Returning to the theme at the beginning of the week, it's not procrastination that's the thief of time, it's some of our major utility companies, and on this occasion I'm not talking about digging up roads here.
I can often get more done, particularly when it comes to the large amount of reading I have to do, working from home, because there are less interruptions. But I wasn't overwhelmingly happy to be forced to set five hours aside for the second time in three weeks to get a particular job done. It's not the five hours I'm complaining about. I understand that it can be difficult to give more precise times because they can never be entirely sure how long a particular job will take. My complaint is that the work wasn't done on the first visit. Although the operative had the necessary part in his van and it would only have taken a few minutes to do, as it wasn't the job written on his job sheet he wasn't allowed to do it, meaning his visit was abortive and I had to go through the whole process of making a new appointment. Actually got a lot done so probably shouldn't be complaining too much, but not everybody has that flexibility, and many people would have to book holidays or lose pay to get this sort of stuff done.
Quite busy in Crumpsall at the moment. Enver Road Residents' had their association's AGM last night. Another example of a small group of people making a real difference to where they live. This afternoon I go to Clifford Hilditch Court, one of our sheltered accommodation blocks for their multi-cultural day, and just for the record multi-culturalism is about bringing different cultures together, not as has been recently suggested, some form of seperate development. Friends of Herristone Park have their fun in the park day on Sunday. These second two events follow a number of others that have taken place in the ward over the last few weeks, most as part of the Good Neighbours Day initiative, and all aimed at bringing communities together.
(link to external website - http://www.european-neighbours-day.com)