OPEN AIR URINALS, why can’t ladies have them?

Why can’t ‘Girls’ have a version urinals?

The power to squat al fresco should be extended.  Those Romans knew a thing or two.  Open air pissing is now a reality.

So, what can girls do to whiz in an emergency currently?  Its illegal to do it in public places.  I’m racking my brains here thinking.  How about the ideas below :

 

  • USE THEIR HANDBAGS

 

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  • IN PUBLIC BINS

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  • FRAGRANT BUSHES ARE SO PASSE

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  • SCREAM LOUDER TO GET EQUALITY IN OPEN AIR LOOS giphy-downsized

 

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VAPORIZED IN TOOTING BEC

 

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Find my Podcast below.

There is something intriguing about the new ‘vape’ shops opening up at every corner in London.

I wandered down Tooting Bec High Street on a dark night this winter, and a smartly dressed man complete in top hat walked past me all cloak and dagger like with  smoke trailing him for miles.  It was like something out of 17th century!

I saw him again the next day entering the Vape arty looking shop.  There were lots of people ‘chilling’ looking cool sitting on black leather sofas.  There was a bar, but no alcohol.  Only folks holding funny looking smoke pipes resembling a small gun.  On the wall were pictures of TuPac and Biggy Smalls.  Very cool muzak.  I went along to their shop to interview them a few days later and prepared the attached podcast.

It wasn’t for me and I walked past wishing I was sweet 25 again.  Have a listen to this podcast and enjoy it by osmosis.

The Observer, wrote on the current regulations limiting Vape shops in an article titled, ‘New Laws in the UK Stifling vaping’s success’ in curbing smoking.’  It is reported the vaping industry is issuing warnings on the danger of homemade versions.  The podcast below discusses the advantages of vaping.  New regulations limits the size of liquid tanks the smoking unit can contain and e-liquids containing more than 20mg of nicotine per ml are banned.

 

 

Link to Guardian article:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/20/vaping-new-laws-stifle-success-curbing-smoking

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BEING SMELLY AND THE LAW

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So, a Study, has proven that you, yes you Reader, might not be less smelly yourself than the person you perceive does and want to harass for smelling.

Recently in an article in the Evening standard published on 12 April 2017, titled ‘Cyclist plead for more showers and drying racks in London’s offices,’ in which a group of employees put a challenge to their HR Department for improved facilities to help them smell less. Also, in 2016, a magazine, The Stylist went out on a limb, in an article titled ‘Dirty secrets,: how clean are you really?’  and challenged Londoners, well the UK on our cleanliness or the perception of it.

Being called smelly is usually a Kindergarten hazard.  It’s the insult under aged  children fling about to hurt, embarrass their friends and to gain power in the pack.  Like animals, humans hunt in packs.  Gangs are a natural evolutionary way for survival of the fittest.  The gang leader gets to indicate to her/he’s group, who is accepted or not acceptable to join the pack.  For the unaccepted, they get varying degrees of open aggression  or passive aggression.

So what are the legal implications of these unsavoury matters.  Technically, offensive smells are covered by the law.  But, these are decided on balance of the grievous nature. Smelly armpits can be a sackable offence if HR have a company policy in place and all the warnings have been exhausted.  However, if a discrimination complaint ensued, there is a hard look into the company policy by the law to see if it is balanced and does not breach any laws, in particular Human Rights.  This is probably a hard one to swallow and aficionados of  ‘I hate the Human Rights Act’ are probably stamping their feet right now, incandescent with rage.

Let’s look at this calmly.  Recently, the Evening Standard published a report about smelly cyclist colleagues who were causing offence with their sweaty presentation in the work place.  All reasonable.  Amazingly, the cyclist won the argument by accusing Personnel for not having adequate shower units and lockers to store their sweaty cycling gear.  What a nerve, but a perfectly legal argument.  How can a company reasonably introduce a lawful policy that bans cycling into work?  Especially since environmentalist would want their day in court; Pro Bono to argue the benefits to the environment.  More power to the cyclist and more cost to the employer for introducing adequate facilities at company base.  Any court would in all probability have found in favour of the smelly cyclist against their employer if they had been sacked.

