Editor's Welcome

February 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 February 2013

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To be proud of the country, city, town, village or even street in which you live is a powerful thing. At a national level, that pride can lead a country to war, an Olympian to gold or man into space. At the local end of the scale our pride can be just as motivational. The consequences may be somewhat less dramatic, but for our everyday lives on the streets and in the towns where we live, the level of pride we collectively take as a community can have a very real impact on our day-to-day quality of life. I think it's fair to say that Wanstead is not left wanting in this area.

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January 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 29 December 2012

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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? A line many of us will have rattled out, or hummed, to the tune of Roud #6294 to welcome the start of 2013. Those who stop to ponder the opening question posed in the Robert Burns poem will no doubt appreciate that it is intended to be rhetorical; friendships of the past should indeed be remembered. A lot can be learned from the past, and so instead of just expanding our online social networks with colleagues of yesteryear, the sentiment of the Scots poem should perhaps be extended to encourage an appreciation of our ancestors – the old acquaintances we were never able to meet directly, if you will

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December 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 December 2012

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Mankind has been attempting to predict the weather for thousands of years. What was once based on little more than simple skyward observations is now driven by complex computer models and chaos theory - we've come a long way since the first BBC weather bulletin in 1922. As clichéd as it may be, we just love to discuss the weather and express our dismay or delight at the prevailing conditions. And what better time of year to indulge in this national pastime than in the run up to Christmas?

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November 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 27 October 2012

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Your Christmas shopping list may still be a work in progress, but one item you can add to it right now will be a gift to yourself and to the wider community in and around Wanstead. That gift is the simple action of making the High Street your first port of call this year as you begin working your way through your checklist of festive essentials (and non-essentials). It is a gift that will be greatly appreciated, not only by our High Street traders, but also by all those who enjoy Wanstead's trove of unique shops and eateries

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October 2012

Written by the editor Monday, 01 October 2012

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If ever there was concern that interest in local issues is dwindling, or that people no longer feel compelled to attend community discussions, then last month's extraordinary meeting of Redbridge Council's Area One Committee put paid to any such fears – in Wanstead at least. With standing room only for a 130-strong crowd, the meeting at the library was a clear indication of the passion that exists among local residents when it comes to issues affecting the heart of the community – in this case, that issue being the future of our local police station

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September 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 September 2012

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"We're going to be on a stamp!" That was Katherine Copeland's initial response following her Olympic gold-medal-winning performance with Sophie Hosking in the lightweight double sculls last month. Despite their ubiquitous nature and their relatively low face value, stamps do carry a certain air of authority and lend themselves well to celebrating unique achievements or marking special occasions. While Royal Mail may not be issuing commemorative stamps to mark Wanstead's third art trail taking place this month, the trail itself will be acknowledging the visual power of the stamp with this striking montage produced by Ilford County High School, to be displayed at Wanstead Pharmacy, one of the many Art Trail Wanstead venues

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August 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 04 August 2012

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This month's London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are not just about athletes competing on an international stage, they are also about London marketing itself to a global audience. Our city is in the midst of a continuous advert, broadcast to TV sets watched by an estimated four billion people around the world, streamed to computers in countless offices and printed in publications across the globe. Will we benefit in the long term from this sustained promotion of the capital? The debates will, I'm sure, continue for some time to come, long after the celebrations are over and the bunting has been packed away. Wanstead's own local Olympic celebrations will be taking place this month, with a weekend of family fun on the final days of the Games

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July 2012

Written by the editor Sunday, 01 July 2012

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The countdown is almost complete, the time for planning is nearly up – the time for action has arrived. The Olympic flame has entered the home straight of its 70-day journey around the UK, and Stratford is all set to take centre stage for the greatest show on Earth. Preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have not all been plain sailing, however, and there have been both national and local issues for organisers to contend with, including a campaign against the siting of a police muster, briefing and deployment centre on Wanstead Flats, which has seen a 3.4-metre-high wall enclose the fairground area of the Flats for police use until September

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