Friday, July 30, 2021

Newcastle Emlyn and Cenarth Pathfinder Walk

Off message but last week Gill and I spent a wonderful week in a static caravan, located in an isolated small holding in mid Wales.  The weather was marvellous and we managed to go on a number of lovely walks locally (despite many blocked paths, which I will be contacting the local Ramblers footpath secretary about, since I have never come across so many serious obstacles on "rights of way" including barbed wire and permanently shut gates).

On our last day, we went on this 7 mile circular Ordnance Survey pathfinder walk (our walk is in the 2011 edition and I assume that this walk is also in the latest version).  No paths were blocked but they were overgrown in parts and wearing shorts was probably not a great idea if you have sensitive skin. 

The walk starts and finishes in Newcastle Emlyn, which is a small historic Welsh market town with a ruined castle (with a fascinating but bloody history). It is a "Orange" level walk but not too strenuous, lots of ups and downs, enclosed paths, tracks, lanes and woodland.  The Cenarth falls and water walkways are delightful. There are also great views towards the end of the walk overlooking the town and the river Teifi.

I recommend the freshly made sandwich deal at the Ty Croeso deli in the main street (sandwich, crisps and drink for £4.50). 


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Double Rainbow over Newham Dockside (Is there really a pot of gold buried in East Wing?)


This evening I came out of Newham Dockside after a "in person/blended" Pension Committee meeting and was stunned to see a double rainbow across the skyline. 

I have seen double rainbows in the past but I have never seen the rainbow being reflected in this way by glass windows. 

It would appear that the end of the rainbow is in the East Wing of Newham Dockside. I think in the Facilities Management section. 

Newham could definetely use a (large) pot of gold. I wonder if Terry & Conrad will be there with their pick and shovels first thing tomorrow? I would expect nothing less. 


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Meeting up with Stroppy Bird & Dave

It was great to meet up this evening with Yvonne and Dave at the Evin Restaurant in Dalston. It has been at least 2 years since we last met up (due to you know what). I had forgotten where the Overground platform was at Stratford station. 

Yvonne is a Councillor and Mayoral advisor in Hackney and Dave is a journalist. 

We first met in the Royal Court of Justice in 2009 (with Alex Hilton) when we had a little libel issue to sort out. This took about 2 years. 

Yvonne and I both bored Dave silly with our conversion about the exciting life that  London Councillors lead (knocking on doors, wearing hard hats and visiting dog pounds). 

We hope to meet up with our legal guru Robert Douglas soon (Alex is currently in Thailand I believe but will also try and invite)

Saturday, July 24, 2021

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Stratford Park walkabout (aka as West Ham Rec)

Picture college from last weeks evening walkabout around our marvellous park. We had a large number of council officers, Councillors (only the 3 West Ham Ward Cllrs) and Police. This park is such a wonderful asset and has just a great potential. Watch this space. 


Monday, July 19, 2021

Greater London Black Members & Labour Link: Be A Councillor Course

Pleased as Chair of UNISON Greater London Labour Link to be jointly hosting this course with our Black members/Labour Local Government. 


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Kitchener’s Last Volunteer


Just started to read. My maternal Grandfather, Fredrick Matthews MC, a South Wales Steel Worker, volunteered in 1915 and fought in the trenches (Gallipoli, France, Belgian) for the rest of the war. 

Update: Finished book and a great read about a long life. There is also a Newham connection. Henry was brought up in next door Walhamstow and went to a school in Newham and used local libraries.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Knockholt Pound & Chevening House walk

Off message but went on lovely 5 mile circular walk last Sunday with Gill in North Downs, Kent. Great views marred a bit by road noise from M25 for part of the route. Not a tough walk at all for such marvellous prospectives.  

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It is around 50 minutes by car from Newham. There is railway station about 2 miles away so you could extend walk if using public transport. 

I think I saw a Battle of Britain Flight Spitfire flying overhead but not sure and I was too slow to take a proper photo.  

Chevening House, dominates the skyline for much of this walk and is the marvellous "grace and favour" home for the current Foreign Secretary. I can think of better uses. Just saying...

The village pub, Three Horseshoes, was shut but stopped off at nearby village pub, The Bulls Head, for a beer, which was very nice and the food looked excellent.