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Why we blessed Reeves Corner, five years on from Croydon’s riots

Posted on August 15th, by Lee Taylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

Five years after the inferno at Reeves Corner became the iconic image of London’s riots, Father Lee Taylor and his congregation blessed the site. Here he explains why, and describes his hopes for the healing of Croydon

Mention the Croydon riots in some quarters and you’ll quickly be met with shushing. The official view is that it’s time to move on. That’s not always easy: there are parts of … Read More »



Dying in Croydon in the age of social media

Posted on January 28th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Jonny Rose explores the effect of modern technologies on death and mourning

A remarkable Croydon Guardian story from last year caught my eye recently: Simon Binner, a 57 year old man from Purley, suffering from motor neurone disease announced his own death on LinkedIn.

Binner used the social network for professionals to alert followers to his imminent departure from this world – care of … Read More »



How to be a social media whizz and boost your business

Posted on July 1st, by Kirsty MacLennan in Economics & Business. No Comments

New contributor Kirsty MacLennan notes how the success of events such as the Purley Festival has been reliant on social media – and how it can help your business

“Tweeting is just for celebrities, isn’t it?” asked the curious lady serving tea at the Christ Church cafe in Purley. I’d just emerged from a whirlwind social media workshop by marketing agency Dot Social. “Well, actually..,” … Read More »



#Croydon #TechCity: increasing the number of women in tech

Posted on June 10th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Tech City - News, Topical. No Comments

Jonny Rose explains how the battle for gender equality is waged in the tech industry

There is a dearth of women operating in the technology sector, globally and locally, and something needs to be done about it.

Whilst London’s technology scene has the highest proportion of female entrepreneurs in Europe, East London’s ‘tech city’ is still overwhelmingly populated with men.

Women founders form only 9% … Read More »



Mindfulness comes to Croydon: what can the UK’s hippest relaxation technique do for CR0?

Posted on May 12th, by Sue Bolton in Culture. 2 comments

The word ‘mindfulness’ is everywhere – and now it’s coming to Croydon. Tutor and committed practitioner Sue Bolton explains why she wants to change the way we think

Ever wished you could change your brain? Have a sunnier disposition, be more focussed, stress less? Well – it turns out you can.

Research at the University of Oxford shows you can actually pump up your … Read More »