Haringey Edition March 2011
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Wood Green is my favourable place 9 19 Hornsey Haringey â€˜s forgotten Sister Muswell Hill
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OF ALLY PALLYs
At the end of the 1850s Wood Green railway station was built. Now the station is called Alexandra Palace but when it first opened it granted Londoners easy access to the leafy district of Tottenham Wood Farm for the first time. A pleasure garden soon opened on the site and a few years later many materials from the 1862 Great Exhibition at South Kensington were reused in creating a local attraction. It was decided that a palace should be built in the parkland. But in 1873, just two weeks after its ceremonial opening, Alexandra Palace burned down in a fire that completely destroyed it. Two years later, the palace had been rebuilt from scratch and opened - at last as a cultural and education centre complete with exhibition and concert halls, a lecture theatre and ballroom. In the palace grounds a race-course was opened and in time this became more popular than the palace itself. Indeed, Alexandra Park has been
Photographer Lina Zilinskaite “But in 1873, just two weeks led a precarious existence and after its ceremonial opening, even today renovation of the is still not completed. Alexandra Palace burned building Where dancers once gathered in down in a fire that completely Blandford Hall is today a cluster distroyed it.” of birch trees. The palace itself, however, retains a little of its home to a great many attractions original function in being used as over the course of its turbulent a exhibition and events space. life: as well as the horse-racing track it has had a swimming pool, Did you know? athletic grounds, and dancing and banqueting facilities in its During the First World War Ally Blandford Hall ballroom. Pally was used as a refugee camp for Polish civilians, and towards In 1973 Blandford Hall was razed the end of the war became to the ground in a fire, and in an internment camp where 1980 - just after the palace had hundreds of German nationals passed into the hands of the were kept. This was part of a borough of Haringey - the palace campaign to intern every enemy itself followed suit, burning down alien but resulted in a great many for the second time in its history. people being held without real It seems Ally Pally has always reason...
“In 1973 Blandford Hall was razed to the ground in a fire, and in 1980 - just after the palace had passed into the hands of the borough of Haringey - the palace itself followed suit, burning down for the second time in its history.”
5 Landmark Photos
The turbulent life
The best view in haringey
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...strange to think that only twenty years later the very same building was reopened as a BBC transmission centre, and was the site of the UK’s first public broadcast on television. Written by Rebecca Brewis Magazine spread designer : Hafiza Begum
Photographer Lina Zilinskaite
For a typically crowded, hectic, London road there is actually a lot of greenery to be discovered and enjoyed along Green Lanes. First comes the sizeable Clissold Park on the fringes of Stoke Newington shortly followed by the huge Finsbury Park, this green haven was one of the first great parks created in London during the Victorian era and it comes complete with it’s very own picturesque lake. Then further down Green Lanes lies a very well hidden treasure; Green Lanes Railway Fields. This local nature reserve is renowned for having over 200 different types of flora and a variety of animals, which are all quietly concealed behind the grand, iron gates on Green Lanes. In the past Green Lanes was well known for being host to Harringay Stadium and Arena, for the 60 years that it stood there (1927-1987). This was the third greyhound racing stadium to be opened in Britain and later turned to stock car racing, regularly hosting world championships. Today, the Arena Shopping Park stands where the Arena Stadium once stood. A swift 10 minute walk from here will lead you to another landmark of Green Lanes, The Salisbury.
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o not be fooled into thinking that Green Lanes is a rambling country lane; this bustling main road is one of London’s longest at an impressive 7.5 miles long. Stretching from Newington Green in the trendy borough of Islington, through Harringay, all the way into the heart of North London, ending the journey at Wood Green. It is not, therefore, surprising that things to see along your exploration of Green Lanes are in abundance.
This grand, old pub opened in 1899 and paints a striking picture with it’s formidable French Renaissance style architecture. However in reality the thing Green Lanes is best known and loved for today is none of the above. It is quite simply- the food. The areas Green Lanes passes through are very culturally diverse witha particularly large community of Turkish people within the Harringay section of the road. If youwalk along this buzzing, colourful strip at any time of day, first thing in the morning or midnight, the smell of fine, traditional Turkish dishes will follow you. The smell comes from the numerous Turkish restaurants, coffee shops, patisseries and delis that line Green Lanes.
Written by Lauren Bernard Photography By Amy Bradshaw Magazine spread designer:
6 Fiinsbury Park
Good Old Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park is a public park in Haringey. Having done my research, I learnt that the Amazing park was opened on 9th August 1869. Before the park, the area was called Hornsey Wood and had a wood, a meadow, a lake and a Tavern, it was a place people worked went to relaxation during the weekend.
The park was created by the Metropolitan Board of Works to replace Finsbury Fields. In the early 1900’s, the park had a band stand new exercising and gigs facilities, free concerts, a steam boat on the lake which attracted thousands of people at the weekend to this day. The park is now run by Haringey Council and is still famous as ever. It is known as one of the first of the great London parks laid out in the Victorian era, it has different facilities for everyone. There is a lake, a children’s play area, a cafe and an art exhibition space. The sports facilities in the park includes football pitches, a bowling ground, athletics stadium, tennis and basket ball courts, and it is also an amazing jugging area. Finsbury Park hosts two facilities for American sports, which has its own football field. In recent years, the park has been used for large public events such as Madstock, the Fleadh, Big Gay out, Party in the Park and Rise London united. There was a five million heritage lottery found in 2003, which enabled significant renovations for the park, this included cleaning the lake, building a new cafe and children playground and resurfacing and repairing the tennis courts.
It was used for Oasis gig during their 2002 world tour, New Order also played in the park the same year which featured on a live DVD 511.Other big Artists who have played in the park are Limp Bizkit 2003, Groove Armada 2007.
There is a new outdoor Gym opposite the American Garden in the north-east of the park. There are fourteen pieces of equipment that provide twenty exercise stations and it is free for everyone at their own risks. Finsbury Park is an amazing place to be mostly during the summer with family and friends, you can stroll around the area, have a picnic with loved ones, walk and play with your dogs and much more. During summer, you wouldn’t be disappointed to see an event going on, from circles to shows, gigs, events and many more. “I enjoy the laying down in the grasses and enjoying the sun, watching people walk by and do different activities.” The park is very popular for its sporting facilities including the newly built skate-park and the track and Gym. The newly improved tennis courts are available for both children and adults. It is also a part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail, why not take a walk and see for yourself. Written by Nollin Imoh Magazine spread designer: Toby Bennett
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Magazine spread designer: Sally-Anne Hickman
Wood Green Mall
8 The Past of Wood Green
Wood green shopping mall is the biggest mall in Haringey, it has 1500 park mark, and 100 retail stores. It is one of the best places you can shop around North London. Some of the stores includes, Boot store, Sports direct, TK Maxx, New look, HMV, Topman/Topshop, games, Barrat, perfumes and many more. Most of the time, I don’t have to West end for shopping, I can easily find stores like Mark and Spencer, River island, Jane norman, Next, Clarks, Argos, WH Smith around the mall and high street. Eateries such as KFC, Macdonald, Nandos , are also around the area. I enjoy going to the mall, because I always find most of the stores useful, from local to well know stores. There are different events for kids during the weekend such as face painting, and cheap movies during the weekend. You can get the Reward Me shopping card specifically made for the mall, and get discount of up to 15 percent while shopping in the mall. If you haven’t got the card, quickly pick it up from the Ask Me Point, situated on the ground floor and start having
discounts while you shop. For the locals, it is easy mostly during sales time, and during the winter, it was much warmer to shop around the mall without hitting the cold.
of the shops and adding a 12 screen cinema. The market hall was expanded with a number of specialist retailers catering for the unusually diverse ethnic groups in the area.
