This should concern anyone who believes that communities deserve respectful, responsible, progressive councils. https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/residents-living-in-uninhabitable-conditions-on-estate-fight-plans-to-build-123-new-social-homes/
Paul Doorly ● 5d22 Comments ● 7h
HAS ANYONE HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH OVO ENERGY? One of dozens of messages that I have sent to OVO since January 2023. This one was sent on 13-8-23."I have had an 8 month nightmare with OVO. The Ombudsman upheld my complaint against them in May and I still haven't had an apology, compensation or a final bill."The reply I received on 17-8-23 was: "I have requested for these to be sent out via post, please allow 5-10 working days to receive the documents.Thanks,Nikkita."22 days gone by and still no sign of the promised postal delivery. In the meantime OVO has authorised a debt collector to harass me for an alleged debt of £146 +£20 costs. I emailed the debt company with proof of the now 9 months of OVO incompetence and they put the matter on hold until they contacted OVO. Unbelievably I today had an email from the debt company who have been instructed by OVO: "Please continue to chase the debt."OVO is driving me crazy. Next Wednesday I am seeking legal advise with a view to taken legal action against OVO for the now 9 month nightmare and the stress caused by OVO's incompetence.
Neil Milkins ● 24d20 Comments ● 8h
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to a pair of scientists who developed the technology that led to the mRNA Covid vaccines.Prof Katalin Kariko and Prof Drew Weissman will share the prize.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-66983060
Ivonne Holliday ● 19h4 Comments ● 9h
I know, it is not a Putney issue but an important national matter.Do you agree with the HS2 project being scrapped? I honestly believe that the current infrastructure should be updated, that there is an urgent need for east-west connection and, if it was to really connect north with south, why stop in Manchester and Leeds?When the HS2 was discussed initially, I was not convinced that saving 20 minutes travel time between Birmingham and London justified the expense.... Thank you.
Ivonne Holliday ● 5d16 Comments ● 9h
No apologies for this long post. If you are not interested in cats' welfare don't bother to read it or post negative comments; jog on. The video is eye opening and explains the desperate plight of rescues that are trying but sadly failing to rehabilitate 1000's of abandoned and feral cats. They are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and unable to cope and the situation is now reached crisis point. Nobody is asking for donations, just a few minutes of your time to sign the petition. Thankyou.** PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE **There has never been a more important petition regarding cats. Owners are not educating themselves before getting cats or simply just don't neuter them. Under age kittens are given to children to play with like toys. At 4 mths when no longer small & cute they are abandoned & start breeding by 5 mths. Kittens are dumped in dustbins, cats thrown out of cars. This has to stop! Every minute rescues all over the UK get a call about strays, no one can help anymore, not even mums and kittens can be saved. Please share this with EVERY single person you know. 10,000 signatures we get a response, 100,000 it's debated at Parliament. This winter millions of strays will freeze to death, how as a nation of supposed animal lovers do we let this happen.In answer to the concern we will run out of kittens these are the facts.We have no choice but to do this due to the out of control cat population and no one neutering. There are large colonies all over the UK females have litter after litter.Owners call rescues daily demanding rescues take their cats or kittens and threatening to dump them. Rescues cannot help as no space.I strongly suggest if opposed to this petition you try taking phone calls for your local rescue. Hundreds of cats on a waiting list more and more phoned in all day every day. Breeding must be regulated going forward it is totally unacceptable to allow so many cats to keep suffering. **************Calling all animal lovers please sign and share to stop cats and kittens suffering https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0Wgi3vYUgJpWn5VVF3urPk3LB61MCYAsZ9oZgwv1uodFJufZwyjfXn4zDjkmr8z9Tl&id=100000343393592https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/643251
Sue Hammond ● 1d8 Comments ● 10h
Glasgow, Caffe Nero https://flic.kr/p/2nKvUbw
Michael Ixer ● 1d2 Comments ● 13h
After the recent downpours- I am distressed to find water on the inside of the glass on my not even 10 year old windows- which means the sealing unit has failed- any one else had this problem? - any advice would be gratefully received- as I very much doubt that W Council would be interested in assisting
Lyn Saron ● 3d3 Comments ● 16h
The Card shop that used to be near the Big Boots, is like a select and save, everything. Hats, Trolleys, suit Cases, Disinfectant, smelly things to make your home smell nice, bath mats. Stools, tools. It was a pleasure to have another shop to walk around in.
Barbara Stevens ● 5d2 Comments ● 20h
Belton & Slade, Wandsworth High Street. We have been using it for 40 years. My husband says the service is always excellent. Just thought they deserved a mention and wondered if there were any other gems about like this.
Martine Guy ● 5d12 Comments ● 1d
I haven’t yet completed the Consultation on the Levy as I freely admit to being a bit befuddled by the figures presented in the Consultation document. Looking at the pie chart, I have no quarrel with the 53% of the Levy which is used for conservation and maintenance, though why isn’t it a bigger slice of the pie?24% is set out as being ‘protecting and safeguarding’ and I that seems to be rather a big proportion. And then there’s the 23% which is ‘engagement, governance and administration’. Is that a typical percentage for a non-profit making organisation?Some time ago, when he was active on this forum, John Cameron suggested that the WPCC needed to increase the Levy to service pension payments. Does anyone know if this is the case?Lastly, I feel the projects the Consultation document cites to justify the additional income (under ‘The difference this additional income would make’) should already be covered under the ‘conservation and maintenance’ expenditure. So why do they need more income?Does anyone have any insights?
