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James M

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Moved to Ipswich in 1993.

Joined: 15 December 2012

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Science and Christianity, are they in conflict?

Clubs & Groups in Broke Hall

FEB 23
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Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DG
David B
The Christadelphians, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DG are giving a Bible Talk which aims to show that one can accept the great steps made in Science and yet still trust the Bible as God’s revealed Word. 
James M
This is a great place to post interesting events, but I feel these Christadelphian posts are abusing the system somewhat in order to proselytise. The meetings are only going to be of interest to a minor subset of readers - and to be honest, the tone of ... [ more ]
James M
I agree with you in principle, Graham, but I do have to take issue with "climate change" as an example of a scientific concept having been proved beyond doubt.  The science of climate is very tentative at the moment, and going through somewhat of a ... [ more ]

Women of the Bible -Ruth

Clubs & Groups in California

FEB 16
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Castle Hill Community Centre
David B
Sunday February 16th, 2014 at 2.15pm Ipswich Christadelphians, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DG are giving a Bible study on Ruth, the faithful Moabitess, who learned to put her trust  totally in God.

Evolution or Creation?

Clubs & Groups in Broke Hall

FEB 09
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Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, IP4 4HN
David B
Sunday, February 9th, 2013 at 2.15pm Ipswich Christadelphians, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DG are giving a Bible study on the question of did we evolve or were we created by a loving caring God.
James M
I wish people wouldn't argue about Creation vs Evolution.   Religion serves one purpose in society, science serves another.  You may as well argue which is better, apples or oranges.
James M
I do get it - when I said religion deals with some aspects of society, I didn't mean medicine, physics, etc.  I meant spiritual and emotional needs, and other societal needs, such as identity, cultural coherence, kindness to the less fortunate, etc.  A ... [ more ]
James M
David, with the greatest respect, I think most people already know what the Bible tells us about its own particular creation myth.  Most of us in this country were raised with some sort of Christian education, even if it was of a secular variety.  I ... [ more ]

Are you still using Windows XP?

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Lewis L
After the 8th of April 2014 Microsoft will no longer provide support and security updates for XP.  I have been advised that it would be unwise to continue to use it because of the danger of viruses and I should change to another operating system.  This ... [ more ]
James M
"I have been advised that it would be unwise to continue to use it because of the danger of viruses" Not quite true.  Even though the platform is no longer supported by Microsoft,you should not be relying solely on Microsoft security updates for your ... [ more ]
James M
Toby, don't be fooled by the hype.  XP isn't any 'slower' than Windows 7 or 8, it will be the hardware which is slow.

Police lose money

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
A Good Samaritan handed a sum of cash in at Ipswich Police Station after finding it in the street. But when he returned 28 days later to collect the unclaimed money he discovered the police had lost it. What would you do if you found money in the ... [ more ]

restraunts

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Jean G
has anybody any ideas of a nice traditional English country pub where I can get a nice meal at lunchtime that's not too far out and is easy to get too I am treating my friend for his birthday on Friday .
James M
As much as I enjoy Harvester... a tin modern bistro is hardly a "nice traditional English country pub" that the OP asked for!  Especially when we have loads around.

traffic lights f rd /nacton rd

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

Sheila O
Reading the star tonight they admit there is nothing wrong with that junction now but think it will improve the flow of traffic through town if they put lights there liz h is right it will make things worse rosehill rd is allready a rat run when busy in ... [ more ]
James M
As someone who lives on one of the streets near the Nacton Rd / Felixstowe Rd junction, people do use my street as a rat run between the two because they stopped people turning right at the end of Nacton Rd - while this was sensible from a safety point ... [ more ]
James M
Richard G, people going up Alan Rd would be fine if they didn't drive at 40+ mph on it.  It's a narrow residential street.  It's mostly people going down it who speed, though.  I'd be all for making all those connecting roads one-way.
James M
Heather, you are overlooking the obvious - it's not about population or roads - it's all the employment being in the town centre - there's no need for insurance offices, call centres, solicitors, estate agents.. and now even shops.. to be in the town. ... [ more ]
James M
Heather, look at the options for crossing town East to West (as I have to do!) -1- A14 Orwell bridge So I have to go backwards the wrong way from my house to get to Nacton junction, which is always queued along Nacton Rd back to Landseer Rd anyway, so I ... [ more ]

More road chaos

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

James M
If things weren't so tight, I'd call for full-time Orwell Bridge response unit - if it gets blocked the whole town grinds to a halt, with who-knows-what impact on business. You could even charge the victims/drivers, £100 a time to get towed off the ... [ more ]
James M
Another two days in a row and the Orwell Bridge gets blocked by a breakdown and Ipswich gets thrown into gridlock.

