Well, the people have spoken and we have a new Government. Much to our surprise, given the way our expectations were teed up by the polls and the media, it will not be a coalition. The tenure of the new Government will, no doubt, see much more change, and the democratic process does not endContinue Reading →
A report published this week is a worthy read for those working in the provision of health and care service provision from the charity/community sector on one hand and for those involved in the public administration of health and care on the other. It examines how well the two talk to each other and workContinue Reading →
I watched the BBC3 drama Murdered by My Boyfriend over Easter. Having missed it completely when first broadcast in June last year, I had been alerted to it after seeing the equally excellent follow up documentary on the same channel, Beaten by My Boyfriend.
Both deal head on with the increasingly troubling matter of domestic violenceContinue Reading →
There was a very interesting article in the Sunday Times in which Benji Wilson talked of the relevance of Winston Graham’s Poldark stories, as currently serialised on TV, to today. He wrote
“its story of a radical hero battling greedy bankers still resonates”.
He also quoted Karen Thrussell, executive producer of the TV series, who said:
“There is timelessnessContinue Reading →
I have two significant events to share this week. Firstly, I now have a copy of a book. Not just any book, but:
“From Then ‘Til Now – The Story of Chelmsley Wood”
and a cracking addition to the canon of local heritage publications it is, splendidly structured, richly illustrated, easy to read and infused withContinue Reading →
What will be the hot issue in the forthcoming election, the economy, Europe, the welfare system or immigration?
There is another topic I would like to see at the forefront of debate because I would like my own head around it, and it relates to each of those four topics in one way or another, thatContinue Reading →
Details of a study, released this week, show that the growth in obesity rates amongst the young in England is ‘levelling off’. The number of children being overweight or obese had at one point been increasing by 8% per year but is now remaining relatively static.
This is hardly good news, though, because over a third ofContinue Reading →
Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to all.
The New Year has started on extremely positive notes. Firstly Nick Clegg visited the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP to give the sub-region some money to invest. The subsequent press release said:
“Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today joined private and public sector directors from the GBSLEP boardContinue Reading →
The HS2 line from Birmingham to London is starting to look out of date already and it is not set to open until 2026 at the earliest.
The Central Japan Railway Company is also working on a high speed line over a not dissimilar distance, and due to open in 2027. This will link Tokyo andContinue Reading →
This Monday saw the presentation of the Solihull Civic Honours 2014, recognising the dedication, commitment and endeavours of people who make Solihull a better place. Each of the nine Awards presented went to a fully deserving winner from our community sector, whose achievements should be recognised and we should celebrate their success with them.
The winnersContinue Reading →