Mill Street origins of Little Brock are explored

Genealogists in Mill Street have become interested in Little Brock’s antecedents and have dug up quite a lot of information.

Little Brock, the badger cub, emerged as an adventurous child of the Giant Albino Badger of Mill Street just three or so weeks ago. So far, we have discovered that Brock Little was a famous surfer and stuntman ( who died in 2016 and did stunts for Die Hard 4.0 and Transformers.

Brooke Little is an actress ( Big George Brock died on April 10th this year and played with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and others ( He was a boxer and fought Sonny Liston, beating him.

You can hear lots of his music on YouTube, for example:

The Giant Badger of Mill Street

Worth watching the FB posts on the Giant Badger of Mill Street. More later!

Oxford City Council flouts nationwide laws

A cadre of councillors in the World Heritage city of Oxford has decided that blind and disabled people will have to suffer a dictat from planners and endure an egregious development that will leave people in the cold.

Two nationwide organisations for the disabled pointed out that “developments” at Gibbs Crescent took no notice of statutory laws, fire access laws, and common humanity, including United Nations, British, and European Commission  laws. Continue reading

The Life of Dadaji

The Life of Dadaji

This is about a man called Lawrence Amos Miles written by an anonymous author – not me! Miles had, to say the least, an interesting life.  You can also find a Word version here.

Mill Street residents up in arms over Gibbs Crescent

NEW OSNEY AND THE PLANNING PROPOSAL FOR GIBBS CRESCENT Meeting (2) of residents, 19.30, 12 March 2019, Cherwell College, Osney Lane (W)  


In attendance Residents present Cherwell College: Stephen Clarke; Abbey Walk: Henry Nebrensky; Oxford City Council: Susanna Pressel; Arthur Street: Penny Baker; Malcolm Keay; A2Dominion Oxford: Jim Smith and Tina Proctor Barrett Street: Anne James (Chair); Andrew Walker; Marshall Walker; Jericho: Joe Shallis [representing Jessica Leaf of Gibbs Crescent] 

Millbank: Andrew Chapman; Lisa Hulme; Apologies Mill Street: Rhiannon Ash, Caroline Bradley, Gibbs Crescent: Paul Hobbs Catherine Byrne; Salvador Osney Marina: Les Wright Exposito; Mike McGee[ sic: Magee]; David and Rosemary Preston; Charlie Raikes; Andrew Walker; Marshall Walker; Felicity Wenden; 

Oatlands Road: Robin Harrison [Representing his son of Gibbs Crescent]: 

Osney Mill: Tony Munsey. 

A2D INPUT (JS and TP) 

About A2D 

1. With 37,000 homes and 7800 currently being developed in Southern England, A2D is a large UK provider of mixed occupancy homes (new build, private, shared ownership and social homes). Through its non-profit arm, it offers affordable rentals, and additional care and personal support to 2500 units. It provides 3000 homes in Oxford, catering to 1000 students and others in mixed bed-sit, private and social housing. 

Developing Gibbs Crescent 

Eleven of 86 units were lost in the 2017 explosion. Fifteen other tenants have since moved away with A2D support. A2D claims that 60 tenants remain on site, but there may be more. 

With the proposed development, A2D is looking to create 140 dwellings for 209 people, with social rent tenancies, affordable shared ownership properties. and privately owned and rented flats at market rates. 

A2D suggested that tenancies might be offered to 15 former Simon House residents, closed when the County withdrew its funding. 

In refurbishing Gibbs Crescent, A2D’s intention is to increase A2D income by maximising resident density beyond existing capacity. 

A2D does not consider that the proposed population increase, housed in in 4-6 storey blocks, amounts to the overdevelopment of this location. 

Given historically negative perceptions, A2D suggests that Gibbs Crescent might be renamed. 


A2D owns the freehold of the Gibbs Crescent and its access road, from the swing gate between the cemetery and Bishop Gate. Contrary to what was said at the 2018 consultation, there is no provision in the current proposal to enhance access to the finished development on land not owned by A2D. This is regardless of any implications for established residents in the Mill Street area or in respect of users of the railway footbridge. Such costs could be met through Section 106 processes. 

A2D has considered improvement to the footpath from the site to Oxpens Road, but owned by the Marina. No plans have yet been proposed. 

Community facilities 

10. There is no provision for community development initiatives at the site being developed. The wider area is thought to be very well-served. A2D experience of mixed occupancy carless sites has been without problems. 


