Category Archives: Cambridge

Puffles breathes fire into the Haverhill-Cambridge rail campaign

Summary Crossing the county boundary to sprinkle some dragon-fairy dust to help transport campaigners in Suffolk reconnect with Cambridge – and raising the political temperature too Actually, it was just as much learning as commenting in Haverhill earlier. It was … Continue reading

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A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats’ manifesto for Cambridge 2014

Summary Liberal Democrats playing it safe too – but they are the ones with the record to defend, warts and all Following the publication of Labour’s manifesto for Cambridge – which I looked at here, Cambridge Liberal Democrats have done … Continue reading

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Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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So…should Puffles stand for election in Cambridge?

Summary Decision time is coming up. Should Puffles stand?  This is something that I’ve been asking a few people about ever since the Cambridge News reported on an angry blogpost I wrote regarding engaging with young people, and social media … Continue reading

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On the importance of ‘safe spaces’ for those of us with mental health challenges

Summary Visiting the Lifeworks occupation protest in Cambridge – care in the community ‘Care in the community’ got a bit of a bad name in the media during the 1990s after a series of high-profile murders combined with inflammatory headlines. … Continue reading

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Labour’s manifesto for Cambridge 2014

Summary Some thoughts on Cambridge Labour Party’s manifesto for the local government elections in May. The manifesto is here, and is worth reading. Clearly a lot of thought and effort has gone into it – and sets down a marker … Continue reading

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Digital democracy – beyond the ballot box

Summary A challenge for Cambridge – and perhaps where you live as well. With local civic society structures broken, its systems obsolete and its content though important, discussed in a very frustrating manner, something must be done. But what, and … Continue reading

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Basement Jaxx press ‘record’

Summary A hard day’s recording a collaboration between the Dowsing Sound Collective and Basement Jaxx – in fancy dress So I went as ‘The Count’ from Sesame Street – with a vampire’s cowl covered in numbers, and Puffles went as … Continue reading

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Teaching a young dragon fairy new social media tricks

Summary Local social media marketing expert (no, really) Mili Ponce shows this social media enthusiast a thing or two, at an evening with JCI Cambridge I’ve seldom had good experiences with people that have branded themselves social media marketing people. … Continue reading

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