The March for Homes Demand better housing for London All over London vast new residential developments are rising from holes in the ground. You only have to walk around Elephant and Castle to see this happening. Yet London is in the middle of a housing crisis. There are simply not enough new homes being built to cater for the number of people moving to the city each year. London needs homes to cater for all groups of people and not just the wealthy. Property prices have grown as crazy rates over the past few years and average wages have not kept up with inflation. The average worker will find it impossible to afford a home in the capital. On Saturday 31st January there will be a March on City Hall London to put pressure on the Mayor Boris Johnson to address this problem. The March will assemble at 2 places at 12 midday Assemble St Maryʼs Churchyard, Elephant & Castle SE1 6SQ (tube/rail Elephant & Castle) Assemble Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street E1 6JN (tube/rail Shoreditch High Street) The organisers of the march are demanding that things change. To be part of this day follow this link http://www.marchforhomes.org and […]
College hospital Postcode for King’s Park Jobs I was visiting King’s College Hospital in Camberwell last week and popped into their shop to get a sandwich. I was shocked at the prices they were charging, A beef sandwich was £3.95 which seems a hell of a lot for a basic Sarine, this is the price you expect to see in Pret a Manger and other various Deli sandwich shops in London. When you are visiting a King’s Collage hospital you notice that the vast majority of the people there are not wealthy, they are ordinary people going about their business, struggling to pay the bills and yet they are being asked to fork out top dollar for basic sustenance while sorting out their health issues or visiting friends and family. This sends out a bad example of how we view people’s access to basic foods. It looks like it is reserved for those that can afford it .A hospital should set the benchmark for food standards and prices and it should be High on Quality and reasonable on Price. Come on Labour party! The cost of living crisis is what you should be focusing on in the run up […]
We all know the perils of driving your car in a bus lane in London, it can be a costly business. I recently received two penalty charge notices for riding my Motorcycle in a bus lane. I have to admit I didn’t realise this constituted an offence, I thought motorcycles could use Bus lanes , but that’s not the case. I have been driving a car for 25 years in London and I am always on the look out for bus lanes and their varying times of operation. All London boroughs’ seem to have different policies and this leads to confusion. One of my tickets was for riding in the bus lane that is on Norwood road, skirting round the edge of Brockwell Park in Herne Hill SE24, I was not causing any obstruction or slowing the flow of traffic and had no idea I was committing an offence. When you ride a motorcycle in town you are freeing up road space for cars and other large vehicles. It seems grossly unfair that Lambeth council are dishing out penalty notices to bike riders, riders help alleviate the traffic congestion in town, they do not add to it. Bus lanes should […]
Golf is an odd sport if you don’t play and even odder if you do. I came from a sporting family, my dad was a talented footballer, he had a trial for Aston Villa back in 1956 and was good at anything that involved a ball and running. I was never any good at sport when at school, mainly because I had no competitive desire and so when I started to play golf at the age of fifteen I was amazed to find out I was pretty good and so began my obsession with golf. To play golf you need a fair amount of controlled physical power and the rest is about playing the course which requires some head skills. I was attracted by the mental challenge that golf presented, a controlled physical burst of energy coupled with course management skills. I was blessed with a good physic, I was six feet four inches, stick thin with big lungs. If only someone had told me I could run they would never have caught me, sadly no-one pointed out my enormous competitive advantage and so I went largely unnoticed in sport. All sports have stars that stand out from […]
This week we have seen senior government ministers arguing over allegations of extremism in state schools in Birmingham. Whatever the differences of opinion between the Home secretary Teresa May and the Education secretary Michael Gove, it seems to me that the core of the problem is how religious studies are taught in our schools. When I was a kid growing up in a small Shropshire village in the early 1970’s our choice of religious preferences for education extended to two. You either went to the Church of England school or you went to the Catholic school and no one made much fuss about it and certainly no-one ever bothered to ask what differences there were in the religious education we received. Much has changed these days, particularly in large city areas where we have many different religions competing for the same time slot in the schools weekly schedule. So my answer to the problem is simply to take the religious lessons out of the school day. Rather than the children being taught Religious studies in the school classroom, the lessons would be taught at the local church or religious centre. So for example of Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm the […]
This week sees the 70th anniversary of the D day landings. Operation Overlord the code name for the Normandy Landings commenced on the 6th June 1944 when nearly 160,000 troops left England and headed for the French coastline. My grandfather Douglas Roche who is 94 years old and lives in Shropshire was on one of the ships that crossed the channel that day. A few years ago I asked him about his experience and he said to me ‘It was pretty much all over when I got there, blood and bodies everywhere’. He didn’t say too much more about it. In 2004 he went over for the 60th anniversary, this time he not up to the trip but I am sure he will be there in spirit. Here is a photo of my grandad with his army mates, I think he would have been about 23 years old. He is standing 3rd from the left with hands in his pockets. I am not sure what year this was taken or where it was but he did tell me he was in the Devonshire Regiment. If anyone knows anything about the other men in this photo then please get in […]
This week I shared my 50th birthday with BBC2 which was launched in April 1964. To mark the occasion the Beeb are showing some re-runs of old classics, The Likely Lads being the first ever comedy broadcast on the channel, I grew up watching Bob, Terry and Thelma. pond life at 50 Here is my photo of the day, a view from my window and one I hadn’t noticed before today. Its amazing that we don’t see half of what is around us.
I first saw David Hockney’s work in 1986 in London at his exhibition Moving Focus prints at the Tate. I bought a poster took it home and hung it on my bedroom wall and like all budding photographers took a photo of it. Here is the photo complete with my own reflection Once you discover David Hockney you never grow tired of his work and today affirmed that when I saw ‘views of hotel well’ print in the Dulwich exhibition 28 years after I first encountered it at the Tate.Today I visited the Dulwich Picture gallery to see his latest show Hockney Print Maker. The etching and lithography are superb and give insight into some of the techniques he would later go on to be famous for.The work with printer Ken Tyler being especially good. Dulwich Picture Gallery Hockney Printmaker until 11 May 2014