(Originally written 29th November, 2013) I’ve made various references recently to this book, and meant to write something more directly about it. The main problem is that there is so much interesting stuff in it, that it’s hard to know where to start, let alone end. I might add, also, that I have some fairly… Continue reading A Good Read
Originally posted in the Sydenham Town Forum, 30 June, 2013 Last week’s uncharacteristic radio silence was thanks to cycling round Normandy. With my rusting French revived, I came across an interesting article in Le Monde on the way back, dealing with a report into the sorts of people who in 2010 gave German this new ‘word of the year’,… Continue reading “Wutbürger” – The German for NIMBY
Reposted from my local Forum, 16 Jan, 2014, with a more helpful title, and some editing. It rambles a bit, but putting here now because it touches on various questions which arose yesterday (July 25, 2018) when I attended a consultation event on ‘De-risking’ growth in the Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford arc. I’m thinking about… Continue reading Flooding, engineering, planning and politics
Originally published on Sydenham Town Forum, 28 January, 2015 I thought I’d get the message in the subject line, to help anyone who has problems scrolling down on whatever device they are reading this on.
This is a comment I made on Paul Mason’s Post Capitalism, with two links to other threads on my local Forum which as of now I do not have time to rescue. Putting this on my list of things to do …
I’m rescuing this post which I wrote 9th January 2015 from the now restricted access part of my local Forum for the sake of recording my appreciation of anthropology as a subject, having also, more recently, been reading Karen Ho’s ‘Liquidated’, reviewed here by Gillian Tett. I hope to blog about that sometime. In the… Continue reading Grown up anthropology
I’m rescuing this post from the now restricted access part of my local Forum because it was linked to in this other post about anthropology
This is another post, 21st June 2014, which is now accessible only to registered users on my local Forum, and which led to my coining the phrase ‘downsizing in situ’.
Earlier this week I was delighted to hear this phrase used for exactly what I meant when I came up with it in a post on my local Forum, June 30 2013. It was in a response on a thread which had become predictable bad tempered, (and now in a part of the Forum which requires… Continue reading Downsizing in situ (©)
In December 2011 I went to a talk by Professor Alan Gilbert of the UCL Geography Department, about the struggle for good governance in Colombia’s capital city, and posted about it on my local Forum, where the subsequent discussion can still be read. It had a big impact on my thinking about localism, and I’ve referred back… Continue reading Whitehall, City Hall, Localism and The Renaissance of Bogotà