Friday, 25 June 2010

NEWSFLASH! Vet Vet gets red card again…

Flying Vet Maurice Kirk has been grounded again by the red dragons of justice in Cardiff.

In court yesterday there was an alleged sighting of a levitating case file headed for the judicial bench but of course poor visibility at the time means that the particular circumstances are disputed.

As usual the judicial red dragon’s fire was stoked up and he was soon uttering the dreaded contempt of court fumings from every orifice.

Maurice was sent back once again to Cardiff Prison for 28 days.

He must be careful though because contempt for the high and mighty of the British judicial system is not for the feint hearted. When Maurice is released he is liable to be brought back before the fiery beast to show how he has purged his misbehaviour and demonstrate how he humbly accepts the majesty of the court.

This might be too much to ask on the basis of previous history – see Maurice Kirk Flying Vet’s own blog and interview here

Shall local Jersey Courts be similarly tested by our own enfant terrible soon?

Tom Wellard.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

There’s one born every minute……. 

Well, not at the former Maternity Hospital now known as the Le Bas Health Centre in St Saviour’s Road but……. 
This extraordinary structure appeared there recently and we thought that the public should know more about it in this time of belt tightening and austerity. 
We did consider running a guess what it is for competition but couldn’t decide on an appropriate prize so for those who think it’s a bus shelter or outside sun-tanning booth…. 
In fact it is of course a bicycle shed – except that it’s not really a shed at all because it has no walls and the roof is so high that it affords no shelter from the weather either. 
So, if it is wet bums that our Health Execs are worried about then a bit of plastic wrapping would have been a cheaper option to slip over saddles – assuming (if you will excuse the expression) that anybody will ever use this smart ass new feature. 
In fact, we seem to remember that there already is (or was) an existing bike shed around the corner of this very same building – perhaps somebody has happy memories of it and of the unhealthy activities carried on there….. 
Anyhow, we understand that this fine structure cost in excess of £10,000 to create and that designer’s fees alone (Morris Architects according to the Planning Department file although it was exempt from needing Planning or Bye Law permission) were said to be £1,500…….. 
Oh well - perhaps cycling is good for the leg muscles but rots the brain. If anybody knows more do please tell us – and also let us know if any bicycles actually use it?

Submitted by Thomas Wellard.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Social or un-social housing. Who cares?

We are all entitled to decent housing. It’s supposedly one of the reasons we fight wars - homes fit for heroes and all that stuff.

Yet here in Jersey, amidst all the wealth, there are thousands of people who have to tolerate sub-standard housing conditions. They are not all temporary farm workers nor the ten thousand adults without housing “quals”

The interview below is with a Jersey born young woman who describes the conditions that have to be endured on one States housing estate by her and her family.

Why in 2010 does anybody have to put up with such treatment?
How many other States tenants are in similar circumstances?

With the appointment of Deputy Sean Power as the new Housing Minister can we expect a positive plan to end such conditions for all tenants?

Submitted by Thomas Wellard.