There have been court cases. I note a case where a company and it’s employees were able to bring a successful, challenge against an Indian Sikh  employee colleague whom they claimed smelled the office.  They won on a technicality.  The judge found the legal construction of the  Claim by the Sikh unreasonable because it was bought on religious grounds and the discrimination was that the colleagues were racist because he was a Sikh.  It was not because he was found to smell by the judge.  Similarly in the past the Rastafarians have tried to argue their cases for the smelly weed on religious grounds and failed.

However, it’s the Study, by London’s Stylist magazine that’s worth a close look at, because the magazine posed a challenge to Readers asking, Quote:-

“Are you one of the 67% who shower or bath at least once a day? Or do you relate to the massive 63% of readers who admit they would consider eating food after it’s been dropped on the floor? Would you share a knowing look with the 19% of those surveyed who say they only wash their tights once a week or with the 1% of readers who say – and we hope there’s good reason behind it – they only change their knickers once per week? And crucially, would you ever admit that in public?”

Takes the wind out of you, don’t it!  The magazine poses here unabridged:-

“…connotations of cleanliness are ingrained in us from childhood. They’re especially relevant for women – the ‘fairer’ sex, who are expected to be fresh and sweet-smelling and pure – while being sweaty for a man is often seen as virile and strong.”

I add that, there are also Ethnic and Racial connotations.  It is a fact that being fastidious with your looks and your ‘threads ‘ is an important part of ethnic Britain.  I believe this is a result of colonial influences.  Being ostentatiously clean looking, protects you from degrading racial perceptions.

I think, being aware that being ‘smelly’ is  natural  more than a legal offence will keep you out of the law courts.  Being polite to each other in our cleanliness considerations is important but  misconduct to those we perceive as smelly is a criminal offence and the law obviously requires us to be reasonable in our perceptions.  Its also hypocritical to accuse others since our own habits may just be not so perfect.  Please find the links to these reports for your enjoyment posted below for your careful consideration.

Stylist Magazine
http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/dirty-secret-spring-cleaning-food-hygiene-how-often-should-you-wash-sheets-towel-bra-tights

The Evening Standard
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cyclists-plead-for-more-showers-and-drying-racks-in-londons-offices-a3513341.html

 

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HOW ARE YOU VOTING THIS ELECTION

ETHNIC POLITICIANS WORKING TO MAKE BRITAIN GREAT

Councillor Sunny Lambe

Online Interview 26 May 2017

Cllr Sunny Lambe, Labour Councillor for South Bermondsey Ward.

I have known Mr Lambe for a long time and he is the epitome of a hardworking Briton.  He is very inspirational and has a life philosophy that is very impressive.  I was privileged to interview him.

QUESTIONS

Q. How long have you been Labour Councillor for South Bermondsey?

Since May 2014

Q Are you recontesting your seat?

L. Yes, if re-selected by my ward members again

Q Can you give your opinion on how Labour has improved the area?

L. Since Labour took over the administration of the Southwark Council in 2010, we have made significant improvement to the Council housing stocks by building new affordable homes for local people, insulated all Council homes to make them cleaner, safer and warmer under our Cleaner, Greener and Safer Programme. We have introduced free school meals in all our primary schools and recently, we have just launched another one of our flagship programmes, Free Swim and Gym to keep our local people more active and healthier. Of course, we still want to do more for the local people however, I believe we have done tremendously well on our electoral promises and we should be judged on our records on delivery. Most of local parks have been highly rated with Green Flag status as a result of the hard work of our officer and elected executive members

Q. What plans does Labour have for the area for the future?

L. Labour intends to build on the existing milestones achieved to date on our electoral promises as our main priorities on building 11,000 new affordable homes for local people, create employment and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

Q.You have been a successful businessman in the UK for a very long time. What plans does Labour have for the business community in your area?

L. Through the High Street Challenge Fund, Labour has supported a significant number of local businesses through work programmes, apprenticeships and other employment support activities, both directly and in partnership with other local and national services providers. Of course, we are constantly exploring innovative ways to support business and enterprise across the borough.

Q.What Housing improvements has the area experienced
L. Build 11,000 new affordable homes with an of average of 350 per annum, invested millions of pounds on Cleaner, Greener and Safer programme to keep our Council homes safe, insulated to reduce daft and savings on energy costs for local people and also meet our environmental commitment by cutting CO2 emission through reduction in energy consumption as a result of the new doors and windows fitted for council tenants.

