Editor's Welcome

December 2015

Written by the editor Monday, 30 November 2015

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« Maman a fait un pudding, mais mon papa a insisté pour que nous allions à l'abri dans le jardin dès que la nuit est tombée. Noël n'a rien changé à cela. » Tels sont les mots du résident Wanstead et du nonagénaire Geoff Prater comme il rappelle le Noël de 1940 (voir page 32), et il y a deux interprétations de sa déclaration. L'une est la prise de conscience que les réalités de la vie vont indépendamment des célébrations saisonnières. Mais l'ouverture des quatre mots de M. Prater stipule aussi que le lecteur optimiste malgré la mort et la destruction continue du Blitz, la mère de M. Prater a toujours trouvé en elle l'enthousiasme pour faire un pudding de Noël. Un aperçu de la mentalité du Blitz sans doute, mais aussi un témoignage de la puissance de l'esprit Yuletide.

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November 2015

Written by the editor Sunday, 01 November 2015

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Potential is a powerful word. In the world of physics, potential can be positive or negative. In the more everyday use of the word, potential tends to add a positive spin to a largely neutral situation. A child who has unrealised ability; a structurally sound house in a state of disrepair; a group of highly skilled rugby players failing to work as a team – all have potential to be great, but without improvement, they will remain largely unsatisfactory. Compare that list with a straight-A student, a newly built, high-tech home and the Australian rugby team. All have superiority over the former, but is their potential any less?

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October 2015

Written by the editor Friday, 02 October 2015

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There is one simple question you can ask someone that will reveal a great deal about the place where they live: "Are you proud of your town?" Most responses will probably be a shrug of indifference (which is probably as good as a 'no'), or an enthusiastic 'yes', followed by one or more reasons as to why.

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September 2015

Written by the editor Sunday, 30 August 2015

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Every month, I start with a blank canvas. The local residents and their stories are my inspiration. The knowledge, creativity and passion of the community are the colours that decorate these pages. A locality rich in history are the staples piercing through all that exists today. The tales of modern achievements add texture and depth, dappled with the light of our tranquil surrounds, picturesque in their own right. Every month, the blank canvas develops a life of its own, nurtured and supported by many. Then unveiled to its discerning audience, to be viewed, enjoyed, explored and perhaps criticised... framing is optional.

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August 2015

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 August 2015

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Wanstead has it all: a great location; a community that continually demonstrates their love for the area; one of the country's most significant parks (according to the former Chief Executive of English Heritage); a diverse line-up of independent retailers; and a rich history waiting to be discovered around every corner. Is this a biased view? Most definitely. As a publication that aims to reflect all that's good about Wanstead, being bias is an inevitable – and happy – consequence.

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July 2015

Written by the editor Saturday, 27 June 2015

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Creating positive change within a community is rarely an easy feat. Indeed, it can be incredibly hard to enact changes to just our own lives – to stop smoking, to change eating habits, to reduce expenditure, to change jobs – let alone to effect change on a wider scale that requires the cooperation of others. When we refer to such change, it often invokes a sense of unease and a feeling of upsetting the status quo. But not all changes involve drastic cost-cutting exercises, controversial developments or reduced amenities and services. Changes can be subtle – they can be stealthily positive, where many benefit without realising it – or they can be bold additions that draw others into a spiral positivity.

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June 2015

Written by the editor Saturday, 30 May 2015

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How often do you read the full credits of a film? How much praise for the success of a TV show do you attribute to the 'unknown' supporting cast members and the technical teams? We all know the number of people involved in such productions can be huge, yet we are perhaps all guilty of idolising the stars at the expense of everyone else involved. It's a testament to our celebrity culture that we like to identify with a single entity above all others and this desire to appoint a figurehead applies to many aspects of our lives. The world really is like a stage and we are all merely players, a few will have leading roles, but most will be extras or runners.

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May 2015

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 May 2015

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Keeping historic memories alive is a battle against time and apathy. With passing generations, changing attitudes and changing land uses, it's all to easy for memories to fade. There is nothing we can do about the passage of time, but overcoming apathy is one battle that can be won, if fought with passion.

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