Community speaks on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 12:45 UTC

The following is a press release distributed today on behalf of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels… More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, with roughly 50% of tunnel users being cyclists, and the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, […]


Safer lorries delay shows that EU power does not reside in Brussels

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 22:04 UTC

A brief report in the Evening Standard illustrates how political power within the European Union lies with member state governments, and not the unelected and supposedly unaccountable European Commission beloved of europhobic commentators, or the Parliament which is elected and open in its dealings, but at the same time largely unreported, at least in the […]


Cycle ride – Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 20:42 UTC

What: Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn When: Sunday 11 May 2014 Meet: 08:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW This coming weekend is a rare one for me these days. That is, I shall be (a) in London, and (b) able and willing to lead a cycle ride for the Dog & Bell Crew. I […]


Citizen science in London – local residents map air pollution and challenge roadbuilding plans

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 1 May 2014 at 13:12 UTC

The following is a rough-and-ready amalgam of two press releases distributed this week by the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign to various London and UK-wide media outlets… Across southeast and east London, people are living with air pollution at levels up to two-and-a-half times legal limits. According to local residents, the situation will worsen considerably […]


Science journalism and science communication – the difference is more than a word

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 9:37 UTC

Swamped as I was with NUJ business prior to the biennial Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne this past weekend, I missed the publication in Nature of an article by former BBC Newsnight science editor Susan Watts. The subject of Watts’ piece is the difference between science journalism and science communication. As a science journalist with experience […]


An equalities mess at the heart of government

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 9 April 2014 at 14:59 UTC

There will be many in the Fourth Estate who today rejoice at the removal from UK government of Maria Miller, whom prime minister David Cameron has finally seen fit to resign. However, in place of Miller as women’s minister we have Nicky Morgan, who is subservient to a man – Sajid ‘Fuck the Poor’ Javid […]


NUJ conference imminent – Lord have mercy!

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 7 April 2014 at 13:14 UTC

For my manifold sins I shall from Thursday to Sunday of this week be attending the biennial Delegate Meeting of the National Union of Journalists. The conference this year is being held in Eastbourne, the elephant graveyard of the English south coast. At the conference I will be a delegate for the London Freelance Branch […]


Windy Miller running out of friends

Francis Sedgemore, Sunday 6 April 2014 at 0:02 UTC

What is it with culture secretary Maria Miller, whom I dub “Windy Miller” owing to her propensity for brain farts? She is fast running out of friends. Given Miller’s level of professional competence, it is difficult to understand why prime minister David Cameron and his cabinet are intent on quashing any further public discussion of […]


Journalists down in Afghanistan

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 4 April 2014 at 12:09 UTC

Anja Niedringhaus, shot dead today by a rogue police officer in Khost whilst covering the Afghan presidential election, was a brilliant journalistic photographer. Niedringhaus’ subjects ranged far and wide, but for me most notable was the way in which she made the children of Afghanistan visible to the wider world. Let us hope that injured […]


First we take Ankara, then we take Istanbul

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 4 April 2014 at 10:39 UTC

Cats will inherit the Earth, starting with Turkey. Just spreading the memes… p.s. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a prick.