Blogs and Columns
JASON ELLIOTT'S BLOG
Rather than personal ramblings, most posts relate to community events.
Currently on view as an additional exhibition to my 500 faces show at the Arts Festival Shop, the 500 words collection provides some illuminating thoughts about Hebden Bridge.
Conceived and sponsored by local publishers Pennine Pens as a homage to the town in its 500th anniversary year, each piece of writing is exactly 500 words long.
GRIMMER UP NORTH
From Susan Press,
Mayor of Hebden Royd, 2008-9
Tonight a Town Council meeting in Hebden Bridge and look forward to passing on to the smug Lib Dems the news they are set to lose around two-thirds of their MPs according to a new IPSOS poll in the New Statesman. Labour are just two per cent behind the Tories at 38 per cent and the Libdems nowhere at 14 per cent.
Clegg may enjoy swanning and strutting and pretending to be a politician of substance. Hold your ire, comrades, because he is set for a serious kicking by an electorate incandescent at voting "progressive" and ending up with Thatcher's sons......climbing Brokeback mountain.
LIBERAL MUSINGS FROM THE CALDER VALLEY
John Beacroft-Mitchell - Calderdale and Hebden Royd councillor , former mayor of Hebden Royd
Today was probably my worst day so far since I became primary carer of our two children, Calderdale councillor and general community busy body.
Everything that could have wrong, went wrong.
From the relatively minor (sent Ferdi to school in school uniform when he was supposed to be in tricolor colours for Bastille Day) to the majorly annoying (three-year-old washing machine will cost a minimum of £175 to repair).
CHRIS SAWER'S BLOG
Liberal Democrat Town Councillor
West End ward
Instead of watching the football this evening, I was at the cinema in Hebden Bridge watching Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, Jez Lewis's documentary film about people growing up in Hebden Bridge and being drawn into a vicious circle of drink, drugs, and the eventual spiral to overdose and death.
DEEPLY FLAWED BUT TRYING'S BLOG
A blog by a local single mother
I am sat watching the debate about rape anonymity. I have watched Aidan Burley MP show himself to be a moron. Glenda Jackson, Anna Soubry, and Meg Munn MP show us just why women should be better represented in politics. Caroline Flint is now speaking. I am no fan of Caroline Flint, but she ain't doing too badly either ...
Britain has produced a long line of exceptional female politicians.
HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY?
This is the blog of Kate Sweeny who stood as Green Party candidate at the coming General Election
Our new(ish) PM has just been strutting his stuff in Washington, looking a tad uncomfortable to my eyes, eating a hot dog on the street with the NY Mayor. Despite the recent strains on the Speshul Relationship, there's no hiding the wholesale admiration of Cameron and co for the Stateside political system.
- VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE- all 98 episodes - first appeared on the Hebden Bridge Web and then published as the highly successfull Milltown Trilogy. Buy them online or read what Sir Bernard and others have said about the books.
The perfect gift for the uncherished relative.
- A Kind of Love-in - scenes from life in a small South Pennine milltown.
- 'Milltown: an Unreliable History: 'Some samples - to either whet your appetite or leave a nasty taste in the mouth.
- Women are from Venus, Men are from Mytholmroyd
Sylvia Plath Forum - hundreds of thousands of words discussing this US poet, buried in Heptonstall.
In January 1998, Elaine Connell started the Sylvia Plath Forum following the announcement of the publication of Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes.
The success of the Forum far exceeded the expectations of Elaine and her colleagues. It was soon receiving thousands of hits every month and, with her informed moderation, became a fine example of how literary discussion could be on the newly emerging Internet.