Prefabs are here to stay

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
Residents determined to stay in their beloved prefabs are to get new roofs, bathrooms, kitchens and improved insulation. Do you remember living in a prefab after the war? Do you have fond memories or were you desperate to move into a more permanent ... [ more ]

Epetition On Suffolk County Council Website.

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

KingMeister inactive
Please sign this petition to fight the ridiculous decisions being made by the Labour council in Ipswich. They are spending taxpayers money with no regard for their public electorate ... [ more ]
James M
I put the downfall of the High street to the closure of Charles St car park that's 1000 spaces, catering for thousands of people over a day that don't come into Ipswich any more (I'm one of them) Where did this stupid idea come from that if you make ... [ more ]

Heating Engineers

Recommendations in Ipswich Town Centre

Avril L
Hi Would appreciate any recommendations for a well informed local heating engineer to replace boiler and change our system to pressure.  Thanks Streetlifers
James M
I used EPM247 recently for a boiler replacement, and they were very good.  As usual, buyer beware, and your mileage may vary :)

Job Vacancies

Recommendations in Castle Hill

Thomas F
Having just moved to Ipswich I am looking for work Anyone have any ideas please? Plus feel free to ask questions, I shall try to help not just take and no give

Holiday dilemma

Recommendations in Westerfield

Jackie E
Has anyone booked a holiday through icelolly.com? The prices seem too good to be true, but looking for a reasonably priced holiday for the family.
James M
It's a price comparison site, so you don't book your holiday with them.  Like with confused.com or gocompare or whatever just lists actual insurers, this place just lists the deals from lots of travel agents etc.  SO you'd be best checking out the actual ... [ more ]

Object to wind turbine Now

Clubs & Groups in Belstead

DEC 20
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Robert A
b/13/01476/ful               Planning number http://planning.babergh.gov.uk pfr have sent in planning application during christmas so Babergh offices are closed 24th Dec to 2nd Jan,  sneeky ! write your letters of objection  now lets stop this white ... [ more ]

Cornhill

Local Conversations in Chantry

O J M
Looking at the photos of our future Cornhill in today's Star.  I'm very relieved to see that the market has been catered for, (hope it's going to be a decent size) but what on earth is the 'tower' outside the bank?  Is it going to have a sail on and ... [ more ]
James M
The current market just looks scruffy.  But that could be fixed by making them use standard size canopies and pitches.
James M
And a bunch of steps on the Cornhill is not disabled-friendly either.  Before long it'll be jam packed with skateboarders and become a death trap.
James M
I also thought the illustrations looked very cheap.  They had stretched some of those textures too far, and some of the people were way out of scale.  A ten year old with photoshop could have done better,

Flooding

Local Conversations in Castle Hill

Andy G
Having lived in the Castle Hill area ( or it's posh title of Henley Rise ) for the past 24 years, I was staggered to hear that the people buying our house have had to take out specific insurance against flood. The risk of surface water flooding has been ... [ more ]
James M
The do it by measuring how close your house's postcode is to a river or the sea, they don't look at the height difference. If my house up on Bishop's Hill ever floods, Ipswich will be under 100 feet of water.

Bus lane on Bishop's Hill

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

James M
What is the point of it? Cars who want to turn left about a mile ahead use it (illegally, but the police don't care) The buses don't use it!  They always try to squeeze into the normal lane before the junction, because even they think it's stupid to have ... [ more ]
James M
The reason removing the roundabout didn't help is because they installed the pedestrian crossing at the college, but didn't link it into the light cycle at the Duke St intersection. So even when the lights are green, you can't move because the green man ... [ more ]
James M
Because if they cared, they would arrest people doing it.  I've even seen them sit there whilst someone drove past them in the bus lane.
James M
Richard G, their job description is to stop people breaking the law, it's not to decide which laws can be broken or not.  If they were happy to sit in a 15 minute queue, then their other priorities couldn't have been very pressing, could they? I'm all ... [ more ]
James M
I've found my revenge on them anyway.  Started coming into town along Duke St, so have the opportunity to not allowing the ones who have driven down the bus lane and turned left into the queue!  Legal and justice!

