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  • Yeah, All right.

  • I am here in the borough of Bexley, thanks to Kevin.

  • Gladys, who came to our website and said, Brian, when you come into my borough, Kevin, I'm here and I'm right down the road from the cross nest pumping station.

  • And I'm actually overlooking this beautiful lake here, and the South mere towers behind me.

  • And the reason I'm kind of excited is because the cross nest pumping station just down the road here was opened in 18 65 by Sir Joseph Basil gets.

  • And this guy was a legend back in the day because he solved ah, massive problem in London at the time.

  • And that was well, it was sewage.

  • The whole place stank.

  • And the River Thames was basically, uh, an open sewer full of human waste.

  • And so it needed innovation.

  • And so the cross next pumping station actually had one of the first steam engines created by James Watt.

  • Now, when I was at M i t, I got taught a unit of measurement called the What, and it was named after this guy that came from England and worked in this incredible city called London and back in the day they were innovating.

  • That's what they were doing.

  • And so again, London and around in the 18 fifties was basically living in an open sewer, and you probably remember there was a cholera epidemic.

  • And John Snow was the guy that figured that cholera was was was linked to really a bad water supply in SoHo.

  • And there's a whole study about it, and they finally figured out what was causing that cholera.

  • Now, what did they do when they had a problem like an open sewer in the Thames?

  • What did they do?

  • This was British innovation at its finest.

  • They found a solution.

  • Jon Snow figured out the science.

  • Sir Basil get figured out the pumping station and James Watt provided the technology.

  • Imagine that back in the day and right now we are faced with a similar problem when it comes to biology and technology.

  • And let me ask you a question.

  • What is our solution?

  • Well, we seem to wanna stay at home.

  • We don't want to find innovations and solutions.

  • If we had done that back in the day, the government would have told you to stay inside your home and toe.

  • Hold it as opposed to finding a solution of what we would do with human waste.

  • And so I think it's just great on Look at these swans, they're coming over to see me.

  • What's up, guys?

  • What's up, guys?

  • What's up, guys?

  • Queen swans?

  • You gotta let him be and I respect that.

  • What's up, guys?

  • And so I think it's great to come out to these outer boroughs and first of all realize the greatness of this city.

  • This is why I love this city so much, so much history and a history of innovations off people that found solutions.

  • And that's why Britain is such a great country and London represents so much.

  • And I guess I'm asking myself, How come we don't have those same people giving us solutions now, where the Jon Snow's where the Sir Basil gets now finding US solutions out of these problems?

  • Instead, you got a mayor and City Hall who doesn't come up with a solution.

  • He just says, Stay at home and, uh and we're just gonna hope this passes.

  • Why not find a way out of this mess the same way that was done a couple 100 years ago and So again, I wanna thank all the people hire out in Bexley for having us.

  • We're going through every single borough in London.

  • I wanna come out and find the local issues.

  • I'm about to get back on the bus now and do a live stream broadcast and talk about some of the issues that are being faced in Burrows like Croydon And, of course, Bexley.

  • We're going through Bromley today and we're going through, um, what else?

  • We go through Greenwich as well today, and there's some really sh use.

  • I mean, part of the issues out here is there's not a lot of transport infrastructure getting into London.

  • They're having a lot of their funding cuts, struggling with youth issues and mental health issues and also issues with their community centers.

  • And I want to talk about that today.

  • So again, it's great to be out here, um, and great to be near the cross nest pumping station and so much great history in this country again, let's find solutions to our problems.

  • That's what we need.

  • We need innovators.

  • As politicians, we need people that come up with great ideas as opposed to ones that just use Fairuza Weapon.

  • I throw their hands up and blame each other back and forth.

  • That's why we need new ideas.

  • Let's take London in a new direction and just want to say thank you, Bexley, for having us.

  • Thank you for this incredible space out here on.

  • We're coming to every single borough in London, so get ready.

  • We're coming to see you.

Yeah, All right.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/01
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