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Song lyrics and books conjure languid images of “lazy, hazy, long, hot days of summer,” with blue skies, dappled shade, far horizons and idyllic tranquillity.

If you received a letter from your utility supplier which stated as follows “Your contract will renew automatically, your prices will be protected and your supply will not be affected” what would you think?

Ironically, given it is the one thing we all have in common, death is, for the vast majority of us, something you just don’t think or talk about, let alone plan for.

The former council tenants who sold their Covent Garden flat recently for £1.2million, having bought it in 1990 for £130,000, have done well.

Thousands of young people have been tearing open envelopes containing their exam results. I paid a visit to Royal Docks Community School and Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre to meet students as they received their results.

Local people told us they wanted to see a GP at their own GP practice without having to wait a long time for an appointment.

Just once, I forgot a funeral I was supposed to be conducting!!

Last week, I met the local team from Pension Wise. It’s the government-backed advice service on the new flexibility being allowed in drawing down pension savings. In Newham, the service is provided by East End Citizens Advice Bureau.

Thousands of local residents are enjoying the celebration parties held to mark the 50th anniversary of London Borough of Newham.

Shirley J Thomspon

She grew up on the streets of Stratford but has since become the first ever female in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the past 40 years.

It’s incredible to think that three years have gone by since the London 2012 Games.

Newham’s heritage is deep and rich and it has often been so influential in shaping our national heritage too, especially in respect of the growth and development of the working class along with the wider labour movement.

Regular readers know that, each summer, I share my holiday reading material. Some folk kindly email me their own reading lists to entice me, or suggest titles they feel supplement my choices.

Three years ago, six east London boroughs came together to deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic Games in recent history. With the momentum still bubbling from that success, new partnerships have been formed in this region.

We know that tuberculosis (TB) is a big problem. Your local NHS, Newham Council, GP practices and pharmacies are all working hard to both raise awareness and tackle TB.

It seems Jeremy Corbyn is the new front runner to be Labour leader, and this is putting all sorts of people on edge.

Earlier this year Raif Badawi was stripped and given 50 lashes with a whip at a public flogging in Riyadh.

I am a big fan of West Ham United’s new manager, Slaven Bilic.

Manor Park Station will be transformed when the full Crossrail service starts in 2019. At peak times, 12 trains per hour will run to central London: Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Paddington.

A Home Theatre performance last year

Sod the telly, transform your home into a playhouse for one evening.

The trouble with politicians is think they can trump economics with politics and it works sometimes, but never for long.

East London Radio, “Our best kept secret radio station” – their words not mine – was founded in 2013 as a not-for-profit social enterprise and is entirely run by volunteers, it has already given hundreds of east Londoners the chance to learn about and make local radio.

What a nasty Budget Osborne hit us with. There are far more losers than winners. He tries conning us that a minimum wage is a good wage to live on. He scrapped maintenance allowances for the poorest students and massively cut further education; and made his mates’ Porsches cost the same to tax as an electric car.

Sharing photographs of a historical or architectural values, taken from the public grounds are both, an exciting hobby and a job for many of us.

With the first stage of transformation work now complete, the stadium will open on Sunday for the sold-out Great Newham London Run.

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