11. The intention is to plan the build to minimise problems, facilitating communication between residents, contractors and other stakeholders, as the site is developed. 

12. The work is likely to take 2 years. It was suggested that site managers might meet with residents as the planning process advances. 

13. A2D is in regular communication to address the expressed concerns of Thames Water. 


14. A2D agreed the need for residents to communicate with site managers and would facilitate introductions, through agreed named contacts. AJ was willing to take this on. 


15. Whichever the authority responsible, A2D should have a Duty of Care in respect of the wider social and environmental implications of the demolition and later reconstruction of Gibbs Crescent. 

16. It should seek to coordinate the timing of this work and HGV movement with the rebuilding of the Power Station in Arthur Street, to minimise adverse implications for local residents. 

17. The appropriateness of demolishing all the existing Gibbs Crescent buildings should be questioned as should its protection as peaceful green space. 

18. The proposed doubling of population density on such a small site is unacceptable, not least given the significant recent increases in density across the Mill Street area. Of the 209 intended occupants, it is not clear how many people will be offered the different tenancy arrangements in social or market rented units, shared and/or affordable ownership. 

19. Accommodation at 4-6 storeys is unacceptably high in a leafy conservation area. It seems set to recreate the Roger Dudman Way debacle on Port Meadow and, higher than the nearby power station, it will exacerbate the sense of exclusion currently being imposed by the massed 6 storey blocks of the Student Castle which will remove all views of the city across the tracks. 

20. The project amounts to further insensitive urbanisation at the cost of amenity to established residences in the area. 

21. Strong criticism of the proposals as ‘beyond belief’ was expressed on behalf of members and residents of the Osney Marinas, as threatening the quality of their living and working environment, practically and aesthetically. 

22. There was no acknowledgement that such development must comply with rules of pedestrian and vehicle access in Oxford, including for police, fire and ambulance services, even when access land is not controlled by the developer. 

23. Specific reference was made to access from Mill Street, Osney Lane over the damaged railway footbridge, the narrow road between the cemetery and Millbank, and along the unsurfaced footpath to the site from Oxpens Road and the Westgate Centre. 

24. A permanent 5 or 10 mph speed limit should be introduced between the South of Mill Street and the site to control taxis, multiple rubbish collectors, delivery vans and bikes, which already cause severe distress. This is only set to worsen with the increased number of residents proposed for Gibbs Crescent. 

25. Likewise, there is dismay at the minimal parking provision envisaged for 200 occupants and visitors, and the implications for rebounding stress onto scarce Mill Street parking. 

26. Residents lament any change in name of the site, given that it commemorates one of Oxford’s most esteemed post-war mayors, dedicated to the improving the lives of the city’s most marginal groups. 


The meeting thanked Cherwell College for offering its dining room and Cllr Pressel and A2D representatives for attending. Thanks are also due to those who designed, printed and delivered leaflets announcing the meeting and to everyone who attended. 

RP 16-03-19 

Rising Sun, Morning Calm

Our special correspondent, Hadrien Levi, writes: Saturday, August 15th, 2020, almost the end of Japan’s Obon Holiday week. Korean War 2.0 ended before the beginning of the Summer Tokyo Olympic Games, and there were some rumors circulating in the Japanese and International media about a possible visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Yasukuni Shrine to mourn the War dead.

It’s a sweltering Summer morning in Tokyo, and it is possible to hear the cicadas singing in the trees. Shock troops from the Metropolitan Police Agency are everywhere in the surroundings of Yasukuni Shrine, all the way to the Imperial Palace, which is close by. The Right Wing, Nationalists, “Black Trucks” with their loudspeakers are kept far away from the vicinity of the Imperial Palace and Yasukuni Shrine.

The headquarters of the Ministry of Defense is also surrounded by shock troops. At the Prime Minister’s residence, there are no shock troops, but the area is surrounded by Police Officers from the Metropolitan Police Agency. There’s an unusual number of helicopters flying around Tokyo, some from the Metropolitan Police Agency and some from Japan’s Self Defense Forces.

