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Pushed Pork: The Viral Campaign That Never Was

The hipster had it coming. After a decade of beards, tattoos, check shirts, retro glasses and fixed-wheel bikes they became victim of their own subculture as a symbol of gentrifying neighbourhoods. Cocktails in jam jars stopped being cool. Sandwiches served in flat caps just pissed people off and craft beer became a loose translation for "I'm going to add another pound on your pint mate". Farewell our beady friends, you shan't  be missed. Not that I'm against gentrification per se. I enjoy sourdough bread as much...

Life’s A Sh*thouse Son, But That’s OK

The next time you have the urge to seek out backyards greener than your own, look no further than Facebook. There’s no shortage of life boasts on there. It’s all just cute kids (minus the keeping you up at night), lovey dovey couples (minus the fierce arguments), beach selfies (taken at a hundred different angles to get the best snap) and best mates having the best time at the best bar in the city (minus the big bar bill and...

What Is Happening To Our Historic Parks?

In 1925, Maria de Rothschild sold the 200 acre Gunnersbury estate to Ealing Borough Council and Acton Borough Council as a permanent memorial for her husband Leopold under the condition that it was only to be used for leisure and not for housing. When the park was opened, Neville Chamberlain rejoiced that the people had come into the possession of such a magnificent and historical park, adding that earlier generations had failed to recognise the importance of open spaces in...

An Ode To The Old

What ever happened to our old football grounds? West Ham, Spurs and Chelsea are all due to move out of their respective stadia over the next five years, joining a general exodus alongside Arsenal and a wealth of league sides who have ditched their traditional terraces for a face lift. In most cases this means constructing the most economical design in the most economical place funded in the most economical way. Colchester’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, a flat pack stadium...

Print Is Not Dead

“Take it from me,” Metro Editor Ted Young said at a recent media briefing, “print is not dead”. His words of optimism came in stark contrast to a plethora of indictors that suggested the opposite was true. All good for the Metro, I thought at the time, coming from a widely distributed, commuter-reliant, free publication that owes its success as much to wifi cold-spots as anything else. But in many ways, he does have a point. When Young first joined...

The Flying Scotsman Departs On Inaugural Run

The Flying Scotsman departed London King's Cross this morning en route to York on its inaugural run after restoration. After ten years and £4.2 million spent the loco has been restored to its historic British Rail green and is now running the famous route up the East Coast of Britain - dubbed the 'route of the Flying Scotsman' - where it will terminate in York around midday today. A huge number of spectators turned up to see the departure at King's...

The World in 100 Years’ Time

Super-skyscrapers which will dwarf the Shard, under water bubble cities and origami furniture are all likely to be reality in 100 years’ time. That’s the verdict of a new study which paints a vivid picture of our future lives; suggesting the way we live, work and play will change beyond all recognition over the course of the next century. The SmartThings Future Living Report was authored by a team of leading academics including TV presenter and one of the UK’s...

Heritage Won’t Save Our Historic Pubs

What does the future hold for historic pubs, posed Mike Waites in the Yorkshire Evening Post. As community centres, “life once revolved around nights out at the pub”. But better home entertainment, cheap supermarket alcohol, drink-drive laws, soaring land values and the smoking ban have sucked the life out of the once booming industry. The Wykebeck Arms is a stereotypical built-for-purpose Leeds pub of the World War era. With steeply pitched roofs and timber fittings it was designed to serve...

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