The 2003 Iraq War:-"Twenty years on from the start of the Afghan occupation it ended in utter ignominy.And 20 years after the Iraq invasion, a bleak anniversary marked this week, no-one can be found to excuse the aggression.Not even the Times. Like every other newspaper worldwide in the Murdoch empire, it cheered on the Bush-Blair invasion. Yet this week it editorialised that the war was “an unmitigated disaster” and “a hubristic act of overreach, a reckless product of the American ‘unipolar moment’ that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.“For those responsible, including in Britain, the verdict of history grows only more damning with the passage of time… We all now live with its legacy: a less stable, more dangerous world than at any time since the second world war.”The article could have been a Stop the War Coalition leaflet, in fact. Although there was no acknowledgement that the war was a disaster fully endorsed by the Times and its proprietor at the time. Anyway, imperial misadventures now turn sour even faster than they did in Queen Victoria’s days." (Morning Star yesterday)Meanwhile, on the home front, other things turn sour even faster:-Johnson, only 3 years after big election victory:-"The prime minister who blew an 80 seat majority and an almost guaranteed three terms in office." (Guardian yesterday)
David Ainsworth ● 2d0 Comments ● 2d
Picked this up from Nextdoor. For anyone using Open Table a scam that's being carried out. Good to see organisations informing people of these scams and how to avoid them. I'm sure this scam potentially applies to any similar service taking bookings on behalf of another organisation. (And good news that Open Table's systems haven't been hacked!)https://www.opentable.co.uk/blog/scams-targeting-the-hospitality-industry/
Michael Ixer ● 3d1 Comments ● 3d
Leipzig, Goethe statue https://flic.kr/p/2nXMhta
Michael Ixer ● 4d0 Comments ● 4d
Does anyone know of any local dog walking groups?Where do they meet and go?When and times?How may individuals normally take part?Thanks
Keith Merrick ● 4d0 Comments ● 4d
"Blair promises 'brighter and better' Iraq""Mr Blair confirmed that the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime was a war aim if that was the only way to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction."If the only means of achieving the disarmament of Iraq of weapons of mass destruction is the removal of the regime, then the removal of the regime has to be our objective," he insisted. Mr Blair said the government had set out a vision statement for Iraq."https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/mar/19/iraq.iraq22005 UK general election:Labour 355 Conservatives 198"Starmer urges Labour to embrace Blair’s legacy as he vows to win next election" (August 2021)uh-oh, here we go.
David Ainsworth ● 4d2 Comments ● 4d
Three tier moneybox marked £ s d, 1910; Salisbury Museum https://flic.kr/p/2o1tVgc
Michael Ixer ● 5d1 Comments ● 4d
"Writing in the Daily Mail, Ms Braverman said: "In the face of today's global migration crisis, yesterday's laws are simply not fit for purpose."There are 100 million people displaced around the world, and likely billions more eager to come here if possible."Billions. This is a Home Secretary, a top government minister. Are they supposed to try to inflame an already very difficult situation?
David Ainsworth ● 17d31 Comments ● 5d
Telegraph now:-"Gary Lineker latest: No apology from presenter as Match of the Day return confirmed""Gary Lineker has issued a defiant statement without an apology over his tweets about the government's illegal immigration policy as it was confirmed he will return to Match of the Day.Mr Lineker said that the backing he received during the row was "overwhelming" but "however difficult the last few days had been it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away".Director-General of the BBC, Tim Davie, acknowledged that it had been a "difficult period" caused by "grey areas" in the corporation's social media guidance.He added: “Impartiality is important to the BBC. It is also important to the public. The BBC has a commitment to impartiality in its Charter and a commitment to freedom of expression. "That is a difficult balancing act to get right where people are subject to different contracts and on air positions, and with different audience and social media profiles. The BBC’s social media guidance is designed to help manage these sometimes difficult challenges and I am aware there is a need to ensure that the guidance is up to this task. It should be clear, proportionate, and appropriate.""
