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Politicians feline festive at Cats Protection’s Westminster reception 

11 Dec

More than 60 MPs and peers joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons.


Local MP helps dog welfare charity in fight against Puppy Smuggling 

11 Dec

Jim Fitzpatrick MP highlights plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade Last week Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – invited a host of MPs and Peers, including Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and ...


Jim Fitzpatrick MP calls on all primary schools in Poplar and Limehouse to sign-up to Premier League Primary Stars to help support their teachers and pupils 

11 Dec

Jim Fitzpatrick attended an event in Parliament focused on the Premier League’s national primary school programme, Premier League Primary Stars, which draws upon the excitement of the Premier League and young people’s interest in football to help...


Fitz Weekly – 8 December 2017 

8 Dec

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Fitz Weekly – 1 December 2017 

1 Dec

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Charity Commission launches inquiry into Island Health Trust 

1 Dec

The Charity Commission announced today they have begun an inquiry into Island Health Trust, which governs the Island Health Centre, a clinic on the Isle of Dogs.


Fitz Weekly – 24 November 2017 

24 Nov

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Fitz Weekly – 17 November 2017 

17 Nov

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MP supports Usdaw’s campaign to protect shop workers from violence, threats and abuse 

13 Nov

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shop workers as part of the ‘Freedom From Fear’ Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.


Fitz Weekly – 3 November 2017 

3 Nov

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West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017) 

31 Oct

" I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events.


Fitz Weekly – 27 October 2017 

27 Oct

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, supports firefighters at Westminster 

27 Oct

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met firefighters in Westminster to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work firefighters do keeping our communities safe.


McDonalds strike; Policing cuts; Royal Mail dispute; PFI; Venezuela; Thank You Megan & Welcome Sam: SERTUC Council 21.10.17 

22 Oct

On Saturday I went to Congress House for a meeting of the South Eastern Trade Union Council (SERTUC) as an UNISON delegate.


West Ham Labour Campaign & Social Update 

21 Oct

Sunday 22 October; 11am; Stratford Station (Westfield entrance); Political Education Social; Daniel Blaney and juliannemarriott@me.


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East End traders join shop-local discount card. 

27 Nov

East End traders join shop-local discount card Members of the East End Trades Guild are among those joining the  Local Buyers Club : a discount card promoting the best independent businesses in the area.


New Map for Independents’ Weekend 2017 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd December. 

14 Nov

New Map For Independents’ Weekend 2017 – 1st, 2nd And 3rd December.


Canary Wharf Sales Worker Sacked After Bilking Taxis To His Home Near Brighton. 

28 Oct

A serial fare dodger has been sacked from his job after it was discovered that he had failed to pay for taxis from London to the south coast.


TfL plans cycle super highway for Tooley Street, Jamaica Road and Rotherhithe roundabout 

28 Sep

Locals have until November 19 to comment on the plans TfL has today announced proposals for a segregated Cycle Super Highway to run through Tooley Street and Jamaica Road.


Hackney biz rates consultation closes today & LBTH opens // Guild Rep Leadership Training >> Make history with us! 

25 Sep

An Invitation to Make History! Have your say on the new business rates fund before its too late! Today the last chance for Hackney members to have their say on the new business rates fund for discretionary relief.


Mark Blackstock 

20 Sep

November 20th 1961 – August 3rd 21017...


Happy retirement Mustaq bhai! 

13 Sep

I have known Mustaq bhai for three decades now, as a mentee, friend, big brother, colleague.


Trust in me 

1 Sep

Even when a mature democracy becomes a little dog-eared around the edges and the very definition of democracy presents wear and tear in more urgent need of refurbishment than a crumbling Palace of Westminster, the basic premise of the relationship ...


Latest News Round Up 

1 Sep

Tower Hamlets Business Rates  Pub Relief –  Tower Hamlets has awarded £94,000 to 94 local public houses.


What? 

27 Aug

For all the splendid times had by all and all the new adventures and happy holiday memories, returning back home after travelling far, far away is a journey of dark foreboding...


Greenbadgejohn writes in reply to ‘Drivers Held To Ransom By Greedy Card Machine Suppliers’. 

23 Aug

Greenbadgejohn writes in reply to 'Drivers Held To Ransom By Greedy Card Machine Suppliers.


The funding cloud over Tower Hamlets youth sport – a guest post by Mayor John Biggs 

22 Aug

The following is a guest post by Mayor John Biggs who wants to put his side of the argument on the youth sport funding row.


‘The disgrace of Labour councillors on the question of Tower Hamlets youth sport’ 

10 Aug

The following is another guest post by Chris Dunne, the former head of Langdon Park School and now fighting to save the acclaimed Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation.


Poached sushi 

28 Jul

When, on a cold and frosty morning, a car refuses to start when being late is simply not an option or the first intestinal rumblings indicate that the recently consumed piece of fish might have spent too long in the fridge, hope rapidly follows faith...


Outrage over John Biggs move to cut borough’s beacon youth sports service 

22 Jul

I’ve not been very successful at updating this blog on a regular basis over the past couple of years.


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London’s weekly railway news #231 

15 Dec

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train London Underground TfL is examining the potential for a tube station at Bricklayers Arms as part of the Bakerloo line extension, Southwark ...


M25 Hinterland walk from Theydon Bois to Epping 

15 Dec

Such is my desire to tramp every square of my Ordnance Survey map 174 ‘Epping Forest Lea Valley ‘ that I try to avoid repeating walks too often.


