Monthly Archives: August 2014

In Somers Town, London, a French Protestant ended up building a whole urban village to accommodate those very Catholics who had pursued the sorry asses of his ilk a century before

In London it is often the case that one group of immigrants leaves a legacy for the next wave of immigrants to inhabit. For example, in Spitalfields there is an old Huguenot church in Brick Lane, which was later used as a synagogue and is now used as a mosque. One of the sweetest stories […]

How does Quaker translate into Sylheti?

  Quaker Street is a side street which connects two main arteries in Spitalfields Commercial Street and Brick Lane. It has quite a lot of street art pasted up near its Brick Lane end, and gets more residential as you head towards the less salubrious Commercial Road. In the old days Quaker Street used to […]

I’d take a punch again from this loser or any other loser who thinks it’s OK to treat women like this: Mary Brandon on the price paid for resisting sexual assault at Notting Hill Carnival

Mary Brandon was sexually harassed at Notting Hill Carnival, attempted to fend off the aggressor, which prompted the aggressor to beat her up. She went on to spend nine hours in hospital receiving treatment for her injuries. Mary Brandon subsequently shared this photograph on Facebook and announced, “this isn’t OK…I can honestly say I will […]

London Metropolitan Police ‘turning a blind eye to sexual assault in Stratford, London’

Recent reviews on living in Stratford suggest that the London Metropolitan Police are turning a blind eye to sexual assault in Stratford. One commentator, who lived in Stratford, said, “The street harassment in that area for a young woman on her own was absolutely ridiculous. I was frequently cat called, followed home, and harassed just […]

Misogyny and sexual assault par for the course in Stratford, East London

Recent reviews on living in Stratford suggest that it’s a centre for misogyny and sexual harassment of women walking alone in public. One commentator, who lived in Stratford, said, “The street harassment in that area for a young woman on her own was absolutely ridiculous. I was frequently cat called, followed home, and harassed just […]

New to London? Feeling down and lonely. What to do next?

Living in London is difficult. On the one hand, its full of people who are new to the place, and who are prepared to take a chance on making new friends. On the other, those same people are likely to fly off after 6 months, or find some other friends to link with. Furthermore, the […]

New to London? Feeling down and lonely. What to do next?

Living in London is difficult. On the one hand, its full of people who are new to the place, and who are prepared to take a chance on making new friends. On the other, those same people are likely to fly off after 6 months, or find some other friends to link with. Furthermore, the […]