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The English indices of deprivation 2015 were recently published by the government.

Do you know the story of the 13 people who were killed by being burned to death locally in front of a baying crowd of onlookers?

Many of my patients have a friend or relative who care for them because they are elderly, unwell or have a disability requiring extra support.

I was in New York for the third meeting of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief last weekend.

Hurrah. Dave – the builder – Cameron has announced that one million new homes are to be built in the UK in the next five years. How he plans to do this, I do not know, as the building trade is reportedly short on skills.

Suddenly, since the newly-elected leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, appeared not to sing God Save the Queen at a recent memorial service, people are talking about the National Anthem.

As a child, I loved Paddington Bear. With his floppy hat, his duffle coat and his liking for marmalade, he was a very appealing character, and the stories about his life with an everyday London family were great fun.

Even by Parliament’s standards, it’s been an interesting fortnight. Our new leader faced Cameron like Jeremy, (or should that be David), versus Goliath.

In case you missed it, two of the latest adornments to the House of Lords have now been revealed.

I recently had the opportunity and privilege of visiting and experiencing the Brick Lane Music Hall, located in Silvertown squeezed in between Tate and Lyle and London City Airport. A stunning authentic music hall has been recreated in the former St Marks Church.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has set aside £525,000 of public funds to fight the expansion of London City Airport.

This August has seen the commemoration of a particularly gruesome milestone in human history, the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

While September marks back to school, for the park, it signals a return to the stadium, as we gear up for an autumn of world class events.

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.

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