The start of the Rio Olympics brought back memories of the wonderful games our capital hosted in 2012. Those games spurred on massive transformation in our local area and the changes were evident when I visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park recently. West Ham marked their first game in the park with a win and I wish them the best of luck for the new season!
The short sighted draconian cuts in youth services across the country, including here in Newham, has resulted in hundreds and hundreds of clubs, activities, holiday programmes and youth camps to close, leaving thousands of young people without any form of provision.
As the world enjoys the greatest show on earth in Rio, with West Ham having kicked off their first season at the stadium and tickets for the Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit proving to be a summer scorcher, there’s no better place to be in London this summer than Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, scene of those unforgettable four weeks of sport in 2012.
I grew up in a fifth floor flat in Silvertown. We didn’t have any outside space, which is why I value my little garden in Plaistow so much. I have tried to make it a haven for wildlife, though the hedgehogs still ignore the specially purchased hedgehog house.
It has been almost a fortnight since the European referendum and the result is still being hotly debated, but we must respect that the people have spoken across the United Kingdom and voted against remaining a part of the European Union.
One of the more encouraging sights in the past couple of weeks was that of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Mayor of London welcoming leaders and young people of all faiths for a celebratory iftar at Lambeth Palace.
For more than 150 years, east London has been shaped by railways. High Speed 1 made it possible to host the 2012 Olympics at Stratford. We can all see the big changes now under way there. Crossrail will have a big impact when it opens in 2018-19. Heathrow will be less than an hour from Manor Park or Custom House.
With the long summer holiday around the corner, I am sure parents are looking for suitable childcare arrangements if they are in work and/or opportunities to occupy their children during the long break.
This week, as a nation, we make the most important decision in a generation, one that will impact upon our nation’s wealth and well-being, upon job opportunities and security, for us, our children and our grandchildren.
My husband Christopher and I have just returned from a gorgeous holiday in Madeira, that volcanic island which lies quietly in the Atlantic Ocean, four hundred miles or so off the coast of West Africa.
The recent BBC documentary on why whites are moving out of Newham and the growing community concern about the West Ham statue and whether it should stay at the Boleyn or move to Stratford, although very different issues, are both stimulating residents to discuss their immediate heritage and that must be good for all.
The State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech are always lavish and exciting occasions, but the pomp and ceremony have masked a government coming apart at the seams. The Tories are bitterly fighting amongst themselves. Whilst Cameron’s eye is on Europe, his potential successors are sizing up his job. A Tory Game of Thrones!
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?
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