Thousands sign petition to stop ‘gentrification’ of Golborne Road

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition against council plans to revamp Golborne Road due to fears of the plans promoting “backdoor gentrification” that will drive out independent businesses and steamroll the communities’ individuality.   The plans themselves involve an extensive program of civic improvements such as raising pavements, erecting...

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The Xi Factor

The Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the UK on the week commencing the 19th of October. Chinese media described his reception as a “redder than red carpet” welcome, as David Cameron and George Osborne clearly attempted to impress Xi in an attempt to win Chinese investment in the UK and...

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Swan Lake

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) opened its London season with Peter Wright’s production of Swan Lake, created with the assistance of Galina Samsova in 1981. During the interval I caught up with Wright, who started to lament it was such a long time ago that he created this production… I interjected...

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Era of Bobbies on the Beat is at an end, declare senior officers

Two of the country’s most senior police officers have signalled that the era of routine patrols by ‘bobbies on the beat’ has come to an end, as they “do not prevent crime” and “do not make the public feel safer”. The comments were made by the chairwoman of the National...

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Seven Dials Reveals New Christmas Installations

Shopping and dining destination Seven Dials, nestled between Covent Garden and Soho, is unveiling their brand new designs for this year’s Christmas decorations. The artistic installations, which will be lit on Wednesday 11th November, pay homage to the history and characters of the seven streets and their bespoke offering. Designed...

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Vimeo: Speaking with Jordan McGarry

Vimeo is a video sharing platform, with video on demand (VOD, though in their case it’s ‘Vimeo on Demand’) services as well, and has recently launched ‘Vimeo Originals’, their very own original and exclusive content. So competing with YouTube wasn’t enough, they’ve also decided to take a swing at Netflix...

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