Operation Puglia

Operation Puglia

It is 4am and a gaggle of bleary-eyed journalists and cameramen have congregated at Kensington Police Station. In lieu of coffee, press officers dole out reams of confidentiality agreements for us to sign before we depart for the rendezvous point, or ‘RVP’, in West Kensington. This is the fourth day...

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The Unreasonable Woman: Emma Dent Coad MP

The Unreasonable Woman: Emma Dent Coad MP

Save for a few Liberal Party dalliances in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Conservative Party reigned supreme for the better part of a century in South Kensington and Chelsea. North Kensington, conversely, pinballed around the political spectrum until it was abolished as a constituency in 1974. Thereafter,...

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Runway Casualty: Greg Hands MP

Runway Casualty: Greg Hands MP

PARLIAMENT has a habit of drawing together unlikely bedfellows. On June 26th, an old-school Thatcherite and a socialist who lists one of his hobbies as “fermenting the overthrow of capitalism” were two of the 119 MPs opposed to the motion to build a third runway at Heathrow. Unfortunately for Greg...

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An evening with Kensington’s coppers

An evening with Kensington’s coppers

There are a slew of misconceptions about working as a reporter in Kensington & Chelsea. These misconceptions tend to be prefaced with ‘it must be boring because…’ before participants select from a drop-down list of options ranging from the a) political (‘all residents are raging Thatcherites’) to the b) socio-economic...

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May the Force be with you…

May the Force be with you…

After the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) issued a warning last year that policing in England and Wales was in a “potentially perilous state”, a career in the Force has never looked so daunting: an 8% rise in crime, a budget to be slashed by £325 million, and a decline...

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Pensioners’ Patriarch: Gary Lashko, CEO of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Pensioners’ Patriarch: Gary Lashko, CEO of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Rarely do the words ‘royalty’ and ‘modesty’ go hand in hand. Standing atop a marble plinth in the main courtyard of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea is a gilded statue of King Charles II, garbed in Roman military gear. Presented to the King by Tobias Rustat in 1682, the looming 7ft6...

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ABC 2017 Timeline

ABC 2017 Timeline

As 2017 fades into memory, we take a look at some of the ABCs of 2017: A- Article 50 Triggered: On March 29th Theresa May formally triggered Article 50, beginning the United Kingdom’s negotiations to decouple from the European Union and beginning Brexit in earnest, it has proved a difficult...

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The National Archives: Henry VIII & the break with Rome

The National Archives: Henry VIII & the break with Rome

What do Donald Trump, Vladimir Lenin, and Martin Luther all have in common? Ostensibly, not much at all; one is a brash billionaire, another is an indomitable political beast, and the other is a pious monk. But they were outsiders. And they were outsiders who not only challenged the status...

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The future of adult social care

The future of adult social care

Technology is currently revolutionising every other aspect of our lives, so when will it change social care? What potential does it have to transform the support services landscape?  The mounting pressure of an ageing population mean the resources currently at our disposal are shrinking. Using digital initiatives to ease the weight...

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The Art of Research in the Digital Age

The Art of Research in the Digital Age

Research and the internet are perhaps two words which raise some wariness in educators. There is definitely the need to teach students about research and how to do it well, and also to open up the wealth of libraries and archives on our doorstep in London. For many researchers, the...

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