The Jack the Ripper Quiz For December 2017 

14 Dec

Can you believe it, 2018 is just around the corner? Another year has zoomed by, and it’s time for our final Jack the Ripper Quiz of 2017.


Festive events South, North and East 

13 Dec

I should've written about the first two of these before they happened, not after.


Eighty Not Out: The Memories of Ernest Edward Loades 1890 – 1976 ( Part One) 

13 Dec

Recently I was contacted by Sharlene Jones-Martin from Brisbane in Australia regarding her great grandfather Ernest Edward Loades who was born in Poplar in 1890 and spent much of his early years there.


Sing & Sign With Sukie 

12 Dec

Sukie’s Sing Sign classes come highly recommended from mums and dads in the know in Tower Hamlets.


Prepare to be disgusted as the Whitechapel fatberg goes on display 

12 Dec

If you’ve ever wanted to see a congealed mass of babies nappies, cooking fat and domestic waste, next year is your chance, as chunk of the notorious fatberg that clogged up the sewers under Whitechapel is to go on display at the Museum of London.


V22 Workspace Créche Open Day 

12 Dec

Self Employed parents of Hackney rejoice! A solution has arrived in Dalston for mums and dads struggling to find affordable yet flexible childcare that will allow us to get some work done.


A Tour Of Whitechapel November 1888 

12 Dec

On Saturday the 17th of November, 1888, The Weekly Telegraph  published the fourth, and final, instalment of a series of articles that had taken readers on an armchair tour of the slums of East London, and which had visited the Jack the Ripper ...


Christmas Lights in London 

11 Dec

'Tis the season to be jolly and all that Last week I posted about the Archway switch on , one of many local events that took place last weekend.


Wild Turkey Lodge at The Ten Bells 

10 Dec

The upstairs bar at classic Spitalfields pub, The Ten Bells, has been transformed into a Kentucky hunting lodge for the winter, compliments of Wild Turkey Bourbon.


In Our Time 

10 Dec

I am a massive fan of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time , BBC Radio 4 most Thursdays at 9am.


Hanbury Street November1888 

10 Dec

On Saturday the 10th of November, 1888, The Weekly Telegraph  published the third instalment of a series of articles for which a journalist had been taken on a tour of Jack the Ripper’s London by night, in the company of a police officer who is ...


The Oldest Photos of the Isle of Dogs (A Selection) 

9 Dec

The earliest recorded camera photographs were taken in the 1830s, with the first generally-accepted photograph to include people taken in 1838 (“Boulevard du Temple”, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in Paris).


Crossrail -1 

9 Dec

One year from today, on Sunday 9th December 2018, Crossrail begins.


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Five must-see London exhibitions in December 2017 

4 Dec

The festive season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in London except shopping and drinking mulled wine.


Cinderella at Hackney Empire | Theatre review 

24 Nov

It may be early, but pantomime season has begun.


5 Fantastic Films To See At Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest This Week 

14 Nov

London’s Fringe! film festival celebrating extraordinary LGBTIQA+ stories launches today (14 Nov).


Review: Review: The Lighthouse (Hackney Showroom) 

4 Nov

Shadwell Opera revives that rare beast, a ghost opera that delivers real chills.


Noel Gallagher presents new album at Apple Music concert at York Hall | Live review 

1 Nov

There must be something special about York Hall.


Nuno Mendes’s The Kitchens tried and tasted: High-end food stalls at Old Spitalfields Market 

30 Oct

This month, Nuno Mendes – chef of Chiltern Firehouse, Taberna do Mercado and formerly of Viajante – has launched a game-changing project at Old Spitalfields Market named The Kitchens.


Pickled Fred in Spitalfields | Restaurant review 

2 Oct

Pickled Fred.


Take the Jack the Ripper Pub Tour this International Beer Day 

3 Aug

On Friday 4th August two events coincide – International Beer Day and our Jack the Ripper pub tour, offering our guests the chance to discuss the Whitechapel murders at length at the Victorian ale houses associated with the killer.


Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Jul

Entering the space at London-based artist Emma Hart’s new show at Whitechapel Gallery, Mamma Mia!, is like stepping into another world – or rather a serene universe of ceramic planets, like ethereal pods projecting light.


Arcade Fire showcase new material at York Hall boxing-inspired show | Live review 

6 Jul

Unusual venues aren’t uncommon for Arcade Fire.


ART ATTACK: Art Night, GDIF & Reveal at V&A 

30 Jun

Art is taking over the capital this weekend (1-2 July 2017) with installations galore for Art Night, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Reveal at the VA.


A Handful of Dust at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

7 Jun

In 1920, Man Ray visited Marcel Duchamp in his New York studio.


Five must-see London exhibitions in June 2017 

1 Jun

June is an exciting month in the art world, with calendar staples such as the RA Summer Exhibition and the BP Portrait Award alongside conceptual exhibitions examining the significance of cultural phenomena such as dust and science fiction.


Skylight rooftop bar launches at Tobacco Dock: Cocktails, street food and croquet 

24 May

Tomorrow a new rooftop destination is opening at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.


£5 tickets for Disco 54 at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – Celebrate 5 Years of To Do List with #FIVERAMA 

19 May

We’re celebrating 5 years of To Do List with a £5 ticket offer to dance the night away at our favorite haunt Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.


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     on flickr 12 Jul 17
    Man on his mobile phone framed by some ‘Boris Bikes’ in Canary Wharf.







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