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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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“I’m sorry, I got it badly wrong, here’s what I’ve learnt…” A much-needed reality check

Summary Me taking responsibility for my conduct when I misjudge things badly. This relates to a conference I was at on musical inclusion – which I blogged about here. Just over three weeks after the event, musician Martin Case posted … 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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Hitting the musical highs with the Dowsing Sound Collective

Summary And this was just the rehearsal Me and Puffles were in Bury St Edmunds earlier, rehearsing with the Dowsing Sound Collective and trying out a potential venue. Although arriving in the darkness, the sense of bland early 21st-century identikit … Continue reading

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