The Zoom meeting of the Handforth Parish Council went viral after seventeen-year-old Shaan Ali retweeted a you tube clip on his twitter account. He is in the habit of watching council meetings, while studying politics for his A levels. Few if any meetings are as lively as this one. Jackie Weaver, an independent mediator, had been asked to chair the meeting by two councillors. She deleted the Chairman of the Council from the Zoom call, on the grounds that he was constantly disrupting it. This resulted in bullying by some of the remaining councillors.
The clip was greeted with national hilarity and discussed widely in the news and on radio programmes. However, as the dust settled, it provoked a discussion on Sexism.
Jackie Weaver, the chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, said the meeting showed an element of “bullying and bad behaviour in local councils” She said that she thought it showed sexism.
Sexism is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as ” actions based on the belief that the members of one sex are less intelligent, able, skilful etc. than the members of the other sex, especially that women are less able than men” The male councillors, who were being offensive in the meeting seem to fulfil these criteria.
On Friday 5th February a local councillor from another area, phoned into the Jeremy Vine programme on BBC radio2, to say that a male councillor had shaken his fist at her, on a Zoom council meeting of the Planning Committee! She did say that she didn’t think that he would have done that, if the meeting had taken place in the Council chamber and that people were more uninhibited in their behaviour on Zoom.
However, in the House of Commons, women have been recipients of crude gestures from the benches opposite and know which male MPs it is safe to travel with alone in a lift. In 2017 a secret What App group came to light, in which women working in the Houses of Parliament name male politicians that are notorious for their lecherous behaviour.
Recently at an online meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee said that meetings attended by too many women tended to “drag on” because they talked too much.
Kaori Yamaguchi, a JOC director said “Gender equality and consideration for people with disabilities were supposed to be a given for the Tokyo Games”
“It is unfortunate to see the president of the organising committee make a remark like that.” There have been calls for his resignation.
In the late 1960s when I worked for an Insurance company in the City of London, discrimination was entrenched in the conditions of employment. Married women were not eligible to join the Pension Scheme. In the 1940s, women who worked for this company, were even required to resign from their positions upon marriage!
There has undoubtedly been progress of a sort on Sexism, but as these online meetings show, there is still some way to go.
You can watch the video here.
What are the most popular places in the UK?
Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.
Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.
The Eden Project in Cornwall ranks second together with Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.
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Supermoon, the largest of the year will be on May 26th
It will be the second of the year, but the largest. The Supermoon of 26 May will be the closest and will be tinged with red although at our latitudes we won’t see it and we won’t be able to see the small eclipse that comes with it.
The satellite will reach the perigee, on 21 May, at 3: 53 , when it will be in 357. 309 kilometres from Earth); nine hours later, it will also reach the full phase.
In the 2021 there are five Supermoons, three full and two new “The next” Superluna “will appear approximately 7% larger and a little brighter than average, but you need to have an expert to notice it. But you will see it better at sunset and at dawn.
Those who are in the Far East and the West Coast of the Americas will also be able to see a small lunar eclipse.
Picasso painting sold for over 100 million dollars
Woman sitting by a window (Marie-Thérèse)
The painting ‘ Woman Seated by a Window (Marie-Thérèse) ‘by Pablo Picasso was sold yesterday for 103, $ 4 million during an auction organized by Christie’s, in New York City. The canvas of 1, 46 x 1, 14 meters, painted in 1932, was sold to 90 million dollars and came to 103, 4 million after a battle of over 19 minutes between collectors. The work, which represents Picasso’s lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, nearly doubled the amount of the initial estimate provided by Christie’s, i.e. 55 Million dollars.
The woman in the painting is a representation of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted her sitting in front of a window wearing a red dress with her long dark hair down and reaching down to her waist.
Marie-Thérèse Walter was an artist herself, but she always had to work as an assistant to make ends meet. She was also the person who introduced Picasso to French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, which led to his becoming known internationally and eventually turning from painting into sculpture.
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