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Friday 16 November 2007

Busy busy

Not much time to do anything on here at the moment due to lots of new work in motion pictures!

I think some of the video files on the site are missing after I changed servers, but don’t have the time to go through and check everything.


Filed under: General — GS @ 10:57 am
Saturday 26 May 2007

Busy fondling their self-esteem

John Pilger on Iraq.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 2:11 pm
Wednesday 4 April 2007

Pollution in our cities — ten tips on how to minimise your exposure

The air in our cities contains a cocktail of airborne pollutants that could be seriously damaging your health.

The Guardian offers ten tips on how you can reduce your exposure.

Take the more quiet back routes to avoid the worst pollution on busy roads


Filed under: Environment — GS @ 1:34 am
Friday 27 October 2006

Birthday message from Canal Street Manchester

I forgot my friend Chris’s birthday, so I made a short video message for him.

Standing by yourself in a busy public place, talking into a camera, is the weirdest thing. Of course, on-screen, it seems like a normal thing to do and if you appear to be anything other than 100% natural, it looks odd. I’m better at it than I was.


Filed under: Fun,LGBT,Manchester,Personal — GS @ 9:05 pm
Monday 14 August 2006

Great RSS feed reader

For quite a while I’ve been looking around for a good feed reader. I was using the one that is built into Opera, but the slow-down while it updated the feeds every so often bugged me when I was busy looking at web pages at the same time. Sadly this is just one of the problems with Opera lately. I’m using Firefox much more these days.

I tried quite a few RSS programs then, finally, found the humorously named RSS Bandit. It’s open source (free).

I like the way it presents the feeds and file enclosures and it has a nice integrated, tabbed, web browser.

RSS Bandit - RSS feed reader for Windows


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 3:33 am
Wednesday 26 April 2006

Fireworks on the top of Beetham Tower, but does Manchester really need more city centre apartments for the rich? (VIDEO)

Fireworks from the top of Beetham Tower, Manchester, 26 April 2006

At 9.15pm tonight fireworks erupted from the top of Beetham Tower in Manchester, making it look like an over-sized roman candle firework. A topping out ceremony was taking place, marking the completion of the highest point.

The Tower stands 171m (561ft) and 47 storeys tall, making it the highest residential development in Europe. The first 23 floors will house a four-star Hilton hotel and apartments will fill the upper half.

Some people may wonder if Manchester really needs more apartments for the rich. When so many ordinary people in Britain are absolutely desperate for affordable housing and a large number of relatively well-paid workers are now excluded from ever owning a property of any kind due to high prices.

PFI

At the same time, Manchester City Council is busy trying to force various schemes onto residents of its council (public) housing, some of which is in the city centre. The aim being to pretty much wipe its hands of public housing.

Tenants are being denied a vote on whether housing should be transferred to a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) of the kind that is currently causing disaster in the National Health Service, an Arms Length Management scheme or whether it should remain in Council control.

In other parts of the country, residents have made it clear they want to remain in Council control. Which is something that Tony Blair and his New Labour cronies at Manchester City Council don’t want.

Tony doesn’t like it when people disagree with him and, if residents won’t be sensible and vote the way he wants, the answer is simple… Don’t let them vote at all and leave the decision to people who ‘know better’. In other words, those feeble-minded Labour councillors who have compromised their left-wing principles so much in recent years…

So, the original proposals to give residents a vote on the matter in Manchester are quietly being forgotten about. Instead, local Labour councillors will decide ‘what’s best’.


Filed under: Buildings,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 9:44 pm
 
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