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In Fond Memory of James Garner

The actor James Garner has , sadly, just died. He was much loved by some of us at onlineFOCUS. He starred in the film “Support Your Local Sheriff” , possibly the greatest film ever about a local government officer trying to manage without proper resources!  He hasn’t got any metal bars for his jail, though he does have a bit of red paint:

 

Let’s Be Careful Out There….

Meet some of the luckiest people alive…. and remember to check both ways before crossing the street….

We’re Rochford, Not Rochdale….

You may have already seen this on the telly, but here’s our council officer Richard Evans explaining how our district got to be no.1 in recycling:

Warning : bad language in the comments on Youtube

Could This Really Work? It’s Good If It Does…..

Solar roadways that produce energy, can stay frost-free and with inbuilt graphics and lighting!

More about it here.

This Is What Can Happen When You Adopt A Stray Cat

Rayleigh Cat Protection lost their old website , but have got a new website here.

Which give us an excuse to show some footage  that’s justifiably going around on facebook at the moment. The BBC reported that the cat in question was a stray that the family adopted 5 years ago. This is from American cable TV:

 

 

The Rayleigh Fireman’s Wedding !

One of our regular readers has very kindly pointed this video out to us !

Note that the fire engine was owned by Rayleigh Urban District Council. You can see it go down Bellingham Lane and Rayleigh High Street… Any further information on this gratefully received…

Secrets Of The Piccadilly Line

How to tell what Piccadilly Line Station you are on even if you can’t read, how to make concrete attractive, plus gnomes , tilework and a failed spiral escalator…

Secrets Of The Central Line

Lots of quirky facts about the Central Line, including a secure Bank of England building, pretty Gants Hill, Alfred Hitchcock, and an underground munitions factory…

Hat-tip: Liberal England

A Fine View Of Rayleigh

A brand new short video – by Fountain Fotos

Hat-Tip to the Rayleigh Facebook Page

Sweet And Sour Pork

Rayleigh food blogger Gary Fenn has a new video this today – featuring sweet and sour pork. It takes about 10 minutes and looks very tasty… and Gary is also mastering the knack of cooking and doing a video presentation at the same time!


Freedom Food are asking for people to come up with a video recipe featuring Freedom Food ingredients and Fairtrade produce, so I’ve gone with pork and pineapple to recreate that Chinese takeaway classic, sweet and sour pork. It takes around ten minutes to cook and is really versatile – you can swap out the pork for chicken or fish, or even skip meat all together

I’m Still Standing!

Chris Black writes:

A friend messaged me saying: “A while ago someone said that you were going to retire and stop being a councillor. I hope that this isn’t right because you are very much needed, especially right now.”

To make it absolutely clear – I have no intention of resigning or stepping down! As Elton John says… … “I’m Still Standing!”

“I Used To Walk Down Streets.Try Doors. Out Of 20 Back Doors You’d Find 3 Or 4 Left Open”

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The Essex Police website has information on how to make your home more secure from burglars.

It includes this video with a former burglar that’s worth watching:

It also includes a “Home Security Self Assessment” form which has been issued by Essex Police and Essex Crime Stoppers, by reading this information you may just find there is one extra thing you can do to secure your property. Essex Police would be interested to know if by reading the Assessment you have managed to alter something within your home security and would welcome comments and feed back by contacting them on one of the following.

Rayleigh, Rawreth Neighbourhood Police Team
Non Emergency Telephone 101 – extension 490126 (voicemail available.)
Email RayleighNPT@essex.pnn.police.uk
Website page at: www.essex.police.uk
Mobile (for general enquiries only) 07710 046161

Please remember, If you do see any suspicious activity in your street please call 101 for non emergency or 999 in the case of an emergency and take down as many details as possible including vehicle index numbers, descriptions of people, direction of travel etc as these are all very important details.

Note : this post is inspired by an email from Hayley Bloomfield, the Rawreth Parish Clerk

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