I have realise you can easily grow your business in wood green mall if it is your local mall. On 17th of January 2011, the mall launched competition to encourage retail start-up. It can also be easy for a small business start up, just find out at the Ask Me Point.
There are currently 100 shops in the mall, in 2007 the Mall Company applied for consent to expand the centre further with a 3 storey extension on the site of an adjacent petrol station which when completed will increase the stores to 123 shops. Today, the extension is the new large Primark store in the main street. The Mall is also the venue for a craft fair, held four times a year.
Wood green shopping centre was built in the 1970s as “Wood Green Shopping City”. The centre is six story high and only the lower two floors are occupied by shops while the upper floors is a housing complex. The two halves of the mall are linked by the bridge at the second floor and there are different exit and entrance into the mall from all corners of the street around the area. The Mall Company bought the mall in 2002 and renamed it The Mall Wood Green, they carried out a £30 million rebuilding programme, altering the layout
The Mall is a busy place, despite being situated on the site of a disused railways station, it is still very well served by public transport in comparison to London’s other shopping centres. Turnpike Lane and Wood Green tube stations on the Piccadilly Line are both closer to the mall. Bus stations around the area make is easier for shoppers to travel around. Written by Noellin Imoh Photography by Amy Bradshaw
Magazine spread designer: Toby Bennett
THE PAST OF
GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE WOOD GREEN MALL
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ood Green was named in 1502, literally as a green place near a wood. Nowadays Wood Green can be appreciated for its huge Shopping centre: The Mall, although most will remember it as Wood Green Shopping City, which was built in the 70s on the former site of Noel Park and Wood Green railway and was opened by her Her Royal Majesty The Queen on the 13th May 1981. Sky City, a housing complex, was also built on the higher stories of The Mall building. Among the vast shops, pubs and cinemas is one of the true gems of Wood Green which still stands today, hiding behind the Halifax: The Wood Green Empire. It was built on the 9th September 1912 and offered a 43 foot stage with the intent to present a variety of shows including opera, concerts, circus entertainment and cinema. It was one of London’s top venues and was host to quality acts and performers including Shirley Bassey. Wood Green Empire developed a tragic history beginning with the death of a performer on stage. On the 23rd March 1918 illusionist Chung Ling Soo was shot when he attempted to catch bullets in his mouth. “Condemned to Death by the Boxers” (named on the account that the assistants would dress up as boxers) was the trick that saw his assistants fire bullets from a shotgun at him, but on that occasion the gun had not been set properly and the magician was shot in the chest and later died in hospital. Much later on in 1930 someone chose the Empire to commit suicide in and nine years after that Horace Goldin, another illusionist, died after his performance at The Empire. The last show was shown on the 31st January 1955. During the late 70s it became a production studio for a company called ATV until it became how it is today, empty and neglected.
John Vincent illustraton of Noel Parl Did you know? Wood Green used to belong to Tottenham and that is where the name Tottenham Wood Green comes from. Wood Green gained its independence from Tottenham in 1894 with the creation of the Urban District Council.
By Kristiina Bax
Magazine spread designer: Michelle Anrews
Wood Green is my favourable place of all time!
9 Hornsey Haringey ‘s forgotten Sister
haringey’s forgotten sisters
Wood green has been not only a home but also a favourable place as long as I can remember. It has got everything a family can ever wish for, from decent schools, shopping mall, supermarkets and cinemas to great outdoor activities. If you leave anywhere around wood green, you will find it easier to locate the shopping city where you are exposed to a busy life in town. I’m not surprise that you can find both high streets stores such as River Island, Next, Marks and Spencer to Supper markets such as Sainsbury, Morrison to local meat butchers for fresh foods. While growing up, I realise I didn’t have to go to west ends most of the times for shopping because my favourite shops are just around the corner. Wood Green just like its name is a go green area, with trees and big parks to play in. At the back of Whit heart lane lays different parks both for school children and individuals. The parks are one of the greatest places to visit during summer. I can count more than five different parks, which have all different purposes. This exposes young people to active life and also means more fun in the area. My friends and I use to look forward to performances which are always during spring until summer, from going to the circles to watching other perfumers at the high street. You can also enjoy a great bicycle ride around Wood Green, I enjoyed it as a kid and am also looking forward to getting a new bicycle in the future for travelling and keeping fit. Crime rate is also very low in wood green, because I have never encountered any dangerous move at night around the area. I come back really late from work most of the time, and after a night life, and I have never been scared of walking home alone from the station. There are always people hanging around drinking and having fun, and while working home, there are no suspensions and noting to worry about. I am a lot more safe compared to other areas in London. Most places in London do not have a tube or train station. But wood green have got its own tube station and when not convenient enough can use the neighbouring tube station which is Turnpike lane. I enjoy the options and the spoil for choice. The same with the buses, I can get a bus to most visited parts of London from wood green. Wood Green is excellent transportation wise. There are also many eateries in wood green, from kid favourite McDonald, Nando’s, KFC, Turkish restaurants, Kebab stores and pubs for a good pint of beer. It has got so many choices to choose from. All this helps in making Wood Green a memorable place and a good town to enjoy life. Wood Green is an amazing place to bring up children because the re are lower crime rates and enough playing ground for children who have a lot of growing up to do. I will be so happy to bring up my kids not only in the same area I grew up but also because it stands out compared to most areas in London and it is a beautiful green town to leave in.
BY Noellin Imoh
Magazine spread designer: Michelle
Hornsey : Hounsey:
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is my favourable place of all time!
“In 1201 the name ‘Haringeie’ was recorded but two centuries later had been corrupted to ‘Harynsey’.”
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Old to new....
Most people will be unaware that Hornsey and Haringey are born of the same mother but indeed, the origin of the name of what was once the tiny hamlet of Hornsey is the same as its sister, Haringey. Although today ‘Haringey’ refers to the London borough and ‘Hornsey’ refers to an area within that borough, once upon a time - over 1000 years ago - both would have been known as ‘Haringes hecg’. This means ‘enclosed area belonging to Haringey’ and is probably a reference to an ancient landowner. In 1201 the name ‘Haringeie’ was recorded but two centuries later had been corrupted to ‘Harynsey’. Since that time the two names have continued to exist side by side; from one place with one name we have inherited two places with two names.
“It owes its existence to a fourteenth century bishop who made use of the high ground in this area to built a road from London to Hornsey.” Hornsey is the sister of Haringey, it is also the mother of Highgate. Did you now? De-Lovely -was filmed Hornsey Town Hall 2005 Sway ‘Little Derek’Pop Promos was filmed in Hornsey Area, Priory Park, River Park House Rooftop, Wood Green
Indeed, Hornsey has a rich history of its own. Its forests provided rich hunting grounds for the bishops of London whose hunting lodge is reputed to have stood on the site of the present Highgate golf-course. It is strange to think that once upon a time Highgate was a mere hamlet in the forest and part of the village of Hornsey. It owes its existence to a fourteenth century bishop who made use of the high ground in this area to built a road from London to Hornsey. He erected a toll gate for travellers entering the city from the north and the name ‘High Gate’ was born... ...so if Hornsey is the sister of Haringey, it is also the mother of Highgate. Its forests were still preserved as hunting ground even in the time of Henry VIII, when a royal proclamation reserved game on this land for the King’s use. By this time the old hunting lodge of the medieval bishops had been demolished and it is reported that in 1500 stone taken from the site was used to built the parish church of St. Mary. Today its tower survives as the oldest standing building in Hornsey.
