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the beautiful game 2017-2018 edition

Get your fantasy EPL team up and running!

Leaving aside the momentary attention that world media have paid to soccer on account of the Neymar Jr madness, its time for the English Premier League and Bundesliga!   And while the EPL is just finishing game week two, I don’t really start paying attention until the summer transfer window closes August 31st, as by then the squads will have been finalised (at least until the January transfer window opens).

Still:  After two games Arsenal on three points with an opening win against Leicester, and a narrow loss against Stoke.  Until the Alexis Sanchez saga is concluded one way or another and Arsene Wenger makes up his mind about a couple of other players, I make no predictions.

And:  After one game, Bayern continues a run of opening week wins, this year against Bayer Leverkusen.

All is good.

tolerance shall not be tolerated!

Combine technology, near ubiquitous handheld cameras and excitable activists armed with incoherent rage at almost any transgression of the latest pieties with opportunities for surveillance and near instantaneous mob justice and then marvel as the left creates the very surveillance society it accuses its opponents of desiring.

unless it is checked, where does it lead? To something depressingly like the old Communist states: a place where your true opinions about anything more important than tea cozies are only ever aired to a tiny circle of highly trusted friends”

 

dream big, execute frugally

In a previous post I was less than complimentary about the lukewarm efforts Kingston has implemented to become a bicycle friendly community.  Full disclosure:  I am ambivalent about the whole idea, as for the most part policy seems to have been outsourced to car hating activist led single issue groups, but given that the city has embraced the spirit, if not the practice, perhaps they might consider a few easily implemented ideas to further the vision.

Covered bicycle shelters.   Assuming the city means to increase the number of cyclists, bicycleshelterought it to prioritize covered bicycle shelters?   Failure to consider, let alone implement, such an easy and relatively cheap* piece of infrastructure does bring their commitment under suspicion.    Nearly every European city of similar size to Kingston prioritizes multi-modal transit, and includes  covered bicycle racks proximate to bus and regional rail lines. Continue reading