UKIP’s Lewisham mayoral candidate in Twitter meltdown

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 23 May 2014 at 1:25 UTC

The UK Independence Party (independence from what – the known universe?) candidate for mayor in the southeast London borough of Lewisham (pop. 276,000) is upset that I mocked his politics on Twitter, and alluded in legalistically guarded manner to his recent arrest by the Metropolitan Police for a suspected sexual assault on a man described […]


Cycle ride – Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn (2nd attempt)

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 22 May 2014 at 22:33 UTC

When: Sunday 25 May 2014 Meet: 08:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW NB: This ride was originally scheduled for Sunday 11 May, but with squally rain forecast throughout the day, and a wind in the lower Thames valley sufficient to provide aerodynamic lift to a small family car, it’s no wonder that no-one […]


Boris’ tunnel ring road – it’s the politics stupid!

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 12 May 2014 at 14:49 UTC

In the Evening Standard today, Joe Murphy reports on “plans” to transform central London with a 39 kilometre-long underground ring road. The Inner Orbital Tunnel would feature subterranean dual carriageways (i.e., an urban motorway) linking major motor transport routes from the A40 in the west to the A12 in the east, and the A1 north road […]


Community speaks on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 12:45 UTC

The following is a press release distributed today on behalf of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels… More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, with roughly 50% of tunnel users being cyclists, and the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, […]


Safer lorries delay shows that EU power does not reside in Brussels

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 22:04 UTC

A brief report in the Evening Standard illustrates how political power within the European Union lies with member state governments, and not the unelected and supposedly unaccountable European Commission beloved of europhobic commentators, or the Parliament which is elected and open in its dealings, but at the same time largely unreported, at least in the […]


Cycle ride – Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 20:42 UTC

What: Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn When: Sunday 11 May 2014 Meet: 08:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW This coming weekend is a rare one for me these days. That is, I shall be (a) in London, and (b) able and willing to lead a cycle ride for the Dog & Bell Crew. I […]


Citizen science in London – local residents map air pollution and challenge roadbuilding plans

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 1 May 2014 at 13:12 UTC

The following is a rough-and-ready amalgam of two press releases distributed this week by the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign to various London and UK-wide media outlets… Across southeast and east London, people are living with air pollution at levels up to two-and-a-half times legal limits. According to local residents, the situation will worsen considerably […]


Science journalism and science communication – the difference is more than a word

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 9:37 UTC

Swamped as I was with NUJ business prior to the biennial Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne this past weekend, I missed the publication in Nature of an article by former BBC Newsnight science editor Susan Watts. The subject of Watts’ piece is the difference between science journalism and science communication. As a science journalist with experience […]


An equalities mess at the heart of government

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 9 April 2014 at 14:59 UTC

There will be many in the Fourth Estate who today rejoice at the removal from UK government of Maria Miller, whom prime minister David Cameron has finally seen fit to resign. However, in place of Miller as women’s minister we have Nicky Morgan, who is subservient to a man – Sajid ‘Fuck the Poor’ Javid […]


NUJ conference imminent – Lord have mercy!

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 7 April 2014 at 13:14 UTC

For my manifold sins I shall from Thursday to Sunday of this week be attending the biennial Delegate Meeting of the National Union of Journalists. The conference this year is being held in Eastbourne, the elephant graveyard of the English south coast. At the conference I will be a delegate for the London Freelance Branch […]