Renovated Bandstand falling apart already

The media is reporting that renovation work on the Birdcage bandstand on Brighton seafront has finally completed and the bandstand is now open. The BBC claimed that the renovation work cost around £ 1,000,000.

Birdcage Bandstand

Birdcage Bandstand

I checked it out on Saturday afternoon and looks pretty good but the new tiled floor is falling to bits already. The grouting is just falling out.

Birdcage Bandstand

Birdcage Bandstand

Birdcage Bandstand

Birdcage Bandstand

Woman ‘detained’ for filming police search launches high court challenge

An article in today’s Guardian newspaper details another incident where police use the anti-terrorism powers to harass innocent people. In this case a team of police with sniffer dogs are working at a tube station, a man is searched and the girl friend films the incident on her mobile phone and is then handcuffed. It sounds like the police not only misuse their powers by hand cuffing the woman but are also overstepping their powers by performing random searches for drugs.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jul/21/police-search-mobile-phone-court

Photastic week

Last week was an interesting week, if my photos are anything to go by. On Monday, while driving back from work, I got an excellent picture of St. Margaret’s Church near Chipstead. Admittedly there was a burnt out car obstructing the view but you can’t have everything and you have to expect things in such an urban setting.

Burnt Out Car

Burnt Out Car


Alfa Poppies

Alfa Poppies

Then on Wednesday morning I stopped off while driving over the South Downs near Devils Dyke to take a picture of my beautiful Alfa Romeo GT.

Some might call it a mess of ugly weeds but I prefer to see a profusion of scarlet.

Friday found me in Islington and a reasonable picture of two women in front of a door.

Islington Women

Islington Women

Then on the way to see the Futurists exhebition at Tate Modern I grabbed an image of The London Underground which I thought had some merit. – More of this later.
Escalator

Escalator

Stuck in an elevator

This is a video of a guy trapped in an elevator. It’s scary. It made me wonder what I would do. The nearest I’ve had to this was being stuck at an airport for about seven hours with for or drink and only cheap plastic chairs to sit on. That was bad enough.

Gordon Brown’s 10 worst financial gaffes

Brown
Brown

There was a good article in The Times Online listing Gordon Brown’s 10 worst financial gaffes.

They list more than enough to give the lie to Brown’s ludicrous claim of some kind of fiscal expertise.

1. Taxing dividend payments
2. Selling our gold
3. Tripartite financial regulation
4. Tax credits
5. The £10,000 corporation tax threshold
6. Abolition of the 10p tax rate
7. Failing to spot the housing bubble
8. 50 per cent tax rate
9. Cutting VAT
10. Public-sector borrowing

Read the full article here

http://timesbusiness.typepad.com/money_weblog/2009/06/gordons-10-worst-financial-gaffs.html