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Eight grannys stop a robbery, Russia moves into Kensington and Brixton is printing its own cash

Published on January 16th 2012.


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Brixton Takes Note
The borough of Brixton has begun printing its own money in an attempt to increase local transactions. The Brixton pound (B£) features David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust on the ten-pound note and Violette Szabo, the World War II spy, on the twenty. “Around 40,000 pounds’ worth of Brixton pounds have been circulating, but the total impact is hard to measure because the bills are passed on and on,” explains project manager Annalisa Dorigo. More than 200 local businesses including pubs, fish and chip shops and even an architect’s have agreed to take the currency.


Ice Rink Launches on Thin Ice
Stars from ITV’s Skating On Ice have been practicing on the new Brixton ice rink, but local market traders are fearful that swapping a multi-storey car park for the venue is going to hit business. One said: “Why would someone buy a rug for £10 if they are going to be fined £50 when they get back to their car?”


The Secret Ingredient
Twickenham residents may want to clean out their bread bins. Stephen Doughty, owner of local bakery, Belmont's on Queens Road, was fined £10,000 after being caught preparing food in kitchens infested with mouse droppings. Environmental Health officers acted after one customer found a dropping inside her bread roll.


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A Riot Of Their Own
Inside Out London photographed dozens of Peckham residents after the riots of last August, capturing their personal messages in an aim of bringing the community together again. More than fifty of these portraits are now being exhibited in an open-air display at Bermondsey Square, which will run until the end of February.


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Russia in Kensington
Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, Team Russia Park has made a home for itself at Perks Field next to Kensington Palace Gardens. As well as hosting heaps of sports-related events (from master classes by Russian Olympic champions to the presentation of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi), the family friendly, alcohol-free space will also hold folk music concerts, fashion shows, Russian cuisine tasting sessions, art exhibitions and even a film festival.


Never Fear, Granny’s Here
In a scene you thought you might only witness on some comedy sketch, eight grandmothers, armed only with their handbags and a shopping trolley, thwarted a security van robbery in south London. Police revealed that the pensioners, thought to be in their eighties, pounced on the robber as he tried to steal a cashbox from a security guard last December. After he had taken quite a few hits by the handbags, and not to mention the trolley, the embarrassed thief fled empty-handed.


Japan Junction
Aldwych, Strand is set to be turned into a ‘scramble zone’ pedestrian crossing in a bid to reduce accidents. Just like the junction at Oxford Street, the intersection will be based on the design of Shibuya, Tokyo, which stops vehicles in all directions to let pedestrians dominate the intersection…


Stoke Newington High Street – the New Brick Lane?
Stoke Newington has started to pinch a bit of Shoreditch cool for itself. Vintage boutiques such as Ribbons and Taylor, Dirty Blond and Strut (where you can find more expensive, designer brands) are lining up on Church Street and Covent Garden’s vintage gem, Mint, is making a welcome addition to the High Street (where Beyond retro moved just last year).

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