Like many, I watched in horror as news of the scaffolding collapse outside the Royal Free came in last week.

Ham&High photographer Timothy Spurr was out and about in north London yesterday to capture the best World Book Day costumes.

The cancellation of CS11 is the latest baffling chapter of a saga in which it seems to have done everything except its actual job to try and get the scheme through.

Camden Greenpeace has Sainsbury’s bang to rights over single-use plastic.

“Going out with an orchestra would have bankrupted us,” Bob Stanley says of Saint Etienne’s 1994 heyday.

The kids across north London who walked out of school on Friday to demand tougher action on climate change did us all proud.

It took workers in 1963 a single Bank Holiday weekend to rip up Oxford Circus, replace the crossroads with a steel cage, concrete over it, and start excavations for the Victoria line.

As long-suffering readers of this column will know, it’s very easy to complain about the menace of the school run from the convenient distance of not having any children, or a driving licence.

Few things can enrage a community so effectively as a Controlled Parking Zone.

It’s often a good feeling to spot a local story in the national news, to see daily papers and broadcast journalists amplifying the voices of those who have appeared in the local press.

Hundreds took to the chilly water at Crouch End’s Park Road lido for the pool’s first Christmas Day dip in two years – but the manager overslept and was late letting them in.

Farcical news situations #300: writing a 900-word report on a meeting we weren’t allowed to enter.

One of the first concepts you learn at journalism college is the principle of open justice – that it is important in a functioning, fair society for justice to be seen to be done.

When tenants are crowbarring their way into your property after you lock them out without notice, it’s fair to say relations have broken down.

There is little that local newspapers love more than a successful public campaign to save a heritage asset.

I promise I wasn’t looking to make a political point by running a story about NHS spend next to a photograph of a Brexit demonstration on the Ham&High front page of the paper.

Indie favourites take their Good Humor LP out the garage and into the British Library for a live outing on its 20th anniversary

I’m delighted to see Alan’s Records (our Business of the Week) going strong after 24 years.

If you think it’s a bit weird that we’ve illustrated the conviction of two paedophiles with a general view of a court instead of their faces, you’re quite right.

“Today’s ruling [...] focuses on procedure rather than the merits of the scheme.”

Basil Jellicoe was spot on. His belief that everyone, no matter their means, deserved a safe, stable, good quality home is something the Ham&High is firmly behind.

When I met Richard Ratcliffe earlier this month, I was struck by his eloquence and hope.

It’s almost as though there aren’t enough council houses.

I’m pleased to hear Richard Ratcliffe’s meeting with Jeremy Hunt went well.

Campaigners against the controversial 100 Avenue Road development have reacted with dismay to news it will go back to a council vote in just two weeks.

Scrutiny is important.

It’s heartening to see Camden Council getting a result in court over the Happy Vale Hotel, whose owners have admitted two charges of letting the property fall into disrepair.

I’m delighted to see Haringey Council signing up to do more for LGBT+ equality.

I’m a novice when it comes to the Ham&High’s perennial favourite, the CS11 debate.

Campaigners against the CS11 cycle route that would tear up the Swiss Cottage gyratory have withdrawn legal action against TfL – saying they’re better off working with Westminster City Council to oppose it.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

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