November 2017


Tuesday 10 October came and went. This wasn't just any autumnal day; this was set to be M&S day, a day that would see passing shoppers and Marks & Spencer aficionados invited inside a highly anticipated new Wanstead food store, with promises of free glasses of fizz and treats galore. As it turned out, it was just any old autumnal day, with 157 High Street remaining sealed from public view – and not a champagne cork in sight. Needless to say, the grand opening had been postponed, and notification of this was provided after our presses had rolled. So, my apologies to those readers who – having accepted the invitation in our last issue – made what they believed would be their inaugural trip to the new shop.

Of course, the lag time between a publication's deadline and its subsequent distribution is an inherent deficiency in the world of print. It is a deficiency the online world overcomes with ease – with a few keystrokes errors can be corrected as stories are read, and outdated news can be consigned to Google's cache. Not so in the physical world, where mistakes are left in black and white (or cyan, magenta, yellow and black) for all to see, for all time, and where obsolete information remains with the same prominence as the latest revelations.

I know what you're thinking: this doesn't sound like the best introduction from the editor of a monthly, printed village directory (if your thoughts are still with M&S, turn to page 7 for the latest out-of-date information on their Wanstead plans). But as anyone who can appreciate the qualities of paper over pixels, stage over screen or faces over FaceTime will understand, even despite the advantages of the digital world, some qualities remain superior in – and unique to – the analogue world. And besides, this is not just any village directory, this is the Wanstead Village Directory.