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Society: Evidence Shows UK Needs More Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 30, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Breaking the tenure of last resort


By now it ought to be obvious that we need to build many more social homes if we’re to make a start on fixing the broken housing market. The evidence continues to m...

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Science: 100 Days To The Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientists don't rate our chances once the undead bite


Scientists at Leicester University don't rate humanity's chances in the event of a zombie apocalypse, writes ...

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Film: Trafalgar Square Premiere For The Salesman By Asghar Farhadi

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Iranian director’s UK movie premiere is a snub to Brexit and Trump alike

 

Movie premieres are not usually political affairs, but the screening of an Oscar-nominated feature film by Iranian director A...

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Culture: Digital Technology Illuminates Dark Age Texts

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 15, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 Out of time comes the magic of manuscripts

 

Dead minds will speak again thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France as they digitise 800 illumin...

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FEATURE: An Arboreal Ark For Literary Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the words for the trees

 These books will not be published until the 22nd Century

 Some authors have been known to grouch about the length of time its takes conventional publishers to release t...

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ARTICLE: Speaking Up For Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

SHOUT at the devil

New campaign to fight for social housing’s future


For too long social rented housing has been the tenure that dare not speak its name, but now a small group of housing professionals have broken ranks to challenge the silence – and demand it be rebuilt as an essential public asset

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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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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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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

Nobod...

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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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FEATURE: A Strategy For Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 29, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Is this a radical plan for blowing

smoke and bubbles?

From the December 2011 issue of Housing magazine, this feaure examined the Coalition Government's new strategy for housing...

Politicians love blowing their own trumpets. Well, they’re never going to declare their efforts mediocre and startlingly unoriginal when they can use words like “radical” a...

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