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Predictions for the 2016 Cambridge City Council elections

Summary Because it’s too easy to sit on the fence Phil Rodgers made these predictions https://philrodgers.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/the-prospects-for-the-2016-cambridge-city-council-elections/ late last year, but because the final list of candidates is slightly different, I thought I’d have another look. So, those predictions for Cambridge local elections … Continue reading

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Cambridge elections video chart update

Summary Who has risen? Who has fallen? Who are the new entries? The video playlist that matters for voters in Cambridge is here. At the time of posting, there were 38 videos (up from 20 last week) covering four political parties … Continue reading

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“Council implements dragon’s policy pledge”

Summary On Cambridge City Council adopting a theme of Puffles’ 2014 election manifesto Doesn’t it look beautiful?!? Have a look at https://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/a-manifesto-for-cambridge/ten-themes-for-a-greater-city/theme-7-on-public-buildings-and-public-spaces/ from Puffles’ 2014 manifesto. Essentially what this exercise currently being undertaken by Cambridge City Council is pretty much a carbon … Continue reading

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Over to you now, candidates

Summary Now that we have a critical mass of election videos, how will the election candidates go about publicising them? What will my video stats say?   The video playlist that matters for voters in Cambridge is here. At the … Continue reading

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More #LostCambridge

Summary …and some of these are really heart-breaking I spent more time earlier on in the Cambridgeshire Collection to see what I could find. I wasn’t told earlier but there is a £10 daily charge for people like me taking … Continue reading

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#LostCambridge – the demise of our city’s social venues

Summary I’ve been doing lots of online research, and over the past 50 or so years Cambridge has lost too many community gems.  This links from my previous blogpost on photographing Cambridge. It’s been an eye-opener spending time wandering around … Continue reading

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Photographing easily-missed Cambridge buildings

Summary Photographing our city – and discovering parts of the city that I had not stopped to look up at before It never occurred to me that above this grand entrance to what is now Jamie Oliver’s Cambridge branch of … Continue reading

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Which politicians will make digital video work for them?

Summary Asking why politicians and candidates are not making use of digital videos they already have Liberal democrat former councillor in Reading Daisy Benson set the standard six years ago with this video: In an ideal world, far more candidates … Continue reading

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How should Cambridge communicate with its residents?

Summary Collating thoughts following a short twitter exchange recently This was a theme throughout the Be the change – Cambridge events of 2014/15 but didn’t end up taking off in the way I anticipated. Hence bringing my thoughts together here … Continue reading

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What would a tour of local councils be like?

Summary …because who else would undertake something like this? I’ve been pondering something like this for quite some time, and sort of attempted a random tour of parts of southern England in the summer of 2000 during my university years. … Continue reading

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