Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu is back once again at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Monday.

Stephen Fry recently caused a stir on an Irish religious affairs programme when asked what he would say in the unlikely event of meeting God at the gates of heaven.

Every year, GPs in Newham offer free health checks to adults with a learning disability to ensure any health issues are identified and treated early. We are thrilled that Newham is rated top in London for supporting these residents to have a health check.

Regular readers know I’m the Shadow Fire and Communities Minister. Recess Week gave me the opportunity to visit fire stations up and down the country. I was privileged to meet many brave public servants and I’m delighted to report that Cara the Dog was a hit everywhere.

Transformers live band

British comedian and drag queen Jonny Woo is once again bringing one of his famous nightlife events to London’s Rich Mix.

Tax avoidance has been a big issue in the news as of late, particularly in relation to HSBC.

Sir Robin Wales

Newham hosted a groundbreaking conference last week which saw nine London boroughs coming together, to explore how powers could be devolved from central government to a more local level.

Since it was first mooted that there should be in single currency in Europe back in the ’90s I have always believed this to be dangerous step, where an economic policy misadventure would ultimately end in political peril for the people of Europe.

I was greatly encouraged, but even more frustrated by the article on last week’s business page – ‘Dock development must not repeat Canary Wharf mistake’.

Last Thursday was National Voter Registration Day.

As we move towards spring and summer, now is a great time to get more involved with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - whether it’s volunteering at an event, or giving us your views at a residents’ meeting.

Teacher Joshua Alford and pupils Raul Simmons-Perez, 16, and Nico Zavrou Blackstock, 16, from East Barnet School, Barnet, with their clay figures. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

The British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose (centre), with the soldiers and pupils at the Menin Gate before the ceremony. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

A British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a comrade. Picture: PA

Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

Level 42 performing at Let's Rock in Bristol

Summer is only just around the corner, which means the festival season isn’t far away now with most tickets starting to come out on sale.

Pierrots welcome the audience in Oh What a Lovely War Photo: Alastair Muir

“War games” returned to Stratford this week for a second run of Joan Littlewood’s classic play Oh What a Lovely War.

A young boy takes a closer look at one of the motorbikes on display at last years show

An exclusive collection of bikes from nine-time Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi are roaring over to the Royal Docks events centre.

My topic this week is the esoteric subject of prayers before council meetings. It may be esoteric, but it occupied a good chunk of parliamentary time in a debate on January 16.

Regular readers will know we lost dad just before Christmas. After losing mum, dad found things very hard and, as his illness progressed, we needed to bring in additional support to help to care for him.

The weather forecast for London says it will get colder next week. People will pick up colds flus and other winter illnesses. Prevention is better than cure!

CCTV footage of the siege is used in the film

As Islamist terrorism is back in the headlines, a new film looking at an earlier attack is being screened at the Whitechapel Gallery.

I was listening to the radio last week about the events in Paris when after much discourse about the problems of religious fundamentalism, the presenter commented that freedom of speech is a fundamental right. I wondered did this make him a fundamentalist?

This week in Newham we remembered victims of the Holocaust.

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Sunderland have suspended Johnson pending the police investigation’s outcome.

A man and woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager on Saturday have been further arrested.

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