These unlit bollards on the central islands are making Upper Chorlton Road in Whalley Range dangerous. At night with overhanging trees and oncoming headlights a move into the middle of the road becomes hazardous. Many cyclists use this road and what is called a “Quality Bus Corridor” creates a wavy route for cars anyway. Clearly the proper maintenance of these lights is just not happening and is putting users of the road at risk.
I am appalled at the rash of fly-posting in our neighbourhood being done by businesses advertising their services.
It seems the council is doing nothing.
A few prosecutions with the right press coverage and I am sure it could be stopped. As with graffiti so also fly-posting is done by a small number or organisations. Stop the few and it will make a dramatic impact.
What has happened since the Olympics over the future of the stadium makes the BBC programme “2012″ still very funny but far too true. What a shambles! Unless someone is forced to change their minds our national stadium will become the home of West Ham United at great expense to us the taxpayer and at a nominal cost to them. They won’t even consider sharing the ground with a club with a ground less than a mile from the stadium. Leyton Orient is the second longest member of the football league in London. It may be a small club but is proud of its community record and the work done by members of the supporters club to create memorials in London and France to remember those who dies in World War1. Now the survival of the club is threatened by the decisions around the future of the Olympic Stadium.
Support is growing from football fans in all quarters to get a fair deal for our little club. No surprise Premiership club owners are only interested in themselves with no concern for the football in the lower divisions, the national team and certainly not little old Leyton Orient.
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Epistle to the Chrysostonians
This letter was recently discovered on a hard drive at a recycle centre near Stretford, Gtr Manchester, UK along with other documents which had not been erased. There is debate amongst academics about its authorship and authenticity. Did Paul write it, was it penned by a companion who knew Paul and thought it would carry more weight if it was thought to be a personal letter from Paul or was its discovery on April 1st 2000 one of those significant spiritual millennium moments?
From Paul, a grateful servant of God, to the Church Wardens and Chrysostonians in Victoria Park, Manchester, greetings.
I write simply to encourage and support you as you face the challenges of life on a daily basis, knowing that we cannot do this alone but with the help of God and one another everything is possible. I am not a gifted writer and in communicating with you in this way it is inevitable that some of the things I write cause controversy, confusion and may even be misunderstood as I struggle to share with you the Good News which God gave me. I am no longer upset by those who disagree with or ignore what I say but disappointed when it is clear they have not yet got the Good News. It worries me that some people spend more time analysing my letters and trying to discover what I mean rather than following what Jesus told us to do, being directed by Him and living in the Spirit. Whilst I continue to do all I can to spread the Word I know that what takes root is God’s work and not down to any skill of mine. I am so grateful for the way that God turned my life around and gave me new sight and new life. I will continue to serve Him
My life was fine. I had a good secure job, plenty of money and status. Someone has to root out subversives in any society. I am told that you have your own UK Border Agency and anti-terrorist officers so will understand how essential it was to control radicalisation of young Jews by this Christian sect. I was helping to keep our society safe and proud that lines of investigation were fed to me by informants. I had never met Jesus. Then suddenly out of the blue my life was tipped upside down as I was going to Damascus. I know what I experienced with the flash of light, the voice and then realising I was blind. I was helpless and dependant on help from people I had never met. My whole world had collapsed. The promises I was given on that day did come true. I was left in no doubt that the Jesus whose followers I had been rooting out had for some reason chosen me, to blind me and then he gave me back new sight and new life in the Spirit. It wasn’t so easy because I had not met Jesus before he was executed. I heard lots of personal accounts from followers who had met Jesus and whose lives had been turned around by Him. I could identify with them as my own life took me into all sorts of strange places under His direction and with the support of those who were attracted and created fellowship around me. I thank God every day, marvel at where He has brought me and remain open-minded to whatever new possibility He presents.
May you know something of the peace and love of God, to continue in faith, share it with one another and carry it out to those who are still blind to God’s marvellous love of us.
The following questions were set in last year’s GCSE examination in Swindon, Wiltshire ( U.K. )
These are genuine answers (from 16 year old boys)
(1)Name the four seasons?
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar
(2) Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink?
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists ….(Canoeists??)
(3) How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire
(4) What causes the tides in the oceans?
A. The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins the fight
(5)What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed
(6)In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election
(7) What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs ………..(Shoot yourself now, there is little hope)
(8)What happens to your body as you age?
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental …(at ballistic speed!!!)
