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 »

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 »

Mosque holds interfaith forum on religious unity

Posted on October 4th, by David Marino Jr in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Religion: a cause of unity or division?

The Ahmadiyya mosque in Croydon was lit up with debate Friday evening, as a public forum celebrating religious diversity and interfaith awareness took place.

The event at Baitus Subhan Mosque was attended by about thirty people, several speakers took to the podium to address religious diversity. The main event of the night were duelling addresses … Read More »

In defence of Croydon’s street preachers

Posted on July 4th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Jonny Rose plays devil’s advocate to Croydon’s “confrontational” missionaries

You can’t escape them.

From the simpering Jehovah’s Witnesses to the exotic Muslims to the dancing pentecostals, a Saturday amble down Croydon High Street brings you into contact with a frenetic spectrum of street preachers.

Whether they sing it, shout it, or shamefacedly distribute it via pamphlet, each of them is presenting and … Read More »

Event report: the Croydon interfaith gathering, Sunday 22nd May at the Ahmadiyya mosque, St James Road

Posted on June 1st, by Rosie Edser in Culture. 3 comments

Rosie Edser admires the tolerance of Muslims and Christians alike as an audience member goes rogue

What does integration look like? Not being a sporting enthusiast, in my head it’s basically carrying your Oyster card (essential), library card (desirable) and Nectar card (optional). Plus not picking flowers, being homophobic or dropping litter. You don’t have to reference the queen reverently every five minutes (or re-name … Read More »

Black praise, white politics: Ed Miliband comes to Croydon

Posted on April 27th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

After Ed Miliband – an avowed atheist – visits a Croydon church, local (tech) evangelist Jonny Rose speculates on how the major parties might tap into the BME vote

Engaging the pious and the pigmented

With less than a month until the elections – and the threat of gainful unemployment for many – it’s not surprising to see politicians turn to the Almighty for some … Read More »

Cogito Ergo Sum: Croydon and the death of the ‘Big Idea’

Posted on April 7th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Jonny Rose takes aim at postmodern cynicism, unimaginative councils, and boring Croydonians

Whatever happened to the ‘big idea’?

Once upon a time, an idea could ignite fires of debate, incite revolutions and fundamentally change the ways we look at and think about the world.

An idea could penetrate the general culture and make celebrities out of thinkers: Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, Germaine Greer, Ayn Rand, Carl … Read More »

Inter-religious group runs event to promote reflection on faith, forgiveness and freedom

Posted on May 9th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Tomorrow, the International Association of Religious Freedom (British Chapter) will run an inter-religious worship event at the Croydon Unitarian Church. Through presentation and discussion, the event will explore themes of faith, belief freedom and forgiveness. It features a series of prominent speakers, including humanists as well as religious people.

Time: Saturday 10th May 2014,  10am for 10:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Croydon Unitarian Church

Entry: A £5 offering is requested at the door (or your £15 IARF … Read More »