Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Pride report

We attended Worthing Pride with the National Education Union. We were right behind the Unison LGBT group. There were people from a variety of political parties and of none. The West Sussex fire brigade provided three fire engines which were a spectacular addition to the parade.

We were marching to the beat of the Celebration Samba Band. I am very pleased so many people turned out including the police and the scouts.

No event in Worthing would be complete without the town crier, Bob Smytherman and he was there in full voice with his bell.

It is a coincidence that the Commander in Chief was visiting the UK at the same time but it is one in the eye for his prejudiced attitudes. If Pride has reached a traditional Conservative stronghold like Worthing it denotes a sea change in attitudes and it shows how homophobia is widely opposed in the UK.

There was a drone overhead and we assumed it was being used to take photos for local media. The couple from "Inspired by the Sea" were taking photos and a good percentage of the marchers had their mobile phones out too to record the event.

The parade was a lovely colourful, good-natured event and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Boris "buggeration" Johnson.

The Foreign Secretary who knew as much about Africa as he did about Merseyside: he won't be missed. 

Johnson has defended the history of colonialism, saying that it would be best if African countries were still colonised, and has also used language to describe black people which many consider racist - for which he has apologised. 

He accused Liverpool of wallowing in "victim status" over the murder of Ken Bigley and the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Data Protection Act fraud

The Data Protection Act 2018 is heralded as implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR supposedly prevents organisations from charging for a subject access inquiry. In other words if they have information about you they have to hand it over and not charge you an arm and a leg to look at it. This means that inaccurate information can be corrected. For example if someone is refused a loan because they are listed as being bankrupt they can challenge the information. (based on a real case)

In fact the weasel words of the Data Protection Act are as follows
Requests for information are usually free. However, organisations can charge an administrative cost in some circumstances, for example if:
  • you’re asking for a large amount of information
  • your request will take a lot of time and effort to process

    For example the police response to a subject access inquiry in the past was that they held data under 16 different headings and they could charge ten pounds for each heading. Most people would choose not to have the information! 

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

#worthingflash Writers of the world unite!

The breakdown by country of visitors to the #worthingflash site is as follows: United Kingdom 525
Ireland 56
United States 43
Germany 14
Peru 11
Turkey 7
Philippines 6
France 5
Malta 5
United Arab Emirates 4 I don't have an issue with people outside Worthing sending in flash fiction. I remember being rather annoyed at an Australian site which rejected my work not on merit but because I am not Australian. Writers of the World unite!

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Pot Pourri Pot Pourri, a collection of short stories. Free from Amazon for five days. Free to borrow from the library any day. #potpourri

For the benefit of everyone I haven't told already, the title is to annoy the DUP who always shout "No Pot Pourri" at their rallies. 

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Thursday, July 05, 2018 is now live Can you do better? Of course you can. Then post your flash fiction to and the best will appear on the blog. Flash fiction welcome from pupils, teachers, pensioners and anyone else for that matter. I won't reject your work if you are not from Worthing because that would be ridiculous. Writers of the World unite.

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