Sunday, 14 September 2014

So, If Scotland Does Go Independent, What Will Our New Flag Look Like?

Just for fun, I had a look at what we have now, and what we could have.

Here's the familiar Union Jack flag.

This is a union of various flags. Firstly, the flag of St Patrick (Ireland).

Secondly, the flag of St George (England), a red cross on a white background, associated with Saint George since the time of the crusades.

Thirdly, the flag of St Andrew (Scotland),  also known as Saint Andrew's Cross or the Saltire,  the national flag of Scotland.

So, if Scotland goes, we could have a new flag. Take away the blue background of Scotland, and the white diagonal cross and that leaves us with this:

Boring! But, hang on, what about the flag of St David, for Wales? I don't buy the argument that we should incorporate Welsh dragons; we'd then have to think about English lions, and anyway my theme deals with  Saints. Well, here  is St David's flag, a national flag for Wales.

So, let's incorporate that, leaving us with something like this:

Ah, one more thought! Cornwall. Often pushing for independence, but how about making the people of Cornwall feel more welcome, by incorporating Saint Piran's Cross, also known as the Flag of Cornwall. A centred white cross on a black background.

So, that would give us our new union flag! That would look something like this:

A new flag for a new union?

Much better! What do you think?

So, after first writing this, I see a similar flag to this posted on the web site:

I like in a way as it gives the St George cross more prominence. But the Cornish white cross is missing!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Fareham Way - Bushes Cut Back Request

Just For the Record ...

Last Friday I wrote to cancel my membership of the Liberal Democrats.

My decision was not taken lightly, and I do not want to go into the reasons in any detail here. Let's just say it was an accumulation of major and minor issues, since the debacle of student loans, that have ultimately resulted in me being very uncomfortable remaining in the party.

I have thought about this throughout August to make sure that I was comfortable with this decision. I have carried out my duties in this period with gritted teeth at times. There can be no half-way house for me. To resign certain posts and take a back seat, like several others have done, would only prolong the discussion over me and hinder the progress of those who want to get on with the task of positively promoting the Liberal Democrats.

I intend to remain a fully participating member of the Houghton Regis Town Council, albeit not one belonging to any particular party.

Friday, 5 September 2014

A Crossing For Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis?

I received an enquiry about a crossing fro Windsor Drive this afternoon, so I thought I'd blog it.

When members of the public send in requests for Highways work, people are now being sent a stiff letter asking them to get support of local people including elected councillors. I am aware of the kind of letter that Nick Chapman is sending out. Indeed, I have myself been sent one.

This appears to be a directive from CBC to Highways to make them think harder about where they spend their money, and to make ad hoc requests from the public more quantifiable, and responsible. If that's the reasoning, then it seems like a good strategy to me, especially as CBC are facing another round of cuts (or a whopping council tax rise) next year, and need to get value for money.

I discussed this matter with the town clerk, Clare Evans, at the end of July and she was going to make a form available for members of the public requesting ad hoc work, which would indeed need qualifying by locally elected representatives.

As to the matter of a crossing (or 2 - I'm not certain if one or 2 were being thought about) on Windsor Drive, my understanding through my enquiries, is that members of CBC have actually given the go ahead for a crossing. Unfortunately money to do this work has not yet materialised, as it was supposed to have been done through developer contributions via the new Sandringham Drive estate, and these have since hit snags.

I have been waiting since the beginning of July 2014, which is when I last received an update on this matter from CBC, (including officers as well as Cllr Spurr and Cllr Young) to learn if there is to be any satisfactory outcome. I shall follow up on that, again, now.

I shall keep you all informed if I do receive an update.

If I do not get an update, the next public opportunity to voice concern on Windsor Drive would be at the Town Partnership Committee  on 20th October, to be held at Peel Street, Houghton Regis at 7.30pm. The Town Partnership Committee is a meeting of CBC and Town Council representatives, with officers from both council also present.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Gaza, homeless people in Alatara

Comment: Israel will one day pay for its war crimes. One holocaust was enough. Have the Jews of Israel forgotten?

Photo Title: Gaza, homeless people in Alatara
Subtitle: Persons rendered homeless due to Israeli crimes in Gaza
Copyright and Picture licencing details:
Attribution: Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

#HilaryDuff #SurvivingSummer

Just watched this 2008 film, Surviving Summer, starring Hilary Duff. I was so into it. What a great film. Of course my viewing perspective was  that of  the father of the wayward know it all teenage girl. Totally got the viewpoint of the girl's grandmother, too.

The film should also work well seen from a teenage girl's viewpoint, a teenager's boyfriend's viewpoint, a mother's viewpoint,  a mother's boyfriend viewpoint,  a grandmother's viewpoint, AND a grandfather viewpoint ! Got it all, really.