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Syria, Parliament and the local MPs who want it all ways

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Where do local MPs stand on the issue of intervention in Syria after Thursday night’s votes in the House of Commons? In some cases, it is hard to say, writes ANDREW PELLING, especially for the MP who voted … Continue reading

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Young musician helps celebrate life of local composer

Sean Creighton, the co-founder and co-ordinator of the Coleridge-Taylor Network, will be giving a talk about the life and works of composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor this Friday as part of the South Norwood Arts Festival. The Coleridge-Taylor Network staged a range … Continue reading

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Acclaimed harpist Keziah Thomas performs at SNAF: July 8

After living in the United States for three years, internationally renowned concert harpist Keziah Thomas has returned home to South Norwood and will be performing as part of this summer’s South Norwood Arts Festival next Monday. Thomas has performed to … Continue reading

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PRS Music sketches out a tribute to composer Coleridge-Taylor

More than 100 years after his death, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is not only getting a portrait of himself in his old home town; there’s to be a sketch of the composer unveiled this afternoon  in the West End boardroom of PRS … Continue reading

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Hear Bill Gates explain how we can end world hunger: June 8

Local campaigner SARAH JONES on why the people of Croydon should join the Enough Food IF rally next week There would be enough food for everyone… • IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use land … Continue reading

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Channel 5 looking to pull fast one on Croydon’s petty thieves

How others see us… Earlier this week, there was a visit to Inside Croydon Towers by a television producer who had dared venture forth from his trendy offices in one of those fashionable “quarters” of east London in order to … Continue reading

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Rollerball 2013: coming to a Croydon school near you

Roller derby is Britain’s secret sports obsession, and Croydon’s very own league is growing fast and has a new home venue, reports LILY RAE An import from the United States, even for those who have never seen the cult 1975 … Continue reading

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It’s a fair cop: we need more police officers on our streets

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Closing police stations would be fine if London Mayor Boris Johnson really did put the money saved and raised into officers on the streets, says DAVID CALLAM It’s a fair cop, Mr Mayor: time to come clean about … Continue reading

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Transition Town looks to Cuba for inspiration

Croydon Transition Town is holding its first public event – a free film show on Sunday, February 17, at 7pm, at Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street. The film is The Power of Communities – How Cuba Surivived Peak Oil, which … Continue reading

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Flavours of a Caribbean island from Norwood coffee bar

Casa Cuba, opened in October at the southern point of the Upper Norwood Triangle, provides both genuine Cubans and Cuban products. And when we talk of “real Cubans”, we are not just talking of the rolled Havanos cigars. Proprietors Sandra … Continue reading

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Senior councillor goes west as Tories consider their futures

Phil Thomas, one of the “big beasts” of local Croydon politics for the past decade and the architect of the Conservatives’ 2006 Town Hall election win, is moving from the borough and will not be seeking re-election in 2014. “He’s … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library benefit gig: Nov 22

Upper Norwood Joint Library will be rocked next week – though this time just by music, rather than any more bad news from Croydon Town Hall. The Upper Norwood Library Campaign is staging a Thanksgiving Day benefit gig from 7.30pm … Continue reading

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Ready, set, go: trowels at the ready to bury a bad idea

An initiative by the Royal Horticultural Society inspires SUSAN OLIVER to start thinking how the idea of competition is doing more harm than we think There is a lot of competitions on television these days. Contests involving baking, cooking, singing, … Continue reading

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Do you Have a Dream? Anniversary will be time to march again

Tomorrow, August 28, marks the 49th anniversary of the march on Washington DC and Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech delivered from the Lincoln Memorial to 200,000 followers. Lester Holloway, a leading councillor on the LibDem-controlled Sutton Council, … Continue reading

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Bridge to Nowhere: US expert asks why contracts not enforced

A senior public architect in New York City has made a thinly veiled criticism of the handling of the £20 million “Bridge to Nowhere” at East Croydon station by local government funding bodies, including Croydon Council, suggesting that they made … Continue reading

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It is time the likes of Gove and Pollard listened to the teachers

O Levels, CSEs, and grammar schools in Croydon? Having read Councillor Tim Pollard’s recent article on Inside Croydon, SUSAN OLIVER responds by arguing that teachers should put their capes on and become the super-heroes of education they’re entitled to be … Continue reading

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Krugman or Gideon: who’d you trust to get economics right?

It is a simple choice: at a time of the deepest global economic crisis the world has faced, possibly even worse that the Great Depression of the 1930s, whose advice would you take? Would you trust the judgement of two … Continue reading

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Police get tough – just in time for Boris’s election campaign

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Local criminals and gang members had better watch out this week – the latest election stunt will be the televised “splintering the doors” as policing is used as part of the Mayor’s political agenda, says ANDREW PELLING Chief … Continue reading

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Ottaway gets away with yet another accounting investigation

Inside Croydon is looking to speak to members of the Croydon Conservative Association who attended meetings in 2009 at which the status as prospective parliamentary candidate of Richard Ottaway was discussed. Nothing too deep. We would just like to discover … Continue reading

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