Library S.O.S

It’s a public space where you can access information, study or simply just reflect on the weekly activities. Can you imagine your local town without one? Where else can parents take their children to get 10 books every week… for free? Where else can students revise all day in a safe environment with their peers? What about that elderly man from down the road who goes to the library, just to be with other people?

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Do you ‘fake it’?


The Evening Standard’s campaign on literacy states “One in four children leaves the capital’s state primaries unable to read properly. Why are they unable to read? Who is to blame? Teachers? Parents? Social demographics? What if a high percent of those who can’t read… just don’t know how? (more…)

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Oli Lowrie on: Demolition Shoreditch.

Walking through London is like walking through a canyon of sedimentary rock; you can see the different layers of cultural strata laid down over time. East London in particular, is a place flowing with culture. The beauty of Hackney is that these layers are from all over the world. Turkish, British, Jewish, Asian, Chinese, Industrial, Hippy, Rich, Poor, Grand and Scruffy all have their monuments on the pavements of the East End.

The anthropologist Marcel Mauss defined place as a “culture fossilized in time and space”. Hackney is a wonderful fossil to analyze. (more…)

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Where will you go to be inspired?

Alex Saberi wildlife richmond park

Whether you are a budding photographer or an aspired film maker it’s often difficult to decide where to look for your next subject. The areas we frequent on a day to day basis – the route to work or the walk to the shops, tend to be the least inspiring as we pace forward to our destination with a degree of tunnel vision.

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