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FEATURE: The Bedroom Tax Is A Political Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With malice aforethought:

The makings of a political crime

The bedroom tax doesn’t have to make sense, not even to its creators, because when all is said and done it’s a policy desig...

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REVIEW: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A haunting reflection on

memories of Auschwitz

In the last piece I wrote for Cheshire Today, before the boss headed off with it to pastures new, I reviewed this haunting and haunted personal reminiscence...

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REVIEW: Greaveburn By Craig Hallam

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

An inspired debut for

steampunk's Hallam

Resonant with the hiss and clank of steampunk chic, Hallam’s Greaveburn is a richly-textured and suitably macabre gothic fantasy fit for this cynical age, ...

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INTERVIEW: TV's George Clarke On The Housing Crisis

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 24, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


George Clarke

Television was the last thing on architect George Clarke’s mind when he was starting out, but he took to it with gusto and his clear passion for good design and qua...

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FEATURE: Violent Disorder Needs A New Kind Of Cure

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Violence is a disease

By treating violence as a public health issue, Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) broke ranks from the conventional law and order model to create a proactive multi-agency approach that has clear lessons for those tackling the more ‘mundane’ issues of anti-social behavior.  Mark Cantrell wrote about the organisation in the September 2012 edition of Housing...

“The sin ...

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FEATURE: Housing Crisis Is A Work Of Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Always look on the bright side of life

From the September 2012 edition of Housing magazine: Despite the grim economic tidings and the ongoing horror story that is the housing crisis, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful – no, really. Mark Cantrell reports

Britain’s housing crisis is a thing of macabre beauty, it must be said. The sheer misery of its dysfunction is an artful depiction of a dystopian socia...

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INTERVIEW: Julia Unwin On A Mission To End Poverty

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

AT HOME WITH... Julia Unwin

It’s said that the poor shall always be with us but that isn’t good enough for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). As Julia Unwin, chief executive, explained to Mark Cantrell in the August edition o...

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Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

AT HOME WITH... Jack Dromey

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey MP is scathing about the Government’s record on housing, but admits that politicians of all parties have failed to give the issue the attention it deserves. In the May 2012 edition of Housing magazine, he tol...

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COVER: Hot Air Fails To End The Fuel Poverty Chill

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Let them heat cake

From the April 2012 edition of Northern Midlands and Southern Housing magazine: The Hills Review has revealed an urgent need for action to save millions from the frosty embrace of fuel poverty, prompting a host of organisations to back the author’s ‘call to arms’ but the Government’s response was rather lukewarm – a promise to consult later this year. Mark Cantrell reports


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COVER: Homelessness Is A Killer

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dying for a place called home

Homelessness is a grim and devastating experience that takes its toll on human health and well being – not to mention mortality – and many fear that 2012 is going to become a vintage year for this ...

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INTERVIEW: On Air With Tina Watkin

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hostess With The


From the archives: Tina Watkin of Bradford Writers' Circle, and, at the time, a presenter with Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB), talked to Mark Cantrell about radio and the ...

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REVIEW: Boris Karloff - More Than A Monster

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Boris wasn't a monster,

he was a really nice guy!

As Frankenstein’s Monster, Boris Karloff has become a cultural icon encapsulating the ‘golden era’ of movie horror, writes Mark Cantrel...

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