Chickens

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Traffic Lights

Local Conversations in Priory Heath

Keith H
So i see the Council are now going to put traffic lights at Nacton Road joining Bishops Hill.They seemed to have all ready made up there mind to do it regardless off what we have to say.All this is going to do is cause traffic to build up again along ... [ more ]
James M
Well, as someone who lives on one of the streets between Nacton and Felixstowe Rds, I welcome this - from now on there will be no good reason for using my street as a rat-run between the two - you'll have to wait either way.

Door to Door Fundraisers.

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

Kai F inactive
These days I've noticed that quite a lot of charities are relying on door to door fundraising.  I've come across a different in opinions, firstly that its a good thing, and that this type of donation is best for the charity, or that these people are just ... [ more ]

57 votes on 3 answers so far... See all and vote

James M
They expect you to hand over your bank details to complete strangers on the doorstep.  Gone are the days of a one-off donation, they want a direct debit or nothing. I buy nothing from doorsteppers, charity or otherwise.  if i want something I'll find ... [ more ]
James M
Douglas, the point is that they have disturbed you for no good reason, which is plain rude.  For older people and those with disability, or people living alone or otherwise vulnerable, being disturbed in this way can be frightening.  Even if you've just ... [ more ]
James M
Matt C this is a repeat of what you said on the last time we have a topic on cold callers, and a no-cold-callers zone was being set up somewhere.  Why does it matter what we do for a living? You say all you ask for is respect - but you have not given ... [ more ]
James M
Matt, working is better than not, but it's not right trying to blackmail us to be nice to cold-callers with this fact.  Nobody is forcing you to only do cold-calling.  you can't make us like that job and the disturbance it causes just because it's ... [ more ]
James M
Douglas, might be simple for you to get up and answer the door, shoo off some irritating salesman you don't know, but not everyone.  That line of reasoning is of the same ilk as "why don't girls just say no?"

Introduction

Local Conversations in Akenham

Community Safety
Hi, My name is Sue Burstall and I have been on Streetlife for a while. I also live on Whitehouse, and have done so most of my life. This is a great community to live and work in. As a day job I work as Partnerships Officer in the Community Safety Team ... [ more ]

Neighbours

Local Conversations in Beacon Hill

James M
That's a tough one and depends on what kind of housing you live in?  Private owned?  Rental?  Local Authority?  If they are rental, you have recourse to whoever rents to them, private lanbdlords don't usually like their tenants causing trouble.  The LA ... [ more ]
James M
I think if relations with multiple neighbours have broken down in the way you describe (for whatever reasons, justified or not) you only have two grim choices: 1. Just live with not talking to your neighbours 2. Move

Suffolk One: Starbucks or Costa?

Local Conversations in Akenham

Max G
Suffolk One, a Sixth Form College that opened in Ipswich in 2010, has announced they will be serving branded coffee - either Starbucks or Costa. Over the next two days students will be able to cast a vote for their favourite. Which one of these coffee ... [ more ]

43 votes on 3 answers so far... See all and vote

James M
Probably a sign of the times, but kids today are completely brand-driven - it's likely them who are pushing for one of the big commercial companies to come in, not the college. Students have changed a lot since my day - I'm working at a University at ... [ more ]
James M
Wouldn't be surprised if the big chains are offering a higher rent than the one that's there - these brands like to get them addicted young and it's worth it to them to run a loss-leader in a place like a college where they barely make any profit but ... [ more ]

Holywells park restoration

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

James M
Kathie posted this on Facebook: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/gallery_holywells_park_boost_expected_as_restoration_proposals_unveiled_1... Holywells park boost expected as restoration proposals unveiled "Members of the borough’s planning and development ... [ more ]

Do you remember your first car?

Local Conversations in Akenham

Max G
We want you to send us 250 words telling us what made your first car special and a photo to show it. How much did your first car cost? What adventures did you have in it? How much did you sell it for? e-mail your stories to Natalie Hoodless at ... [ more ]