A good start to the week, with BAFTA winners Shane Meadows and Vicky McClure dropping into the Beestonian Film Club at Cafe Roya, to present a special night – and world premiere – of Shane’s shorts. A full report will be up soon, but I’m still in shock from it all. Shane and Vicky could easily sell out the Broadway in town, so to come and say hello to our tiny club was astonishing. Thanks to all who came, and sorry to all those that didn’t get tickets: we had LOADS of applications but there very well might be a repeat soon…’like’ our Facebook site to get the news first.
More good news in an email today. You may remember the story of how a great, feel-good Beeston story got nicked by The Daily Mail and embellished with lies. Well, after a long process of letter writing, consent forms and highlighter pen over-use, the PCC finally offered a settlement. The Mail Online Managing Editor has offered to get rid of the offending quotes and alter the headline accordingly, but not go as far to apologise. It’s the equivalent of an out-of court settlement. I’ve talked to Sergio from The White Lion and he seems happy with this, though we have a few days to decide if we wish to pursue a full apology as well as retraction. Either way, a result: the offending lines will be banished from the page and the internet, and this will go on permanent record at the PCC website.
Issue 22 of The Beestonian is now out. It’s a corker of an issue, and available from The Bean, The Crown, The Hop Pole, The Guitar Spot, The White Lion, Belle and Jerome, Metro, Bubba Tea, Beeston Library, Cafe Roya and, from tomorrow, anywhere else I can get it too. We lead on an an interesting initiative setting up in Beeston, the Beeston New Deal. I won’t go into too much detail here, but Nick Palmer is helping head it up and has written more about it here. I’ll be chairing the first meeting in January, but before then would like to hear YOUR ideas and suggestions. Either as comments here, or by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Some strangeness from Stapleford. The Lib Dems there seem to have decided to go on the offensive against community activist and County Council candidate Richard MacRae. Richard runs the Stapleford Community Group (SCG)and we covered his election run on our County election blog. His falling foul of the Lib Dems seems to have stemmed from his campaign to rid Stapleford Town Council of its absent Councillors (the Wombwells relocated to Somerset earlier this year but didn’t vacate their seats. Brian Wombwell still represents Stapleford North at Borough level). The campaign was a success, and both, alongside Labour’s Russell Whiting, stood down. This really ground the gears of the Lib Dems, and a slanging match between MacRae/ SCG and the council/Lib Dems. A post on the SCG website was particularly damning, accusing the Lib Dems on the Council of actively workign against the grass-roots group, have a read here. Since then, Twitter and Facebook posts between the two groups have been getting gradually more angry, and on occasion veering into the personal. It’s all moving so fast I can’t keep an eye on it, Stapleford could really do with a decent blogger to report all this. They would be absolutely swimming in material.
And more strangeness from Stapleford. A couple of days ago an opinion piece turned up in The Nottingham Post written by a GP who outlined his horrendously busy schedule and put the boot into Jeremy Hunt for claiming that GPs were lazy. Have a read here. What reform-hating, anti-Hunt socialist could have written this? Err, none other than Dr John Doddy, County Councillor for Chilwell and Toton. TORY councillor for Chilwell and Toton. Whats more, he is a good friend of Soubz….whose boss until she moved to defence was none other than Jeremy Hunt. He’s also my former GP, and he seemed pretty decent. Could he be having a moment of realisation at what the coalition are doing to the NHS and kicking against his own party? Will Councillor Richard Jackson write an op-ed piece about the madness of MOD procurement? Strange days indeed.
We’re looking to cover more events in The Beestonian, so if you have anything coming up soon, get in touch and we’ll despatch one of our team of crack-critics (that sounds totally wrong. We will not be reviewing smokable forms of cocaine, or any other narcotics) over to have a peek. We’re also looking into expanding again soon, with more issues in more stockists. To do this we need more money, so we need sponsors. If you fancy sticking an ad into our critically acclaimed mag and getting over your message to around 3,000 residents, drop us an email and we’ll see if we can work together. I must stress that The Beestonian is absolutely not-for-profit, and will always be free to read. We all give ou time up for nowt so a contribution towards costs would be of great help. Cheers!