Tag Archives: Richard Pacitti

Musician Griffiths’ reign in Spain that came at a real cost

RICHARD PACITTI reviews an anecdotal autobiography about life in Punk and New Wave-era Croydon and an artist’s mental health crisis It’s been a bit of a busy year for Griff Griffiths. In September, there was the launch of Are They … Continue reading

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When You’re Young: film makers get the bands back together

RICHARD PACITTI got a phone call recently that struck a chord… “Are you free to meet up with a bunch of old punks?” It was an old pal on the phone. “I have been talking with someone called Griff who … Continue reading

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Cornering the market in smocks, dockets and community care

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our local shops are an important part of the fabric of society, and have played an often vital role during lockdown. We should cherish them, writes RICHARD PACITTI I have been reading Babita Sharma’s book The Corner Shop, … Continue reading

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Wondering wanders: our thought-provoking covid walks

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Getting out and about has taken on added importance during lockdown, and given RICHARD PACITTI cause for thoughts… For me, an unexpected pleasure brought about by the coronavirus restrictions has been the walks I have been taking with … Continue reading

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Libraries are our long-term investment. Don’t squander it

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On World Book Day, RICHARD PACITTI outlines why closing any of the borough’s libraries is a very bad idea Think of an ideal public service. It would be one that was accessible to all members of the … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t take mental health for granted in the ‘new normal’

Earlier this week, RICHARD PACITTI, right, who spent much of his career working for a charity specialising in dealing with the issues raised around mental health, outlined how people have used well-established techniques to help them cope with the past … Continue reading

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We can all deal with lockdown if we put our minds to it

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It has still been possible to lead a ‘mentally healthy lifestyle’, even under pandemic conditions. RICHARD PACITTI offers some helpful advice Like so much else concerned with covid-19, we are “learning as we go” as far as the … Continue reading

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Despite all the walking and talking, every day is like Sunday

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ‘Every day is silent and grey…’. Lockdown has stirred memories of songs and sitcoms for RICHARD PACITTI (right) During the coronavirus restrictions, a friend sent me an email with the heading No Particular Place To Go, a light-hearted … Continue reading

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National government needs to take the adult social care burden

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After spending his career working in senior positions in the voluntary sector, RICHARD PACITTI (pictured left) says that if we funded adult social care differently, it would solve a lot of problems Most people are aware of the … Continue reading

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