International It’s The Sound Of My Shoes Day 2014

In honour of this year’s International It’s The Sound Of My Shoes Day I shall be wearing shoes all day and providing you with this visual treat:



It’s been a crazy week and it’s only Wednesday. So crazy I don’t even remember Monday. Tuesday there was the power cut at work and trying (and bizarrely succeeding) to cram 2 branches into one and 7 diaries into 3. I had to go from there to the Trades Council meeting, productive as always. It’s going to be really hard to leave them in the new year as I am really proud of the work the team have done in turning York Trades Council into the voice of the workforce it is today.

From there on Tuesday night it was a quick dash to the train station to catch the last train to London to see Jamie – arrived sometime just before 2am! Made sense at the time as I was down for a meeting today but I’m shattered now! Anyway the meeting went well today and dinner was homemade pizzas with plenty of red wine so that was excellent.

Now I’m back on the tube en route to Kings Cross and the North so I’m glad of the wine! Choo choo snooze snooze I think! Tomorrow it’s all day on a till so that’ll be fun and then back to Jamie on Friday night.

No rest for the wicked!

Britain Needs A Pay Rise

So after getting up at 4:45am this morning in a panic because my phone had not charged and I thought I’d slept through my alarms, we have now picked everyone up at York and Castleford and are en route to London.

Lots of cheery enthusiastic faces for this time of the morning!


We’ve just left Watford Gap Services (for tea and toilets) and are on our way. Destination: London. Plenty of low paid workers geared up to campaign for a pay rise after seeing the price of the coffee at the services!!


We have made it to Embankment and are just setting up our banner for the day! It’s surprisingly warm for October, just hope it stays dry!! Lots of activists it seems with angry messages to send politicians and business leaders!




We’re still going, just coming up to Piccadilly. The atmosphere is quite peaceful for a protest.



We have arrived in Hyde Park where a vibrant crowd have formed. Speakers are on the stage delivering the key messages of the day and lots of hungry protesters are lining up for some food. The weather has held out, on a surprisingly warm and windy October day. The TUC estimates about 70,000 have turned up today!


The rally ended some 45 minutes ago and all the happy campers have gathered on Park Lane to board the coach. I’ve waved them all off and they’re headed home (I’m staying in London a couple of days). Special thanks to Reece and Steven for carrying the York TUC banner!

For more info about the day, see!