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Tonight’s Mastermind

I’ve just been reminded that tonight is the final of Mastermind and one of the finalists is Jesse Honey who kicked off with Wandsworth as a specialist subject – the perfect excuse to feature the video again.

Good luck to him tonight (even though it’s a bit late to wish him luck for something that was recorded weeks, or maybe months, ago).

Update And congratulations to him. A fantastic win to become Mastermind champion, I’m really pleased that Wandsworth was part of his path to the title.

Weekly wrap-up, 15 January

It’s been another week I’ve ended out of Wandsworth. This week the child in me has been excited by a trip on a sleeper train in which my knowledge of sleepers, derived entirely from Agatha Christie and Hart to Hart (a show surely due a remake) was confounded as no-one was murdered). If that wasn’t enough, it was topped by a tour around an airport – and not just the passenger side, but the driving around the runways side.

But, of course, Wandsworth is the purpose of my blog, and Wandsworth will be the purpose of the remainder of this post.

Mastermind
The YouTube of the Mastermind round on Wandsworth has to be the highlight of my week. Having felt a little saddened by my score, the honesty of others has made me feel a lot better about it. Indeed, one councillor, who shall remain nameless, confessed he only got four. Smugness isn’t pleasant, but I just can’t help it.

Regeneration and Community Safety
The Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday night was the major meeting I attended as a councillor this week. It wasn’t, if I’m honest, a meeting to set the world on fire. Unfortunately Tony Belton, the Labour leader couldn’t attend the meeting, and his absence brings home what an excellent opposition councillor he is – despite leading a small group, he makes sure we keep on our toes. Proof that size is not everything!

Much of the agenda was fairly uncontroversial, although some concerns were raised by the opposition councillor present, I think Labour voted with the Conservatives on all but one paper. The sole paper being on action taken to control street drinkers in Roehampton. The council has taken some very targeted action to help street drinkers where possible, but empowering the police to act where the drinkers aren’t responsive to the help offered.

This seems to have had the desired effect, although the situation needs to be monitored. However the Labour group wanted to call this an Alcohol Exclusion Zone (which it is not, since that has a strict legal definition) and therefore voted against. A slightly odd vote, I thought, since the problem has been tackled, but clearly image and spin still remain more important to Labour than substance.

Neighbourhood Watch
Much of the rest of my time has been taken up with various community safety meetings. One of the most pleasing with a researcher who was looking into how Neighbourhood Watch worked in various boroughs, and was examining Wandsworth as an exciting example of how it could be developed.

I’ve long held a deep respect for the Community Safety team (as well as all the other council officers!) for their dedication to their work, but it’s also good to see that work recognised elsewhere and be able to give credit to them to external bodies.

Wandsworth on Mastermind

If you are a Mastermind watcher you’ll have noticed that one of the specialist subjects last Friday was the London Borough of Wandsworth.

The contestant, Jesse Honey, managed to score an astounding 14 (he went on to win the show). I managed a fairly dismal 7.

His two minutes on Wandsworth are below. How many can you get?

(As once before on here, I understand the BBC are happy with short clips that are essentially promoting their programming, though will obviously remove this clip if it turns out otherwise.)