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Newham Compass debate on Adult Social Care – Quality vs Cash? 

16 Oct

Dear Compass Supporter, Here with details of our event on Thursdsay October 26th at 7.30: Adult Social Care - Quality vs Cash ? with Anna Bailey-Bearfield Lead Officer: Fix Dementia Care The Alzheimer’s Society Larry Sanders Social Care Spokesperson...

While in Dancing Dick’s Lane – White Notley to Witham walk 

15 Oct

Definitely off message but today Gill and I went for a linear walk from White Notley station to Witham station (Essex).

Newham Labour Councillor Candidate Selection for 2018 

14 Oct

Got email last night from London Region "Dear candidate, Many thanks for attending your interview last weekend.

Black History Month Event – London City Hall, Friday 27 October 2017 

13 Oct

PROGRAMME OF THE DAY Black History Month 2017 9:30 Coffee and Registration 10:00 Welcome and Introductions – Stephanie Thomas 10:20 Margaret Greer - National Black members Officer 11:00 Alim Kamara – Entertainment (Story Story activity ) 11:30 ...

Workplace pensions work: but we are going backwards not forwards 

12 Oct

Pensions for many have improved over the years but we are now in danger of going backwards not forwards.

Stratford Skyline 

11 Oct

Picture from the balcony of East Thames (now LQ) Housing headquarters in Stratford, Newham, London before a UNISON branch meeting.

World Mental Health day #WMHD 

10 Oct

Some useful stuff from ACAS and UNISON .

Walk from Forest Gate to Chingford 

8 Oct

Off message but a lovely walk today from the People's Republic to Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge at Chingford.

Excellent update on extending the “right to buy” to Housing associations by enforced sale council assets – Redbrick blog 

8 Oct

The strange case of a government housing policy that won’thappen by stevehilditch By Ross Fraser Everyone in the sector will recall the surprise late insertion into the 2015 Conservative election manifesto of a policy to extend the right to buy to ...

From London UNISON Regional Secretary to London Labour Councillor 

7 Oct

Last week I went to a packed out retirement function for UNISON Regional Secretary, Linda Perks.

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Man overboard 

11 Oct

Council CEO Kim Bromley-Derry has been re-arranging the executive deckchairs at Newham Dockside: A few weeks back I announced my new executive leadership arrangements which took effect immediately.

Less than zero 

9 Oct

West Ham United has yet to hand over a penny in business rates for its London Stadium home, according to a report in London freesheet City AM .

Resigning matters 

25 Sep

Forest Gate North councillor Rachel Tripp has resigned from cabinet .

Spot the Difference (part 94) 

25 Sep

The draft Statement of Accounts originally published in July, which set off a furore once people spotted the words ‘written-off’ in the section dealing with the Olympic Stadium loan: The version being considered by the Audit Board/Investment and ...

Stadium latest 

11 Sep

A stone’s throw from the Olympic stadium...

Not just a river in Egypt 

8 Sep

My blog post yesterday prompted a flurry of media interest, which resulted in the following statement being issued (my emphasis added): A Newham Council spokesperson said:  “The Council’s draft accounts for 2016/17 were first published on our ...

Down the drain 

7 Sep

Sir Robin Wales is about to flush £40 million of council taxpayers’ money down the toilet.

An explanation 

30 Aug

Dear Boriswatch, What’s Up with Boriswatch? Has it ceased to be? I note it is not being kept up to date.

Hey Porsche 

25 Aug

My heart goes out Beckton’s lead community councillor, Ayesha Chowdhury.

Time after time 

15 Aug

By the time next year’s election rolls around 16 current members of the council will have held their seats for 20 years or more.

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Features: The Hartlepool Monkey: How a set can tell its own story 

14 Sep

The show opens in Stratford ahead of a UK tour...

World Taekwondo Grand Prix and World Para Taekwondo Championships at Copper Box Arena 

4 Sep

Taekwondo returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with four days of world-class action.

Elrow Town London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

28 Jul

Step into an eccentric world of music, games and performances at this quirky two-day festival.

Review: Review: Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

19 Jul

Rikki Beadle-Blair's latest show stars an all-trans cast...

Get 20% off Summer In London tickets from 8-21 July 

5 Jul

Summer in London Theatre Royal Stratford East 8-29 July | Times Vary | £10-£25 Book Tickets “A hilarious new romcom play – think The Inbetweeners meets a modern A Midsummer Night’s Dream – with an all trans cast” Join four cheeky lads ...

The Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

15 Jun

This disappointing rendition of The Who’s famous rock opera is probably one to be avoided for most but may hold some important lessons for others.

Theatre News: Nadia Fall appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 

14 Jun

The director will take over from Kerry Michael who leaves the position at the end of this year...

Interviews: Kerry Michael: ‘I can’t think about life after Stratford East just yet’ 

8 Jun

The artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East talks about Tommy and his plans for leaving the theatre in December...

Interviews: Emma Donoghue: ‘Room is about the power of imagination, it belongs on stage’ 

18 May

The Academy Award-nominated writer talks to us about the stage adaptation of her novel, Room , currently playing at Theatre Royal Stratford East...

Review: Review: Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

11 May

Emma Donoghue's novel about a woman kept in the same room for seven years gets its stage premiere...

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Ophelia please darken my door 

16 Oct

Well the old neighbourhood just ain't the same.

A momentary lapse 

15 Oct

It had been a wonderful morning on Wanstead Flats - two Short-eared Owls , a couple of Brambling and stacks of other great viz-mig.

Abiding memory of confiding 

14 Oct

I nearly considered going on a twitch this weekend.

London’s weekly railway news #222 

13 Oct

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… London Underground Signal Box gets Listed Status London Underground Is Sadiq’s fares freeze behind London Underground’s falling investment in track maintenance and new trains? MayorWatch ...

I must be dreaming 

12 Oct

It has started.

13 Nice Things To Do After Work Instead Of Going Straight Home 

12 Oct

It’s been Quite A Week round here.

Today was supposed to be M&S’s day 

10 Oct

The long-awaited opening of the MS Simply Food on Wanstead High Street, which was announced as happening today, has not happened.

Box closes 

10 Oct

The box tree caterpillar, which as we reported last year had reached Wanstead on its advance northwards through the country, has knocked Wanstead’s box trees for six.

Driver cleared over Wanstead High Street death 

10 Oct

The scene following the incident last May The woman charged with causing the death of 91-year-old Wanstead man Basant Lal Sharma on the zebra crossing on Wanstead High Street was cleared at the Old Bailey last week.

London railway upgrades – a progress report 

9 Oct

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls.

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