Should Croydon be more chic?

Posted on September 30th, by Charles Barber in Culture. 2 comments

Recent disparaging comments reported to have been made by the French World Cup rugby team caused resentment among locals. Charles Barber listens more sympathetically

I must confess to a slight twinge of sympathy for those poor, big, burly French rugby players, so far away from their mothers and their mother country, having to put up with the appalling lack of ‘chic’ within this alien metropolis … Read More »



Outer London is rising to power, if you believe Will Self

Posted on September 23rd, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Doughnut Festival 2015 was its name but, as Charles Barber reports, its content was meaty

I was recently both intrigued and excited to learn about the ‘Doughnut Festival’, hosted by writer Will Self and presented by the Architecture Foundation, to be held to discuss and explore the outer suburbs of London. 

Once it was all about Zones 1 and 2 without a doubt: seat of government, home to the … Read More »



What can Lord Glasman teach the disadvantaged of Croydon?

Posted on July 21st, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Power to the people? Perhaps not in Croydon, reflects Charles Barber

On the evening of Tuesday 7th July, the recently established Croydon Commission for Opportunity and Fairness invited selected church, community and voluntary sector leaders and the odd ignorant journalist to an audience with the Labour peer, academic, and director of London Metropolitan University’s Faith and Citizenship programme, Lord Maurice Glasman.

Lord Glasman has spent much of … Read More »