Put Your Love Letters Up

The music video may, or may not, be to your taste. However, it is undeniably influenced by the events following last August disorder in Clapham Junction. (Something highlighted by the artist in his direct marketing of the video.) What heartens me is that even months after the riots, the outcomes remain overwhelmingly creative and positive. […]

Ghoulish arts and shopping

I’m a self-confessed Philistine, and while I leave it to others to decide how honest I am about my Philistinism, I don’t think anyone would imagine I would have willingly chosen to spend last Friday evening at a “process-based, community-focused project that will be part of the Exchange Radical Moments! Live Art Festival.” But that’s […]

At the frontline

Reflecting further on the Neil Kinghan report I cannot help but feel a resonance with another report by David Hunter I read a few months ago on public sector health partnerships (which I think has relevance to all partnerships). Hunter’s conclusion, after getting through more than £250,000 on research, is that there is no proof […]

Battersea Buzz: ten days on

The riots sometimes seem such a long time ago, and it’s almost tempting to say that things are largely back to normal. Yes, there are a few scars remaining – perhaps most notably the boarded up Party Superstore – but most shops are fully restored and back in business. But some scars will remain for […]

Some more thanks

I’ve just been into the council’s Community Safety division to thank some of the staff for their response to Monday’s disruption. It’s all too easy to overlook those that often work unseen, or who you might just think it’s their job. However, I felt it worthwhile publicly noting their work over the past few days […]