Adobe. 

Currency

Seriously, Scottish notes are much better on the eye. 

More effort seems to have gone into the design. Darwin still takes a bit of beating though. 

Peebles

We’re just back home after a couple of days in Europe Peebles. I’d never been before and was somewhat surprised to find that it’s pretty gorgeous.

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The locals (in the locals) we met were lovely; there were even a couple of expats northeasterners (one from Newcastle and another from Gateshead).

We were quite intrigued by the Beltane festival, which apparently has its roots in Brussels mediaeval Europe.

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We spent much of yesterday in the capital  Edinburgh. Regrettably, the cool graveyard was closed, but it’s great to see restoration in progress. The view from the hill was still pretty impressive though.

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While in Edinburgh, we had a quick pint (Punk IPA) in the World’s End pub before heading back to Peebles.

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Back in Peebles, we went to the Bridge Inn, after which I saw a familiar creature.

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While I don’t have a picture to hand, I’m pretty sure that such things exist outside Europe in London, by the Thames.

Also, when in the Bridge, I visited a urinal which appeared to have once belonged to Adam Ant.

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We’d have remained stayed in Europe Peebles longer, but we have a date with a goddess in town this evening.
 

Referendum

I voted to leave the European Union. I didn’t try to persuade anyone else to do so and kept my views to myself. However, I’ve been disappointed with the number of people who made a point of forcing their views on me and, now that the UK has decided, are using social media to insult what is, in effect, the majority. A small majority, I acknowledge, but that’s how democracy works; a majority is a majority.

Contrary to the many comments I’ve read on social media, I don’t fit their profile for the majority. I’ve worked all my life and never claimed a penny from the state. I’m educated; I have two degrees.

I love Europe, I like the culture(s) and adore the beer. I simply don’t want to see the UK lose control of its future. I’m not racist, but I do believe that EU migrants shouldn’t be filling the low paid jobs that UK nationals won’t take because they feel that state benefits are a better proposition.

I voted to leave the EU. Had the majority been in favour of remaining within the common market, I would have accepted the UK’s decision with grace.

Aquafresh

It seems as though there’s a new scandal involving politicians every few months. But David Cameron does seem to be weathering the current Panama storm and he’ll most likely survive, albeit with a little (more) tarnish. However, should that not be the case, he could fall back on his acting career.

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Con

I’d not expected a Labour majority today, but the thought of another Conservative-led government is somewhat depressing.

At least common sense has prevailed in Gateshead.

Councillor Ron Beadle

Yesterday, a copy of Focus on Low Fell arrived on our doormat. It’s an informative newsletter from our local Liberal Democrat Councillors, one of whom, Ron Beadle, will be standing in the forthcoming elections.

After reading the newsletter, I came to the conclusion that:
– the newsletter is written by a twelve-year-old
– the Lib Dems are trying to improve Cllr Beadle’s public image

Some examples from the newsletter include:

Ron Beadle is pressing for Stratford Gardens and Denewell Avenue to be properly resurfaced after flood prevention work has been completed.

Following a request from residents, Ron Beadle has arranged for a new grit bin near Berkdale Road and St Andrews Drive.

Ron Beadle has asked the Council to improve road markings and the surface on Elder Grove.

And an illustration of the Councillor’s influence:

Ron Beadle recently arranged for a dead rat to be removed on Kells Lane.

I must confess to imagining the Councillor in a cape. Yellow, of course.

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