Catherine Schade ● 4d5 Comments ● 2d
Nelson Mandela, by Ian Homers Walter at the National Portrait Gallery https://flic.kr/p/2oLzYYS
Michael Ixer ● 2d0 Comments ● 2d
There’s been surprisingly little comment here on last night’s speech by Sunak, and what there is, is buried in other threads. Whatever you think of it, it was significant and it deserves to be discussed properly (the text can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-net-zero-20-september-2023)So, to initiate this, my view is that it was one of the most disgraceful, dishonest exercises in political rhetoric that I can remember. Sunak starts off by claiming that he has spent his first year as Prime Minister “bringing back stability to our economy, your government, and our country,” a dubious enough claim already, given the chaos of the school RAAC fiasco, to give only one example. But he goes on to say he wants to change the way our politics works: “Can we be brave in the decisions we make, even if there is a political cost? Can we be honest when the facts change, even if it’s awkward? And can we put the long-term interests of our country before the short-term political needs of the moment, even if it means being controversial?” He then said that “I have made my decision: we are going to change. And over the coming months, I will set out a series of long-term decisions to deliver that change.”I’ve no idea what these decisions might involve, but his announcement last night of the U-turn on reaching net zero is not a promising beginning. He claims to accept that the climate emergency is serious, yet he puts off (to the dismay and fury of manufacturers) the changes to vehicle engines and home heating under a confected concern for the cost to families; it’s an absolutely blatant, cynical move to scrabble for some votes for his failing party. In other words, he has put his and the Conservative party’s interests above the country’s, the very short-term approach that he claims to be against. If his concern were genuine, why would he be scrapping the requirement for homeowners and landlords to meet energy efficiency targets? Why will he not take forward policies to encourage more sustainable behaviour, such as taxing airlines properly and informing the public of the carbon footprint of meat? Why does he boast about scrapping the proposal for government to interfere in how many passengers you can have in your car – when there was no such proposal in the first place? The speech was riddled with such inconsistencies, all with the aim of propagating the straight lie that he was thinking of the country in the long term instead of dishonestly trying to rescue his miserable government from the fate it so clearly deserves.Anyway, this post has gone on long enough: it’s your turn.
Richard Carter ● 11d35 Comments ● 2d
Instead of the Government worrying about pollution why are they not doing more about carrying knives. 5 yrs for being found with a knife and goodbye for stabbing. Too much time spent on roads and fumes, instead of dealing with youngsters. Is it the way they were brought up or from a country where stabbing is a daily occurrence. Because should we be letting in all these individuals, as this is getting scary. Something happened again in the High Street, outside Rymans by the bus stop, one of the staff told me. Somebody ran in asking for a first aid box, then a doctor in the shop at the time and the Security guard ran out. Somebody on here might know more about this. Most of the Government have Security Guards, but never mind about us.
Barbara Stevens ● 3d9 Comments ● 2d
My cousin son said, they have made some of the roads residents only for now, as so much traffic trying to take a short cut down the side roads. As Manor Circus collapsing.
Barbara Stevens ● 2d0 Comments ● 2d
Near my house there is a charging point. Cars, when they charge, seem to spend half a day there on average. I assume that charging is quicker than that. But it does seem to suggest to me that we will need an awful lot of charging points, or faster batteries and chargers. And maybe signs on the road saying "no parking if not charging".
David Ainsworth ● 8d19 Comments ● 3d
Another food shop, front page. How about a few clothes shops.
Barbara Stevens ● 3d9 Comments ● 3d
French art at the Courtauld: Édouard Manet (1832-1883), A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
I hadn't registered the bottle of British Bass beer in the bar at the Folies-Bergère. Bottled Bass seems to get everywhere, some UK friends and I had to explain to a barman in San Francisco that it wasn't pronounced by spelling it's letters as "B-A-S-S" but as one word "Bass" to rhyme with "ass".
Édouard Manet (1832-1883)
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
Oil paint on canvas This celebrated work is Édouard Manet's last major painting, completed a year before he died. At one of the bars in the Folies-Bergère- a popular Parisian music hall - wine, champagne and British Bass beer with its red triangle logo await customers. A fashionable crowd mingles on the balcony. The legs and green boots of a trapeze artist in the upper left hint at the exciting musical and circus acts entertaining the audience. This animated background is in fact a reflection in the large gold-framed mirror, which projects it into the viewer's own space.
Manet made sketches on-site but painted this work entirely in his studio, where a barmaid named Suzon came to pose. She is the painting's still centre. Her enigmatic expression is unsettling, especially as she appears to be interacting with a male customer. lgnoring normal perspective, Manet shifted their reflection to the right. The bottles on the left are similarly misaligned in the mirror. This play of reflections emphasises the disorientating atmosphere of the Folies-Bergère. In this work,
Manet created a complex and absorbing
composition that is considered one of the
iconic paintings of modern life. Samuel Courtauld gift, 1934
Michael Ixer ● 3d0 Comments ● 3d
A friend just told me an XL Bully Dog was out of control outside St Mary’s School yesterday. It’s reported on the local neighbourhood group (sorry can’t remember what it’s called). Anyone heard any details?
Martine Guy ● 13d11 Comments ● 3d