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The digital ‘bill of rights’ proposed by Jeremy Corbyn

As part of his battle for Labour leadership, you may have seen Jeremy Corbyn and his plans for a Digital Democracy to “democratise the internet” mentioned in the news. It seems this would be achieved by the use of a digital “bill of rights”.

A more simple way of looking at this, is that Mr Corbyn would like to make the internet a more level playing field (particularly in terms of internet speed, and access to information), and government use of the internet (with an apparent focus on engaging young people in politics). Which are policies I agree with.

The main pledge in the digital “bill of rights” that would probably get the most attention is the “Universal Service Network”, this is the pledge that says:

“We will deliver high speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organisation in Britain from the inner city neighbourhoods to the remotest rural community.”

Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a commitment to the expected speed, and if the government would be reliant on BT for this promise. But according to his press conference, there would be £25bn pledged towards this happening. So I guess this would help the remote Devon farms to be connected.

The manifesto is available online here, and is an easy read. Reading it though I cant help shake the feeling that this has been said by previous governments before.

I would praise Mr Corbyn for his seeming want to create an inclusive society, as highlighted by comments made about not everyone being comfortable with online services, but I do feel his digital “bill of rights” misses out comment about the costs involved in buying a computer, and potentially teaching people in these online services.

Obviously many people access the web via a smart phone now, but I imagine using a number of the local and central government online services to be a challenge on a mobile device.

I like the heart behind a lot of today’s announcements, but feel more detail would be needed in the future.

For more information, check out the BBC website.

(Post originally appeared on AndesMedia – Photography and Web Design)

The Perfect Pre-School Toys?

Found somewhere on Twitter…

#MySundayPhoto – Spotted Coming Off The Devon Coast

Spotted coming off the coast off Exmouth, Devon…

(This isn’t meant to be a cheap plug, but I’m doing it anyway, if you like the above, you may also want to check out Tales From The Toyshelf on Facebook and Instagram.)

Photalife

Where To Go In Exeter When Its Raining?

There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet.  If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest  hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.

Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.

The Twisted OakThe Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.

Café Connect at Riverside Church

Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.

The Welcome Inn

Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can!

Stormtrooper-Lego2Thomas Moore

Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…

Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.

Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.

Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.

Exeter Cathedral.

The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous.  While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.

If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.

Soft Play!

If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter.  You could try…

Bear Feet

Riverside

Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)

 

That’s a few ideas.

Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?

*Parental supervision is probably expected.

 

 

Rhino Hunting Continued…

Rota’s have aligned and both myself and Mrs Sofa have been able to get week holiday at the same time. After hearing horror stories about traffic down to Cornwall, we’ve decided to spend our holiday around Exeter, possibly also exploring around Devon a little.

After seeing the Grandparents in North Devon yesterday, we decided to go Rhino Hunting again in Exeter (as well as a few other jobs), here’s a little photo album of the ones we found – excluding the castle one… he didn’t take a good photo.

If you’re around the Exeter Cathedral Green, take a moment to say hi to the guys on the Lego table, and donate a pound to build a brick on Exeters very own Lego Cathedral.

#MySundayPhoto – A Past Look at Venice

I’ve been experimenting quite a bit with the Prisma app on my phone over the last couple of weeks, heres a fresh look at a photo from Venice in Italy that I took a while back.

Photalife

Conversations With A Small Child #13

During a conversation with  the Little One, about her upcoming birthday, I asked about the type of cake she wanted…

LO: A 4 cake! 

Me: We can do that, no problems (I think).

LO: A 4 cake, with peas, carrots, and sausage!

I think she got a little confused.

I hope she got a little confused…

She got confused right?

#MySundayPhoto – More Rhino Hunting in Exeter

We spent yesterday morning searching for Rhinos around Exeter.

Quick tip we learnt from yesterday, go to the Museum first before the “Rhino Shop” in the Harlequins Shopping Centre. The staff in the museum seemed to be a little “on edge” at the sight of a helium balloon, which we got given at the Rhino shop. If you go Rhino hunting around there, probably best to go to Museum first, and avoid the staff having a nervous breakdown.

Check out greatbigrhinos.org.uk for information about why Rhinos are popping up around Exeter and South Devon.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – When Bing Visits The Death Star

That Star Wars / Bing  Bunny from Cbeebies cross over you never knew you wanted…

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