(9)What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery ………….. (So true)
(10) Name a major disease associated with cigarettes?
A. Premature death
(11)What is artificial insemination?
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow …….. (Oh my Gawdt)
(12)How can you delay milk turning sour?
A. Keep it in the cow ……………………………….. (Simple, but brilliant)
(13)How are the main parts of the body categorised (eg the abdomen)?
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O and U …(What the *!!*???)
(14)What is the fibula?
A. A small lie
(15)What does ‘varicose’ mean?
(16)What is the most common form of birth control?
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium. (That would work)
(17)Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section’?
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome
18)What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor .(Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)
(19)What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport. (Irrefutable)
(20)Give an example of a fungus. What is a characteristic feature?
A. Mushrooms. They always grow in damp places and they look like umbrellas
(21)Use the word ‘judicious’ in a sentence to show you understand its meaning
A. Hands that judicious can be soft as your face …………….(OMG)
(22)What does the word ‘benign’ mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight
(23)What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head
This is good therapy to help lift my spirit
I was shocked that Labour MP for Liverpool, Wavertree Luciana Berger won’t see constituents facing immigration issues. The UK Border Agency is I think a government department so surely an MP is the person best placed to advise and offer what support they can to those living in their constituency with immigration issues. “She won’t see them because she can’t do anything about it”, her assistant told me. He tried to tell me it was parliamentary protcol not to question any action taken by the UK Border Agency. I know from talking to other MPs that this is just not true. I am sure it is a great way to reduce her workload. Anyone might think the UK Border Agency was a model department when its record is so poor. I also wonder how many other government departments enjoy not being challenged in any way by this MP.
How many other MPs won’t see constituents with immigration issues?
There is a report going to Neighbourhoods’ Scrutiny this week proposing that the council stops gritting all pavements and walkways outside the city centre to save £25,000.
Who is asking questions and challenging Labour’s Manchester City Council?
I am shocked that the city council is considering this cut. For me it raises serious questions about how this council is scrutinised and held to account. Without opposition Labour councillors will just rubber stamp everything. I am delighted that Liberal Democrats lead by Withington Councillor Simon Wheale are continuing to provide constructive criticism. This is what he has said: -
“For Labour’s Town Hall bosses to simply abandon pedestrians across Manchester, apart from the City Centre, when snow and ice hits is reckless and dangerous. I cannot see how Sir Richard Leese can justify spending £80,000 on going to a property conference in the South of France this year, when essential gritting of footways in all of our neighbourhoods could be dropped for the sake of £25,000.
It was only just over two years ago that we had major problems with snow and ice on our pavements. It would be truly shocking if, the next time that this happens, communities across Manchester were allowed to grind to a halt, with people trapped in their homes by snow and ice, because only the city centre pavements will be gritted. Manchester’s Liberal Democrats will fight this proposal all the way to stop neighbourhoods across Manchester being dropped from the Council’s footway gritting plans.”
Since 2010, more than one million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are proud of the role that the Liberal Democrats have played in directing government investment into job creation and training.
We are now focusing our efforts on improving this record and delivering a million more new jobs as we continue to build a stronger economy for the future.
Jobs for Young People
The coalition government has already delivered 1.2 million apprenticeships for young people since 2010. The Liberal Democrats are now campaigning to double the number of apprenticeships being offered.
Jobs in Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the key to a sustainable economic recovery in Britain. Under Vince Cable at the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills, we have directed an extra investment of over £5.5 billion into high-tech manufacturing, science and renewable energy.
Jobs across the UK
Liberal Democrats have long argued that we need to rebalance the economy away from our reliance on London and South East England. That is why we have also set up the £2.6 billion Regional Growth Fund initiative, to help create businesses, jobs and economic recovery in every part of the country.
Jobs Building Britain
The coalition is using £15.3 billion of investment into our infrastructure to build a stronger economy for the future and to create thousands of jobs in construction right now.
For more information on the Liberal Democrats’ record in creating one million new jobs, and to find out how many new jobs are being created near you, visit the Million Jobs website: http://www.amillionjobs.org
Why does it take so long?
This year the validated SATS results at the primary school where I am a governor were not published until the end of February. Governors want to be able to scrutinise the results from the summer term during the autumn term so that they can be assured appropriate action is being taken. To have to wait until almost half-term in the spring term is ridiculous. This is half way through the school year. How can we persuade the Minister to publish the results sooner?