Q.What are Labour and your proudest achievements for the area?
L.
As an administration, I think Labour regaining full control of the Council in 2010 after having lost it to the LibDems and Tory Coalition in 2002 and being able to keep control with increased majority was a landmark and a remarkable achievement for the Labour Party. It was even a sweeter joy seeing Labour increased our majority to 48 out 63 contestable Council seats in 2014, leaving just 27 to the opposition (LibDems 15 and Tories 2).

Furthermore, on a personal note, my personal proudest moment was being elected with my other two colleagues for the first time in South Bermondsey marginal seat which Labour had no single seat since 1982 and winning all the three seat from LibDems. It is a great privilege to be representing the people of South Bermondsey Ward. Who knows what the future holds for me!

Q. Why should Labour hold your seat in the area? What are your policies and plans for the area that would inform Voters in the election.L

L. I think we have been able to build trust between ourselves and the local residents in South Bermondsey Ward through hard work around caseworks on housing needs, resolution of neighbourhood disputes, provision of free school meals, investments in Canada Water and Camberwell Libraries when libraries are been closed in other boroughs, local business network, building new affords Council homes for local residents, fighting domestic and business crimes, secured the routing of Bakerloo Line Tube Extension towards Old Kent Road, regeneration of Elephant and Castle and Canada Water, including investments in Burgess and Southwark Parks accessible to local people for several recreational activities.

We are investing in local businesses through the High Street Challenge Funds including apprenticeship and employment opportunities for local unemployed especially young people and women. We are not complacent. We recognise there are still a significant level inequalities still exist in our society as whole, not just in Southwark and South Bermondsey Ward I’m proud to represent. That is why having a Labour government at the national level, in addition to a Labour London Mayor will make some significant difference in how we are able to address inequalities in both Southwark and across the country in order to make sure that no community or individual is left behind.

 

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http://sunnylambe.com

http://mordengov.southwark.gov.uk/mgUserinfo.aspx?UID=50000683

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ITS OFFICIAL LONDONERS ARE SOLO TRAVELLERS THROUGH LIFE

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 Commentary From Huffingtonpost.com 2017, Why you should spend your money  on experiences, not things.

 The most dangerous word in human relations is ‘Loner.’ 

I have been a solo traveler for a while now.  By choice I have lead a quiet contemplative life since the age of 36.  I will not go into the reasons of it as they are personal.  I have been ‘insulted,’ as a Loner, by frustrated people eager to misinterpret my choices in life.

Imagine how pleased I was to fall on this article in the Evening Standard, that researched how society is making relationship choices that include a choice of being single by choice.

It goes further, to preferring experiencing the best moments of your life  ‘solo,’ rather than being pre-occupied with sharing everything with a significant other, other than our family relationships.

What is this phenomenon?  Well the writer starts the column  by giving an example of Patrick Drake, 37, who begins his mornings with Yoga and Meditation before office hours.  He then meticulously plans his day ahead which includes a solo ‘brunch,’ at Shoreditch House where he hosts a live stream cook-along.  Is this ‘Yuppyism’ resurfacing?

Well, apparently not.  For me at any rate, I decided to give up on the constant chase for a ‘boyfriend,’ and give up the fear of not being in a relationship because it caused me too much trauma. I find it very liberating to be able to say No.  I can enjoy being myself and taking the foot off life’s demands. Currently this thought is being fronted by the new M&S Advertising campaign which has this to say:

“Turn off Autopilot and spend life well. Someone wise once said, life’s short and spending it well is about saying yes, it’s sometimes having the conviction to say no.”

It is true that people are becoming more conscious on living their lives well rather than always meeting societal pressures to conform to idealistic ideals.  Note also the new trend in ‘experiences,’  rather than ‘buying worldly goods.’  In fact CNBC also presented a study on ‘Millennials prioritising ‘experiences’ over stuff.’  There is also a whole movement in downsizing and having smaller houses rather than aspiring to own large houses.

What has come over us?  I believe that the overwhelming evidence is that people are affected by the pertinent environmental issues of the day which are so at the front of every persons mind this century.  The truth is that we are now discarding old societal rules and embracing new rules that liberate us an puts at the forefront our personal rights.

I think some traditionalist may argue that this is not correct but, I believe they are now dwindling to minority numbers and will eventually give in or retire to a ‘traditionalist enclave,’ to hold hands against the advancement of modern life.

I still believe in everlasting love, but I am not just chasing it right now thanks!  If the opportunity came along, I’d jump right in, why not! Liberated life is goodish!

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