Blog: Down Your Way with Danny

Further along Foyle Drive, I notice two men digging holes in the grass in Dilkes Park, I walked up to se what they were doing, and noticed that they had planted, a brown plastic tree trunk which had a sign board on it, it had a message which said, welcome to Dilkes Park!, the two men moaned that they had to work between rain showers to put the signs up, I spoke to several dog walkers, and asked them, what they thought about the new plastic tree trunks,

Blog: Mould in council homes…..toxic or not?

Despite a written reply from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Andrew Stunell, in answer to a written Parliamentary Question asked by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price in which he states, “Damp and mould growth is a category 1 hazard. Councils are under a duty to take action in such cases”, the Belhus ward councillors, Charles and Wendy Curtis have downgraded it to a category 4 hazard.

Gang Show stride on in 2012!

My favourite part of going to see the Gang Show at Thameside Theatre each year is that I get to watch people I know from both Guiding and Scouting get up and give it everything they’ve got, as well as knowing that my friends are backstage helping to make it happen. I’m proud of them all, because as much as I enjoy it, I am most definitely one of those ‘out there’ who enjoys watching them ‘up there’.

Rosie’s blog: Hunger at the cinema

The novels are in Katniss’ point of view so my biggest concern was how they were going to incorporate everything into the film in the same way. I thought that it was very creative and fitting, in there arena whenever they were something that would have been explained through her thoughts it flicked to the commentary with Ceasar and Claudius.

Myles’ Blog-On the campaign trail

Firstly, I issue my challenge to the candidates fighting for a seat on the council for Grays Riverside ward. Last year I said that I considered myself a floating voter and I do so again. Last year I ended up having only a visit from a single candidate and therefore decided not to vote at all as I didn’t have the information from the other candidates from which to decide who the best person for the position was. This year I would like to see a proper campaign from all the candidates. Work for my vote or you won’t get it!

Dan’s Blog: Sunday weighs on his mind….

Tuesday I joined my Grandad at the hospital for his first lot of chemotherapy, he did very well, and we had a nice lunch out at the pub (paid by myself.) This was in Southend, and we had four hours to kill before he was ready to go home. So we went around Southend, the theme park was closed, which was a shame, but we still went into the amusements for a while and had a coffee.

Myles’ Blog-“Turning back time to the bad old days of exploitation.”

Recent developments at the Department for Work and Pensions have, however, proved that this country, after years of having apologised for our part in the African slave trade, has turned the clock back a couple of hundred years or so to renew that awful trade. The victims of this renewed trade are not picked out by the colour of their skin, however, but by the very nature of their physical or mental affliction. The slaves of this brave new world are those who are the most exploitable because of their vulnerability – financially, emotionally and physically.

Tanya’s Blog: The Guide’s excellent adventure

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt consists of over 200 eggs crafted by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers hidden across London to raise money for Elephant Family and Action for Children. Each egg has a unique code and these codes can be sent via text to donate funds and to enter into a draw to win the Diamond Jubilee Egg – worth £100,000! But texting aside, the hunt itself is eggs-traordinary (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

Jessica’s Blog: First term at Cambridge

“Picture the scene: it’s midnight during your first week at university and you’re in a sweaty dark club, looking around at the mass of unrecognisable faces around you. The music is building and arms begin to fly everywhere. Is it Rihanna? David Guetta? DJ Fresh? No… it’s S Club 7. I quickly realise that this may be the only place in England where university students get this excited dancing to Disney songs and 80’s and 90’s “hits”, with memories of my Year 6 School Disco at Stifford Clays Junior School flooding back. Some universities have a freshers’ two-weeks, whilst our partying antics and ice-breakers lasted a whole… four days.

Sunday Comment: Eric Joyce and the Thurrock Twitterati

There is Thurrock Weather (19.4 degrees in Aveley earlier this week. There is eagle eyed Thurrock Dave. There are the social media trailblazers such as Socialscene as well as CedarHall clinic. Many a story has started with someone tweeting: “Do you know what is happening?” and away we go from there. The council are steadily embracing it and kept us all informed re the bins when the snow came.

Tanya’s Blog: Today is a day to think about others……..

Over the past few weeks the unit, where I am a Guide Leader, has been looking at saving our planet in the run up to World Thinking Day. We have considered reducing the use of fossil fuels, recycling resources and switching to sustainable energy solutions. During one activity we looked closely at carrier bags and their impact on the environment. Did you know that one plastic carrier bag takes 500 years to decompose? And they’re not even strong enough to last five minutes.

Rosie’s Blog: Piracy concerns from Chafford Hundred

When this was introduced it was also introduced with PIPA (Protect IP Act) in order to raise awareness. As soon as internet organisations such as Google and Wikipedia heard of this they didn’t waste any time in alerting the public of the outrageous outcomes that would follow if the act was passed. All of its users quickly started sending letters to their congressmen and doing anything they could in order to prevent the bill from being passed.

Tanya’s Blog: What is next for our high streets

As a child I remember going into Grays on a Saturday morning and spending hours looking around all the shops, both in the precinct and on the High Street, including Woolworths and Somerfield, before having a nice lunch in McDonalds (only if we were good of course). But now, not one of these stores remains in Grays Town Centre. Who would have thought? Instead we have a walk-in health centre, pound stores and a betting shop in their place.

Myles’ Blog: The fourth way in politics

Assuming one could successfully clear the first hurdle of preparing oneself for one’s foray into the political arena with the ‘professional’ jackals, the next problem is how to deal with the tribalism that is inherent in most modern democracies. Is there actually a party that reflects one’s world view? There is, in the UK at least, the choice of three main parties reflecting the moderate left (Labour), the moderate right (Conservatives) and the centre ground (Liberal Democrats).

Abbie’s Blog: Glittering prizes or……………?

I’ve known people who have graduated from Cambridge, dropped out from Cambridge and been accepted to Cambridge, but is a degree now just considered a degree. Perhaps, much like in the working world, are students looking for any universities that will except them, let alone apply for that coveted place at Oxbridge? If I achieve my predicted grades, I could be a possible contender for Oxbridge but part of me wants to pursue the Open University, which some profusely question.

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