Editor's Welcome

December 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 December 2018

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Last month, I used this space to indulge in showbiz gossip. With rumours rife Sir Elton John would be leading the John Lewis Christmas TV ad campaign, the opportunity to open our November issue with a 'step into Christmas' pun was too good to miss. But now the rumour has been confirmed and piano sales are set to rocket, I wonder if I've peaked too soon with Elton song wordplays... let's find out

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November 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 03 November 2018

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Shortly after this issue is published, our TV screens will once again be adorned with the work of those masters of Yuletide spin, the advertising creatives. And if rumours are to believed, Sir Elton John will be heading up John Lewis' latest entry in the seasonal TV ad battle. So, with festive theme tunes beginning to take over our audible surroundings and with the Wanstead tree set to light up George Green this month, it must be time to step into Christmas.

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October 2018

Written by the editor Sunday, 30 September 2018

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By the year 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more people over 60 years of age than children in the world. Almost 700 million people are currently over the age of 60, but within just 30 years or so, two billion people (over 20% of the world's population) will be 60 or older. These United Nations statistics give some insight into the changing dynamics of the world around us. A UN analysis of these figures goes on to urge that "enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required."

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September 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 September 2018

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Sometimes things look good on paper but lose their sparkle when seen in the cold light of day. The empty hotel swimming pool in a glossy travel brochure inviting you for a dip, compared to the crowded reality, or the much-hyped winter wonderland promising reindeer rides, compared to an emaciated donkey with strap-on antlers limping through slushy puddles. The more impressive the object of desire seems on paper, the greater the disappointment potential. The greater the expectation, the bigger the fall back down to reality.

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August 2018

Written by the editor Monday, 30 July 2018

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I'm not a football supporter. My wife is not a football supporter. My four-year-old daughter – who can hoof a ball over a five-foot fence – is not a football supporter. Through a general lack of interest in the competitive game, I'm ashamed to say we all missed England's opening match of the World Cup, which is apparently an important footballing event. But as the nation's hopes were raised, and as Tunisia and Panama succumbed to the prowess of Kane and Co, so too did the three of us succumb to the excitement of the prospect that football could be coming home.

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July 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 30 June 2018

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If it's going to work anywhere, then it will work in Wanstead. That's a phrase I find myself saying often when in conversation about new events, initiatives or projects planned for the local area. It's said with a certain amount of bias, given this publication thrives on the success of what is a vibrant and proactive community. And it's become something of a cliché in the lexicon of Wanstead Village Directory speak as I find myself praising the responsiveness of Wanstead folk to new things more and more. But clichés are clichés for a reason. And this one has big names like Art Trail Wanstead and the Wanstead Fringe to prove those reasons are real

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June 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 June 2018

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It has long been debated whether arachnophobia is something that's embedded into us as a species or whether we learn it from our culture. Research published by neuroscientist Stefanie Hoehl from the University of Vienna at the end of last year – which monitored pupillary dilation in six-month-old babies when shown images of spiders – suggests the former is to blame. It means the fear and disgust some of us feel when we encounter these critters could actually be a hangover from a survival instinct that evolved in ancient times. Whether true or not, it's a good study to quote when explaining why someone else needs to remove any eight-legged visitors from your home.

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May 2018

Written by the editor Saturday, 28 April 2018

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An art teacher once asked my A level art class what the purpose of frames were. Aside from secondary functions of protection and usability, the primary purpose of a frame is, of course, to complement and enhance the image it surrounds. Like a newborn baby clothed for the first time, the beauty emanates from that contained within.

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