Friday, 26 February 2010

River Roding Flood Alert

According to the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian the Environment Agency has put the River Roding on Flood Alert for the whole of this coming weekend - 27/28 February 2010.

Here is the "Redbridge Council Emergency Updates" blog set up to provide "Information on service disruptions in the London Borough of Redbridge. If we are unable to update then information will appear on this blog." As you can see it was used this time last year for this very reason. But there is nothing there, and as far as I can see there is nothing on the Redbridge-i site either. There is flood advice but you have to search for it.

You'd think they would have a link on the front page at these times - wouldn't you?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Friday, 12 February 2010

Poet's Day

Once again a really interesting post has been published on the Red-i forum late on a Friday evening such that any reply, debate or discussion will not appear, if at all, until Monday morning.

So why not discuss it here in the meantime?

It was posted on the "Tell us what you think of this site" thread by Dopeyf. Here it is:
It is time that Senior Officers and Councillors realised the failure of V2. The Pledge bank has failed , The whole neighborhood thing is a nonsense, with no activity, as has been said the internet will find its own route around censorship. We are supposed to be in the middle of yet another review (or has that been abandoned?) Let the website at least do something useful, instead of a system of comment nobody uses. The effort spent on My Neighborhood is wasted and the money and time would be better spent on something useful such as NHS Choices web services.
NHS Choices web services allow you to make NHS Choices content available through XML feeds on your website, intranet, widget or application. This means you'll always have up-to-date, trusted NHS content available for your users.

Redbridge's "Innovative Website" is only innovative as far as web technology goes, what users want is innovation directed to people, things like "ask the Leader"- "ask the Chief Executive"-

A unique citizen participation exercise in which young people ‘govern’ a virtual simulation of their borough through an online platform echoing the popular computer game ‘Sim City’ is being used to help shape policy in Croydon Council, E-Government Bulletin has learned.

The Croydon2040 project (, which ran from September to December 2009, allowed teams from 25 schools and colleges around the borough to compete against each other, taking on the role of their local authority and local strategic partnership using an online decision-making tool.

It is time that this council displayed some imagination with this website.
For Anne: P.O.E.T.S = Piss off early tomorrow's Saturday

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Something for your Valentine ...

As you may well have read elsewhere in this blog, I've been warned off using the facility so kindly provided by our friends over at Red-i. It also occurs to me that, as the years roll by, it gets increasingly more difficult to track down that special little something to get the message across to your Valentine every year, so I've tracked down a couple of novel suggestions ...