Magazine spread designer: Hafiza Begum Written by Rebecca Brewis
In case you are wondering what this picture/illustration is about, “Toff’s” is an award winning fish and chip shop established in 1968. I do believe Muswellhill is one of the nicest parts in Haringey, and “Toff’s” is probably the most famous place in Muswell hill. Here is their website: http://www.toffsfish.co.uk/index.html lk Design by Aya Kawamura
Flyer Designer: Francesca Crisafulli
Highgate The Beauty
10Highgate famous Cemetery
Annie Dalton illustraton of Highgate Cemetry
Photographer Lina Zilinskaite
The famous Cemetery
ighgate’s beauty comes from its village roots, its beautiful views from far above in the huge hills and the amazing features such as Hamstead Heath, Highgate Cemetery and of course Highgate Woods. The London suburb is split between three boroughs: Haringey in the north, Camden in the South West and Islington in the South East. An affluent area considered one of the most expensive places to live in London, it’s no wonder there’s even a Highgate Society for the preservation of its charming character.
A remarkable landmark that is often overlooked is Highgate Cemetery, which opened in 1839. The Victorian cemetery is split into two, with an East Wing and a West Wing.
Highgate Woods is one of four ancient woods in Haringey and this local nature reserve came into the City of London’s care in 1886 when the Lord Mayor announced Highgate Wood (previously name Gravel Pit Wood in 1863 due to the gravel that was sourced from the wood, used to lay the local roads) as an “open space for ever”. Now, not only does it boast 70 Acres, have Green Heritage status and a plethora of history, but it is accurately described as an “Oasis for wildlife”, harbouring seven species of bat and 263 different type of moth! Not to mention the fifty or so species of tree and shrub with rare funghi living and thriving there. There’s a variety of activities to undergo at Highgate Woods, whether it’s bird watching, walking along the nature trails, taking your children to the playground, relaxing and enjoying some food at the café, and it even sports a football and cricket pitch. Did you know? Highgate Woods runs bat and fungi walks throughout the year.
Magazine spread Hafiza Begum
John Vincent illustraton of Highgate Cemetry
Did you know? Karl Marx is buried at the Highgate Cemetery.
It is a burial site home to many famous names including Karl Marx, the communist leader, many of the Charles Dickens’ family, including Charles’ wife, Catherine, Douglas Adams, the famous author of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jeremy Beadle, and other recognisable names. The cemetery is not only appealing for its historical lodgers but also for it’s beautiful Gothic architecture. Within the cemetery there are vaults and tombs, an “Egyptian Avenue” and it’s enclosed by trees and surrounded by plants; it really is something to be seen and admired. The cemetery charges a small admission fee for entry, to preserve the features and also as a health and safety measure because the terrain is rather rugged with loose stone paths. Tours are run for the West Wing, which is where is you might find a familiar name or two.
By Kristiina Bax By Kristiina Bax
Magazine spread designer: Michelle Andrews
ottenham has undergone a lot of change in its long history. Once made up of large woodland and part of Wood Green, until Wood Green gained independence in 1894, it is now dominated by housing and shops, with a canal system and the River Lea running through it.
11 Tottenham Past
Tottenham was originally a rural community populated by the wealthy, with Henry VIII having visited Bruce Castle Estate for hunting. In the 19th century when railway lines such as the Liverpool Street to Enfield were built it encouraged a big surge in population. By 1891 the population had increased by 67,721 in ninety years. French, Spanish, African, Indian, German and Italian settlers came to Tottenham even before the post-war migration commenced. It has long since been considered a multicultural and diverse area with West African, Caribbean, Cypriot and Turkish communities living there today. Infamous events in Tottenham's history include The Broadwater Farm Riots and the Tottenham Outrage. In the Tottenham Outrage incident two armed robbers of Latvian descent robbed money from Schurmann's Factory in Chesnut Road. They were pursued by 100 policeman and civilians on foot, horse and car after they'd taken the money. The robbers hijacked a number of vehicles in their escape and their getaway vehicles included a greengrocer's cart, a milk cart and a tram. They shot at the chasing crowds as they fled, killing a ten year old boy and a policeman. They temporarily escaped over the marshes and into Walthamstow but they later shot themselves when cornered by police. It was later revealed that they were connected to Russian anarchists and political movements leaving a question mark hanging over the event as to whether the robbery was purely money motivated or whether it was intended to be a political protest. Before the riots, Broadwater Farm on Lordshiplane was a dairy farm helped somewhat by the Moselle Brook flooding which created great harvests for the farm and produced a good supply of hay for the cows. The dairyfarm stopped operating in 1916 and in 1932 Tottenham Urban District Council acquired the land. High-density housing estates were later built in 1967. Did you know? In World War Two bombs were dropped on parts of Tottenham, the first fell on Ida Road. During the war came the concoction, named by Queen Mary, the Tottenham Pudding. One man aptly named the Pudding King, real name Mr. Onians, successfully sold the puddings (containing food waste) which were fed to livestock during the food shortages.
Annie Dalton illustraton of “Tottenham’s hidden church:” the history of Brook Street Chapel znd Bruce Castle Park
The area became known for crime, the housing was poorly maintained and there were frequent problems with electricity and water leakages (although not from the river Moselle, as it had been blocked off before the housing build to prevent flooding). The area became known for crime, the housing was poorly maintained and there were frequent problems with electricity and water leakages (although not from the river Moselle, as it had been blocked off before the housing build to prevent flooding). Today Tottenham has a thriving community. It’s home to numerous shops, two higher learning centres, and Bruce Castle, a landmark dating back from the Tudor Period which still stands today as a museum and is also a historical archive. The streets are alive with the bustle of a thriving community with multiple faiths and cultures coexisting within it which is pretty amazing when you think that once upon a time it was just a rural village. Although it does have one of the highest unemployment rates in London, it is also one of the richest in terms of being one of the most ethnically diverse constituencies in England. Written By Kristiina Bax Michelle Andrews: spread designer
One Minute interview
One Minute Interview With Nathaniel
12 One Minute interview Did your perceptions change? I still miss Harringay and maybe when I win the lottery I’ll move back there but, yeah, I got used to Tottenham. Lordship Rec is nice. It’s a peaceful area to walk through. There’s a few too many betting shops here if you ask me. I mean, I gamble sometimes but three shops in a row? It seems a bit unnecessary. Have you seen any big changes in Tottenham since you first moved? I’ve not seen many big changes in Tottenham since living here but a big one is coming. Tottenham is getting its own stadium, it’s going to improve the area and, even though I don’t support Tottenham Hotspur, I will visit the stadium when my team plays. Teams from all over the world will play there, that’s pretty big. The stadium will be a massive landmark for Tottenham.
