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Are we all a product of our postcode?

Are we all a product of our postcode?

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From Whitechapel to Westminster: Gary Hutton, the Founder and CEO of the charity ‘Product of a Postcode’, exclusively shares his personal story, growing as a street-kid in Tower Hamlets. The story reveals a personal journey of crime, danger, and self- transformation; starting in Chicksand Estate in Brick Lane, and ending last Monday, October 16th, in the House of Parliament. “My anger started from this day,” Gary stated, as he was standing in the exact same spot where 42 years earlier he watched his mum’s coffin being carried. The tremendous confusion of a seven-year-old boy, walking out of school, not knowing he’s about to attend his mum’s funeral, stays with him to this day. Gary’s mum died at the young age of 41 to leukaemia, leaving behind 11 kids. That day, they lost not onl
Violent fight in central London

Violent fight in central London

Society
Early this morning, a fight broke out between a group of young men in one of the busiest streets in the capital. Police was called from a coffee shop at around 7am after a group, believed to consist of at least six people in their 20s, was violently fighting on the pavement in front of a food and drink business in the borough of Camden. Two witnesses, who don’t want to be identified, told the Voice of London: “It was still dark and we couldn’t see properly. They were young and from what seemed to be just an argument, escalated into a wide street fight. At least two people were on the ground.” The second witness reported: “When we realised the seriousness of the situation, there was already a pond of blood on the footpath and we immediately called the police and an ambulance.” When the
A psychedelic renaissance: a trip out of depression

A psychedelic renaissance: a trip out of depression

Society
New findings have been revealed by Imperial College's Psychedelic Research Group last month, suggesting the therapeutic potential of Magic Mushrooms to treat depression. How does it work? Isn't it dangerous? Are we going full circle to an era of psychedelic medicine?  “For once, I was actually able to look my demons in the eyes,” Ian recalls. “Rather than avoiding, rather than going the other direction; beneath the eye-mask and within my mind, I looked my dad directly in the eyes”. Ian, 40, has suffered from depression since he can remember. Too often, he experiences flashbacks from his childhood growing up with an abusive father. It was about four years ago when Ian hit a low point in his life, no longer being capable of working or committing to anything that required leaving the ho
Mayor of London announces increase in living wage and commits to narrowing ethnic pay gap

Mayor of London announces increase in living wage and commits to narrowing ethnic pay gap

Society
London Living Wage is set above £10 for the first time and Mayor calls for more inclusive actions from businesses in the capital. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced early this Monday, a 4.6% increase in London Living Wage from £9.75 to £10.20 per hour. Choosing the living the wage is a voluntary move from companies. In London there has been an increase of almost 500 in the number of accredited employees who backed the living wage over the last year. This resulted in over 1,500 companies based in the capital paying employees with what is considered to be the right salary for people to make ends meet. National minimum wage, however, remains at £7.50 an hour for over-25s and £7.05 for 21 to 24 years old. The move is supported by Living Wage Foundation, who “believes a fa
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