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  • 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, 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

    Local examples of Play Streets include Fairbridge Road N19 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

    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.

  • susan640 10:35 am on September 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Greenpeace; Transition Crouch End   

    ‘Transition Crouch End are showing #Greenpeace film “How to Change the World” Monday 26 September 

    Mon 26th Sept 7pm (film starts at 7.30)

    Transition Crouch End’s Green on the Screen presents ‘ How to Change the World’ Greenpeace film followed by Q&A with John Sauven, Exec Director of Greenpeace. Chronicling the untold story behind the modern environmental movement, thrilling dramatic footage illustrates the story of Greenpeace and their jaw dropping feats.

    The film’s website is here:

    Free entry. Donations welcomed.

    Venue Earl Haig Hall, Elder Ave N8 Crouch End

  • Adam Hardy 2:46 pm on September 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Love Clean Streets app – nice work @IslingtonBC 

    Impressive stuff, wouldn’t it be great if everything worked like this: Clean Islington reports

    We need more people using this app!

    It also seems to work seamlessly with Haringey BC across the other side of Stroud Green Road.


    • susan640 8:47 am on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have just had a look at the Clean Islington web(?)site which also uses this address: I don’t know how much publicity this facility has been given, but the more people who know that they can report offensive material on our streets, and tripping dangers like potholes or loose pavings, on a ward by ward basis, the better. The reports can be viewed collectively ward by ward as they come in. Hillrise has no reports yet, is it possible that it is pristine? I think it more likely that residents have not realised that this is a nifty new reporting method, many thanks to Islington Council for setting it up.

  • susan640 2:02 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Merchants of Doubt; climatechange deniers; big tobacco; DDT; big coal; big oil   

    Film: Merchants of Doubt showing tonight at the Highgate Institute 

    Merchants of Doubt Film
    Tues 20th Sept:
    Venue: Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution (HLSI) Pond Sq Highgate N6 .

    Film: Based on the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The documentary interprets the book to expose the techniques adopted by a small number of Americans, backed by commercial interests and free maker and libertarian mindsets to spread misinformation and pseudo science regarding tobacco smoke, DDT, acid rain and now Global Warming. The book is a shocking expose, well written, possibly a little heavy going in places, but essential reading for anyone concerned with human health and environmental security. The film should be a short-cut to understanding the book.

    Time: 8pm Free Admission

    HLSI Science Group and Yransition Highgate together with the Highgate Film Society

  • susan640 1:29 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: consultation, Parks; open spaces   

    30 September is the (official) deadline for comments on the future of our green spaces – PLEASE RESPOND. 

    Reminder: 30 September is the (official) deadline for comments on the future of our green spaces. Responses can be submitted via link below. As recent local press coverage demonstrates, we’re already seeing the effects of budget cut-backs on our local parks as these are used for commercial money-making activities. The row over the future of Barnard Park is partly about this. Meantime Spa Fields was recently closed for filming without warning to local residents, while no date has yet been fixed for the planning application for a market inside Mary Magdalene Gardens (which will net little, if any income for the council after the church/applicant have taken their cuts). Again, in the LB Islington, Paradise Park was closed twice during the hot summer weather for deeply unrestful and unquiet funfair.

    • Meg Howarth 1:34 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting, Sue.
      Would IWWG like to submit a group response, alongside individual contributions? It might carry more weight.

  • Adam Hardy 9:47 am on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Meadow cutting at Talacre Gardens NW5 – #rurallondon :) 

    Just a pity it’s not at the weekend – I guess there’d be too much risk of scythe-related injuries to the general public.

    Camden Green Gym – Meadow cutting at Talacre Gardens

    Thursday, Sep 22, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Talacre Gardens
    Prince of Wales Road Entrance NW5 3AF London, GB

    1 Members Attending

    Help us to preserve this site’s beauty and wildlife while improving your health. We will be working on the the Talacre Gardens meadow, supporting the thriving bee and butterfly biodiversity. The Green Gym® is a unique way to get fit, transform the environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Each day starts with a warm up and finishes with a …

    Check out this Meetup →

  • Adam Hardy 11:00 am on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    litter, rubbish and dumping @islingtonbc 

    It’s just daft that everyone puts their rubbish out on the streets in plastic bags, which seems to be council-backed policy. Here’s one on Oxford Street that is ready to unleash a whole load of polystyrene packing noodles down the street as soon as a car hits it.


    And here’s another one on my street that just got hit:


    I know the lady who runs that shop in the background and she takes care that it looks nice, so I didn’t stop by for fear of hearing a tirade about it.

    LB Islington have brought out a smartphone app for reporting this kind of thing. It uses GPS to grab your location and allows you to upload photos.

    LB Islington Street Cleansing smartphone app

    I’m going to be using it on a daily basis and hopefully I’ll be able to report back positively.

    For non-smartphone  owners, there is also the possibility to make reports via the LB Islington website ‘myAccount’ page.

    Things to do backlog includes finding out which councillor to hassle about their policy. I know in other places people can’t just leave stuff to be taken away – especially firms, shops and restaurants – they actually have to be there when the collection lorry arrives and then bring it all out. I can’t see that being popular, but there must be other alternatives.

    • Meg Howarth 5:25 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fly-tipping/heavy-duty dumping also a problem. Have long asked council to be pro-active in promoting its heavy-household item collection – free up to four times a year. In my street, we’re hoping to have cycle-parking planters installed to reduce the former which is sometimes found on a corner. A reminder, too, that in addition to Adam’s recommended means of communication, the council’s Twitter account – @IslingtonBC – is an effective way of reporting not only litter.

    • Adam Hardy 6:47 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, they replied already asking where that bin bag in the street was! But still, I don’t want to feel required to report all the bin bags I see lying around and torn open. They shouldn’t be there in the first place. What is the council doing? Some kind of misguided just-in-time management?

    • Adam Hardy 8:37 pm on September 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Used the smartphone app today to upload a photo along with the GPS location of some litter and a forlorn rubbish sack. I was on the west side of Stroud Green Road, but still it was processed by Haringey, and has now been closed 12 hours later. I’ll double check tomorrow morning on the way past.

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