Crafty new look for former sex shop | Islington

Posted August 9, 2010 by newstartmag
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A retro craft shop, which doubles as a bar, has reopened permanently at a serially vacant lot on Caledonian Road, Kings Cross Local Environment reports.

Drink, Shop & Do was a hit as a temporary venture in December 2009, with its curious mix of cocktails, knitting and other craft activities, board games and vintage furniture.

On Saturday, the address which used to be a sex shop and originally a Victorian bathhouse, became part of  Caledonian Road’s burgeoning ‘cake strip’.  A calendar of craft activities will follow, pending the necessary licences.

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Tea, cake, beer and craft pop-up shop returns to Caledonian Road | Kings Cross Local Environment.

A fairness commission for Stoke-on-Trent? | Stoke-on-Trent

Posted August 9, 2010 by newstartmag
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A fairness commission should be set up for Stoke-on-Trent, a leading blogger in the city has proposed.

Blogging at Pits n Pots, Bill Cawley says that Stoke should follow  the lead of Hull and set up a fairness commission to examine how the cycle of decline in the area over the past 30 years should be tackled.

It follows gloomy prediction for places like Stoke and Hull, which have been losing private sector jobs even before the recession.

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A Fairness Commission for Stoke-on-Trent? | Pits n Pots.

Hackney Marshes to become ‘the home of cricket in East London’ | east London

Posted August 6, 2010 by newstartmag
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Hackney Marshes, long the home of grassroots football in east London, will soon be hosting cricket games.

Eastlondonlines reports that the recreation area will see the development of eight new cricket grounds, which are set to open next summer.

The development funded by Hackney Council and the England and Wales Cricket Board will include seven artificial cricket pitches and three fine turf squares.

A new Hackney Marshes Centre will also be built, providing changing rooms, refreshment areas and classrooms.

You can read the original post via this link: Hackney Marshes to become ‘the home of cricket in East London’ | Eastlondonlines.

Riverside running track unveiled | Southwark

Posted August 5, 2010 by newstartmag
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A 500m running lane has been marked out on the Thames Path between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.

SE1 Blog reports that the project, launched by Olympic medalist Christine Ohuruogu, is intended to promote Cancer Research UK’s Run 10k series of fundraising events.

A poll of 1,000 runners carried out for the charity revealed that 27% found dawdling pedestrians to be a nuisance.

You can read the original post via this link: Christine Ohuruogu unveils riverside running track | SE1 Blog .

Students document pub life in arts project | Lambeth

Posted August 5, 2010 by newstartmag
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A group of arts student have launched a booklet to offer a new perspective on what local pubs mean to a community.

Brixton Blog reports on a collaborative writing and illustration project based at the The Grosvenor in Stockwell which used the pub as its focal point to generate a booklet of work that draws inspiration from its ‘welcoming, eclectic, and altogether inspiring surroundings’.

I Digress Liam Roberts, a writer in the I Digress artists' residency at The Grosvenor pub, tells us about the launch of their zine last week With traditional local pubs disappearing at an alarming rate, what better way to celebrate them than by engaging a local team of creative types to off … Read More

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Leeds needs more independent spirit, not just shopping centres | Leeds

Posted July 29, 2010 by newstartmag
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A major developer investing in Leeds sends the right messages about confidence for the future. But a local blogger notes that at the same time areas that epitomise the city’s independent spirit are struggling.

In his blog on the restart of a £350m scheme, John Baron says this piece of good news hides the fact that the city is losing the uniqueness that makes it different from neighbouring cities.

He warns that the city must make the most of its character if it wants to remain a popular shopping destination.

Opinion: Leeds needs more independent spirit, not just shopping centres | Leeds : guardian.co.uk.

Thriving scheme seeks more land | Norwich

Posted July 14, 2010 by newstartmag
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A successful community allotment scheme in south Norwich needs more land and new premises.

The Grow-Our-Own project at Bluebell South Allotments, which provides a platform for sharing knowledge as well as tools, seeds and plants, has expanded from eight to 150 members.

South Norwich News reports that members now need to find new premises for a centre which will house a kitchen for cooking home-grown food and a space for other healthy activities, plus more land to grow fruit and vegetables.

You can find the original story via this link: Thriving scheme seeks more land | South Norwich News.