Category: London life

Green light for gridlock

Today the government gave its backing to plans to expand Heathrow airport in west London by building an extra runway to the north-west of the existing site, with all the necessary access roads and...

Why disrupt a picket line?

Footage has emerged of a group of trans activists, all women, one of them perhaps trans, protesting at a Bectu union picket line outside a cinema in Brixton (where there is a long-running pay...

What is a congestion charge for?

London mayor Sadiq Khan issues £2.5m VW congestion charge call So, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is demanding that Volkswagen pay up £2.5m to compensate the London taxpayer for a discount that drivers...

We don’t need another Crystal Palace

Last week I read that a Chinese businessman has presented plans to rebuild the old Crystal Palace on its old site at the top of Crystal Palace Park in south-east London. Ni Zhaoxing, chairman...

The Jubilee and British values

The last four days, the UK has seen a whole lot of events related to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (marking 60 years on the throne) and these included a flotilla on the Thames through...

Why I believe Ken Livingstone lost

Last night, we discovered that Boris Johnson, the Tory mayor of London elected in 2008, had been re-elected: he gained 44% of first-preference votes against Livingstone’s 40.3%; when second-preference votes were counted, his vote...

Royal Wedding post

OK, well I’m up London — right now, in the Apple Store in Covent Garden — where I had intented to take some pictures of the scenes surrounding the royal wedding. I wouldn’t have...

Western Extension gone

As I start writing this entry, the western extension to the London congestion charge ceases. The charge is being suspended over Christmas and New Year, and will return after that in its original boundaries...

The X26 and why it sucks

The X26 is the bus I’ve been commuting to work on most of this week. It has one main benefit, which is that it runs directly from New Malden, where I live, to Croydon,...

Costa comfort

I’ve not always been a coffee drinker - I was first introduced to it by my Mum and it was an instant, and not sweet to my no doubt immature taste buds. I came...