David Ainsworth ● 12d38 Comments ● 5d
Do you want to know more about ULEZ, LTN’s and 15 minute cities?Come to St. Mary’s Church Putney, Lancaster HallSunday March 12th 7.30pmSpeakers: Alan Miller and Ed GregoryAn event organised to give a better understanding ofThe Mayor of London’s new traffic controls for Putney, the surrounding areas of London and the UK.NO to Zoning London£5 donation at the door.
Paul Beer ● 18d90 Comments ● 5d
Daily Mail today."A prepper who has an outhouse full to the brim with hazmat suits, iodine tablets and gas masks, in case there is a nuclear war, power shortage or end-of-world disaster says a 'scary' number of people are also preparing for the end of the world. Brad Sutherland, 26, from County Durham, an ex-web developer, adds to his collection whenever he hears of something 'dangerous' on the news.Brad's collection, which he hopes he never has to use, makes him feel 'more at ease' and he thinks the coronavirus pandemic showed that people 'can never be too prepared'."https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11880717/Im-doomsday-prepper-outhouse-nuclear-war-supplies.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=social-twitter_dailymailUKWhat really would be the point?
David Ainsworth ● 5d2 Comments ● 5d
Andrew Bridgen MP reads out the stats, as recorded in the video (next post), confirming the scale of the damage caused by the Covid ‘vaccines’. Shocking and disgraceful at every level, but I think most people will find it interesting, including the clueless gullible vaxxed-up brain-dead mugs and sheeple:
Michael Brown ● 7d7 Comments ● 5d
Amazing story!!!!The man had booked a holiday for the whole family but flight was cancelled on the morning of the day they were to fly off.After months of waiting for Wizz Air reimbursement, he went to court and ended up sending in the bailiffs."Their option was to hand over the money or the bailiffs would take it in goods - it might have been chairs, tables, computers or an aircraft."https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-64999557?at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_format=link&at_link_type=web_link&at_ptr_name=facebook_page&at_link_origin=BBC_News&at_medium=social&at_link_id=E8A9E07E-C5AE-11ED-A627-89B87E934D9D&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_campaign_type=owned&fbclid=IwAR0_YvCHAb2hxyDonAfei0y_XROPHmhj9Tb1wD8FUuMPTSD2EVFpxgxdqIk
Ivonne Holliday ● 6d9 Comments ● 5d
Have the picnic tables outside the Spencer Arms been permanently removed?
Catherine Cimei ● 6d4 Comments ● 5d
Epic Iran, at the V&A, Aug 2021 - Astronomy: Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, 1411 https://flic.kr/p/2nGxaWuOne has to remember that going back several centuries there was no real distinction between astronomy and astrology. So don't ask NASA or ESA to get the JWST to predict your horoscope. (Although, I suppose if you offered them several million dollars they might make something up 🙂)
Michael Ixer ● 6d0 Comments ● 6d
"The UK is slipping down the global ranks when it comes life expectancy, according to new analysisResearchers found that 70 years ago people in the UK had one of the longest life expectancies ratings in the world, ranking seventh globally behind countries such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark.In 2021, the UK was ranked 29th, according to the new analysis, which has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.Academics from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine examined global life expectancy ratings from 1952 to 2021.A relative worsening of population health is evidence that all is not well. It has historically been an early sign of severe political and economic problemsWhile life expectancy has increased since the start of the study, similar countries have seen larger increases, the experts said.The authors said that the fall down the ranks has been decades in the making – this includes a rise in income inequalities in the UK during and after the 1980s.Professor Martin McKee, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “That rise also saw an increase in the variation in life expectancy between different social groups.“One reason why the overall increase in life expectancy has been so sluggish in the UK is that in recent years it has fallen for poorer groups.”Dr Lucinda Hiam, of the University of Oxford, said: “The rankings show that the only G7 country to do worse than the UK is the USA.”"https://www.itv.com/news/2023-03-15/uk-falls-down-global-ranks-for-life-expectancy-analysis"They found that, over seven decades, the UK has done worse than all G7 countries except the USA." (Dr Lucinda Hiam)
