Last week I joined colleagues and students from the University of East London and the London Design and Engineering UTC to protest two adverts from the payday loan company Smart Pig at Cyprus DLR Station.
While the birth of Facebook and Twitter has helped connect people like never before, launched careers, created millionaires, allowed us to follow our heroes and get in the mind of President Trump, social media has a sinister side.
Ghastly plans to build concrete plants on the Olympic Park have been shelved. But we can’t be complacent. Any alternative plans put forward must take into account the spirit of the Games legacy. With air quality quite rightly, dominating our political agenda, let’s hope we don’t get such proposals again. Tribute has to be paid to the determination and perseverance of the resident -led campaign. This is their victory.
I refer to the excellent article printed in the Newham Recorder on the blue plaque commemorating the late Major Allan H Beckett RE, writes W M Moncur Major RE (Rtd), Camberley, Surrey, full address supplied.
With all the talk in the food industry about sustainability, roughly one third of all food produced in the world is wasted. It is estimated that the value of this is almost one trillion dollars annually! And EU food labelling regulations do nothing to assist.
It’s fantastic news that Newham’s 11-year-olds are making the best progress in the country in terms of writing, and are in the top ten nationally across a range of government indicators that measure their performance during primary school.
As we enter the last throes of winter (hopefully) and everyone begins to look to the arrival of spring and the longer days and lighter nights that come with it, it’s also the cue for the Let Newham Play Again group to come out of its own winter hibernation and get active again.
This month I made – with my wife – my first visit to Kerala, India. We were guests of Follow Me TV, which broadcasts in the local Malayalee language. Set up by the Catholic Church, the station was organising a big celebration of its expansion onto satellite.
I hope you’ve had a good start ao 2017 so far. With West Ham United playing their first matches at the newly- refurbished London Stadium, thrill-seekers braving the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and our venues hosting some of the biggest events in sport and entertainment, 2016 has been another great year on the Park.
Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.