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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.