People entering Yasukuni Shrine are asked to have their belongings submitted for inspection and to be searched with metal detectors . The media has been tipped about such unusual number of Police Officers in the Central Tokyo Area . The National TV Broadcasters start showing cars with Military personnel exiting the Ministry of Defense heading towards Yasukuni Shrine. Moments later, a motorcade arrives at the Prime Minister’s residence. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets into his car, and the motorcade departs on its way to Yasukuni Shrine. Officials from the Ministry of Defense and Japan’s SDF’s top brass arrive at Yasukuni Shrine and are greeted by Yasukuni Shrine’s Chief Priest. They stand waiting outside in this warm Summer morning.

Moments later the Prime Minister’s motorcade arrives at Yasukuni Shrine . Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is greeted by the Ministry of Defense Officials, SDF’s top brass and Yasukuni Shrine’s Chief Priest. Surprisingly, they all stand there waiting. The roads linking the Imperial Palace to Yasukuni Shrine have been closed to traffic. Minutes later, at the Imperial Palace, a gate opens and a motorcade leaves the Imperial Palace taking the Emperor and Empress. whom ascended to the throne about a year earlier.

The National TV Broadcasters are flabbergasted by all that’s been happening . Prime Minister Abe, his entourage and Yasukuni Shrine’s Chief Priest, all stand there waiting for the Emperor’s motorcade to arrive. Upon arrival, the Emperor and Empress are greeted by Prime Minister Abe, his entourage and Yasukuni Shrine’s Chief Priest . They all walk towards the shrine. The people present at Yasukuni Shrine are amazed at all that’s been going on . A Ceremonial Ritual is held inside Yasukuni Shrine, but the media is kept far away.

The next day, protests are held in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and other major cities in mainland China . Japan’s Ambassador to China is called into China’s Foreign Ministry in Beijing . Since the participation of China’s PLA in Korean War 2.0, China mainland became a not so comfortable place for Japanese companies to either have dealings with or to have manufacturing bases in.

China’s Economy, having followed Japan’s rapid development model, also starts faltering as Japan’s Economy did when it’s Asset Bubble burst in the late 80’s . With Mainland China’s Economy faltering, Japan Bashing becomes the norm, as a way for China’s Political Elite to control the discontent masses. To no surprise, there are no protests in Taiwan, after China’s PLA participation in KoreanWar 2.0 . Protests are also held in Seoul and other major Korean cities, which are steadily curbed by the newly elected right wing Korean government . The newly elected right wing government knows they will need the financing from Japanese Financial Institutions, which have the funds needed

for the Reunification Process. Sadly enough after the Reunification Process is over, Korea will be so heavily indebted to Japanese Financial Institutions, that it wouldn’t be far fetched to look to Korea as almost a Japanese Colony.

After North Korea’s launch of an ICBM towards Japanese soil and the participation of China’s PLA in Korean War 2.0, there’s some additional debate over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Nago’s Henoko District. On National TV discussion panels, every commentator readily acknowledges the heavy burden that is put on the population of Okinawa for hosting most of US Armed Forces in Japan, but all end up enforcing the necessity of the bases in Japanese soil as an assurance against a growing militaristic China.

Some commentators talk about the need of strengthening the roles of Japan’s Self Defense Forces with budget increases comparable to the two percent of GDP quotas set for NATO member countries. Right Wing Maverick Politician Tooru Hashimoto readily cogitates on the need of the return to the conscription format, citing Israel’s IDF as an example to be followed. Shigeru Ishiba, who is quoted to be Japan’s next Prime Minister, stirs great controversy, as he cogitates on National TV, about the need of Japan possessing Nuclear Weapons.

The rhetoric behind Japan possessing Nuclear Weapons being that North Korea wouldn’t have attacked Japan if the country possessed Nuclear Weapons to retaliate . The funds needed for the retrofit of the DDH-183 Izumo and DDH-184 Kaga Helicopter Destroyers, into Aircraft Carriers, close in style to the US Navy’s Wasp Class of Amphibious Assault Ships, were secured and works at the IHI shipyard are ready to start. In the USA, Lockheed Martin and the Defense Department are sounded by Japan’s Defense Ministry about the possibility of having F-35 B jets ready for delivery when the retrofit works on the DDH-183 Izumo are over, since the US Marines are the biggest customers for the F35 B version of the stealth jet. Meanwhile in Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cogitates on the possibility of it assembling the F 35 B jets needed for the Japanese Aircraft Carriers.

In Japan, with the end of the Heisei Era, a period characterized by the aftermath of the end of Japan’s Asset Bubble, came the end of the country’s 70 years of Peaceful living after the WWII defeat.