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Mothercare Nursery Rhymes ?late 1960s

nursery rhymesThis simple book is one of my earliest memories. Each nursery rhyme had the music annotated with colour-coded bars, which corresponded to colours on a xylophone. We felt free to edit the words and pictures, and the image below is one of the least damaged! Although this precious item is kept safe in our family, I would love to get my hands on a better, working copy.hey diddle diddle


Peregrine Falcon in Whalley Range, March 2018

peregrine falcon

Here she comes now

Here she comes now

She’s setting off.

Here she comes now, laying the path in front of her

She’s on the bus.

An old soul, riding the wave in; She is the Mayflower

Twenty minutes more.

She banishes the hoar frost and bluebells grow at her feet

She’s round the corner.

Bright Phoebus flying east to west

She’s at the door.



1. the hap

the bus, crowded. what were the chances?

you always hated buses; too many people

An empty seat next to me

and suddenly there you were


2. the pen

you used to buy me fountain pens. I bought you notebooks

I used to write a diary

I used to have enough feelings

for it to be worth it


3. the stance

my internal monologue, my practised speeches of hurt

my position changed

when your leg touched mine

on the bus

Daughter, nearly eleven.

Cold grey road, grey sky.

your face from the back of the bus,

smaller and smaller.

pavement parking – a bland reply from a councillor

(this was a pro-forma letter, found on the Living Streets website)
> Dear Councillor x
> I am writing to ask you to take a lead on stamping out pavement parking by banning pavement parking across the local authority area.
> Parking on pavements is a major concern for me and many local people. Vehicles parked on pavements means that people on foot may have to walk in the road, which can feel unsafe and intimidating.
> This has a particular impact on families with young children and pushchairs when they get pushed out to walk unsafely on the road. And for older people and those using wheelchairs, a vehicle parked on the pavement can mean that they fear leaving their homes as they feel unsafe.
> Damage from pavement parking also costs every local authority tens of thousands of pounds every year in maintenance and repair bills.
> I want to see a ban on pavement parking across our area. In 2011, transport minister Norman Baker made it clear to councils that local authorities have the power to make this happen.
> Please take a lead on this vital local issue and tell me what you are doing to stop pavement parking across our local authority area.
> Yours sincerely,


> Dear Timperleysunset
> Thanks for contacting me . Councillor y and I have raised this issue with neighbourhood police and highways . The problem is where we have wide pavements and narrow roads and at some places high volume of traffic that’s where we have to take a commonsense approach rather then putting a total ban across the city witch I think will be un fare with people who partly park on the pavement leaving the place for people to walk freely on the pavement and helping the traffic to flow . If I can help you in future feel free to contact me.
> Regards,
> Cllr x

Dear Councillor x

the problem certainly does not exist just where we have wide pavements and narrow roads. People park where they feel fit. They will not walk 5 yards more than they have to to waddle into the shop they are visiting. Take the corner of Seymour Grove/Upper Chorlton Rd as a typical example, but there are hundreds more. Cars are parked randomly across this stretch of pavement outside the takeaway, so that when I am walking past with my children, we have to weave in and out, sometimes behind cars, some of which start up as we pass. Do they see us? Do they see my 5 year old in their rear view mirror?

Pavements are for people. Cars parked even partly on the pavement are obscuring the view for safe crossing, blocking a piece of land where families should feel safe to walk without feeling like a car is going to mount the pavement behind them at any second.

You say you have raised this matter with the police, but you do not specify what the ‘common-sense approach’ should be. I would have thought a common-sense approach would be to take a look at the state of the roads and pavements in Manchester, at the potholes and crumbling kerbs and misaligned paving stones. Liaise with the police to fine rogue parkers, and put the money into bettering public transport.

We are all of us pedestrians, even car drivers. We are the lowest common denominator. Surely the priority should be to ensure the safe passage of the majority – pedestrians, rather than traffic flow? But more than this – pavements should be spaces where people can move where there are no cars. Are there to be no spaces like this?

best wishes,



Alexandra Park Manchester

Alexandra Park Manchester

As usual, we have lack of proper public consultation on an emotive issue. Hundreds of trees are being ripped out in a local park, the scene is one of devastation. People hate it. The council say we need to restore the park and increase safety. Yes we do, but at this price??