EdgeNotes

London on speed March 29, 2015 23:53

London on speed

The drug-related language – London ‘on speed’, the ‘rush’ of city life – is deliberate. Like an addiction, the speeded-up, souped-up urban lifestyle sweeps [...]
 
Urban revolution now March 16, 2015 00:34

Urban revolution now

On Tuesday I was invited to a book launch organised by the Urban Hub at University College London. The book was Urban Revolution Now: [...]
 
Immigrant music March 8, 2015 00:01

Immigrant music

I met her on a Friday night. She was helping at a youth project in inner London, to which she had been invited by [...]
 
 
What does UKIP mean? March 1, 2015 03:24

What does UKIP mean?

Last year’s Rochester and Strood by-election victory for the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, Mark Reckless, was a game-changer for British politics.   Steve [...]
 
Birdman flies February 24, 2015 03:28

Birdman flies

As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound [...]
 
Greeks bearing gifts February 16, 2015 02:22

Greeks bearing gifts

As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from [...]
 
 
Parallel London February 8, 2015 01:55

Parallel London

Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival [...]
 
20,000 days on Earth January 24, 2015 23:37

20,000 days on Earth

All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   [...]
 
NY – 9/11 Memorial January 18, 2015 20:09

NY – 9/11 Memorial

During our recent trip to New York, my wife and I thought it was only respectful to visit the 9/11 memorial.   Steve Latham [...]
 
 
London is dying January 12, 2015 17:09

London is dying

The young people who are critical for any city’s prosperity are leaving London. Property prices, rents and sales are rising so astronomically, that only [...]
 
I want to be Bo Ningen January 5, 2015 13:54

I want to be Bo Ningen

I went to see Bo Ningen and Savages perform their sonic poem, “Word for the Blind”. An event organised by the Barbican at the [...]
 
Killing kids December 30, 2014 21:03

Killing kids

Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in [...]
 
 
Visiting the Favelas December 15, 2014 01:06

Visiting the Favelas

During the summer I took a team of students to find out about projects in Brazil, especially in the favelas, in particular the shanty [...]
 
The Wall Street hustle November 30, 2014 00:02

The Wall Street hustle

Passivity and fear were the emotions which they exploited, we were witnessing extortion: a racket, a scam.   Steve Latham   My wife and [...]
 
Volk-Lore November 22, 2014 15:51

Volk-Lore

You have to be in the right mood to watch this film. It’s a bit grim. It’s not really the movie to eat popcorn [...]
 
 
 

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