The impossible, admirable crusade against slang

Posted on October 23rd, by Rob Mayo in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The Croydon Citizen‘s Managing Editor praises the efforts of Harris Academy to make their students think about language

Last week Croydon again made the national news, although no one could seem to decide what for. Of course the story was that Harris Academy, the new school in South Norwood, had ‘banned slang’. On the BBC, this was an excuse to give the editor of ‘the … Read More »



Rebellion of the flesh: the Croydon Tattoo Convention

Posted on June 12th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. No Comments

The Citizen’s ‘gonzo journalist’ Rob Mayo returns to explain how not to enjoy a captivating celebration of difference

The first weekend of June 2013 saw Croydon’s over- and under-dressed descend upon the Fairfield Halls for the inaugural Tattoo Convention. Being the type to have planned (and even Photoshopped) prospective tattoos, but never having the balls (or, more importantly, the money) to take up this divisive pastime, … Read More »



The Great Croydon Bake Off 2013 (Winter Edition)

Posted on February 18th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 3 comments

Christo Matthews stokes the national passion for baking and uncovers four of Croydon’s master chefs. Rob Mayo is on hand to witness the birth of the Great Croydon Bake Off

After the pleasant surprise of the Cherry Orchards Arts Festival last year (my first journalistic mission in Croydon), I was pleased to hear that the organiser, Christo Matthews, was planning a series of … Read More »



Why I Edit The Croydon Citizen (even though I’m not a Croydon citizen)

Posted on January 30th, by Rob Mayo in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Our second ‘meet the team’ article takes us inside the mind of Quality Assurance extraordinaire Rob Mayo

You know, people often ask me, ‘Why do you write for the Croydon Citizen?’. Most often said people are other members of the editorial team, and the question is phrased in the form, ‘When are you going to write your piece about why you write for … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part four)

Posted on December 16th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. No Comments

In this final in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent discovers café-folk, and endures a trial by poetry

At 4pm, the entire festival packs up and decamps to the Glamorgan, which features on the menu exotica … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part three)

Posted on December 9th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 1 Comment

In this third in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent acquaints himself with Croydon’s deathwishes and people in Icelandic sweaters, and has his first encounter with the festival’s live music

The only attraction beyond Cherries Cafe … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part two)

Posted on December 2nd, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 2 comments

In this second in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent arrives at East Croydon station, ponders the local and future architecture, and encounters a graffiti installation

And so I move on to attraction no. 3, on … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part one)

Posted on November 25th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 3 comments

In this first in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Bear with me. This is my first piece of investigative journalism – I’m not a Croydon native, have never lived here, and in fact hail from Croydon’s mirror image … Read More »