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Outskirts

April 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Life, Politics

A short review of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt by John Grindrod which I mentioned in a previous post. It is due to be out in hardback on June 1st. Although I got hold of an advanced proof copy, I did buy his previous book and would have bought this […]

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Green Belt

April 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Politics

I have just finished reading a book about the green belt, which was more fun than it sounds. One passage in particular really stopped me in my tracks while I was reading: ‘One of the things that impressed me most about my dad’s take on it, because he was surprisingly left wing as well, was […]

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Today’s bright idea #9

May 12th, 2014 · Comments Off on Today’s bright idea #9 · Life, Technology

I was watching Mrs. Skuds playing one of those Facebook games the other day. It may be called ‘Tribez’. It looked like a generic Swords & Sorcery meets Sim City sort of game. It made me think that the way technology is going we can’t be too far away from being able to play Sim […]

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A logic-free zone

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on A logic-free zone · Politics

The Crawley News has a story this week about a Tory councillor’s reasons for not going to many meetings that he is supposed to be part of. He says that the reason for his poor attendance is that he stopped going to development control committee meetings because they are “a logic-free zone”. He said: I […]

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The planning problem

October 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Politics

Earlier today I came across something that quoted from the Tory plans to relax planning regulations and save the country by building conservatories, and a thought struck me. Cameron (and Clegg) were talking about legislation to make it harder for residents to hold up development and for building to go ahead on the green belt […]

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Not an economic plan

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Not an economic plan · Politics

I’m still half-expecting to find that the government’s new big plan (to allow bigger extensions for a year) is a wind-up. Miliband is right, and a bit amusing, when he points out that it doesn’t amount to an economic plan, but it also has the potential to be quite disruptive in other ways too. These […]

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Joining the dots

July 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Joining the dots · Politics

A quick plug for the ever readable Hopi Sen who has been joining a few dots… If you read that, do remember to try and look surprised when Tesco finally get to expand their Crawley shop onto the Hazelwick playing fields the next time they try. At least you have to applaud the coalition for […]

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Yes its pretty, but…

February 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Yes its pretty, but… · Uncategorized

Crawley Council are rightly pleased about the renovation of the Langley Green parade and the surrounding area, concentrating on the design details in this press release.  A while ago I stopped there myself to use the shops and while being pleased with the improved parking arrangements I also noticed the distinctive bollards. I can remember […]

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Thames Town

December 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Thames Town · Life

I found out about this town in China via Chris Applegate on Twitter.   It looks like a sort of large-scale Poundbury-type project.  Be interesting to see what their Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian towns look like.  The whole thing sounds like somebody doing the World Showcase bit of Epcot on a massive scale with […]

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Come on down

July 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Life, Work

It is going to be a (slightly) historic day on Monday.  The tall chimney opposite County Oak in Crawley is coming down.  Over the last couple of weeks we have enjoyed watching various mechanical monsters chewing up the factory building next to it, and now we are ready for the main event.

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