From Harringay to Haringey Nathaniel, 25, grew up in Harringay, between Finsbury Park and Hornsey, and moved to Tottenham, in the borough of Haringey, when he was 18. Growing up in Harringay what were your favourite memorable places? Stationers Park had a massive slide, it was so big that four people could go down it at the same time. I played football there too. It had a water fountain which kids could paddle in. It was a fun place. There’s also Parkland Walk. It’s a nice walk to take from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace.
West Green Road
It’s on an old rail line, and then there’s my old school, St. Aidans Primary School. We would climb over the fence and play footy there. On Sundays we could play from 1 in the afternoon up until 4pm or until it got dark. Why did you move to Tottenham? My dad sold his house and moved to Africa. I went to live with my mum who was already in Tottenham. My first impression of Tottenham was that it was a bit quiet and boring. I had to adjust to a different atmosphere, different people. I didn’t know anyone whereas in Harringay I knew a lot of people in the community, from the shopkeeper to people on the street. I couldn’t look at people in the face at first, there seemed to be different attitudes.
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HMD Haringey parents.
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oman Halter is a resident of Haringey – he's also a Holocaust survivor.
and still, there was happiness in their faces.” she says.
Roman lost his grandfather and father to starvation and his mother, When invited to take part in his half-sister and her two children the exhibition, Austrian-born to an extermination camp. PERGOSH, worried whether people would mind she was Roman was taken to the camp but Austrian. They didn’t. remembers his mother, her eyes and feet swollen from starvation, Mayor Councillor Eddie demanding he escape. Griffith, who was present at an HMD memorial service on 23 “She said, 'run with your clothes January in Haringey’s Garden of in your hand - when they scream Remembrance, says the events halt, don't stop and when they extend beyond Jews. fire, don't stop,'” he recalls. What better place to come Roman attended events during together than in Haringey, where the week of HMD for primary and an estimated 200 languages are secondary school-aged students. spoken, he says.
“The children asked what was the hardest part of my experience, I said 'losing my family,'” he said. “And the starvation - It makes you Haringey community held a string so weak, when you try to talk, of events in light of Holocaust tears come from your eyes. Memorial Day on 27 January, which has been commemorated in “This is a lovely country and the UK since 2001. HMD honours we don`t want racism and the more than 6 million people xenophobia,” he says. “We have murdered during the Holocaust, different races, colours and as well as those who lost their religions and this is how we want lives to subsequent genocides in to live - in harmony.” Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Roman's wife, Susie, is also a survivor. By the end of the Second World War, two out of every three of the The two of them are featured 9 million Jews in Europe had been in an exhibition at Bruce Castle murdered. 250 times the capacity Museum. Silvia Olipitz Gayler, of London's Royal Albert Hall filled whose artist name is PERGOSH, with children were killed. volunteered her time to painting six survivors' portraits and telling Roman Halter, 83, is one of the few their stories. survivors. He was only 12 years old at the start of the war in 1939. By “With all they'd been through, it the end, he was 18 - and without must have been really horrendous
Roman who lives with Susie, at the top of Crouch Hill, loves the borough’s diversity. “We grew up in different parts of the globe and have acquired different cultures,” he says. “We dont have to travel the world - we just have to travel Haringey, and we get the world.”
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The internet vs
So that makes one wonder, why have librariesy’s become such a place of the past? It would seem to be that the world nowadays is a fast thinking, immediately responding, and an all most almost impatient culture of time. We understand, in a world where deadlines are fast approaching that travelling to a library and hunting for relevant resources is time consuming. Living in a world where deadlines are fast approaching and Iinformation is required immediately, we have understood that travelling to a library and hunting for relevant resources is in fact time consuming of time we do not have, and that is why we have grown to love the internet in the way that we do. With a one click of a finger, the world is literally at your handsfingertips;, and sadly thisat is not possible in a building with limited amounts of reference. The iInternet is indeed criticiszed for having invalidated information, which of course, can be very true. But as with any source of information, one just needs to ensure they look in the right places to get the best results. Given away in itsthe title, the ‘World Wide Web’ has a vastly extensive database, that is vastly extensive, and even more impressively, that which is impressive in its continuously growthing. Accessible from anywhere, from living room to cafés, the web is designed to fit around us. For information on activities that are happening now, the iInternet would beat a library by far. For information that is needed instantly, the web wins again. If one wants to watch a film then and there, they can type a few words into a search bar and instantly have what they require, again, beating the wait that would ensue with a visit to the library. Both sources have a vast amount of information available to the researcher, and both provide man with a place ofto learning and adventure. The answer to whether a library rules over the iInternet is one that can only truly be answered by each individual; resources are only as beneficial as to how well they are used.
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Google vs Is it Google the answer to all of our little or sometime big enquires to life? How do we approach research engines nowadays? According to my own little research about 300 million people use Google a day, imagine? 300 millon! What about libraries? It is said that some of the “old-fashioned” population use their local libraries more in Europe than in America. It seems that to most of the people it is easier (and cheaper) to use Google rather than going out to the library.
Google Vs Libraries By Arianna Castiglione
But the question here is; which of these searching engines is actually more effective? Among high school teenagers they would say that Google is more effective but among university students it is quite different, the usage of Google can bring many consequences as plagiarism and source trust. My information literacy professor says that most of the information found in Google it is more likely to be “rubbish” as it is just data but no serious and specific research as you may find in libraries. She also says that while you spend three even four hours researching one topic on Google just finding literally tons of data, you could easily save up to two hours going to the library and getting more specific information. The Google syndrome she calls it. I particularly find Google to be the easiest way to access information, but I also got to admit the undeniable power of libraries, even the experience it is different. Let’s say you have an essay due tomorrow so you start brainstorming, “googling up” some key words and then you find yourself drowning in a sea of data of which you are more likely to use 10%, but then you are in the comfort of your house, having some tea maybe, burning your eyes to the computer screen. In a library you have no time to waste, it is cold so you need to get home early so you make your best trying to find the books that will get you through that “film adaptations” essay, you open them, you hold them, somehow it makes it feel more real. However, the Internet itself it’s a whole new technology (historically talking), common regular people in the eighties could not access Google so they had to find information in databases, academic journals, etc. How has it changed for us, new technological generation? Are we all familiar with the usage of databases? I’m not.
Most of the companies nowadays are looking for people that are information literate, that can find specific information fast and accurately, they look for people that, if the system crashes down, would be able to know how to use a library properly, they are looking for problem solving people, they are looking for people to be “efficient”. But what about everyday information like the weather? News? Even to find about new websites? Google has become an elemental tool on saving time and effort to be “informed”, because at the end of the day information depends on every one of us and our need to be informed. Information should be something that one does reach not that it reaches you and “bombards” you. In sum, I would say that these two search engines are both amazing in their own particular way. “Feeling lucky today”? Then use Google, feeling “academic”? Then use libraries. In your case what’s it going to be?
