The Independent’s blog of the year

I wrote the Independent’s second most read blog of the year, only beaten by Prince Charles. 2. 11/11/11: The Day Which Most Closely Resembles Corduroy, by David Newbury As a practising fan, David Newbury describes what exactly he loves about sporting the traditional look of corduroy. Praising how it’s elegant, stylish, comfortable, noticeable, soft … Continue reading

The Wurzels Give Christmas to City Farm

Originally published: Londonist December 6, 2011 The Wurzles donated a Christmas tree to Vauxhall City Farmand performed seasonal songs in front of Lambeth school children today, as part of a campaign to promote the work city farms do for London’s children. It was the highlight of a day which saw the West Country icons serenade … Continue reading

Tottenham workshops

I love tottenham_Layout 1 As part of a post riot Tottenham scheme to introduce new skills and crafts to people, I voluntereed at an I LOVE Tottenham journalism workshop: teaching the basics of journalism, the questions to ask, how to structure and getting quotes. Sharon had never written an article before and waht she produced … Continue reading

Mum’s dying wish honoured by partner

Originally printed in The Northern Echo June 3, 2011 A MOTHER’S dying wish is being fulfilled by her lifelong partner as he raises money for the hospital which treated her brain tumour. To keep Michelle Parker’s memory alive, her partner, Darren Watson, has embarked on a fundraising drive for the neuroscience department at The James … Continue reading

‘Try before you buy’ scheme launched as housing market slump continues

Originally printed in Scotland on Sunday April 17, 2011 ‘Try before you buy’ scheme launched as housing market slump continues A SCHEME that allows prospective homeowners to try out new properties before they buy will be introduced in Scotland this week. The rent-to-buy initiative is designed to give buyers a chance to test-drive a new … Continue reading

Revealed: health gap between vegetarians and meat-eaters

Originally printed in The Scotsman April 15, 2011 Revealed: health gap between vegetarians and meat-eaters Vegetarians are about a third less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes or a stroke than meat eaters, according to new medical research. Those who shun meat and fish stand a better chance of not developing the high blood … Continue reading

Protected: Islington theatre loses funding

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Boris: “Im pro soup”

Boris Johnson declared himself ‘Pro soup’ and against the banning of soup runs for the homeless, during yesterday’s Mayoral Question Time.   The comment comes as Westminster councillors consult over a bylaw banning food distribution and rough sleeping around Westminster Cathedral.   Defending the bylaw, Assembly Member Kit Malthouse said the ‘militant’ attitude of some … Continue reading

Protected: Mental health beds slashed

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