Thursday, September 30, 2021

Well done Peter!


My friend and colleague, Cllr Peter Craig, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community. He was presented with his medal recently. I was there to take the photos and video.

Cardboard, terrible acting and a great story line


Tonight, while sitting down to have my dinner on the settee, channel hopping took me to the Forces Channel which was broadcasting Blake's 7. That takes me back to the late 70s. Unconvincing special effects, cardboard props and terrible acting. I loved that programme then and was delighted to see it again tonight!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Checking the technology


An interesting meeting partly spent in the concert room of Sunniside Social Club tonight. This is the venue where, before the pandemic, we held the monthly meetings of Sunniside History Society. Since then, meetings have been online but next week we return to having physical meetings though we are retaining the opportunity for people to attend the meeting via Zoom. Tonight was all about testing the technology and the new projector. To our surprise, we got everything to work!

On Wednesday next week at 7pm, David Goldwater will be talking about the latest discoveries at Vindolanda. All welcome.

Not panic buying


No panic buying from me! I got £20 worth of petrol for our Nissan Note today though the limit was £35. I rarely have the tank more than half full. I wasn't going to do anything different today.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Saying goodbye to Kathy


Kathy King, former Liberal Councillor, passed away earlier this month. She was a real character who added colour to council meetings and was a great advocate of the people of Birtley in Gateshead who she represented. Local politics without her will be duller. She will be missed.

Kathy's funeral was yesterday and I attended the service at St Joseph's RC Church, Birtley. A good crowd was there and I was pleased to see the mayor attending as well.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Word on the streets

I went to Whickham this morning to deliver my latest Whickham South and Sunniside Focus. Unlike the past two weeks, today we had sunny weather, bringing people out into their front gardens. This always slows me down as I end up stopping to talk to residents. So, the issues raised today by people with me included some recent casework, the latest news from my smallholding, where's my wheelbarrow and libertarian policies. Quite a selection!

400 focuses meanwhile were delivered.