What You Can Get Away With » 2012 » October » 26

121741: Listed building application for internal alterations, Lexden Road.
121859: Enclosure of courtyard for guest seating area, North Hill.
121860: Listed building consent for 121859.
121902: Enlarged and refurbished store including part demolition and rebuild, remodelling of external elevations and internal alterations, High Street.
121905: Conservation Area approval for 121902

Please note that I am a member of the Council’s Planning Committee for this municipal year. This means that I’m required to act in a ‘quasi-judicial’ manner with regard to applications before the Committee and as such, can’t make comments in favour or against planning applications as I may then have pre-judged them before they come to Committee. I can give advice on planning issues and what to do if you have a comment or objection. However, my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes aren’t members of the Committee, so they’re free to comment as they wish.

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Transcript of all news programmes – Love and Garbage saves you from having to watch them. But they’ll no doubt have a special report to examine why you’re not watching them.
Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling – review – David Edgar reviews what sounds like a fascinating book about the far-right in Britain, but the review itself makes some very good points.
Third draft struggles – Author Benjamin Rosenbaum talks about how swapping the gender of the characters in his novel gave him a whole new perspective. Given the interest this post has provoked, I think there’s a market there for a gender-swapping Scrivener plugin.

Warning: Both the next two links deal with rape and sexual abuse. They’re potentially triggering for people who’ve experienced that or other abuse, but I’ve included them because they’re definitely worth reading.
A fan letter to certain conservative politicians – I wish I could write something as good as this piece by John Scalzi. I wish the world was such that he didn’t have to write it. Again, a massive trigger warning for this piece, which is a piece of midnight-dark satire.
Beneath the law: When the system inherently favors the rapist – Reports from around the world of how those who are meant to be working for the victims of sexual crimes are failing in that responsibility.

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As part of my realisation that it’s been nearly ten years since I started blogging (along with the whole ‘Has it really been that long? God, I’m getting old…’ thoughts) it occurs to me that I don’t follow as many British political blogs as I used to. Part of this is for the very good reason that most British political blogs aren’t very good and are merely about point-scoring and emphasising repeatedly how wonderful your party is while reminding us how evil everyone who doesn’t agree with you is.

But, I’m sure there have to be other blogs out there that I would find interesting if I only knew about them. So if you know of a blog – or even have one yourself – that you think I might find interesting, then please recommend them to me in the comments. I’ll even collate all the recommendations into a post so even if they don’t end up appealing to me, there’ll be some free promotion and linkage for you.

And by political, I mean that in the widest sense – I don’t want the the diaries of party hacks written in the style of press releases, I want interesting views and news from across the country, with perspectives I’ve not seen before. What would you recommend that might educate, inform and entertain me?

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