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Hackney: one of the top places to live in Britain, or fashion fad?

Hackney: one of the top places to live in Britain, or fashion fad?

Back in 2006, Channel 4 show “The Best and Worst Places to Live in Britain” condemned Hackney as the worst place to live in the UK. The borough’s crime statistics, poor schools and a lack of adequate housing were highlighted as reasons why it should be avoided. But now, in 2014, Hackney…

It doesn’t take millions to get fit: Go outside and enjoy running

It doesn’t take millions to get fit: Go outside and enjoy running

The idea that it takes cash to improve your running is nonsense – any athletics coach worth their salt will tell you that to improve your 10km time – you spend two hours a week doing two-minute sprints or 1km efforts. To build your leg muscles, run up and down…

Spare a little change: Should we give money to the homeless?

Spare a little change: Should we give money to the homeless?

Rachael Pells: Don’t encourage a bad attitude There is a homeless man who sits next to a cash machine in Shoreditch at night, sweetly wishing God’s blessings upon the streams of pub crawlers queuing for cash. One Saturday, he asked me if I had any change. I muttered “no, sorry”…

“Is there something on my face?” Re-thinking social etiquette

“Is there something on my face?” Re-thinking social etiquette

It had been a long day. I arrived home to discover that I had mascara smudged all the way down my face in a way which, partnered with my black shirt, might suggest that I was making an attempt at a new trend: Sad Goth meets Office-wear 2014. The first…

ITVBe: Is it really a spanner in the works for feminism?

ITVBe: Is it really a spanner in the works for feminism?

The clever people at ITV reckon they’ve cracked the age-old mystery of what women want, and are starting a television channel designed solely for a female audience. ITVBe, due to launch later this year, will be targeted at 16-34-year-old women and will feature shows including US Real Housewives and The…

The thin line between harassment and wooing: how far is too far?

The thin line between harassment and wooing: how far is too far?

Olivier is a 24-year-old professional on a night out in east London. He goes over to a girl at the club, introduces himself, throws an empty compliment at her, and then slaps his arm around her shoulders like a seatbelt. And suddenly, she’s gone before he can say, “Can I…

COL (Crying Out Loud): Should you comfort someone?

COL (Crying Out Loud): Should you comfort someone?

I saw a young woman cry on the tube the other day and I couldn’t help but wonder why. Had she experienced a break up? The loss of a loved one? Or was it just one of those dreary days when even stepping on gum would stimulate tears? I was…

Men need to ‘man up’ when it comes to their health

Men need to ‘man up’ when it comes to their health

When it comes to being proactive about their health, men are useless. How do I know this? I have been suffering from a bad back for about a month now. Okay, it’s by no means life threatening, but for a 23-year-old who should be at the peak of his physical…

Fare rises, strikes and signal failure – It’s not “good service”

Fare rises, strikes and signal failure – It’s not “good service”

  “All other lines are operating a good service”. Great. Just great. I’m so delighted to hear that automated-TFL-voice-lady, I’m so happy for your joyous achievement. Time and time again, Londoners hear these robotic propaganda messages being spewed from a 1984-esque faceless speaker and understand that their journeys are going…

Gagging order passed and the heavy cost to democracy

Gagging order passed and the heavy cost to democracy

The ‘Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill’, or – as it is commonly known known – ‘the gagging bill’, was passed into law last week. It contains three major provisions regulating trade unions, lobbying and non-party campaigning in the run up to elections, and is supposedly…

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