Is is known to some readers that I have been an amateur musician for a while. Recently however, after constant low level encouragement I decided to take the next step and release a song. The video to go with it can be seen below. Eagle eyed viewers will note the clock on top of Maple Lodge in the Hamptons features in it!
The song is available to pre-order from iTunes and will be released properly on 22nd March.
Hopefully people will understand that doing something like this takes a lot of time and effort and in addition to raising a family, full time work, and continuing my work with the WPRA (we have been door knocking to gather signatures against the new proposals for Victoria House - over 1300 so far since you ask!) I've not had the time to research and write up posts as I would otherwise like to. And given the level of animosity towards me by a few individuals who feel I owe it to them to not only keep writing posts but to write them from a point of view they deem acceptable, I've not felt as eager to keep churning them out as I'd like to.
One of the reasons I took over the blog in early 2013 is to ensure there was a source of information about the local community and I rather liked the way the previous blogger took a slightly skewed look at things. I tried to keep it running in the same style and it was funny to note how all the comments about "how political the blog was" only came after people found out it was me running it - prior to that nobody complained , even though I'd been running it for months by then. I only decided to go public because as I was standing for council I didn't feel it was right to be blogging anonymously.
However I digress - It so happened that Richard Johnson started a Worcester Park Local Community Page a on facebook a few months ago and has been keeping local readers up to date with situations and events. I have published links to his page before and, knowing there was still a good source of local community information available, this was the other reason I wasn't so worried about turning my attention to other things for a short while.
In answer to Dave, who feels I ought to punished for my lack of posts I would say: were I an elected councillor I would have a specific responsibility to the community. Running a blog is a hobby. Yes it is useful to the community but there has never been any contract between you and me that I must write posts constantly - such a contract wouldn't hold up in law anyway as it would by totally one-sided. The obligations I have taken on board, like the WPRA and chairing the WP police safer neighbourhood team ward panel, I have continued to do - it's just that these things aren't so public.
To the person who offered to take over the blog - yes I do know who you are. Thanks for your offer however going through your comments I've noted you tend to be even more political than me, and are one of the people who have seriously exaggerated the amount of political posts on here. In reality there are very few posts on here that are political and I always offer both sides the opportunity to have their say. There are several people who tend to comment whom I strongly disagree with but I encourage them to continue commenting as their comments are intelligent and offer a different point of view. There are others who's comments are a constant steam of (often politically motivated) drivel full of venom against me and everything I do or say. It is rare that I block anyone but people like this will be blocked.
I would like to thank those who have commented in my defence. It is because of people like you that I want to continue doing this - so yes I will be doing more posting - however just for a while, it will be a little sparse.
Hope you like the song!