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  1. This weeks NPL was interesting.

    Easy to understand was Malcolm Robinsons letter

    However page 3 on Capital Spending was not so easy.

    Capital Spending, cuts and a tax hike was the headline.

    The article tells us that there are to be £6 million revenue cuts and £380 million spent on capital projects in 2017/18 . Does this mean these huge sums and more are the spending in 2016/17.

    They go on to tell us that there is £150 million earmark for third party loans to the likes of Arch. There is also funding for new sport and leisure facilities at Druridge Bay. 3G pitch for Alnwick Juniors. Alnwick Playhouse into a community hub. Then new leisure centres at Blyth Morpeth Ponteland and Berwick. Significant resources are set aside for school reorganisation. Finally money to support the reopening of the Ashington Blyth and Tyne railway.

    To me the figures for cuts and then spending just do not add up.

    Bedlington with no Arch action seems very very low on any priority list.

    A friend at the council meeting in Morpeth thought she heard a figure of £38,000 for the posters of the council leader and others! Surely this must be wrong.


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  2. Sorry to read you have been ill HPW.

    My best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

    As we get older that toast 

    Health Wealth and Happiness makes more sense .

    The happiness you get from your pets is a great way to live and an inspiration for us all.

    Gan Canny

  3. The Rolling Stones cd is good but so is the Leonard Cohen. 'You want it darker' Maybe turning seventy is significant !

    We were lucky to see K T Tunstall in Ullapool her cd is a good listen.

    Other buys this year have included Van the Man and dare I say Sting!

  4. The Trotter Memorial on the roundabout could work.

    It would be safe and visible .

    Then people local and visitors may be curious and start to ask questions. Can anyone think of a better way to preserve the memory of this local hero.

    Access to be allowed on a Bedlington Heritage Day , say in June /July with a brass band playing and marching down the Main Street to Atlee Park. Folk music by the Unthanks, Jez Lowe and the Pitmen Poets. A true celebration of Bedlington East West and Central (plus all the Shire) Now where are those three rings to bind all to our heritage initiative.

    So much of our history is not visible .

    NOW all we need is a town centre.

    The Word the new library at South Shields shows what can be done.

    We have so much to celebrate /remember in Bedlington.

    An Ellen Mitchell room with all aspects of our history on display. The Bedlington Banners providing a reason to be proud of the brave men who worked and lost their lives in the mines. A little or lot about Ken Russell  and his filming in Bedlington. Not to mention Cuthbert, Daniel Gooch, The Old Iron Works, and so many more history stories.

    One story could be the history of the Shire , the link with Durham then becoming Wansbeck and then NCC . ( no negative thoughts)

    Sadly it is only Weatherspoon's where our history is accounted for in displays and pictures.

    As the older children said about regeneration 'Something anything is better than nothing' .

    What we need to hear is 'money is no object'.

    Deeds not Words.

    No negativity allowed anytime anywhere.

    Bedlington will rise again.

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  5. If he was not religious Canny Lass then his lyrics show a different view.

    His latest cd 'You want it darker' is worth a listen.

    One favourite of mine is 'If it be your will' by Antony and the Johnsons.

    i love his spirituality, his sense of humour and his overall humanitarian vision.

    Beautiful Losers was a difficult book to read.

    We were at the Sage on Friday watching Show of Hands needless to say there were tributes. Even a version of Suzanne sung with the support.

    One line that keeps coming up is ' I ache in the places where I used to play'.

    Another is 'I will remember/ think of you but not that often.

    Pilgrim I am still working on my kids / grandkids not sure I am getting through to them all.

    We were living abroad and wanted my folks to bring out Songs of Leonard Cohen.

    Better than that they brought out his latest . Not appreciated at the time.

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