Can Indian rickshaws survive in a green and Uber-ised world?

CityMetric, August 7th 2017

The three-wheeled auto rickshaw – nicknamed ‘tuk tuk’ after the judder of its two-stroke engine – has come to be a symbol of modern Indian city life.  Around a quarter of a million of them putter about the streets, mostly painted in bright yellow and green and decorated inside, often garishly, with photos, stickers and religious iconography. Continue reading Can Indian rickshaws survive in a green and Uber-ised world?

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Doctor Who writer protested against ‘problematic’ casting of black actor as Victorian soldier

The Telegraph, 11th June 2017

Co-bylined with Camilla Turner

The writer of Doctor Who has revealed how he protested against the “colour blind” casting of a black actor as a Victorian soldier in the BBC show.

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Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Four men and two women have been arrested after a teenage asylum seeker was beaten unconscious in a suspected race hate attack.

The 17-year-old boy, believed to be an Iranian Kurd, was allegedly attacked after eight members of the gang asked him where he was from in the unprovoked assault on Friday night in Croydon, south London. He had been waiting with two friends at a bus stop close to the Goat pub in Broom Road. Continue reading Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Co-bylined with Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Chief Reporter, Sunday Times

Criminal gangs are setting up recycling centres with the intention of abandoning them with huge mounds of waste, warn Environment Agency officials.

There is anger among residents about vast piles of rubbish that are left when “recycling” depots are shut. In some cases the depots are deliberately set on fire.

Peter Rutherford, waste and enforcement manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Some operators go into the business and realise it’s not as easy as they thought, but there is a criminal element that does it deliberately and we are determined to make life hard for them. Continue reading Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Cameron is bike crash hero: that’s PM’s son, 11

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

The former prime minister may have riled “remain” supporters by holding the EU referendum but David Cameron’s son Elwen has been hailed a hero for his reactions when a cyclist fell from her bike.

The 11-year-old boy and three of his friends have been praised for their quick thinking and cool heads after the accident on March 10 near their school in Kensington, west London.

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Here’s what George Osborne’s student journalism was like

BuzzFeed, 18th March 2017

Co-bylined with Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed UK Political Editor

Former chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the Evening Standard, despite limited experience in journalism. His most notable achievements in the media world were his unsuccessful applications for graduate jobs at The Times and The Economist, followed by a short stint on the Daily Telegraph’sformer diary column before he went to work for the Conservatives.

But while studying at the University of Oxford in the early 1990s he was much more active in journalism, editing a student magazine called Isis – which at that the time did not share its name with a terrorist organisation. Copies of Osborne’s editions of the magazine have vanished from Oxford libraries, but BuzzFeed News has located copies nevertheless.

Here’s what they tell us about Osborne the journalist.

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NUS Presidential candidate claims the far left have ‘hijacked’ the student organisation

The Independent, 13th March 2017

Tom Harwood, who has announced that he will run against Malia Bouattia for the presidency of the NUS, has attacked the student union as having “been hijacked by a cabal of people who all think the same way”.

He has described the leadership as “from quite an extreme end of far-left politics”, and appealed for students to “drag the NUS back to the centre so that it can speak for all students”.

Mr Harwood, 20, an NUS delegate at the University of Durham, won his university campaign by promising to defeat Isis using NUS boycotts and to lower the price of Cadbury Freddos to 10 pence. His campaign attracted national attention for its satirical policy proposals and his public dislike of NUS president Ms Bouattia.

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