Thousands of tower block residents across Britain remain at risk exactly one year after the catastrophic Grenfell fire in west London. A fire chemistry expert warns of dire consequences if the government continues to fail to tackle combustible materials on tower blocks. “If these issues are not addressed, we are going to see another Grenfell,” says Professor Anna Stec. “And we are going to see it soon.”Read more
The chairman of the public inquiry says he is “struck forcibly…by the strong sense of community that existed within the Grenfell Tower”. Surviving members and relatives of the Grenfell Tower community vow to pursue justice and change.Read more
Sweden has already declared war on cash. The Abba Museum doesn’t want my SEK (Krona) notes and coins. Card payments are the only ‘Money Money Money’ that Abba’s Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid will accept. Neither can I pay with SEK cash in the Irish-themed restaurant at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.Read more
The Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017 killed 72 working class Londoners, amongst them 18 children (including Issac Paulos, aged 5, above).
Will a police investigation and a public inquiry reveal the historical ‘regeneration’ context that led up to this catastrophe?
Some Londoners love Centre Point, writes Paul Coleman. Others loathe it. That makes Centre Point another of London’s ‘Marmite’ skyscrapers.* Completed in 1966, (the last time an England team won the football World Cup), this 34-storey edifice stands as a looming monument to 20th century greed for office space. But will Centre Point become a monument to a 21st century global gluttony for speculative investment in London’s uber high-priced real estate market?Read more
A statue of Bobby Moore at the front of Wembley Stadium is now regarded as a shrine to Moore’s sportsmanlike character as well as to his achievements as one of the world’s greatest ever footballers.Read more
“It (Euston Station) gives the impression of having been scribbled on the back of a soiled paper bag by a thuggish android raging against humanity with a vampyric hatred of sunlight” – Mike Leigh.Read more
Random flips entertain. The entry for Houndsditch EC3, for instance, pays homage to Stow’s observation that in this place ‘dead dogges were there laid or cast’…Read more
Rail level crossings still pose dangers to pedestrian users twelve years after the deaths of two young girls, Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson. London Intelligence reports.Read more
The film’s narrative is that council estate regeneration resembles a war being waged against working class Londoners; a war secretly plotted in corporate boardrooms, silently executed in town halls and largely ignored by the mainstream media. The warlords, according to Concrete Soldiers UK, constitute a powerful alliance of global real estate investors and locally elected London remnants of the social democratic New Labour cult once headed by Tony Blair.Read more