Monthly Archives: November 2011

Learning to link the personal with politics

Politics always comes with assumptions attached. For example people on the doorstep have said to me ‘It’s all about voting’ or ‘Anything controversial is political’. Everyday political conversation is surrounded by conventions and a strange kind of etiquette. When I … Continue reading

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Racism on the Doorstep

Standing in a doorway on the sunless side of the street, I got into conversation with an elderly man this week. He was as he said ‘born and bred’ in Walworth and now nearing 80 was ready to move away. … Continue reading

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Out and About in Bermondsey

This week has been the first when we have been able to get out onto the streets to listen to people about their views on their community. The local team of five organisers – Zara, Nicholas, Ahmed, Kathleen and me … Continue reading

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Networks and neighbourhood life

This week I was delighted to attend the AGM of the Bede House Association  in Bermondsey. Bede House is a multi-purpose building used by several projects and services serving Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. Most obviously it has a youth centre with … Continue reading

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