“Oh, Only Since I Was Two”

The Polls close at 10 pm this evening. A huge thanks to everyone who has voted for us!

The count starts at Clements Hall tomorrow morning, we will obviously write about it tomorrow, though the quickest news online is probably from the Evening Echo Twitter Feed.

It’s traditional for us to have a video on election days. So here’s something from the “West Wing” about wanting to serve. Blonde Republican Ainsley has been invited to the White House after she criticised the Democrats’ education policy on TV, and she gets an unexpected offer:


A Thought-Provoking Point Of View On Pedestrian Crossings

The video below explains why pedestrian crossings may not always make you safer. The question is, though, is US data valid for our country? And how would you help blind or partially sighted people without crossings?


Hat-tip: Mark Pack

Best Wishes For Christmas

Best Wishes to all our readers! We’ll be back on Boxing Day. So here’s a Christmas video – one of the best scenes from the US series the “West Wing”.

It’s Christmas in the White House – but speechwriter Toby is in trouble for arranging a military honour guard and funeral for a homeless veteran, using the President’s authority without his knowledge.

The Best And the Worst Of Rochford

As reported on the BBC today:

Residents of Rochford in Essex came to the rescue of the organisers of the town’s festive lights switch-on when the Christmas tree was felled overnight by vandals.

District Council chairman Heather Glynn said she was proud of the way the town’s community spirit shone through.

The festive light celebration organiser Pete Tobit said: “It was great that so many people pitched up to help us restore the tree and for them to show such a strong community spirit.”

30,000 Objects ,Photos and Documents…


Have you been to the highly-rated Essex Police Museum at Chelmsford?

It is based at police headquarters in Sandford Road, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DN and is open every Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book. This year it was  runner-up in the Essex Mums awards Best Museum category….

To quote a few  comments on tripadvisor:

nice and small, friendly staff and very good mix of things and considering the costs of some other museums, really good value.

I visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and I was surprised at the amount of People in the museum, it seemed quite popular. However I must say that the whole set up is very much geared up for children or maybe someone that hasn’t seen a Police Officer before. The best bit was the old case study’s that were free to take home and read at your leisure.

Found the museum on TA whilst searching for something to do on a rainy afternoon. So glad we visited.
It’s small but crammed with interesting exhibits. Me and my son’s favourites were the 70 crime scene, police phone box and the witness stand. He spent ages doing imaginative play and loved it here.
It’s free but I’d urge people to spend a couple of quid on souvenirs and put something in the donation box to keep this unique attraction running.


The Saint Goes To The Council….

If you’ve time on your hands today, why not watch an episode of a classic TV series of the Sixties – “The Saint” starring Roger Moore as the charming, intelligent but tough Simon Templar!

This particular episode is actually about dodgy politics in an English seaside town. Can the Saint sort things out?

The episode begins with the Saint “breaking the fourth wall” and directly addressing the audience about council elections:

“In some parts of the world you get Shanghaied or clubbed into voting.Or clapped in jail if you don’t. But English elections – especially those for the local council – remain pleasantly sedate. Canvassing seems like an invitation to tea. Nothing so crude as the political hard sell. Or even persistence”

It’s all quite slow moving by modern TV standards, and in fact we don’t see much of Roger Moore in the first part of the programme; the story initially focuses on Councillor Hackett (played by the stalwart character actor Norman Bird), who thinks there are corrupt land deals going on. And the councillor isn’t afraid of doing a bit of breaking and entering to investigate….

By the way, the script gets some of the council details wrong. Mayors weren’t directly elected back in the sixties, and you certainly couldn’t plaster a polling station with political posters and canvass people outside the polling station before they had voted.

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Roger Moore as The Saint
Roger Moore as The Saint
Norman Bird as Councillor Hackett
Norman Bird as Councillor Hackett