Monday, May 26, 2014

Jersey needs a political party....a lesson from the 1930's?

We recently recorded this interview with James - a Jersey man - shortly after Liberation Day on 9 May.
It is posted below in 2 parts or chapters with 2 parts in each.
Each video chapter is about 10 minutes.

Above - Chapter 1 part A
Above - Chapter 1 part B
Above - Chapter 2 part A
Above - Chapter 2 part B

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Evelyn's continuing fight, her latest trip, another locked toilet, a mystery gas bill and much much more - but WHY?

We are following Evelyn's progress in and out of hospital. Or last video posting was in January 2014 and appears on this blog added to the previous one dated 17 November 2013...

If you suffer from constant gut's ache and several severe illnesses you might just understand some of Evelyn's problems and complaints - and why she resorts to cannabis for physical and mental relief...

The video that follows is in five parts and commences with her return through Jersey Airport.
We have not yet managed to speak with Helen O'Shea the CEO of the Jersey General Hospital referred to nor to "Blue Islands" for their version of what happened on their early morning Jersey  to Southampton flight on Tuesday 29 April.
We had always found this airline most helpful and their City Airport flight a joy so are surprised that Evelyn's flight was allowed without a toilet etc...
If the helpful passenger who assisted  her to gain access to the toilet or any other witnesses would come forward or leave a comment it would be helpful...Evelyn will return to Oxford for more treatment in about one month....

There is a public meeting to discuss cannabis use at the Town Hall, St Helier this Thursday from 7pm and Evelyn hopes to be well enough to attend.

Part One above
Part two above

Part three above
Part four above
Part five above

Our thanks to Evelyn for participating in this - we hope that it proves helpful.
States Members and medical professionals are especially invited to comment...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Co-operation and non co-operation, Rochdale Pioneers, regeneration and decay....all at the CIs Coop AGM...

The Jersey part of the AGM for the CIs Cooperative Society Ltd was held at Hautlieu School 13 May 2014.
Unusually shareholders of this "society incorporated under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1765-1978" were met with a "political protest" at the entrance regarding the restoration of the old properties in Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street, St Helier.
We took the opportunity to video record a brief report and interview with Ms Foot - whose family used to own the properties behind the HMV advert many years ago.

Following that report we have posted interviews with Ben Shenton - formerly a Senator in the Jersey States - now Vice President of the CIs Coop and with Peter Roffey - formerly a "radical" Deputy in the States of Guernsey - and now President of the CIs Coop.

All is not well in the Cooperative "movement" in the UK and that choice of description is - or was - particularly relevant years ago when the COOP was a "way of life" for shareholders with overtly political agenda.

The CIs Coop was never so blatantly political but the fact is that local politicians have always played a prominent part in its management.
Deputy Norman Le Brocq being a particular example who served for many years but it was noticeable that shareholders in Jersey voted against Deputy Kevin Lewis being appointed as a Director at this meeting....

There are many issues arising in this "business" which has 77,000 Jersey and 41,000 Guernsey shareholders (or "members") who all have the right to attend the AGMs,  to have their say and to use their vote. A strange mix of business and democratic principles and a packed house of interested participants at this Hautlieu meeting...

Ben Shenton above - Vice President

Peter Roffey above - President

"Footnote" below shows the regeneration of the Southampton Hotel site at the "Weighbridge" aka "Liberation Square" and wonders what "history" actually means....

Are the Pitt Street/ Dumaresq Street circumstances any different...?


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jersey Weekender Rally - organised by the Boston UK MG Club - 2 to 4 May 2014

For many years the Jersey MG Owners' club organised a spring rally which was very popular but the same few people became tired of organising it and sponsorship had become ever more difficult to achieve.
For this year, the UK owners of some MGs decided that rather than let the popular rally just fade away they would organise it themselves through the Boston club.

These video recordings show some of the 100 or so people who participated with their fifty cars  travelling from the UK - plus one from Guernsey - to make this a most successful event.
Notably, another MG group from the UK had organised a separate rally in Guernsey for the same weekend  - showing just how popular the Channel Islands are for such events.

Notable Sponsors for the Jersey Weekender Rally were Condor Ferries, CI Travel Group, Waitrose, Lancaster Insurance and the MG Owners Club. Constable Crowcroft of St Helier gave his usual support....

Videos feature Roche Bentley's rhyme, Roger Pratten's MG3 and transplants, Peter Martel's views on CIs tourism and odd bits of recordings of the Weekender activities....