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Just How Bad is Illegal Downloading?
ince the beginning of the new millennium and the growth of music And like said before the actually p2p software isn’t illegal but the being in mp3 format, the sales of music CDs have rapidly decreased, sharing of certain files is due to copyright laws but this is a hard thing to with the download of the mp3 on the rise. correctly monitor because it is not always possible to know if someone is uploading from your network. In the good old days, if someone had a song or album that you wanted But still some of those who do admit to illegally downloading have on CD, you would probably go round to theirs with a cassette tape also suggested that to them it is kind of “try-before-you-buy” method for or if possible, a blank CD and make a copy of your own. It would take them, stating that they download illegally a whole album for example a while and wouldn’t have the sleeve or the pictures but it would be to see whether they like it and if they do, they will happily legally just as good sound quality as the original. Then along came the mp3. download or go into a shop and buy the music at full price. So whilst The official public release in 1995 with the first mp3 player software it may be true that a huge amount of music is being downloaded Winplay3 saw the beginning of a music revolution, with mp3 files illegally, it may not be as harmful as companies like the BPI, the British being widely spread on the Internet in the second half of the 90s. Phonographic Industry make out. Whilst the music industry appears to be up in arms about this issue, it seems that some music artists might This eventually led to people who had mp3 files sharing them not really mind their music being downloaded for free with some through p2p file sharing software programs such as Limewire and established and up-and-coming artists offering free downloads of their Napster with not only friends and people they knew, but with anyone music on social networks like MySpace. anywhere in the world who could connect to their network; which isn’t an impossible task. Soon, the lack of a need to go into a shop to They argue that they just want to get their music out there and true purchase a CD meant that consumers couldn’t be fully monitored or fans will be willing to see them at their gigs and that is where they will policed when it came to them downloading a file and eventually p2p ultimately get some of their money back. programs grew with more and more people connecting with each But along with the fact that illegal downloaders download as a “tryother. Whilst these programs themselves are legal and support the before-you-buy” method, there are many people willing to pay for legal sharing of files, it isn’t fully secure and soon one person uploading music downloads as long as it is at a reasonable price. And a yearly a file that you may have purchased has made it an illegal act. report by the IFPI shows that despite popular belief, digital music sales have actually gone up. And today, two decades since the launch of the mp3 file and p2p software, it is estimated by the Sun newspaper that more than 7 billion So whilst illegal downloads is a big and expensive problem, it seems Britons use illegal downloading websites. that slowly, with certain laws and procedures, things are moving in the Due to this, for the last decade, the music industry has been complaining right direction. And whilst people are prepared to pay for the music about the losses incurred for illegal downloads and we have seen new they listen to, stronger measures need to be introduced to police those measures being put in place to prevent and punish those doing it such who do download illegally and until then, the music industry will need as being banned from internet for life and the introduction of websites to gain their money from concerts and merchandising. like iTunes selling music downloads. Written by: But there are two sides to this argument. Whilst it seems clear that what is illegal is illegal and that is the end of it, some argue that the statistics of illegal downloading have been blown out of proportion Written by Shekina Tuahene with a reporter for the Daily Mail stating that they “doubt that every Designed by Toby Bennett download is lost revenue” and suggests that “people who download also buy more”.
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serve up to homelesss The Young Advisors chose to make lamb and vegetable stew with dumplings, followed by cake for dessert. They shopped for all the ingredients and prepared, cooked and served the food. After clearing up the kitchen Reece Taylor, 19, shared that he felt a sense of achievement and said: “The volunteering was great fun, a positive experience and we learnt something new.” Reverend Alex Gyasi said: “This project helps people on our doorstep who are suffering. It is refreshing that the young people have come and contributed to this cause. To have the desire to come and do something for homeless people is quite unique and is a very grown up, commendable attitude.”
Pictured: Michael Fowler, serving stew at the Highway of Holiness Church On the evening of 13 December 2010 a group of seven young people volunteered at the Highway of Holiness Church on Fountayne Road in Tottenham, preparing and serving a meal to local homeless people in Haringey. The Young Advisors group, who are supported by Haringey Council’s Neighbourhood Management Service, are volunteering as part of the Young Londoners Friendly Neighbourhoods project, delivered by Groundwork London’s youth workers and funded by the Mayor of London’s office. The fund champions young people to make decisions about activities which they would like to see happen and supports them in taking charge of planning and developing their projects.
The group, aged 15-25, wanted to undertake the activity to benefit others in their community. They met with Reverend Alex Gyasi of the Highway of Holiness Church in Tottenham who invited them to work alongside the regular volunteers one evening preparing and serving a meal for a group of 40 homeless people who sleep at the church each night. The holistic programme provides them with
Regular volunteers Pearl Asare and Mary Essuman were very positive about the extra assistance. Pearl commented: “I am really grateful for the young people who came here today to help us out. They are helping those who are homeless and on the edge of society and preventing them from falling into a downward spiral of drugs and alcoholism.” The youth programme encourages the participation of young people in positive, practical changes within their neighbourhood to develop confidence, bring a sense of pride within their local communities and promote social cohesion. Research shows participation in extracurricular activities promotes education attainment including low rates of school failure and dropout and improves motivation for learning.
“The volunteering was great fun, a positive experience and we learnt something new.” Reece Taylor breakfast and hot meals, English lessons, bible classes and access to the internet in order to look for jobs. Over 200 people have been involved since the project began over one and a half years ago.
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We need EMA !!!
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students have been campaigning against the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance as of January. The scheme, which provided financial support to Sixth Form and college students from less well-off backgrounds, was initially set up to ensure that the option of further education was available to everyone. The start of 2011 saw the programme scrapped completely, with now only those already in receipt of it being supported until the end of the academic year. Not surprisingly, the cut has left students feeling angry, frustrated and helpless. For many of them the EMA, which was between £10 and £30 a week, paid for bus fares, books and meals. Some now have no choice but to turn to the option of dropping out altogether, their parents simply unable to support them.
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James Mills, a former recipient of the fund and head of the Save EMA Campaign, has commented on the aggravating situation and states the country is ‘going back to the 1930s’. He points out that the age-old issue of class background has been dragged to the forefront again, limiting the chances of these young working-class people.
EMA has too much ‘dead weight’, he states that not enough proof was provided in order for the programme to be justified. Claiming the EMA has too much ‘dead weight’, he states that not enough proof was provided in order for the programme to be justified.
Learner Support Funds are set to be a replacement for the allowance, but this will still The Save EMA Campaign, set leave many students struggling. up by Mills, has been working The LSF budget is far less than that hard to demonstrate against the of the EMAs, resulting in fewer cut through means of peaceful students receiving the fund. protest. Classes were held in a However, the Institute for Fiscal room of the Houses of Parliament Studies has said the scheme’s and a demonstration was held positive effects can in fact be outside, where students carried highlighted. They say that official banners bearing messages such as figures estimate an extra 10% of young “You laid David Cam (EMA) Ron” people opted to stay in education and “No ifs, no Buts, no education because of the EMA. cuts” What makes the situation all The Education Secretary, Michael the more disheartening for Gove, has denied any Government these young people is that both plans to reassess the scrapping Cameron and Gove pledged not of the scheme, pointing to the to cut the Education Maintenance appalling economic condition that Allowance, just weeks before elections. Labour has left behind.
