‘Challenge accepted’ is the new day-to-day list

A new trend is populating Instagram’s profiles – It’s ‘CHALLENGE ACCEPTED’ time. As the world is facing a real hard time by #stayingathome during the Lockdown period… Read more “‘Challenge accepted’ is the new day-to-day list”


The rise in knife crime continues

The surge in knife crime in London continues with five stabbings all resulting in deaths already this week.

Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17 died in hospital after being brutally stabbed in Balham Hill, near to Clapham South underground station on the afternoon of Friday, 2 November.

Local community and fellow students from St Francis Xavier have build a shrine outside Clapham South to pay their respects to Malcom.

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Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, was stabbed to death on Sunday, 4th November in Anerely, Samos Road, SE20.

On Monday, 5th November John Ogunjobi, a 16 year old was stabbed at Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill, sadly despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to research done by the Office for National Statistics between the beginning of this year to June 2018 there has been 39,332 knife related crimes, which is currently the highest on record. In the same duration of time there was a rise in overall violence by 19%

A increasingly large proportion of these murder victims and perpetrators are teenagers, the question that is being asked by everyone is how can we contain the epidemic in youth violence and prevent it from continuing to spiral out of control.

Map that shows increase in knife crime in London by borough from Parliament

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The Royal London Hospital has recently published research that states that between 2004-2014 the average age of stabbing victims has fallen from late 20s to 18 followed with an increase in teenage victims. The research also says that after school hours are most dangerous

We spoke with Specialist Firearms Instructor Andy Hopton on what is being done to try and tackle the rise in violent crimes and knife violence in particular.

Metropolitan Police Constable chief Cressida Dick today defended the Met’s tactics in tackling knife crime in London as she pledged to “relentlessly” target 190 gangs fueling the violent crime wave. She also said the police task force have methods to combat the rise in knife crime.

“We have increased the use of stop and search, acting on intelligence to prevent violence before it has taken place, including in the boroughs where we have seen the recent tragic murders. This week we have redeployed additional officers in south London who the public will see out and about with local officers.”




Lambeth bags award for supporting startups

Lambeth has been crowned joint winner for Best Programme of Support for Small Businesses at the annual Small Business Friendly Awards, alongside Sutton.

The awards ceremony, now in its fourth year, took place on Thursday March 30 at the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Holborn. It seeks to recognise the work done by London boroughs which helps to nurture and grow local small businesses.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for business, culture and regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic recognition of the work we’ve done to support small businesses in Lambeth.”


Left to right Cllr Jack Hopkins and Small Business & Enterprise Officer Nathan Vasey 

Lambeth was praised for its Lambeth Works programme, which seeks to provide affordable workspace for startups and small businesses in the area. Plans include generating 140,000 square foot of workspace within in the next five years.

The programme has already seen successful ventures like Pop Brixton, once disused land, being turned into a creative space for startups in retail, food, social enterprise and design.

The council’s initiative also strives to prevent workspace losses in the Lambeth borough.

Cllr Jack Hopkins said: “We have improved the look and feel of our high streets and encouraged business friendly council planning and licensing policies…There has never been a better time to start or run a small business in this borough.”

Other winners in the South-West London area included Wandsworth borough for Best all-round business friendly borough award and Merton borough for the Best small business friendly procurement to support local trade award.

Celebrating Christmas around the World

We’re all familiar with the way Christmas is normally celebrated in London, or even wider, the UK. However are we aware about how other countries and cultures celebrate Christmas where they are? Each home may be different to another, even my Christmas tradition is different to the next household. However some of these Christmas traditions from around the world will make you rethink if you’re ‘Christmassing’ correctly.

Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain is very different to any Christmas that you’re used to. People in Spain have their Christmas meal on Christmas Eve. The traditional dinner in Spain is ‘Pavo Trufado de Navidad’ which is Turkey stuffed with mushroom truffles. However on Christmas day, the traditional dishes for their Christmas dinner are mainly seafood dishes


Christmas in Japan

Now Christmas in Japan is something very interesting, as Christmas isn’t even seen as a holiday in japan properly, so schools and jobs remain open through the holiday. Even though Christmas only became a thing in Japan within the last decade, Japan have a traditional Japanese cake, a plain sponge topped with whipped cream and strawberries, mmm! Christmas dinner in Japan is celebrated with Fried Chicken; places like KFC often take orders for Christmas dinners in Japan. Weird!


Christmas in India

Christmas in India is similar to the regular Christmas that you and I are used to, except they have a little twist. Instead of using a traditional Christmas tree, people would use a mango or a banana tree to sample as a Christmas tree. In the Indian Christmas tradition, Santa Clause delivers presents on a horse and cart rather than a sleigh. Santa Clause is often referred to as ‘Christmas Thaathaa’ in Tamil.


Christmas in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Christmas isn’t celebrated on the ordinary 25th of December like everyone else’s is. Ethiopian Christmas is celebrated on the 7th January called ‘Ganna’. On the day of Ganna most people fast for the day, they also dress in white and attend an early morning mass at 4 am! When they do eat, their traditional Christmas dinner include a dish called Wat (a spicy stew).