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O.K. The hysterics are over – welcome to the new coalition government.

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Gordon Brown resigns

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye

Gordon Brown resigns

Nice departing touch, brave move.

Cameron meets Queen

Nice to meet you

David Cameron PM

Did they give you a new front door key love?

David Cameron PM

Dave do you know which Room Nick’s sleeping in yet?

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May 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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Did I say they are all honest decent likeable people?

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Oh, so I did, but some may disagree.

Was I hearing last night that some local politicians in South Tyneside will be on the receiving end of writs, from more than one direction? Was I hearing this correctly? Did I hear that these may be a result of political activity?

Can someone elucidate and shed a little light on this?

You may have noticed that some people didn’t get a mention in my previous post…..

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May 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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Politics or photography

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A decision over a door.

Just finished a leaflet drop on behalf of Karen Allen the Conservative candidate for South Shields, I enjoyed this spurt of exercise on a wonderfully warm afternoon in the West Park ward. Whilst pacing up and down the streets I came across one of those doors that only a photographer could fall in love with, old, worn, hadn’t seen a coat of paint in many years, creased, blistered, cracked and peeling. The light and colours were dancing and glinting in between the flakes, with the warm sunlight playing across it’s grainy features I just knew I should have brought the camera and tripod along with me, and run the risk of upsetting or embarrassing the occupant!

I could see a work of art in full glorious technicolour HDR forming in front of me.

Would you? Should you? Or must you walk past and forget all about it?

After all, one could be quite within one’s rights to photograph it from the public highway in such a way that it would only be identifiable by yourself and the householder.

Perhaps I’ll give them a knock tomorrow to be on the safe side.

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April 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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One Place

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A one stop shop for performance measurement

One Place is a new government website that allows us to see a snapshot of performance indices for our local council as generated by the Comprehensive Area Assessment, if you are keen on seeing the performance of South Tyneside Borough Council and other public local organisations which provide our general services, then you should bookmark this page. As a website, its own performance is pretty dreadful, speed at loading pages is so slow you could probably find the information faster by going to the local library, one hopes that with the huge resources of the taxpayer behind it that the government’s IT people will get it running smoothly sooner rather than later.

You will pleased to note though that South Tyneside Council is neither flagged up for under performing or covered in accolades for being exceedingly outstanding!

As our unelected Scottish Prime Minister might tell us “we are getting on with the job”.

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December 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

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Out of cash Labour gives up the fight

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Resources channelled towards survival of the few

This is interesting, the Labour Party (if this is all true) have already given up on the idea of trying to win the next general election, they’d rather concentrate their dwindling resources on ensuring the survival of MPs where they have a majority greater than 3000.

Kind of typical of how they’ve ran the country over the past few years, all arse to face, if I’d been in their position I’d have concentrated my resources on limiting the damage in the marginals, after all that’s where the election will be won or lost, the safer seats can take care of themselves.

Oh well, best get the farewell flags ready.

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November 17, 2009 at 10:53 am

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A small intermission

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Curly disconnecting

I’m disconnecting my cable modem from the internet today as part of the work to restyle our house. The cable is going to be buried under the floor whilst I build a new workstation in an alcove of the adjoining room. If I can find the sturdy bench tops that I’m looking for, the job should be completed before Monday (and a new floor installed too!)

Hope to see you all then.

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October 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

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Two former spin merchants served court papers

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McBride and Draper “tagged”

I was rather amused to read this from Guido and watch this at Tory Bear

Personally, if I want to ogle at Kate Garraway that early in the morning, I just switch on GMTV!

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September 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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The Leaders’ Debate

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Sky News Sign the petition.

Yes our elections have become more presidential over the years, the party leaders grab the attention, the media circus follows them around the country as they parade their arguments and policies in the newspapers and TV stations, huge advertising campaigns are launched, and the party political broadcast suffers remote control button meltdown.

