+ To celebrate Scarborough's venerable Jazz Club’s 35th birthday they are having a free jazz party at the Spa on Sunday 21st July – and it is essentially a free jazz festival, with a great line-up – New York Brass Band, MG3 & Friends, Social Oven, AC3, Vibeology and special guest Dennis Rollins. It kicks off at 4pm in the Spa but at 3.15pm the New York Brass Band will lead a stroll from the lifeboat station to the Spa. Sounds like a lot of fun, and did I mention it’s all free? (Apart from the booze of course.) The Jazz Club is at The Cask Inn every Wednesday.
+ Talking of jazz, the same weekend has the Leeds Jazz Festival where on the 20th July the highlight has to be Mrs Boyes’ Bingo, 4pm at the Leeds College of Music. It’s bingo but not as you know it.
+ Jeremy Hunt is turning out to be just as bad as Boris Johnson, using neo-colonial bluster against the Chinese for the current state of affairs in Hong Kong. He has promised ‘serious consequences’ if China doesn’t respect the former colony’s separate governance systems. What does he have in mind, that we despatch our aircraftless carrier to sail in circles around Hong Kong harbour? I believe the Chinese have an aircraft carrier with aircraft. Or is he talking of a bit more finger wagging whilst the Tory leadership race plods on? I think I sympathise to a certain extent with China’s ambassador to Britain when he told Hunt to stay out of China’s affairs. Or perhaps, since the cause of the demonstrations in Hong Kong is a proposed extradition law with the mainland, he could respond by questioning the wisdom of Britain’s unbalanced extradition arrangements with the U.S.
+ An excellent article by Jonathan Cook has been reposted on the Jewish Voice for Labour website here. It is a good, comprehensive examination of the recent smears, cabalistic attacks and general denigration against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Well worth reading.