Editor's Welcome

August 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 03 August 2013

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How will the heatwave of 2013 be remembered? With this summer being the hottest in the past seven years, how will your own memories treat the fire-starting and Tube-stopping heat? Will you recall the clear skies with fondness in years to come, or will the once newsworthy weather simply be consigned to future meteorological comparisons and a footnote to the story of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge?

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July 2013

Written by the editor Sunday, 30 June 2013

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Finding the perfect outfit for an important date can be most rewarding. Finding a lost set of keys (check in the fridge) can be a stress-relieving discovery. Finding a new favourite dish at a local restaurant can be a good excuse to dine out. Finding a silver roman coin in the local park can be – without wanting to diminish the personal importance of the previous examples – of somewhat wider interest and significance. Indeed, whatever our own great discoveries might be, the action of finding things seems to satisfy our primal urge to explore.

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June 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 June 2013

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In just about every area of our lives there are certain things which are hidden from view, things we perhaps have little or no knowledge of, but that are vital to achieve the end results we desire. From the early morning delivery by the milkman, stealthily leaving a fresh pint on our doorsteps, to the wonders of Mother Nature at work in our parks and gardens, the behind-the-scenes goings-on are buzzing away in the background every step of the way.

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May 2013

Written by the editor Wednesday, 01 May 2013

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What is your identity? A question that could be answered with a single name or left unanswered after a lengthy debate on matters of self-consciousness and social psychology. While the latter would most likely fall on deaf ears at passport control, it is a question we all ask ourselves – directly or indirectly – throughout our lives as we make the decisions that ultimately reflect who we are as people.

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April 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 30 March 2013

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If you are heterosexual, work in central London (or indeed anywhere more than a bus ride away) and enjoy the freedom of Wanstead Park or any of the other open spaces in the area, then you are likely to take for granted several key issues which allow you to lead the life you do. If you are homosexual, work within walking distance of your home and rarely venture beyond the High Street or to your nearest corner shop, then perhaps you take less for granted – but you have all the more reason to read on.

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March 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 March 2013

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Everyone has got a story to tell. The memories we have from childhood, the events we experienced while growing up, the jobs we have done and the people we have met along the way; all are plot lines in the dramas of our lives. Many of us do not think of our own story as being particularly interesting, it's a book we've already read or a film we've already seen, there are a few highlights, but most of it can just be left for the DVD extras. It's not until we start to look for the stories around us, therefore, that we unearth the hidden gems – the blockbuster biographies yet to be told – and there are plenty of those to be found in Wanstead.

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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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