What can be done to stop the Croydon cat killer?

Posted on February 1st, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The Croydon cat killer is still at large. Let’s help stop him, says Max Shirley

We all love our animals. According to the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA), in 2014 – 2015 17% of households had at least one pet cat. Personally, I’ve had a few cats throughout my lifetime and currently have two curled up in a ball asleep. I would hate for anything … Read More »



Should Donald Trump be barred from entering Croydon?

Posted on January 25th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society, Topical. No Comments

Max Shirley looks at a big story from a local perspective

Should we ban a potential US presidential candidate from entering the UK?

Donald J. Trump is a sixty-nine-year-old American business magnate, billionaire, investor and potential Republican candidate in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. He also has blonde, flowing locks, which I can’t take my eyes off. Trump has been in the news quite a bit … Read More »



David Bowie’s journey from Croydon to the stars

Posted on January 12th, by Max Shirley in Culture. 2 comments

Max Shirley explores the life of the recently deceased icon, David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the most influential artists of his time. His pure genius led to the invention of many-a-persona and the revitalisation of the music industry as a whole. He began in space with Ziggy Stardust and ended as an artistic rocker, fallen, in Blackstar.

David Bowie broke all possible … Read More »



Star Wars: Croydon Awakens

Posted on December 21st, by Max Shirley in Culture. No Comments

In a borough not so far, far away, Max Shirley went to see the new Star Wars film

Disclaimer, there may be some spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens throughout this article. 

In recent times, Croydon has been to London what Mos Eisley is to Tattooine. No, not a spaceport, but in the words of Obi Wan Kenobi: “You will never find a … Read More »



Are travelling communities welcome in Croydon?

Posted on December 4th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 14 comments

As a controversial national issue is debated in Croydon, Max Shirley wonders if our council should allow new permanent local sites for travelling people

Croydon’s population continues to grow, including the local community of gypsies and travellers. Naturally, more and more unauthorised sites are becoming overcrowded – hence the reason that permanent sites should be invested in. Or should they?

Both the gypsy and travelling communities … Read More »