Music piracy friend or foe
Musi c pir acyfrien d or foe? Writer Simon Healy Designed by Toby Bennett
Music piracy friend or foe English singer/songwriter Jessie J has recently angered fans by publicly condemning the act of illegal downloading; her words were a bitter pill to swallow for many music fans that cited lyrics to her recent hit ‘price tag’ as hypocritical. Lines such as; “it’s not about the money” and “money can’t buy you happiness”, only resulted in polarising fan’s opinion. It is however, hard to argue with artists who share Jessie’s outlook, illegal downloading is dealing a crushing blow to the music industry on a daily basis; a recent report from the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) suggested that 1.2 billion tracks have been downloaded illegally in 2010, robbing the music industry of £219 million. The report intimates that as much as 75% of downloads are illegal. The repercussions are being felt throughout the industry, HMV is to close 60 stores in UK over the next 12 months due to a vast decline in sales. Figures like these underline the state modern day music finds itself in today, due to a monster of its own creation. The industry as we know it has benefited from a variety of technological advancements over recent years; each progression has only helped to solidify the markets already dominant position. That is until now; the continued innovation of musical formats from; Vinyl, to CD, and for a brief period the Mini-disc have created a level of convenience for the consumer unheard of in any media based industry. The combination of MP3’s and the convenience of the internet have had a devastating effect on the industry, splitting opinion amongst fans and artists alike. Music industry revenue has been impacted in such a way that performers have gone to great lengths in order to deter music lovers from sustained music piracy. In 2000, Metallica (followed swiftly by rapper Dr Dre) took unprecedented legal action against Napster and more than 300,000 fans, under a piece of federal legislation called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A subsequent law suit filed by a number of record companies resulted in the closure and subsequent bankruptcy of Napster acting as a warning to any would-be piracy advocators. Whilst legal cases like these are ongoing, they are rare and not enough to stem the flow of illegal downloads, but as the figures suggest it is more prominent than ever- forcing artists to take varyingly unorthodox steps in order to combat the loss of revenue. Radiohead were the first to put the trust in the hands of the consumer, making there recent album ‘In Rainbows’ available for download over the internet whilst simultaneously
It’s not all doom and gloom however, whilst piracy means a loss of revenue for established artists, for up and coming acts their music can be more accessible for potential customers and the widespread sharing of music makes for increased exposure. Artists like Lily Allen in particular have benefited from this availability of music moving from relative obscurity to household name thanks to sites such as Myspace; she disagrees however accusing fans stealing music, of damaging the chances of emerging artists at a point in their careers when they need the revenue most. It is hard to disagree however there is a strong argument for both of these beliefs. So what is the answer? Well, it would seem the music industry must evolve and steps are already being taken- a new business model is required in order to drive the industry in another direction and maximise revenue. Whilst previously the main source of income for an artist has been from record sales, the dwindling numbers have forced the industry to look to other sources such as merchandise, and concerts. The latter has certainly proved more profitable, concerts and similar experiential marketing is being looked towards in order to revive the music industry but this has its costs on the artist, a 50 date tour for Michael Jackson is just one example. With the demand for festivals and concerts continually on the rise the demand is undoubtedly there it is down to the industry to find new ways in which to tap into. In 2010 Paul McCartney’s concert in Mexico City became the fastest selling concert in history with 40,000 tickets selling out in reportedly 11 seconds. The overall evidence of sustained music piracy is damning for the industry as it finds itself at a crossroads, widespread piracy is relentlessly increasing calling for the need of a revaluation of the way in which the music industry currently operates, turning the availability of music into advantage is imperative for its continued survival. Whatever changes are made it is clear that this issue is one that will not only remain but will polarise opinion across the board.
The closest the UK has come to having artists who sing ‘real’ RnB would probably be artists like Dina Carroll, Eternal or Damage, but again these could quite easily fit into either genre. The days of real Swing and RnB seem to be almost forgotten by the US also (artists like Alicia Keys, Musiq Soulchild & Jon B all clinging onto it for dear life), and were never really established or embraced on UK shores, but I will always remember them and hope that one day, some music mogul somewhere in the UK will get their act together (literally) and make Rhythm and Blues a fully existing/credible music to us Brits. But then there’s the question, will us Brits actually buy it, or have a tasteful enough ear to appreciate it, now that we are so accustomed to that typical ‘pop’ sound? That’s another story!
att Cradle is the winner of X Factor 2010. He won the British Music talent show on December twelve with his incredible voice. The 27 year old from Little Maplestead in Essex who was once a lonely and shy boy is now recognised and own one of the greatest voice in music. It was unbelievable because his rival and co-singer Rebecca Ferguson was brilliantly amazing as well. Both of them stood out early in time during the whole contest, both were really shy in the begging and ended up being brave, strong, unbelievable and breath taking at the end of the programme. it was left for the public to choose their winner, and they choose Matt, it was also said that Matt had the highest vote of all time throughout this year programme. Majority of viewers were very happy to see Matt Cradle win, most believe there aren’t enough male singers in the British music industry and Matt winning will be more helpful compared to a female winner. Most of them also accepted that Rebecca has got the voice and will make it any way because over the past few years, JLS has proved it that runner ups can make it as much as the winner. Some viewers also thought it was all about the judges and was very happy to see Dannii Minogue win this year. Matt Cradle didn’t undergo a happy child hood he was diagnosed with a wired tumour, which was a form of cancer as a toddler and recovered after one of his kidneys was removed at the age of two. Before applying for the X Factor, he was the front man and acoustic guitar of a band called Seven Summers.
By Amira Ibrahim (a frustrated RnB lover) Magazine spread designer: Sana Jasemi
The band with alternative Rock, pop and urban was struggling and managed to grab a Panice Best Band 2010 award. For pocket money and beer money, he was a house painter and decorator before auditioning for The X Factor.
simply evolved and its sound has just changed? But if that’s the case, why can I quite easily tell the difference between a Country song and a Heavy Metal track? RnB has merged into the Pop genre, and it’s quite obvious to the ear. I see adverts on TV for compilation albums such as ‘RnB Collection’ and my ears are traumatised. Amongst some reputable US RnB acts, (I say some because how The Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga can be on an album with ‘RnB’ in the title is beyond me), I hear Cheryl Cole and The Sugababes playing under the voiceover. So if they are RnB, who makes the pop music in this country? It seems if you’re an artist from the UK with an edgier style, (you wear your pants low like JLS) or incorporate a few fast ‘street’ dance routines into your videos and performances, you automatically fall into the RnB category. Please. It frustrates me because you’ll see a somewhat more ‘Urban’ artist win a televised talent show where throughout, they will sing songs that are nowhere near the style they will sing post winning. You know that as soon as the winner is established, their material will, almost certainly be pop.
’m an RnB girl through and through. Scrolling through my IPod library, I find so many songs that bring back many a good memory, songs that I can (try and) sing along to word for word. Songs I could listen to over and over and over without getting bored. As I scroll through my library, I find that the songs that have that tireless effect on me all have something in common. What’s that? I hear you ask. They were all released by American RnB/Swing artists prior to the year 2000. Now, it could just be that I have a thing for American RnB music that’s over a decade old, but is it? And was I forced to sway towards US RnB in the 90’s simply because UK RnB basically never existed? Something tells me it’s the latter. Over the last 12 or so years, RnB from across the Atlantic has significantly changed anyway. ‘Changed’ being a term I would rather replace with ‘disappeared’. Its sound is no longer unique; it no longer seems to have its own pigeon hole. Instead, it falls into the ‘Pop’ category, like every other kind of music seems to these days. Well ‘Popular’ it certainly is! It’s all you seem to hear on UK airwaves. When I think RnB/Swing, I think of US artists that filled my ‘Pure Swing’ compilations, like the late Aaliyah or groups from the early-mid 90’s like TLC, Jodeci, Kut Klose, Dru Hill, SWV or Xscape. These artists had a soulful sound, not a tinny, samey sound enhanced by the latest studio technology. They had raw talent. They even made catchy slower songs that didn’t put you to sleep. Admittedly, they were American artists and the US seem to (just about) be more clued up and ‘with it’ when it comes to music and maintaining the clear divide between music genres, but when will the UK begin to build its market for real R’n’B music? When will the big labels stop fooling their younger listeners into believing that what they are listening to is RnB? On the other hand, maybe RnB/Swing has
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They play their new songs, but when it comes to TPIU you know it is going to be a class act. Even though it’s a new song to the crowd they are able to sing the words straight back at TPIU, that’s a testament to the talent of the writing talent within the band, and when AJ sings them, it makes your spine tingle a little bit. And when This Part Is Us finish their first song you realise what was missing from the show. Passion. When you see AJ, Josh, Sean and Jonny jump about giving it their all, it hits you what it means to them and it flows straight into the crowd. They are shouting the lyrics back to them in this intimate gig. This show has come crashing into life. They don’t let up for a second, for the first time in the night the crowd haven’t been reserved.
