Monthly Archives: July 2012

We’re a Nation of Wankers

Sorry to be vulgar (although I am hoping to attract a few unsuspecting readers who were looking for something else), but I have a few more curmudgeonly thoughts on the Games now that they’ve started and we’ve entered what appears … Continue reading

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The Housemartins

Sometimes I wonder if there’s any point writing about and trying to understand housing, urban policy, regeneration, displacement and gentrification when it’s all been said by The Housemartins. (Apologies, the video may come with a word from our sponsors.)

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Games with Frontiers

The Olympics combine two things I love (East London and sport) with several I don’t (global corporations, militarisation, flag-waving,  jingoism, media prattling, men in blazers, lanyards, shopping) to create a situation on which I feel compelled to post.  Housing remains … Continue reading

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Fit and Proper People

At work, I’ve received a series of communiques from the Council trying to drum up support for its new housing consultation arrangements.  I say ‘new’, but actually there’s an increasingly tired formula for this kind of thing.  ‘Consultation’ has become one … Continue reading

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‘Architects tackle the housing crisis’

This piece from yesterday’s Guardian might be based on an oxymoron.  I often think ‘starchitects’, urbanists and assorted housing talking heads (am I one?) are part of the problem, not the solution.  Worth having a look though.  For my money only the … Continue reading

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Grounds Control

Since I’ve been working here, by far the biggest single issue I’ve had to deal with has been a long running dispute over the control of the common grounds of the estate.  As with a lot of things in housing, … Continue reading

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Back to the day job

Now that I’ve uploaded my snaps, the glamour of the New World is forgotten and I’m back to the day-to-day of combining the theoretical of a housing-related PhD, with the practical of managing a council estate.  I hope the lasting … Continue reading

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