ULEZ expansion consultation info

July 18, 2022 § Leave a comment

ULEZ expansion to outer London is not a done deal: Mayor of London is currently consulting. If you have views on ULEZ, it is well worth taking 2 minutes to respond, as there’s a lot of misinformation floating around.

Here’s how to respond quickly and easily: https://action.lcc.org.uk/support-ulez-expansion

Here’s some correct information about the ULEZ expansion:

92% of vehicles in the current zone already comply, and 82% of vehicles in outer London already comply – so most drivers in outer London already have compliant vehicles and would not have to pay the ULEZ charge. Online checker to check whether a vehicle complies: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle-35896

The following info is from TfL’s briefing note for the October 2021 expansion:

In its first 10 months (pre Covid), the inner ULEZ contributed to a 44 per cent reduction in harmful roadside NO2 concentration, a 27 per cent reduction in PM2.5 and a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Despite significant improvements in London’s air quality between 2016 and 2019, a study by researchers from Imperial College London found that London’s toxic air contributed to the deaths of more than 4,000 Londoners in 2019. The greatest number of deaths attributable to air pollution were in outer London boroughs, mainly due to the higher proportion of elderly people in these areas, who are more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution. This means there is still vital work to do to improve London’s air quality.

The health benefits of the Mayor’s policies, including the ULEZ and its expansion, will save the NHS and social care system almost £5 billion and prevent more than one million air pollution related hospital admissions over the next 30 years.


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Toshiba external hard drive reformat

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Give your old phone to a refugee

May 16, 2021 § Leave a comment

Your smartphone. Imagine being without it. No alarm in the morning… No social media… No calling friends and family.It’s a comfort. It’s a necessity.What would life look like if you arrived in the UK without your phone?”Without my phone, I can not translate any letters come from the asylum office.” – M from Afghanistan”Without my phone, I cannot show the world what I have been through and can not get any help.” – M from Syria”Without my phone, if I do not have a language translation, I cannot connect with the people.” – F from Iraq”Without my phone I would not have learned English so quickly.” – R from AfghanistanDo you have an old smartphone lying around? We have an easy way for you to donate them to asylum seekers in the UK. One of our amazing volunteers has set up a website which makes it super easy for you to send phones directly to our volunteer group in Slough. Visit www.phones4them.org.uk and follow the instructions. “Without my phone I’d be stuck in a dark corner looking for a dial tone to reach my family…” – O from SyriaDo something amazing – help us to keep people connected.#phones4refugees

Peter Kropotkin – Anarchist, Geographer, Gardener and Bromley Resident

May 9, 2021 § Leave a comment

Nice write-up 🙂

Running Past

One of the more unexpected sights on Bromley’s streets is a plaque to the Russian anarchist and geographer Peter Kropotkin in Crescent Road, who lived there from 1894 to around 1907 when he moved to Muswell Hill.

London had been a relatively safe haven for European anarchists fleeing persecution for much of the 19th century.  Kropotkin had returned to London after being imprisoned in France for membership of the International Workingmen’s Association (the First International).

The centre of much anarchist activity in London seems to have been around Fitzrovia – something I have touched on in passing before as part of a post on Martial Bourdin, the Greenwich Observatory bomber.  It is perhaps surprising then that Kropotkin made his home elsewhere. Initially he had moved to Harrow – this was where his old friend and comrade Nikolai Tchaikovsky lived.  Both had been part of the what became…

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Never where

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Bromley Council is conducting an important consultation about the Albemarle Road cycle route scheme (see HERE). We need you to take 2 minutes out of your day between now and 3 March, to help us stop a move to kill the scheme stone dead – which could result in TfL declining to support any new active travel infrastructure in Bromley for several years. 

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For the new Simone Giertz, accepting her own flaws and embracing grand, non-shitty designs are of a piece. “There are so many things that are amazing that are not perfect. And there are so many things that are perfect that are fucking boring,” she says. “Perfect is a corset. It doesn’t let you breathe. It doesn’t let you roll around. It’s a small pen to be in.”


Review of O’Reilly “Ethnographic Methods” (2004)

November 9, 2020 § Leave a comment

‘In fact, the most arresting feature of the book is O’Reilly’s constant defence of the need of rigour, critical thought and an honest reflexion on the limitations and benefits of the research methods used, of being aware of the causes of bias….In the end, one of the strongest impressions the book leaves is that it is not the sophistication of the methods used that gives scientific status to ethnography, but reflexivity and being aware of what you are doing and why. Something, by the way, that is applicable to any scientific discipline and is not always properly stressed.’
-Jordi Prats in Significance

History of South-East London

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