Day: 11/02/2015

Sore loo-sers?


southend public toilets

Well, everyone else was punning…

So the Southend Tories have done a George W. Bush and declared mission accomplished in their long and bitter war against the closure of toilets. They can now presumably go back to their long and bitter struggle to close Priory House care home.

On a serious note, I was never particularly pleased with the proposal to close public toilets, its presence marring what I think is generally a pretty good budget, Southend’s £11 million Tory cut considered. I spoke out against it in the Labour group meeting, and hoped that it wouldn’t be part of the final passed budget.

Now, of course, we know that it won’t.

The Conservatives are, of course, claiming credit, but I have to say that I think a large share belongs to a Labour voice: Julian Ware-Lane.

Read on…

15 “The Scarecrow” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


gotham

So far Gotham‘s record for introducing Batman villains hasn’t been flawless. The Penguin, as a story arc project, is coming along nicely, and Edward Nygma is humming away nicely in the background. But the rest have largely been one-shot, single episode features.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that an episode titled “The Scarecrow” is going to feature, well, Scarecrow. We got the preview yesterday, in what seems to be becoming a new feature for the show: the two-episode villain introduction.

Admittedly, the last time was with the Electrocutioner, which isn’t exactly an A-list Batman villain.

But Gotham has won the room to experiment, in a way that few of the new series I’ve been regularly reviewing has. It’s already won its second season, and though it does hit bum notes from time to time, it’s more or less found its rhythm.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)