The Croydon Conversations: who wants to help to make Croydon a home for thinkers and intellectuals?

Posted on April 24th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 3 comments

Let’s make our borough a place for debate and discussion

Socrates once allegedly said that “the unexamined life is not worth living”.

Some people are content with an unexamined life; one that is not much more complicated than catching up on Netflix series, monitoring sale prices on ASOS and booking a holiday twice a year in the sun. Others, however, demand … Read More »



MyPTCycle: the new centre of power for Croydon’s movers, shakers and spinners

Posted on April 13th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Get fit and meet people: spin classes are the new Croydon cool

Deep in the recesses of St George’s Walk, a little bit up from the cool stylings of RISEgallery and a little bit down from benches where the skaters hang out is MyPTCyle: an indoor spin-class studio.

A spin class is a high-intensity cycling workout that takes place on a stationary bike. … Read More »



Sex, lies and online affairs: why Croydon is the adultery capital of London

Posted on April 9th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 7 comments

What are the consequences of a society where adultery is viewed as ‘just a bit of fun’?

An interesting and desperately sad article in the Croydon Advertiser last month revealed that over 18,000 Croydonians are currently signed up to Illicit Encounters, a self-described ‘discreet and confidential extra-marital dating service for men and women’.

None of this is surprising, when you consider that Croydon is the adultery … Read More »



The Croydon Conservatives’ voluntary tax proposals are an appeal to a better nature that Croydonians simply don’t have

Posted on February 28th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s a noble idea, but it probably won’t work, and Croydonians can already give their money and time to help the homeless more directly

In advance of this year’s council elections, the Croydon Conservatives have proposed introducing a voluntary tax for those living in Band H homes to pay to support the borough’s homeless.

Voluntary taxes relying on the goodwill of the affluent is … Read More »



We’ve got coffee shops, work spaces, and galleries galore, here’s what Croydon needs next

Posted on February 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Here are some of the more interesting establishments that we should be seeking to bring to the area

Six years ago, Croydon was in a state of economic and cultural stasis. In 2018, that has all changed.

Croydon now stands as London’s coolest borough. It is the ‘Street art capital of London’, and the UK’s fastest growing tech cluster. Croydon is now a place where anyone … Read More »



What the M25 Cat Killer teaches us about the value of human life

Posted on February 20th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 16 comments

Do we understand – morally – the difference between right and wrong?

For the past three years, police have been on the hunt for a man allegedly responsible for the death and mutilation of hundreds of cats in Croydon and surrounding areas. The story resurfaced in December 2017, with cat killings in Northampton also being linked to the same perpetrator.

The outcry against … Read More »



How Croydon businesses can get LinkedIn in 2018

Posted on February 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

It’s no longer a ‘nice to have’

The last time I wrote about LinkedIn it centred on the topic of death – today I want to talk about LinkedIn from a less morbid perspective: how Croydon’s professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers can use it to find leads, nurture prospects and win more deals.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network – home … Read More »



Why do Croydonians still commute to work?

Posted on February 6th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 9 comments

Cast off the chains of commuting and work from London’s most exciting borough

Every year, 22 million people enter and exit the East Croydon station (that’s over 70,000 daily) and this number is set to grow as more and more people make the welcome decision to move to London’s most exciting borough. As the trend continues, perhaps it’s time for Croydonians to consider alternatives: namely, work … Read More »



New year’s resolutions for Croydon in 2018

Posted on January 29th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

More events, remembering to vote, cleaning up: one contributor’s proposals for a brighter 2018

I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions

They look good, they sound good and they mean good, but very quickly they become onerous, guilt-inducing reminders that we are not as virtuous and capable as we like to think we are. To that end, they are fantastic, but if long-lasting behaviour … Read More »



Let’s have even more solutions journalism in Croydon

Posted on January 12th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 9 comments

The borough needs more journalism that brings change rather than just reporting it

Croydonians don’t value news journalism

Everyday, so much happens here in the largest town in Europe. And it’s tempting to believe that there is value in journalists covering it in the news. But as I’ve explained time and time again: nobody really cares about local news. Readers will tweet their favourite journalist a message of … Read More »