AJ then drops a bombshell. This Part Is Us are to go on a hiatus. With this news they treat everyone in the railway club to the blistering song that is “Watch Us Burn”. Everyone in the room knows that this song contains an immense breakdown and everyone waits for it to kick in. AJ calls for space in the centre. The crowd part. AJ counts down…….3, 2, 1. It kicks in and simultaneously the crowd kicks into gear. There is no feeling of dissatisfaction anymore; it’s turned into the gig of pure, un-adulterated fun! Their last song is “Nineteen”, this is similar to “Watch Us Burn” as it has an immense breakdown. With this AJ calls for a wall of death and everyone in the room stands to the side. Ready. Waiting for that moment when This Part Is Us will orchestrate the chaos! The band unleashes the beast that is the breakdown, commencing the chaos that the wall of death brings. It turns to be an emotional end to the show. It’s a set you don’t want to end and I’m sure it’s a set that the TPIU boys didn’t want to end as well. It was a breathtaking end for a breathtaking band; they play with an intense passion which makes their live shows so appealing. The band afterwards are visibly sad by this being their last show for a while, but they are soon comforted by the crowd who really do love these guys. They will be missed as their music was brilliant but we can all hope they will soon come back to play more fantastic shows in the future.
Illustration by Toby Bennett / Written by Jsmie Smith
London Rock and Roll Tour
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Panic poster on the Piccadilly line
Panice on the piccadilly line
on the piccadilly line
I was born two months ago, these things are new. I loose my keys and I get locked out, a man follows me, he has teeth and eyes ruined by god knows what but I think a pipe. I look into his eyes, I can’t really brave it so I focus on the bit inbetween for the illusion of confidence unwavering. Dead pan he says to me ‘Wait until you’ve seen me smile’ I don’t really know what that means. But it sends a chill down my spine and my knees feel as hollow as his empty pupils. He turns and walks away. I was born in the rocking, rumbling womb of the Piccadilly Line, in a tunnel near Wood Green. Flashes of my old life came back to me as I gasped my first polluted breath. Technicolour flashes juxtaposed with the shades of mediocritythat colour my current incarnation. I left my place of birth and stumbled, wide eyed towards the escalators dizziness takes me and i start to panic. I see myself falling andnobody catches me. I lie at the bottom as my face is gently cheese-grated against the metal and commuters step over me careful not to get blood on their shoes, but they do anyway, I see the shock on their faces as my blood pisses out of my ruined face onto briefcases and prams and backpacks and carefully coiffed hairdos. My blood forms slippery puddles which they slip on and then we all lay at the bottom. Together at last. I am enjoying London so far. By Roya Rahmanzadeh
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Designer: Anna Janus
Designer: Anna Janus
Designer: Anna Janus
Sweet ambush There is a quietness in Greenwich A charming redundancy When walking by the park And its hundreds and hundreds of trees A longing I am fond of A certain calmness to the crowd - Each to our own little world. And, delighted endlessly We admire the Thames River We sashay through the market place We forget where we came from. Grey Greenwich, still, shedding its tears on me When walking down its empty streets The daylight almost consumed Sullen and unwilling to unveil The Old Royal Naval College’s majesty The mighty Observatory And its clocks beating the cadence of the world Is a faultless sanctuary. Yes, Greenwich in the mist Never ceases to amaze me The St Alfege Church lost in the clouds Its unutterable cemetery Birds and squirrels for once unseen Shaking in cold January. But Greenwich above all, always Whether grey or flamboyant Sheltering its people from the wind Casts its untold enchantment spells. For that place, to be sure, Full of its faint tranquillity Baffles sometimes its passer-by Who furtively forget to leave.
Witten by Lauréline Gallais and illustrator Charlotte Wood
Londoners Diary From the wild wild west to the chic and rock n roll east. It’s hard to adjust wherever you are moving, even if it’s just from one side of the city to the other. I moved from my beloved west London for love, nothing else. I will never regret making that decision, but I miss the people from west, the lovely summer there and how close it was for me to get to my job in Westfield. I have heard, so many times, people describing ‘west people’ as either stuck up or filthy. For obvious reasons you can’t be both and I am therefore happy to accept that I am stuck up. Being stuck up however is not something which goes well in East. Most people here, that I have gotten to know, live their lives in a ‘whatever’ bubble and don’t particularly like people with the wrong kind of attitude. But attitude they have themselves, to spare.
I like the E1 neighbourhood with the closeness to Victoria Park and London fields and in the summer it’s definitely the best place to be. It’s also the best place to be when you feel like going out until 3 on a Sunday night in converse or if you are keen for vodka 7oclock on a Saturday morning after a House Party when all the booze has run out (we all hate when that happens).
Since I enjoy hanging out with extremely stuck up people as well as chic, ‘whatever’ rock n roll’ers, what does that make me? I already know I’m stuck up and I also know that I have occasionally enjoyed going out clubbing in my converse or been keen for some vodka in the early mornings.
Maybe it’s time to station myself in the middle? Although, I couldn’t bear to London is big but I never just hang out in Soho realized how big it actually is. North, West, South and East could be 4 different Writtenh by Matilda Klang countries and they all have i l l u s t r a t o r something against the other parts. No one really knows Charlotte Wood why and it’s always different when one asks different people.
Undress Me Canpe
Standing at the front of the assembled masses a slow realisation crept over them. There were far more people than had RSVP’ed, there was no way they had enough to go round. “How about tuna sandwiches?” Luke piped up. “Sandwiches?!” Mark cried. “They haven’t even been invented yet and besides we’ve only got two loaves. Their leader stood at the back, deep in thought, listening to the suggestions flying about. All of a sudden he interjected with his classic wisdom. “How about, we just serve canapés?” “Canapés?!” Peter exclaimed “These people need food!” “Yes” Jesus quipped back “But think about it, it’ll go much further that way, plus I’m pretty sure that most people will feel too polite to take one anyway” “Look mate, you might be Lord God Almighty but I’m the caterer here and I’m not about to take some carpenter’s advice on the matter. It’s a bloody buffet not a set of shelves” Frank the Caterer sneered. “But Jesus if you turn enough water into wine first people will be so pissed up they won’t give two shits about the food!” Judas interjected. “So it shall be done” Written by Max Francis illustrator Charlotte Wood Magazine spread designer: Michelle Andrews
Designer: Anna Janus
Resignatio love letter
_RESIGNATION LOVE LETTER
Resignation love letter
To whom it may concern ,
I’ve given up on love , I’ve given up on love because I’ve been hurt too many times. I’ve given up trying to make sense of the deceitful lies that circulate and implicate my mind . I’ve giving up putting 100% into my feelings that have left me withdrawn into a weary state of weakness, only to receive a quarter of a fraction of affection , that has left my heart shattered into a million pieces of deception . See , giving your heart to someone is never ever an easy thing to do, becoming one with that person , is basically the same as saying, I do.
