Saturday, 28 May 2011

Friday, 27 May 2011

The Goose and the Gander

Pictured left is the front cover of the most recent edition of Redbridge Life. If you click on the image it will open up the whole edition but BEWARE if you have a download limit - the PDF file is nearly 9Mbits even though it is advertised as 6Mbits here.

Why they need a resolution that could be blown up to cover the entire Town Hall is known only to the Techies at Redbridge-i.

This publication comes under the remit of the Head of Communications who is also responsible for the council website - Redbridge-i.

Now I want you to tell me what you see. I see.....

Text in Different sizes
Text in Different fonts
Text in Different colours
There is even text in white on different colour backgrounds


If fact all the things that are deemed to be BAD MANNERS or SHOUTING, and are banned to the users of the Redbridge-i forum by the Head of "Communications". 

We can't even use the proper English Language word for a female dog without it being automatically removed.

The result is a "forum" that is bland, lifeless, colourless, humourless, expressionless and DULL! It is grey regulation 10 point Arial text enforced with an authoritarianism reminiscent of the Soviet Union. There is no scope for individuality there.

Neither can a user amend or delete their own posts nor delete their own profile ID from the system. Once you register you are trapped forever - there is no way out. But we can say:

Thursday, 26 May 2011


I was alerted to this by a Local Councillor.

Info may be found here

Forest Farm will be known to many of you as the "Farm Shop" and there is occasionally a Circus in the adjoining field.

The "official" music will finish at 10 p.m. on the Saturday (18th. June) and at 9 p.m. on the Sunday (19th.). There is a rumour of "extended entertainment" i.e. a "Rave", allegedly taking place overnight on the Friday and Saturday at a "secret" venue.

The Campsite will be open from 3 p.m. Friday 17th. (until Monday a.m. 20th.)

Key questions for local residents would seem to be:

What is the impact on public transport, traffic and parking of 15,000 people entering and leaving the area over two days?.

Where is the "nearby off-site car park" for the park-and-ride shuttle bus to the site?

From what distance will it be possible to hear this event?

Saturday, 21 May 2011


A CRIMINAL GANG is approaching bank customers directly at home under the pretence of being a bank courier. They present the customer with a package which they say is their new bank card and ask for the old one back. As you'll appreciate when they open the package they find that it is empty and they are without a bank card. One bank alone has lost over £300k. The victims being targeted are in the main elderly.

A MALE contacted a elderly victim who stated he was called “STEVE” and that he worked for BT. He stated that a friend of the lady had called him using a mobile number reporting the victim's phone as not working. The victim said she did not know that this had happened. The MALE then stated that the problem had been fixed, and kept apologising for the trouble and offered the victim £20 off her next bill. He asked her for her name and address which she gave him and they said goodbye. She then checked the number of the person who he had said called to report the phone as faulty and she realised no one had. She then phoned BT who explained there were no reports of her phone being reported faulty and prompted her to call the police which she did.

The caller withheld his number and had a normal English accent

Please be aware and do not give any information over the phone if you are unsure about your caller, please hang up the phone!

IF YOU HAVE A SATNAV in your vehicle, do not program in your home address. It is believed that Burglars are using this information to target homes with valuable property in them.

THIEVES who have stolen a person's bank cards AND their mobile phone are sending text messages to numbers that are in the Contact List under "Wife", "Hubby", "Mum", "Dad", "Daughter", etc. claiming to have forgotten their Pin number and could they text it back please. It is advisable not to give away the nature of a personal relationship in a phone contact list .... AND don't give away a Pin number!!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Stop & Account

NeighbourhoodWatcher attended a Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Consultation Event at City Hall ("The Gherkin") on May 11th. on the subject of "Stop & Account".

At present in London a stop and account is recorded when a police officer or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) stops a person and asks them to explain why they are in a particular place, why they are carrying something or why they are behaving in a particular way.

The time, date and place where the stop happened are recorded and a copy of the record given to the person stopped. The person stopped does not need to give their name or address but their ethnic background is recorded. In return the officer provides a receipt or a business card so the person stopped knows the identity of the police officer.

It is felt that "Stop & Account" is used disproportionately "against" Black & Asian Youth.

The government has proposed that recording "Stop & Account" should cease, and no receipt should be given. Changes were made to stop and account in the Crime and Security Act 2010. The Home Office legislation gave police services the option not to record stop and account to reduce the paper work police officers are required to complete. Some police forces in England and Wales have already made the decision to discontinue recording stop and account.

There is an on-line questionnaire here that you can complete and you have until the 8th. June to do so.

This will be almost the final act of the MPA as was because the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Bill 2010 proposes the introduction of elected Police Commissioners, except in London where the elected Mayor shall appoint the Commissioner. However, the Lords have voted down these proposals.

Panel members: Reshard Auladin (MPA deputy chair) Doreen Lawrence (Stephen Lawrence Trust) Dr Richard Stone (Stephen Lawrence Inquiry) Commander Tony Eastaugh (MPS lead for Stop and Search) Professor Ben Bowling (King’s College London) and Mike Ainsworth (National Policing Improvement Agency).

Youth panel members: Sarah Edoo (Youth Engagement Panel) Akeem Edwards (Chair Brent Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group) Kanjay Ibrahim Sesay (NUS Black Students Officer) Lara Cranshaw (Catch 21) Tariq Chowdhury (Independent film maker) Danni Briggs - self-confessed school drop-out- (Independent Academic Research Studies) and Tarek Chaudhury (Reprezent 107.3 FM Youth Radio - canvassed over 250 young persons on this subject).

Facilitator: BBC TV News Correspondent Kurt Barling

Monday, 9 May 2011


Despite all the Redbridge Council cuts, increased charges, and proposals to charge for just about everything except the air we breathe, if you are a regular user of the Redbridge-i Forum you will observe that the blue pencil brigade and the censorship they impose are flourishing and in rude good health.

Yours truly expects censorship - and is sometimes baffled to discover that it has not happened. Is it the case that Mrs Blue Pencil runs out of equipment to impose it? Why is it that Municipal Censorship has not suffered from "t' cootts"?

For 6 deletions this morning from posts made during the weekend no reason is given for 5 of them. I am in contact with another user who has similarly suffered deletions. None of hers was off topic; none was personally offensive; none was directed at anybody's political views, sexual orientation, religious views, or in any way racially offensive.


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Quote of the Day

From yesterday's gathering of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators from the north section of Redbridge:

"My next door but one neighbour has had 11 attempted break-ins in a fortnight.... but he's now given his wife a key".