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Speculating on the Labour leadership contest

Summary No, I don’t have a clue who’s going to win, but… …longtime Puffles’ follower Jeremy Corbyn MP has got the Labour HQ Establishment rattled. Have a watch: Compared to the 2010 contest where Diane Abbott MP was the candidate … Continue reading

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…And the doctor said…

Summary Following last Monday’s appointment…which felt all too rushed. Blood tests first – which I managed to get done on the same rainy day in which most of the people down Mill Road seemed to be drunk. So much for … Continue reading

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My mental health issues – an update

Summary Following a difficult past week… Small mercies for far fewer tweets from Puffles – and sleeping through George Osborne’s budget (which even the IFS said disproportionately impacted on the poor. Their full analysis is at http://www.ifs.org.uk/tools_and_resources/budget/505). My parents have returned … Continue reading

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A new political party arrives in Cambridge – Women’s Equality Party

Summary Reporting from the first gathering in Cambridge of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), and also from The Green Party’s summer gathering I was with both the Cambridge branch of the WEP and with the Cambridge Green Party today – ***thank … Continue reading

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On filming local democracy & local music – some interesting similarities

Summary What I’m learning from featuring women in both local music and democracy – with some interesting questions too In the run up to the 2015 general election I very deliberately focused my filming efforts on party activists who broke … Continue reading

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Going beyond ‘set up and record’ with community video – overcoming recurring problems

Summary Some thoughts following several months of regular filming out and about – in particular overcoming recurring challenges One of my favourite local artists, Melody Causton, headlined a relaxed evening of acoustic music alongside one of the first musicians I … Continue reading

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Democracy in action – Cambridge style

Summary A by-election in the People’s Republic of Romsey (it says so on the t-shirts) along with a citizens’ revolt over library business plans Told you. I was the only independent face (ie outside of any political party and not … Continue reading

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Weak political and media responses in the face of very serious global problems

Summary Some thoughts on global and historical perspectives all too often overlooked in mainstream news reporting – and also in UK policy making. I awoke from my slumber to find Defra minister George Eustice MP being cross examined by Andrew … Continue reading

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Ballots, protest marches and ‘doing democracy’

Summary Unpicking who is saying what on protest marches and elections – and why democracy encompasses far more A number of friends and social media followers went on the march in London earlier. Poor health (in particular hay fever & … Continue reading

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Filming alone at festivals

Summary You get to see some brilliant performances, but…how do you get decent audio? And what do you do with drunk people and photographers getting in the way of filming? I got lucky at The Strawberry Fair as most of … Continue reading

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