BBC Rubbish

called in by BBC to remove rubbish from the A38, and get a catcall – “what you do in’?

amongst all the rubbish paper and cardboard, cans and bottles, was a car headrest! (See above) As I do the A38 central carriage way regularly (apparently it is too dangerous when there are cars about – but I do not care as there are good sturdy trees to protect me) it is the first time that I have collected a headrest – so I arrange for the photograph to be greeted by the comment – “where is the rest of the Car?” ¬†I must thank the Beeb for the hot tea they gave me afterwards – made it all worthwhile as it was near freezing!! They were kind enough to check that I had paid my licence (every October…)!

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Holocaust Memorial Day

imageI am lucky to meet Mindu Hornick again for the HM ceremony in the Council House. She is now nearly 87 but survived Auschwitz with her sister, losing the rest of her family. She has lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham since coming here to escape the new masters in Czechoslovakia after 1945. I am so glad that I was able to play a little part in pushing the Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day by means of the open questions at the start of Council Meetings. We all agreed to do our best to make sure that the evil of Nazism (National Socialism) should be made permanent on the school curriculum, and broadened out whenever we can educate people on the Shoa. You may feel this is unnecessary, but looking at the ridiculous comments being made about the North Korean Dictator, and his sister, (whose evil is as bad) versus the President of The United States (only a “Democrat” could call him a Nazi) we have along way to go yet.

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Carnival committee

imageDr. Andrew Hardie at the Weoley Castle Festival committee making the mature contribution he is renowned for. The Rev. Fiona officiated and there was a lively discussion on next year’s event. Plenty of suggestions that will result in a better and bigger event. We have gone a long way since 18 years ago when I took the beauty queen and her maids in my little sailing boat, towed by the old Land Rover. Can you imagine the health and safety officer allowing that today? Plus change plus n’est pas la meme chose?

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Sylvia Nash RIP

imageMeeting of the Shencare Community Transport Board, pausing to remember one of our oldest stalwarts РSylvia Nash.  Actually she was responsible for appointing Christopher Busst, our brilliant Business Manager, in the days of my predecessor Alderman McArdle without whom there would have been no Shencare as we know it. Today there are thousands upon thousands of trips arranged for people in need throughout South Birmingham because of this foresight. All is funded in a not for profit operation which is subsidised by standard tariff journeys, and contracts which are gained for the 16 specialist vehicles Рthere to cater for disabilities of most types.

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Moseley Art School

This wonderful gem of a place, started as a school in the 19th. Century, and now being refurbished for final use in the community! Our last meeting was conducted in the Moseley Road Baths (second down on right hand side) opposite, and it was good to see the juxtaposition. This area with a sense of place is really vibrant, and hopefully will be “chelseafied”. I took my grandfather’s paintings down to the school which is where he learned art in the evenings , and now I have the honour to be part of the trust that will see it again used for cultural purposes – weddings, and small scale office units for start up companies. It will be reborn in a way that doubles its lifespan, thanks to the HLF and Historic England. This is what being a Heritage champion for the City really makes it all worthwhile.

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100 years Representation of People Act.

imageAt the full council meeting we celebrated the 100 years anniversary from the actual date of the representation of the people Act. I was apparently the only male to wear a suffragette rosette, kindly aided by the flower shop on Weoley Castle Square. However I was not allowed in the picture of councillors on this staircase as I was not a woman! And whyever should I complain? I corresponded with the chief executive about my grandfather voting for Dame Ellen Pinsent who was elected for the Edgbaston ward as a liberal unionist ( the conservatives then were known as unionists) in 1911. So it was her 107 th. Anniversary. This means – as usual -Birmingham setting the pace for the Country!

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Anthea McIntyre hosts WM together

imageA very interesting display of unity across the many cultures that are present at Birmingham City University, and the schools that are associated nearby. Anthea has arranged this and there were many others associated with the campaign. Unfortunately there was an implication that problems associated with the Brexit outcome had given rise to mysogyny and xenophobia. However the Brexiteers campaigned for greater association with the commonwealth as opposed to Europe.

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