No area should have as much private hire as we do! Every other car is private hire, which is an obvious symptom of a deeper problem with the public transport network.
Anyway, rant over.
Leeds (and West Yorkshire more generally) is a major urban area with a public transport system more suited to a rural county - tired old buses, a couple of heavy rail lines with irregular services and nothing else.
Until that's sorted, any plans to improve the area will fall foul of the fact that the whole region is choked with cars and the main city of Leeds is pretty much permanently gridlocked. You can improve one area, but you just move the car problem to another until you sort it.
This is the street in question.
You can see how it's nice and wide, and getting rid of the road and car parking (which seems to be mostly used by idling/waiting taxis) will make it into a pleasant public space.
On the left is the art gallery and on the right is a shopping/leisure centre and hotel.
The attached picture is a computer-generated image of the plan.
There's a news story on local radio about a plan to transform a Leeds city centre street by banning cars and planting greenery.
Good! But they're doing it backwards. Put in place a working public transport system and *then* ban cars. The public transport in Leeds is woefully inadequate for a city of its size.
I used to work opposite this dump, they should have closed it down
Content warning for book
Don't buy "This Is Not Propaganda" by Peter Pomerantsev.
His last book on Russia was excellent, but I'm only a short way into this one and I've had to endure several lengthy and totally unnecessary graphic descriptions of torture.
Waste of £6 that I could have ill afforded to waste right now.
On the radio: "Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley is organising a coach trip for local residents to tour Parliament and learn about the work of MPs."
Surely this isn't the same Karen Bradley who has repeatedly voted for No Deal and has publicly backed Boris Johnson in closing down, er, Parliament?
This is a good article I missed over the weekend. I read this bloke's book on Russia ages ago, and I can recognise some of the stuff he wrote about in today's media in this country.
> With the future [in Russian political discourse] gone AWOL, politicians indulged in nostalgia, politics became about pure performance and there was a fun release in saying: “I don’t care about the facts”, farting at glum reality. Now, the same sense of a futureless present has arrived for enough people in the UK and America.
Radio, North Korea
It's a grey, boring afternoon but not quite boring enough to listen to North Korean radio. It's still amazing on a technical level that the signal gets from there to here, though.
Can someone with more web development knowledge than me tell me why this news page seems to download 6MB of data every time you access it? It seems excessive and I'm concerned it's doing something it shouldn't.
Local news, sex
Today in local news, we visit a knocking shop.
Seriously, is this what local journalism has, er, come to?
Who ya gonna call? Horse Bailiff!
Exams, writing, advice needed
When I applied to university, I had to do a couple of entrance tests, both of them handwritten. I never write anything in day-to-day life other than the odd note, and by the end of 90 minutes of writing I was actually in pain.
Obviously, lengthy handwritten exams are going to be an ongoing thing. I can't be the only one in this situation. What do you do when you've got to handwrite for 2-3 hours? I don't think I can deal with the wrist pain as things are.