On Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning. That’s how it is; that’s who she is. Now. A hero, flawed like every other, but no less a hero. Should it be heroine? Does it matter? Probably not. Thank you Chelsea, for your service.

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Locals rally around Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels

The following is a press release distributed by me today on behalf of a new community group in southeast and east London. For more than a century the people of London have crossed the River Thames through foot tunnels at Greenwich and Woolwich which owe their existence to that great Victorian working class hero Will […]

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It probably isn’t acid that turns people into casualties

We shall have to blame society or some other fanciful notion rather than psychedelics for drug-induced madness. Or at least new research has shown that the use of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms does not increase a the risk of developing mental health problems. It could even be beneficial. Trondheim-based psychologists Teri […]

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Cycle ride: Greenwich to Richmond Park (aka Fenton’s Fancy)

Where: Greenwich to Richmond Park (aka Fenton’s Fancy) When: Saturday 17 August 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park (by the Observatory entrance) Owing to Dog & Bell Commissar and Matriarch of Lewisham Cyclists Jane Davis’ postponement of her ever popular South London parks ride, originally scheduled for this Saturday, I have […]

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A hot, sticky and royally slow news day

From the ever deferential BBC (when it comes to matters royal)… “Duchess in labour as world awaits” That nice Mr Miliband must be thrilled to bits. Still, though, the headline is a bit much, however one chooses to read it. What will we get when the royal foetus emerges from betwixt the royally stirrupped legs? […]

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Verily, the (royal) silly season it hath already begun

Leicester medical historian Elizabeth Hurren podcasts astrologically on the impending addition to the House of Windsor-Saxe-Coburg-und-Gotha. I refer to the diminutive Englander who is in no hurry to make an appearance, and is likely waiting until the current heat wave has passed. It’s all written in the stars. Apparently.

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A “poignant” tribute to a dead cyclist

Tuesday’s London Cycling Campaign-organised protest ride in Holborn features today in the London Evening Standard. And we now have a name for the cyclist killed on Monday morning. He was Alan Neve, 54, who worked in music publishing. Since the Evening Standard story went up this morning, references to “hundreds” of cyclists have been changed […]

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Holborn cyclist death brings call for mass protest

Following the death in Holborn, central London this morning of a cycling commuter, the London Cycling Campaign has called for a protest ride tomorrow evening, Tuesday 16 July 2013. This will be the second mass protest in as many weeks. The first followed the death of French student Philippine de Gerin-Ricard on a Boris Bike […]

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Aged licence

The card sent to me by my growing old disgracefully mother for my 49th birthday today carries the following gem of a quote from “Molly, aged 6”… “Getting older is fun, it means you don’t have to do what you’re told.” Would that this were true. Authority and subversion aside, what I really resent is […]

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Cycle ride: Greenwich feeder for Dunwich Dynamo XXI

Where: Greenwich feeder for Dunwich Dynamo XXI When: Saturday 20 July 2013 Meet: 18:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) We are now but 10 days away from the Dunwich Dynamo nighttime ride from London to the Suffolk coast. Last year I led a southeast London feeder to the Dynamo […]

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