render your hearts and not your garments

8:30am, City of London. Lots of blue denim on show, but nobody seems particularly relaxed. The shops are boarded up, the offices have extra security guards outside – telling people off with video cameras. There is a 10 foot of layer of metal barriers around the Royal Exchange. “The truth is there, for those with …

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Have you met The Met?

My overseas readers are probably aware that English people have a reputation for being a bit repressed. What may not be known is that we have several cathartic rituals in our culture which allow us an emotional release. They include getting completely shitfaced on continental lager, making some of the best music in the world, …

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The Battle of Lewisham

β€œOn 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham in South East London. Local people and anti-racists from all over London and beyond mobilised to oppose them, and the NF were humiliated as their march was disrupted and banners seized. To mark the 30th anniversary of the ‘Battle …

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lost rivers of London…

A guy called Zero got in touch to ask a few questions about me going down a sewer in Bow E3. Turns out he does that sort of thing a lot, as far as I can tell without the official permission I had! He also takes better photos than me and sticks them up with …

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Shitfun in Bow E3

Is this Grimey enough? Last week was national sewer week and I was given the opportunity to check out a pumping station and walk through a sewer tunnel. People I talked to about this were either horrified or fascinated by the prospect. From my perspective the whole experience would’ve been worth it for the headline …

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