We only need the full blown presidential styled leaders’ debate to just about round it off (as well as an internet based fund raising event) and then the circle will just about be completed. We’ve never had such an event in the UK, for one reason or another there has never been a full agreement by the party leaders to engage in a televised debate, and one of the reasons cited in the past has been the inability to find a wholly impartial host to chair the debate. The Times reports today that the veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost is  being lined up as a possibility, and that meetings have been held in Westminster between party representatives to discuss a debate and the rules that must surround it.

Now Adam Boulton at Sky News has waded in with a campaign to put pressure on David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Gordon Brown to accede to the media demands for what could become a prime time political bun fight of epic proportions. One of the ideas that I’ve read suggests a debate over three courses, like a half decent meal, night one might concentrate on domestic policy and the economy, night two on defence and foreign policy, and night three a town hall meeting free for all with members of the public invited to pose the questions, now if this isn’t sounding completely American then they’ve gone down the wrong path.

Personally I’d welcome it, for once we may see the party leaders pressured by an independent chairman and the public to actually give straight answers to straight questions, something which the Prime Minister for instance fails to do during PMQs in The House of Commons. I’d also like to see a return to  old fashioned town hall debates in the constituencies between the candidates, as a reminder that we are electing individual representatives to the Commons, and not a “President”. If we are to see a return to a more engaging political process then I view this as almost a necessity and something which will reinforce the Britishness of the electoral process. I can already imagine the candidates bellowing into a microphone from the steps of the Old Town Hall in South Shields’ Market Place as shoppers try to get out of Wilkinsons, I’m sure that it’s all happened before of course, in an age when people took their politics a little more seriously, before “the line” was doctored and spoon fed to television, radio, and newspapers.

If you’d like to see the three main party leaders “get it on” then why not sign Sky’s petition – here.

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Written by curly

September 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

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Lauren Luke makes it in Manhattan

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Lauren LukeAn everywoman as Beauty Queen

Just for a change a South Shields success story that is totally non political, you have to take your hat off to Lauren Luke the 27 year old single mother who is being feted in New York as she helped celebrate the opening of Sephora’s second Times Square store. She also features in The New York Times who highlight the fact that her YouTube channel has had more than 50 million views from over 250000 subscribers!

“Her appeal is that she is the Everywoman,” said Ed Burstell, a former vice president at Bergdorf Goodman and the buying director for Liberty of London. “She connects on an emotional level, and her quirky honesty is infectious.”

It is great to see and read of the South Shields sensation doing so well from such an inauspicious start with a webcam in her bedroom. I’m no expert on fashions or make up but I recognise success when I see it, and I hope that Lauren manages to turn her internet success into financial security and I’m only too pleased to record my admiration. As Geordies and Sanddancers we should be prepared to praise the youngsters in our midst who are making a name for themselves for all of the right reasons, we read too much negative news these days about some of our young people.

Lauren appears to nonplussed by the attention and says:

“I’m not your typical gorgeous, skinny girl. But people know with me that what they see is what they get.”

“I’m an average-looking girl who can’t wear 10 layers of fake lashes to get that mascara effect.” Her disenchantment, she added, “made me dig my feet in stronger. We’ve all had enough of lies.”

Sephora will now market the By Lauren Luke line through an exclusive retail partnership, so that must be great plus for her.

Even some of the American bloggers have taken to her earthly charm Jenny Muller said:

Lauren Luke is the ultimate non-celeb celeb model.

PSFK writes:

With appearances across the UK and US TV networks, a loyal following and newspapers like the New York Times giving her glowing support, Lauren Luke’s hard work has paid off with rapid sales online and through her retail partner Sephora. The NY Times calls her the ‘Everywoman as Beauty Queen’

So whatever plaudits Lauren receives are truly deserved and South Shields folks should be immensely proud of her.

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Written by curly

August 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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Quote of the day

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“Too many Twits might make a twat”

David Cameron on Absolute Radio today (where he was also heard to say he gets “pissed off”)

“Call me Dave” the Conservative Leader was sounding salt of the earth in a very jocular interview but as Jane Merrick says in The Independent:

Has Cameron “gaffed”? I doubt it. He doesn’t say anything without thinking about it. This is Dave the Ordinary Bloke, and we’d better get used to him.

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July 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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