David Ainsworth ● 9d54 Comments ● 6d
Alf - the mouse eye view ... https://flic.kr/p/2nXWkLq
Michael Ixer ● 7d4 Comments ● 6d
"On this day 20 years ago, Robin Cook tried to stop the Iraq war.""We cannot base our military strategy on the assumption that Saddam is weak and at the same time justify pre-emptive action on the claim that he is a threat.""Iraq probably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term—namely a credible device capable of being delivered against a strategic city target. It probably still has biological toxins and battlefield chemical munitions, but it has had them since the 1980s when US companies sold Saddam anthrax agents and the then British Government approved chemical and munitions factories. Why is it now so urgent that we should take military action to disarm a military capacity that has been there for 20 years, and which we helped to create?""I intend to join those tomorrow night who will vote against military action now. It is for that reason, and for that reason alone, and with a heavy heart, that I resign from the Government. [Applause.]"https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/mar/17/robin-cook-stop-iraq-war-speechFull text:-http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/18/sprj.irq.cook.speech/
David Ainsworth ● 8d5 Comments ● 6d
The police have issued a dispersal notice for Wandsworth Park which will be closed from 12pm tomorrow until 12pm Monday.There is a concern around possible anti social behaviour apparently
Jules Lyne ● 8d7 Comments ● 6d
I thought I only went into Sainsbury's last Friday, they now only have 3 checkouts, the rest are self service, which makes it a bit difficult if you have rather a lot of shopping. Easier at the large Sainsbury's Richmond to park when doing a larger shop.
Barbara Stevens ● 10d12 Comments ● 7d
Some of the WatsApp revelations are shocking I don't use the word lightly. They are truly unbelievable. Never mind Begum This person has, with assistance, totally betrayed the whole population of the UK. I am in despair that a person could behave so despicably. Unforgivable.
Barbara Shillabeer ● 21d68 Comments ● 7d
Where are WBC parking spaces for dockless bikes?Richmond has them, why not Wandsworth?I get that they are a nuisance if not parked correctly, blocking pavements etc. So quite right that they should be removed if causing an obstruction.It would of course be better if the TFL scheme had dockless bikes just like the publicly funded ones in California. The Mayor should have checked them out, much more relevant than cannabis farms. Why doesn't the TFL scheme include dockless bikes BTW?In the absence of a public sector the private sector is providing a service. There is clearly a demand and would this demand not increase post ULEZ expansion? Is it not a means of transport that should be encouraged?Is there some sort of cycling snobbery or are the riders not the right voter demographic? What could explain the current situation?With the high theft rates within WBC and the ULEZ expansion soon, surely dockless bikes are here to stay?
Ed Robinson ● 8d0 Comments ● 8d
Was wondering if it was all about cycling and walking, or if anyone stood up for those who can't do either and need to, from time to time, use their car?
Victoria Diamond ● 8d5 Comments ● 8d
At 4pm, as it's #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek catch me in conversation on KCFM Putney with Shazia Hussein from The Apprentice 2023 and proudly NeurodiverseWe will talk about #ADHD and #LordSugar and much more. From 4pm Friday on http://kcfm.liveTune in if you can!
Mark Phillips ● 8d0 Comments ● 8d
I am pleased to see a hefty fine was issued to a Roehampton resident because their dog was barking and causing “fear and anxiety” to other residents. Action was taken under the Dog Bye Laws. Why don’t the Dog Bye Laws apply to all Council estates? You have people moving into flats with American XL Bully dogs and other scary dogs, and it is causing fear and anxiety to long standing residents. Time for the Council to update the Bye Laws and make them effective on all local authority estates.
