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By-election in my neighbourhood – Should Puffles stand?

Summary Sue Birtles, until recently the Labour Councillor for Queen Edith’s ward has stood down to concentrate on fighting the South Cambridgeshire seat for the 2015 general election. So…should Puffles stand? Should I stand in my own name? Should refrain from … Continue reading

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Will local issues be even bigger factors in the 2015 general election?

Summary With the three main parties facing competition from beyond each other in an era of low trust in party politics, will this – combined with continued growth in social media use mean candidates having to raise their personal profiles … Continue reading

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Cambridge Climate Vigil, Climate March, Scottish Referendum

Summary Ramblings on three events – one local, one Scottish, and one worldwide The world ain’t a happy place at the moment – has it ever been? I watched the Scottish independence referendum through both the mainstream and social media … Continue reading

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We did it!

Summary *****Thank you***** to everyone that took part in our conversation cafe! Over fifty people kick-started Be the change – Cambridge. Now the really hard work starts. See http://bethechangecambridge.org.uk/?p=283 for an early write up with videos. See Lucinda Price’s excellent photographs … Continue reading

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Staring failure in the face, and avoiding its slap

Summary Learning by doing with Be the change – Cambridge In my previous blogpost, I ended with the following: Are you prepared to run the risk of failure in order to reach your potential? With just under a fortnight to go, … Continue reading

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September

Summary September is normally a time when people commit to something new – especially with a new academic season of evening classes. But the national and global backdrop looks increasingly gloomy. Let’s start this post with a little bit of Earth, … Continue reading

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Vox-popping for ‘Be the change – Cambridge’

Summary Preparing some of the ground for our event on Saturday 13 September at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge with some thoughts of people in my community – as well as being a one-man-poster campaign. Unlike my election campaign of 2014 … Continue reading

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Community reporting & political parties / ballroom dancing jumps shark

Summary Insights into community reporting on all things democracy, and on a vanquished dancing dream A week of editing footage awaits as filming over a series of days comes home to roost. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Summary Comparing then with now. I stumbled across this blogpost which nails it. Same stuff, different year. Commentators moaning about exam standards not being as tough as they were in the good ol’ days. Back in the mid-1990s I was ambushed … Continue reading

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On being lonely

Originally posted on The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive:
I’ve written about pissing into bottles when I’ve been depressed, and yet to me, this is a blog  whose responses I fear the most. Because admitting that you’re lonely seems…

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