Croydon debates: is social media good for local government?

Posted on March 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Does Twitter air Croydon’s dirty linen in public?

Croydon Debate Club is organised and chaired by Robert Ward, a Citizen contributor and now a Conservative candidate for the local council. After a break of ten months, the club invited Croydonians of any political affiliation to attend Project B on Wednesday 21st February to debate whether social media has a positive or negative impact on local government.

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Is social media and local government a help or a hindrance?

Posted on February 16th, by Robert Ward in Opinion. 1 Comment

Local news outlets, with fewer and fewer journalists, find easy pickings mostly on Twitter

Social media is the new(ish) thing. There’s hardly a television news item that doesn’t mention it somewhere. Broadcasters want to show they’re hip, and in a world where people expect their news to be instant and free it gives journalists an easy news item without having to leave their desks.

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Four things that I learnt about Croydon by launching a start-up community

Posted on January 18th, by Will Dobbie in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Will Dobbie shares a message of hope from his experience founding Redeemer Church in Croydon

Two years ago, I’d hardly heard of Croydon and had no connection with the place or anyone in it. In September 2013, my family and I moved here, quickly fell in love with this place, and plan to stay here for keeps. All because of something that had been tugging at our … Read More »

Which is Croydon’s best independent coffee shop? The hunt is on

Posted on May 22nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 24 comments

Bernadette Fallon has opinions about coffee and cake. Strong, well-informed opinions

There is a growing number of independent coffee shops in Croydon. What does this burgeoning café culture say about our place in the world? What does it say about perceptions of our town, or its self-belief, image, community spirit and philosophy? That’s a lot to pin on a few coffee shops – fair point. … Read More »

The Public Gallery: The aftermath

Posted on May 14th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Continuing his appalling record with predictions, Tom Black gives the lowdown on Election 2015 as the dust finally settles

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it?

Tonight at 10:00pm will be exactly one week since the BBC published that exit poll. One week since David Cameron spat out his coffee and Ed Miliband opened up LinkedIn on his phone. One week since Gavin … 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 »

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 »

‘I know exactly how I’d attack me’: Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell on Lillian’s Law, real-time tweeting and life outside Westminster

Posted on April 8th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Tom Black meets Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, and talks success, regrets and why some people seem so afraid of him

Those who imagine the MP for Croydon Central living the Westminster high life would be disappointed by his entrance. He saunters into Matthew’s Yard, hands in pockets and clad in the most casual of fleeces. Spotting me – we’ve met half a dozen … Read More »

The top ten Croydon political Twitter bloopers of 2013

Posted on December 31st, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon Twittersphere staple (and #Croydon #TechCity founder) Jonny Rose renders judgement unto 2013′s most epic fails

Politics is complex, cerebral, emotive and nuanced.

So, naturally, it is best served by being openly discussed in 140 character bursts with a wider public that is bereft of self-restraint, graciousness and full use of their mental faculties.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in … Read More »