Martine Guy ● 11d44 Comments ● 8d
Yeomen of the Guard; curtain call at the ENO https://flic.kr/p/2o4rabx
Michael Ixer ● 9d0 Comments ● 9d
The Natural History Museum https://flic.kr/p/2nXJesL
Michael Ixer ● 10d1 Comments ● 9d
Used to be Cresswells in Sheen near the garden centre in Sheen. I know that office is shut and it moved to Vineyard Path, Mortlake near the Brewery. But if anybody used these solicitors, please google Rogers & Burton, as they may have your paperwork. Just found out they have just down and there are phone numbers who to ring as an intervention company has taken over, they are telling you to find another Solicitor, also who to contact for compensation.
Barbara Stevens ● 10d3 Comments ● 10d
I know that there are a lot of Ring Doorbells around Putney, and the neighbourhood police seem keen on them - although they would note that other doorbell devices are available besides Amazon's. There's rumours Ring or one of their suppliers have been hacked, although Ring are not saying much about it; perhaps they don't know?https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjvd9q/ransomware-group-claims-hack-of-amazons-ringAs some security experts have been joking on LinkedIn "I've still got a door knocker" …I expect it will hit mainstream news soon if it's true and I'm sure with all those doorbells installed in the UK and EU they'd have to notify the ICO and EU regulators to meet GDPR requirements if it s correct.
Michael Ixer ● 10d6 Comments ● 10d
Lady on the front page, the price her rent is going up is disgraceful. Carlton Drive, Retirement Home. Going up £100 a week.
Barbara Stevens ● 11d10 Comments ● 10d
No sixth episode for Sir David Attenborough’s Wild Isles, BBC saysThe broadcaster denied accusations that it had pulled a sixth episode of the new nature series because of fears of a political backlash..... Five episodes, starting tomorrow, will be broadcast. The sixth, however:...."A further instalment, called Save Our Wild Isles, is to be broadcast on iPlayer at a future date, which shows the damage being wrought on our local wildlife and includes controversial topics such as rewilding.A Guardian report earlier on Friday claimed that it was originally intended as a sixth episode of the Wild Isles series, and that it had been pulled to avoid criticism from Tory MPs and right-wing newspapers."https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/bbc-david-attenborough-wwf-rspb-open-university-b2298430.htmlHmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!
Ivonne Holliday ● 14d20 Comments ● 10d
Entering Lauderdale House, Highgate… https://flic.kr/p/2o236L9
Michael Ixer ● 11d0 Comments ● 11d
"Sheet" music in the 21 century https://flic.kr/p/2nZvixR
Michael Ixer ● 12d2 Comments ● 11d
Is this pushing "bias" a bit too far? Lioneker presents a football programme, not a news programme!!!https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64889868
Ivonne Holliday ● 17d143 Comments ● 12d
For those who missed it, I thought that the News Quiz last night at 6.30 on R4 was a pretty good show in a difficult time. As in really funny (good team).
David Ainsworth ● 14d7 Comments ● 12d
TfL does Halloween (October 17) https://flic.kr/p/2k1pDbj
Michael Ixer ● 13d0 Comments ● 13d
The Home of Marshall Amplifiers, near Ealing https://flic.kr/p/2h5K1h4
Michael Ixer ● 14d0 Comments ● 14d
No to Zoning! Concerned about low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), the ever-expanding ULEZ and the 15-minute cities being piloted in Oxford and Canterbury? These are the first steps towards the UN Agenda 2030 "human permitted development corridors" and S.M.A.R.T cities. Join us to find out more:Sunday 12th March, 730pmSt Mary's Church HallPutney Bridge, SW15We will have speakers, Alan Millar #Together and Ed Gregory who has a crowd-funded legal action against the London-wide ULEZ expansion. They will provide awareness of the issues at stake and offer advice on ways in which we can work together to combat the hindrance of man and woman's lawful right to travel.Entry by *cash* donation> £5 on the door.We look forward to seeing you!https://togetherdeclaration.org/https://t.me/southlondonmultihubOr contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Tapping ● 15d30 Comments ● 14d