6 Things Worth Protesting At More Than The Cereal Killer Cafe. You've probably already heard that on Saturday night, a group of people decided to attack the Cereal Killer Cafe as — in their eyes — a symbol of gentrification.
The cafe, which has attracted much opprobrium for charging up to a fiver for a bowl of cereal, was the target of a group carrying flaming torches who threw paint, scrawled 'scum' on the windows and terrified customers inside the cafe, who included children. It's the handiwork of Fuck Parade, whose Facebook event page declares: Stand up to gentrification!
Our communities are being ripped apart — by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs. Local authorities are coining it in, in a short-sighted race for cash by "regenerating" social housing.We don't want luxury flats that no one can afford, we want genuinely affordable housing. Thing is, we agree with much of this, but trashing an independent business is the wrong target. One Hyde Park City Hall. Wrong kind of sunlight delays Southeastern trains in London. Rail passengers have expressed their anger after being told trains were delayed due to “strong sunlight”.
Services at Lewisham, south-east London, were disrupted on Monday because of the angle of the sun, the train operator Southeastern said. The rail firm tweeted: “We had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.” It added: “The low winter sun has been hitting the dispatch monitor which prevents the driver from being able to see.”
But some travellers were unimpressed by the explanation. Julie Clarke asked Southeastern: “How do they go on in hot countries where they have sunshine all the time?” London has the most expensive public transport in the world, claims research. London mayoral hopeful Tessa Jowell has released research that reveals that London has the highest public transport fares in the world, when compared with other global cities.
London beat the other top 20 cities in the world, such as New York, Paris and Hong Kong, to claim the dubious title. A Zone 1-6 Tube ticket in London at a peak time costs travellers £5.10. Using this long journey as a benchmark, the research found that tickets in London are more than twice the price of almost every city in the top 20 - excluding Washington DC, where the equivalent single fare is £3.79. Putting it in comparison, the research found that this London ticket is four times the cost of a comparable fare in Paris, three times more than New York, and ten times more expensive than Moscow. Six reasons Londoners should probably stop whining about the tube strike. A canal cuts through an urban landscape.
It’s overlooked by angular facade of a Grade II listed Victorian brewery. It’s been sympathetically converted into loft apartments, live-work spaces and artist studios. 'Vast social cleansing' pushes tens of thousands of families out of London. Tens of thousands of poor families have left inner London in the past five years, creating “social cleansing on a vast scale” and leaving large parts of the capital as the preserve of the rich, figures suggest.
The extent of the problem is revealed in data that shows the number of children entitled to free school meals, a widely used indicator of deprivation, has dropped by almost a third in some London boroughs since 2010. The figures portray a mass shift of poorer families from inner London just when the government has introduced a raft of changes to the welfare system. Although there is no definite link between welfare reforms and the reduction in free school meal claimants, Sadiq Khan, the prospective London mayoral candidate who obtained the figures, said government policies were creating an increasingly segregated city.
Overloaded London GPs cannot cope, warns report. GP surgeries in London are at “saturation point” and cannot provide any more care to patients, family doctors’ leaders in the capital have warned in a dossier of evidence sent to MPs.
Representatives of 7,000 GPs at 1,300 practices claim they cannot cope with existing demand and that the situation will get worse as London’s population soars to 9.2 million by 2020. Cuts to health visiting, community nursing, mental health and other services have turned surgeries into places where patients with nowhere else to go turn up but experience “a revolving door of consultations”, they say. 6 Things Worth Protesting At More Than The Cereal Killer Cafe. Met police urged to investigate garden bridge contracts. Scotland Yard is to be asked to investigate misconduct allegations involving London mayor Boris Johnson and the Transport for London (TfL) procurement process behind the capital’s proposed garden bridge.
Campaigners are to submit a formal complaint to the Metropolitan police over allegations of “malfeasance in public office” regarding the mayor and the decision to award designer Thomas Heatherwick and the engineering firm Arup lucrative contracts for work on the controversial bridge across the Thames. The central allegation is that the procurement process was rigged and that Heatherwick and Arup had been lined up to win the contracts before tenders were issued.
It has now emerged that, just days before the invitation to tender was announced by Transport for London, Johnson – who is the chairman of TfL – met Heatherwick privately. The mayor’s private diaries, seen by the Observer, reveal that on 1 February 2013 Johnson had a “meeting with Thomas Heatherwick”. Cycling 'quietway' routes in the City set to be scrapped despite three deaths on London's roads in 12 months - London - News - London Evening Standard. The City of London Corporation was today set to block about half of the “quietway” routes proposed by Boris Johnson to improve road safety and promote bike travel.
