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london map

What a wonderful piece of work this is – a colour-coded map of all the london local authority wards. The full image is here. I would love to see one for Scotland…


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Trams on streets – an international perspective…

There has been a lot of concern about how light rail in Edinburgh can be introduced in a way that doesn’t disrupt things for pedestrians and local businesses – here’s a way forward from Thailand…

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Martin Luther King on reconciliation

MLK My reading at Quaker Summer Gathering

“Nonviolent resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding. The nonviolent resister must often express his protest through noncooperation or boycotts, but he realizes that noncooperation and boycotts are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent. The end is redemption and reconciliation. The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.”

“This method is that the attack is directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who are caught in those forces. It is evil we are seeking to defeat, not the persons victimized by evil. Those of us who struggle against racial injustice must come to see that the basic tension is not between races. As I like to say to the people in Montgomery: The tension in this city is not between white people and Negro people. The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. And if there is a victory, it will be a victory not merely for fifty thousand Negroes, but a victory for justice and the forces of light. We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust.”

Martin Luther King, 1957

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