Monthly Archives: January, 2013

Ten years of blogging: 2008

2008 marked a milestone. Not that I’d spent five years blogging, but that it includes the first completely empty, devoid-of-posts month in my blogging career (earlier missing months did have stuff in them before server crashes took them out). There was blogging in all the other months, but fallow months will become more common in […]

Ten years of blogging: 2007

Despite the best efforts of some French protesters, 2007 happened. This was the year in which I first got elected to Colchester Council, but plenty of other things happened during that year, even if I didn’t blog about them. This was the time when I wasn’t blogging very often, and when it was, it tended […]

Colchester High Street

I’ve received the following press release from Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council, which I’m quoting in full here. UPDATE ON TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS FOR COLCHESTER HIGH STREET A way forward has been reached on the implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to improve Colchester Town Centre. Following a thorough review of the responses […]

The Ashes are back in Australia

Going back over my old blog posts, I’m reminded that I created the ‘alternative Ashes’, tracking where the trophy would be if every Test cricketing nation was allowed to compete for them, not just England and Australia. In our last update, the Ashes had made their way to Sri Lanka but now they’ve moved on […]

Being pro-politics is not the same as being pro-politician

Lib Dem Voice have produced a remake of the old ‘where is the British West Wing?’ posts of a few years ago by asking ‘where is the British Borgen?‘ (The answer to that question is ‘waiting for someone to forget the poor ratings previous dramas about politicians got or for someone to come up with […]

Ten years of blogging: 2006

2006, for me, will always be all about the walking. After my brother died, I decided it was time to do something different to mark his memory and raise money for charity – the Brain Research Trust – so I decided it was time to follow a long-held ambition and walk from John O’Groats to […]

Worth Reading 92: The Love Album

Where Are All the Female Bloggers: a Series of Questions that require answers – something discovered during my trawl through the blogging archives. A post by Jennie Rigg from three years ago, but still very relevant. What next for the Liberal Democrats? – An interesting perspective on the party’s situation from Irish blogger Jason O’Mahony. […]

It’s easy to forget one of modern history’s most important figures

In the category of ‘small, but annoying, errors’ we have this from the Guardian: Obama will make history in another way on Monday, becoming the first US president to be sworn in four separate times. THat should be ‘the first since Franklin Roosevelt’, of course, who got his four inaugurations the old-fashioned way by being […]

New to Twitter

Going through my recap of old posts, I’ve recently found the one where I announced that I’d joined Twitter. Almost four years on from that, I now have an additional Twitter account – @CllrNickBarlow – that I’ll use solely for ‘official’ stuff. It’ll mainly be about things I’m doing as a councillor, information about meetings […]

How to ‘refresh’ the Lords

Via Jennie, Michael Crick on how many new peers need to be appointed to make the House of Lords representative of the votes cast at the last election. It’s an absurd number, but then it’s part of an absurd system where people get appointed to jobs for life on the whim of the Prime Minister […]