Whilst the fifth-century St Augustine proclaimed that “to sing is to pray twice”, sadly by his measure there is not much praying going on in churches today.

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While I dream of being an eco-warrior, the truth is I’ve always been more of an eco-worrier.

“If music be the food of love, play on” - Act 1, Scene 1, Shakespeare’s famous comedy Twelfth Night.

“Build back better” is the slogan of our times. It was coined by Boris Johnson, but taken global and used as the winning slogan by Joe Biden earlier this month.

The clothes we wear shouldn’t cost the earth, but last year’s Fixing Fashion report found that textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined.

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The challenge is apparent in the ongoing efforts by councils on safer streets. The problems from traffic are well-known: noise, road accidents, air pollution, carbon emissions. Some 30,000 people die in the UK annually because of air pollution. A Dartmouth Park survey shows that the vast majority appreciated lockdown side-effects - cleaner air and calm. With Camden’s 2030 commitment to Net Zero, action on transport, 17 per cent of emissions, is also vital, and public commitment to acting on climate change is high.

A Hampstead sportswoman has set up a virtual opera amid the coronavirus lockdown.

A North London woman has founded a business which connects older people looking for housemates.

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In late June, as the government eased restrictions on the first lockdown, Boris Johnson talked vaguely about “a new deal” in a speech that was spun as “Rooseveltian”.

One of the cruelties of the coronavirus pandemic has the enforced separation of families from loved ones in residential care or supported living.

Emerging from lockdown back in mid-summer, everything began to feel, well, more normal. The sun continued to (mostly) shine and we carried on with our Boris walks and dined out to help out. After all the restrictions of lockdown, everyone dared to feel hopeful.

Is it just older people that look to the future? David Attenborough is commended for just that in our recent Save the Planet bulletin (

Education has become something of a battleground where we engage our preoccupations regarding the situation in which we find ourselves: health, social inequality, not to mention teaching and learning themselves.

As we head into the winter months and a second national lockdown, Hampstead Heath will continue to be a vital green space for so many people.

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When I speak to local residents in my ward, there is one issue raised over and over: the rush hour rat running along residential roads such as Winton Avenue and Crescent Road.

In synagogues the world over, Jewish communities are beginning another cycle of reading the Torah, or five books of Moses, starting from the story of the creation of the world.

Some decisions in politics are complicated, others are more straightforward. Making sure that children can get food support over what is set to be one of the toughest winters in a generation ought to be straightforward.

The pressures facing the NHS as we lurch towards winter are extraordinary.

It is like they just do not learn, maybe they do not want to, maybe they do not care or maybe, just maybe they find racism a useful tool to use against us. From prime minister to prime minister and home secretary to home secretary they resort to the same racist scapegoating to deflect criticism of and avoid responsibility for their own failings.

A major blow to the quality of life in Camden for the residents of Cartmel on the Hampstead Road has been the felling of the 10 trees that have shielded them from the pollution, noise and sight of the traffic on the Hampstead Road.

“If you ask any retailer, it’s the last three or four weeks before Christmas where you make your money, and I honesty don’t know how it’s going to go.”

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

Back in May Catherine West MP set out in these pages the need to urgently give Haringey residents alternative ways to travel when lockdown eased, while public transport was restricted.

We’ve come to walk down the ‘yellow brick road’. Is this the way to Oz?” asks a path walker.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

Collège Français Billngue de Londres in Kentish Town offers the best of French and English education to Nursery pupils through to Year 10.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

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