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  • Adam Hardy 2:20 pm on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mayor of London’s latest air quality survey

     
  • susan640 5:33 pm on November 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT WATERLOW PARK; 7 -8.30PM IN LAUDERDALE HOUSE, HIGHGATE HILL, N6 

    The Waterlow Park Trust is organising a public meeting at which the various bodies involved with this wonderful historic park are going to be presenting details of changes to the park. The notice is here: http://waterlowparktrust.org.uk/public-meeting-7-december-2016/ Please come; parks need all the public support they can get as cash-strapped local councils (n this case, Camden) look for savings.

     
  • susan640 1:49 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    HIGHGATE LIT AND SCI INSTITUTE TALK ON PROGRESS ON PARIS CLIMATE DEAL ON WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 8.PM 

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    Distinguished speaker Alyssa Gilbert will introduce the discussion. Hopefully the Trump position might have shifted into a planet-saving direction by the date of the meeting.

    The Institute is here: 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS T 020 8340 3343

     
  • Kate Calvert 9:54 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: air, GLA, mayor, Pollution, school   

    More Than 60 Camden and Islington Primary Schools Suffer Polluted Air 

    A GLA report https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/hundreds-of-schools-exceed-air-quality-limits has found 33 Islington schools and 36 Camden schools with air which breaches permitted pollution levels. Examples around Pooterland are St Aloysius, Grafton School, St Joseph’s, Acland Burghley, Camden School for Girls, La Sainte Union, and Parliament Hill.

    Let us hope the new mayor takes action swiftly as pollution damages children even more than it does adults.

     
  • susan640 9:58 am on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Renewable energy, solar power   

    POWER UP NORTH LONDON MEETING TONIGHT: NEW PROJECT PLANNING 

    Taken from Twitter:

    PowerUp North London ‏@PowerUpNLdn

    PUNL meeting tonight/7pm @thegraftonnw5 to discuss next wave of projects. Come along if you don’t trust @realDonaldTrump with the climate!

    The Grafton Pub is at 20 Prince Of Wales Road, NW5 3LG

     
  • susan640 8:34 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    SELL-OFF OF CROUCH END GREEN TO A DEVELOPER AS PART OF TOWN HALL SELL-OFF 

    Haringey Council is in the process of selling off the old Town Hall in Crouch End, to a developer for housing, a boutique hotel, and some community access. They are also including in the lot the Crouch End Green, which is currently public open space. Cash-strapped Haringey say that they are building into the sale documents provision for ongoing public access onto the Green. Local people have doubts about how the public access will go on into perpetuity.

    There is a petition to sign here if you have concerns about this:
    https://www.change.org/p/eleanor-greenaway-rescue-crouch-end-town-hall-green-from-developers

     

     

     
    • Kate Calvert 9:21 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing how government bodies, including local councils, who you would think would be more responsive to public opinion, are even more short term than private business when it comes to asset stripping anything they can lay their hands on.

      The losers are the public who lose, in this case, the control and ownership of space which was bought with public money.

  • Adam Hardy 9:06 am on October 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Leonardo dCaprio   

    Before the Flood – new docu from Leonardo diCaprio 

     
  • Adam Hardy 1:20 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Greenpeace, London Mayor   

    Join the campaign to urge London Mayor Khan to increase air pollution measures – Greenpeace. 

    Greenpeace campaign

     
  • Kate Calvert 6:54 pm on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, play streets   

    Play Streets 

    Once upon a time children used to play in the street. Then came the invention of the car, and with that the powerful motoring lobby (cars were expensive, so by definition their drivers had influence) and playing in the street was made a criminal offence. Children would find themselves in the dock if they caused cars inconvenience. The book London Born http://www.londonborn.co.uk/, a memoir of life growing up in Highgate Newtown, paints a picture of what has been lost.

    But more recently there has been a pushback against this approach with the establishment of Play Streets. This involves closing a residential street to through traffic for two or three hours, generally once a month, and stewards making sure that the space is safe for children to meet and play. And of course the adults get to meet as well, so the whole thing increases local community.

    If you would like a Play Street where you live, the people to help you are London Play.  Funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme, London Play is working with residents and councils in 12 London boroughs (including Islington and Camden) with a particular focus on disadvantaged areas, to reactivate a culture of children playing out in the streets near where they live, and to embed this in local policy. Its work on play streets in other boroughs is funded by the Department of Health which is interested in Play Streets as way to achieve a positive impact on activity levels in children and on childhood obesity. London Play can be contacted on info@londonplay.org.uk.

    Local examples of Play Streets include Fairbridge Road N19 fairbridgeplay@gmail.com 11am-1pm first Sunday of the month plus

    • Highwood Road N19 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
    • St George’s Avenue N7 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
    • Dresden Road N19 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
    • Ryland Road NW5 2-5pm last Sunday of the month
     
  • Adam Hardy 11:35 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    New laptop from Very-PC Computers 

    I managed to utterly destroy my laptop in a fit of solar flares and bad luck. The battery had died, so I bought a new one and it wouldn’t charge properly – result being that the constant sudden power-downs killed the hard drive. While trying to find the corrupted Windows DLLs, I then discovered the DVD drive was dying too, and during an attempt to open and close the DVD drive, I then accidentally knocked a cup of tea over the keyboard.

    Game over.

    To replace it, I was torn between buying a waterproof laptop and a green laptop.

    Common sense prevailed. I vowed not to drink tea near computers, and ordered a new machine from Very PC who got awards in 2009 for building the most sustainable computers available in the UK and recently moved into BREEAM certified premises in Sheffield.

    I managed to keep my last laptop going for over 6 years. If I hadn’t killed it accidentally I probably would have got another year out of it. I’m aiming for the same life span for this next one.

    Slight downside: I won’t get it until Monday next week.

     
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