The move has been greeted with frustration and dismay at City Hall, with one source saying the timing was “absolutely terrible”. It comes a fortnight after cyclists blocked Bank junction in protest at the death of Oxbridge graduate Ying Tao, who was crushed by a tipper truck. A report submitted to the City Corporation’s streets committee says one quietway cannot run via West Smithfield as it was “not compatible” with Smithfield market. A second quietway that would link the Mayor’s cycle superhighways at Liverpol Street, Aldgate and Tower Gateway would also be abandoned, primarily because of objections to allowing cyclists to ride through Bishop’s Square, private land owned by the City Corporation. TV and radio presenter and cyclist Jeremy Vine said there was a “farcical lack of safety” at Bank.” London’s 24-hour Tube map revealed. How Joanna Lumley charmed ‘dear Boris’ to back her garden bridge dream.
London Rental Opportunity of the Week: Sleep on a Single Bed in Someone’s Kitchen. (Photo via) Every week or so – the frequency varies but the bleakness stays the same – there will be an advert for a London property that plumbs new terrible depths of bad bastardry.
Rent a bunkbed above a wardrobe, that sort of thing. Pay £1,500-a-month to sleep in someone's shed. You know: the sort of thing that only an estate agent with a ponytail and a thing for cheap gak can truly think is acceptable. Anyway: we have decided to catalogue all of these in a big effort to worry your mum. What is it? London’s Earliest Cinema Set To Reopen. The West End gets a new film venue this week as the Regent Street Cinema reopens its doors.
Closed for decades, the cinema holds a special place in film history as one of the first locations to show sophisticated moving images to the public. On 20 February 1896 Londoners flocked to what was then known as the Marlborough Hall, part of the Polytechnic on Regent Street. The Lumière brothers of France were on tour, showing off their ‘cinematographe’ device that could project moving images onto a screen. Kensington and Chelsea council says house stripes must go. A local council has ordered an end to the circus surrounding a candy-striped Kensington and Chelsea multimillion-pound townhouse, telling its owner to remove the big top-style design which is believed to have been painted to infuriate her neighbours.
The eight-inch red-and-white stripe paint job on the townhouse, described by one neighbour as hideous, was carried out after residents on South End, a quiet cul-de-sac, objected to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new house and two-storey basement. Using an order usually reserved to force owners to clean up derelict or shabby properties, Kensington and Chelsea council has told owner Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring that she must repaint the garish design back to its original white. Thames Baths Launches On Kickstarter. London Snow Pictures Flood The Internet... But Everyone Is Bitterly Underwhelmed. Stop everything. Snowmageddon has hit. Britain was sprinkled with the white stuff this morning, leading to an assault of pictures on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. A reversed version of the tube map, showing what it would be like if South London got as much love as the North.
Privatised London: the Thames Path walk that resembles a prison corridor. Just past the Prospect of Whitby, reportedly the oldest tavern still standing on the banks of London’s River Thames, is an alleyway down to the water bordered by high metal fences, coils of razor wire and a large security camera trained down upon the flagstones.
George Jeffreys, the notorious 17th century ‘Hanging Judge’, once counted among the pub regulars here. Rumour has it that he always supped his drink by the windows, enabling him to gaze down approvingly upon a set of gallows standing a bit further along the foreshore at Execution Dock – where condemned criminals were left dangling until three tides had washed over their corpses. As a staunch disciplinarian and upholder of private property rights, Jeffreys would doubtless have been enraged by such a transgression. But the hardline judge didn’t get everything his own way: he was eventually turned upon by a rebellious people’s mob who were tired of his injustices, and forced to flee to the Tower of London, where he met his end.
Forget the Hounds. As Foxes Creep In, Britons Call the Sniper. Diamond geezer. London through the eyes of illustrator and graphic designer Edward Bawden. London's garden bridge: the public park where groups and cyclists aren't welcome. “It will set hearts racing and calm troubled minds,” according to the garden bridge’s chief promoter, Joanna Lumley. “It will enchant everyone who uses it.” But not, it turns out, if you’re in a group of eight or more, or if you want to ride a bicycle, or visit Thomas Heatherwick’s bridge by night – and certainly not if you’re planning a protest. A lonely chair in North London: how urban skeuomorphs speak volumes about the city – SciencePunk. I live in Haringey, an as-yet-ungentrified part of North London, and there’s a small park near me with a very curious chair in it. The park isn’t much – just a strip of lawn passing by a basketball court and a small playground for toddlers. Sprouting like mushrooms here and there are chairs like this one.
Lonely little chairs just big enough for one person to sit on. Yes, London is an unfriendly city – and long may it stay that way. 76 thoughts I've had while commuting. A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting. 'Killer seagull' attacking pigeons in Hyde Park is caught on camera - UK - News.