Far from the Madding Crowd restored

Screen writer Frederic Raphael gave a brief and witty introduction to John Schlesinger’s 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd at the Barbican Cinema last night (Monday 16 March).

Julie Christie.The newly restored and re-issued film is at cinemas nationwide this week and may overshadow the forthcoming release of the adaptation by director Thomas Vinterberg.

Schlesinger’s film with actors Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates will be difficult to improve upon. Continue reading

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Local charity is awarded £100,000 towards new youth club

It’s good to feature the property industry putting money into the community for a change, even though it is small compared to the vast amount of value they plunder from it. The headline for us in Fitzrovia is that the industry — which has a reputation for pleading poverty through viability studies as an excuse to reducing social housing — has at least recognised that there is a community with needs here.

Fitzrovia News

Plans by a local charity to create a new youth club for hundreds of young people were given a boost this month with a £100,000 grant. Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) were awarded the money by LandAid, the property industry charity.

Young men playing football on 5-aside pitch. LandAid awarded a grant to help plans for a new youth club next to the Warren Playground at Whitfield Place.

In making the grant LandAid recognised the need to fund youth activities because, despite the neighbourhood recently having a reputation for sales of luxury flats, it is an area with social deprivation.

“Poverty and unemployment rates are high amongst vulnerable young groups. Local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action finds the majority of the young people engaging with its work are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and are entitled to free school meals. Unemployment is particularly high amongst BME groups,” says LandAid.

Paul Morrish, chief executive of LandAid, said: “We’re delighted…

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A round up of the last week of news in Fitzrovia 28-01-2015

This is a slightly edited version of the latest Fitzrovia News email newsletter. You can receive it by subscribing here Continue reading

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Camden’s West End Project revised proposals for cabinet meeting 21 January 2015

My rather crappy news report (too much information to digest) for Fitzrovia News on Camden’s West End Project plans is now published here.

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Answering some questions about living in Fitzrovia

In May 2014 I was asked some questions about living in Fitzrovia by a journalist writing for The London Magazine. The article eventually appeared here, while the full set of questions and my answers are below. Continue reading

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It’s time to drain the swamp and stop attracting the pestilence

This is a slightly edited version of the latest email newsletter which I wrote for Fitzrovia News. (If you want to keep up to date with bad news and our somewhat hapless efforts to keep an eye on property developers, Camden and Westminster councils, and occasionally the Mayor of London, you can read past editions and sign up here.)

It’s that time of year when we’re supposed to wish good will to everyone. And we’d like to. But while the good folks in Fitzrovia are doing just that, an ill wind is blowing in from the west… Continue reading

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