See , I’ve given up trying to please someone who only wants to please them selves , thinking of themselves first, and not considering any body else . See , your poison has been like a twisted drug for me . Consuming me with every painful breath I take . Smothering my inner being, feeding me , increasing my strength , and going to any means of lengths, making sure that love , doesn’t come around here , anymore . So as you donate to my course of giving up on love , a healthier person is born , as I’m free to live and be that individual that I so dearly desire , knowing that you no longer absorb or control
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my heart, the tale of heartbreak is merely but a distance away. So as you donate to my course of giving up on love , a healthier person is born , as I’m free to live and be that individual that I so dearly desire , knowing that you no longer absorb or control my heart, the tale of heartbreak is merely but a distance away. You see , I’ve learned a valuable lesson , instead of your love being somewhat of a blessing, you’ve made me see , that the only person I can truly rely on , is me .
I’ve giving up, going back and forth , in and out, up and down . Just to reach this finale conclusion . Damn , your love was like an illusion , making me hate the person I had become , being teased by your verbal justifications. Well , let me make this bold frank statement.......... Love is not blind ,……….. it simply enables one to see things others fail to see , and just look at what your love , has done to me . love Miss Soulstress
So I’ve given up on love . I’ve given up being your freak attraction , I’ve Written By Caroline given up being blinded by your charming gestures of affection . I’ve given up crying over someone whose only intention was to see my interior self die inside . I’ve given up being fooled time and time again , not once , not twice , but three to four and maybe even more times. I’ve given up, putting myself through the unnecessary torture by the like’s of a man who say’s, he understands.
C eta ro il M nic ed y L le o ife f ’
See , I’ve only started loving myself over again , and it ’s took me a while to even contemplate in giving loving, another try. Opening myself up to another, so he can read my weathered pages, learning about my intimate most deepest secrets, stripping me bear, layer after layer. Reaching down into the very core of me , and exploring the mysteries that are there .
You see , my book , it ’s like a unique novel , it tells you a detailed chronicle account of my life . It describes a heart felt trauma, that had introduced itself like a parasite . It ’s a book of sadness, but much revelation , a book of high’s, and well , exhorting lows. You see , chapter after chapter, you’ll understand my flow.
‘_opening myself up to another’
Magazine spread designer: Anna Gould
‘_the tale of heartbreak is merely but a distance away’
Are you a Creative individual Tv Review
s someone who didn’t understand the appeal at first, I have become a true ‘Gleek’. What I like about Glee are the real issues portrayed. From Kurt coping with his homosexuality to Quinn’s teen pregnancy, Glee doesn’t shy away from serious topics. Of course, I can’t talk about Glee without talking about the music. That is what makes it unique. Although some songs are overly cheesy, you are always guaranteed that ‘wow, what a classic!’ moment which I eagerly wait for. After receiving the ‘Best TV Musical or Comedy’ award at the Golden Globes, I can safely say Glee is an all round hit. By Tasha Mathur
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The show that everyone’s been talking about for the last two weeks has got to be the second series of Channel 4’S Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. The documentary series gives an eye-opening insight into Gypsy and Traveller culture, focusing on the integral part a wedding plays in their lives. It certainly fascinated me, and made me realise just how much I didn’t know about this mysterious and unusual community. One of the first things that surprised me was how strict and traditional their culture is. Not only do they believe in the conventional gender roles of the working man and the housewife woman, but go as far as to forbid sex and dating before marriage as well. The male gender really is favoured too; they are allowed to go out and about as they please, whilst the girls are only permitted to be seen in groups, for fear of gaining a ‘Scandalised reputation. In the words of the featured dressmaker, they seem to be stuck in a time warp. And perhaps what’s most surprising of all is that despite this seemingly undesirable way of life, traveller girls featured in the documentary seemed perfectly satisfied; adamant that that’s just the way things are. They wouldn’tchange it if they could; at least they said they wouldn’t.“It’s a man’s world” Sixteen-year-old bride-to-be Josie proclaimed, more than once throughout theepisode. Another thing that surprised me is the young age at which the traveller girl is expected to marry, and how it seems to be an event they’ve virtually been living for up until this point; something that is planned and anticipated ever since the day they are born. So much so I thought there was more of anemphasis on the wedding event itself rather than the love between the couple, who had only met four months previously. It just seemed as if they were doing it purely for the reason that it had to be done; the girl is sixteen so she is now going to get married. Saying that, it is evident how strong tradition and culture are among their community, and thus how passionate they are about their roots. It might seem as if they are stuck in a time warp, but surely this means they are essentially just trying to preserve their culture, and to keep its traditional roots alive. Magazine spread designer: Michelle Andrews
illustrator Charlotte Wood
We are from a different society completely; who are we to declare that they’re living in the past?
Spongebob Fan Calling all cartoon Heads!1
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like Squarepants cartoon because its sooooooooooo funny! I mean, Patrick is sinisterly dumb, the running gag of Plankton getting squashed, you have to have an extremely bare mind to not laugh! I think the best episode is Sleepy Time, where Spongebob jumps into everyones dreams! It made me laugh so much my belly ached! And I think Bubbles is the second best. And I pity Squidward. He's always getting the blunt end of Spongebobs fun! But, obviously, Sandy is my absolute favorite. Because I like nuts too! Ha ha, but thats not all. It's just....she shares a lot of things with me. I'm a squirrel. I like karate. Anyway, I've talked about her, haven't I? Third best episode is the episode when Patrick writes a song, that was super funny! And, I think Spongebob and Sandy are secretly in love together! Who wants to vote? Tick the answer you picked:
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Anyway, back to my review of Spongebob Squarepants. CURRENT LIKE PHINEAS ANDthe FERN AND SPONGEBOB I hate it and all the voice actors. Ha, only kidding! I also like the CARTOONS episodes where they have Painty SQUARE PANTS? Maybe his sister is the crawling Pirate at the beginning, like on Shanghaied! AargH! I'm the flyin' dutchman! welshwoman! Haahahaha! Yeah. I'm insane. Or maybe you prefer the classics such as Ren& Stimpy and Hey Arnold? Either way, if you Anyway, have to finish this review. Bye! have a passion for cartoons this is your chance to get involved with our online magazine and appear in our debut publication! .S. Squidward? Don't like him. .P.S. Not even Squilliam, for that matter. Tell us about your favourite cartoon character or show, regardless of whether itâ€™s still on the telly, and tell us why you love them. We want to know! .P.P.S. I don't like the squid family in general. tell us what cartoon you used to love back in days!
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Do you love watching current cartoons Like Phineas and Fern Spongbob Square Pants? Or maybe you prefer the classics such as Ren& Stimpy and Hey Arnold? Either way, if you have a passion for cartoons this is your chance to get involved with our online magazine and appear in our debut publication! Tell us about your favourite cartoon character or show, regardless of whether itâ€™s still on the telly, and tell us why you love them. We want to know! tell us what cartoon you used to love back in days!
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Published on Apr 11, 2011