You don’t have to be cool to rule my world…

Hello

I wasn’t a big fan, but I was sorry to hear of the passing of Prince yesterday. He did do some good songs though, so why don’t you press play on the video below for some background music for todays blog? It may not be to everyone’s taste, but I think that it’s a belter.

I was delighted to attend an event that was part of the Blackpool Shakespeare Fest earlier today where the Revoelution Choir performed some songs. These really are a great bunch of people and a massive credit to Blackpool. It’s very exciting times for the choir at the mo but I am keeping them zipped :p

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The wonderful Revoelution Choir earlier today

After the choir session, I caught up with Andy from the Revoelution project to touch base on a couple of ideas regarding Central Drive but more on this to follow later.

Earlier in the week, myself and Councillor Cain had a look at some possible sites where we can position our mobile CCTV cameras. These will be out to catch fly tippers and people who let their dogs foul the streets. Be warned you lot – BIG BROTHER WILL BE WATCHING YOU…AND HANDING YOU A BIG FINE TOO.

I have also been helping to plan the Revoe Residents Association fun day – keep Saturday August 2oth free. Again more to follow later (sorry that I’m not giving much away in this blog).

What else have I been up to? Erm… well, sorting general enquiries regarding alley gates, fly tipping and anti social behaviour to name but 3 things.

I have also been delivering yet more leaflets (see below). I was out of the house at 5am on Thursday doing this. If the lady who opened her door at 5.30 am in the semi-darkness to find a large man in her porch holding a leaflet reads this, then please accept my apologies. If it is any consolation to you, I think that I jumped more than you did :p

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Anyways, I need to fly, so cheerio.

Jim

One week, two heroes

Hello there – here is what I have been up to since the last update – delivering leaflets. Many, many leaflets (again). I was out most of the day on Sunday and managed to burn my baldy scouse head but never mind.

However, on Sunday night, I finally managed to see somebody who has been a hero of mine since I was about 13 – Alexei Sayle. He was reading from his new book, “Thatcher Stole My Trousers” in Manchester. For the 2 hours that he was on stage, laughed and laughed and laughed. A very funny man, and a life tick box ticked.

By the way – buy the book. It’s brilliant. At least a laugh per page.

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2 fat, bald, bearded scousers

Other than leafleting, I have had a few meetings this week.

Myself and Councillor Cain met a council officer on Monday with a view to getting our mobile video cameras out into the ward. They should be out and about in the very near future and will be ruining the days of fly tippers and dog foulers real soon.

I also met with some council officers with regards to an idea that I have about the regeneration of Central Drive with the involvement of the local arts community. This is very much at the ideas stage of development at the mo, so I won’t go into any further detail until there is something substantial to report.

Myself and Councillor Cain also met with some of the ladies from the Revoe Residents Association to start planning a fun day for later in the summer – again, I will report in more detail once we have furthered the project.

So that was this week.

After work, I am going to see my second scouse legend this week – Craig Charles is doing one of his Funk and Soul shows in Bootleg Social, Topping Street, tonight (hence the video above). If you like this sort of music, then I would strongly advise to get yourself down there – this will be about the 7th or 8th time that I have seen him and he puts on a great show. You will see no-one more enthusiastic about the music that he is playing.

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Anyhoo, take care & drop by soon,

Jim

I rather enjoyed that…audit I?

Sorry for the terrible pun, but it’s the best that I can do at this point in the week. It refers to the fact that I attended my first council audit committee meeting last night.

I must confess to being utterly in the dark about what the audit committee until I became a councillor a few weeks ago. I had it in my head that it was all about auditing the finances of the council.

However, the scope of the committee is much wider. It basically audits council processes rather than just finance. E.g. last night, there was an agenda item considering  a progress report on individual risks identified in the Council’s Strategic Risk Register with regards to reputational damage.

If you think about it, there are many, many things that could cause a negative image of Blackpool in the media and reputational damage to the council.The report was an overview on what the council can do to mitigate this.

After the council officers gave their report, the council members then questioned them to address any concerns that had occurred to them.

As per the heading, I did rather enjoy the meeting – please click the link below to access the agenda.

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Anyway, I’m off the the Grand Theatre in a mo to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream (with part of the cast being amateurs – I work with one of them).

As ever, drop by soon,

Jim

Leaflets, leaflets, leaflets

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A bunch of very damp Labour activists on Saturday

Greetings all

I managed to have quite a busy weekend.

I attended my first Labour Group AGM on Saturday morning and found myself appointed chief whip of the group. I’m still not entirely sure what this entails but I am told that you actually get a real whip, which is exciting. I asked if there were any other accessories available such as masks and harnesses, etc, but I think I just get the whip.

I then attended leafleting sessions around Marton on Saturday lunch time and then another session later in the afternoon to deliver the Blackpool Voice leaflet – if you live in Blackpool then one will be dropping through your letterbox in the very near future (it covers issues such as the Tory cuts to council funding, the Police and Crime Commissioner election and the EU referendum). Please do read it when it arrives.

Sunday was more of the same with more leafleting around Bispham. My poor feet throbbing yesterday evening :p

Tonight, I have started sorting out a Blackpool Labour presence at Blackpool Pride in June. This will be a cracking day out and everyone in the area really should try to get to the parade – it really was a fun day last year.

But more on this at a later date.

Finally, is anyone in the slightest bit surprised about this (click the image)? I certainly am not. The video underneath provides the perfect soundtrack whilst reading the article.

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Cheerio, and as ever, drop by soon.

Jim