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Stat Chat: What are our favourite meals and how many of us can actually cook them?

News Shopper: Sunday joint: Roast lamb with fresh asparagus

6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Food for thought on our eating and cooking habits.

London's New Year fireworks should remain free for all to attend

News Shopper: FIREWORKS RETURN: Great Aycliffe Town Council has announced its annual display will return to Newton Aycliffe on Wednesday, November 5, but only residents will be able to enjoy the spectacle.

12:41pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks showcase the capital to the world and we should delight in its immense popularity. Sadly, the Mayor of London is making the decision to introduce a £10 charge for this event.

London lags behind on underground mobile link

News Shopper: Signal failure at North Greenwich causing severe delays on Jubilee line

12:39pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: Commuting on the Tube means being out of contact, and when you are delayed underground you cannot tell anybody.

Theft allegation 'ignored' at Bluewater shop

News Shopper:

12:35pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: On Saturday, August 9, I was shopping in Bluewater. At 7pm I went into the Forever 21 store. After selecting some clothes I used the fitting rooms.

Royal Mail Sunday delivery is welcome

News Shopper: Hundreds of city staff to get Royal Mail shares

12:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: The new Sunday parcel deliveries introduced by Royal Mail will make it so much more convenient for people who work to have their parcels delivered on a Sunday when they are at home.

5 thoughts of the week: Old people's health woes, tattoos harming job prospects and more

News Shopper:

11:09am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Suspicious about Southeastern train services

News Shopper:

10:59am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I am disgusted to hear that Southeastern will be running its appalling service until 2018.

Independence question now applies to all the UK

News Shopper: The Union flag

10:57am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: The spectacular Scottish independence election has rightly rocked the otherwise detached Westminster elite.

Orthopaedic unit at Orpington Hospital is NHS jewel

News Shopper: Orpington Hospital could be saved by King's

10:55am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I have found the jewel in the crown of the NHS – the orthopaedic unit at Orpington Hospital.

Well-spoken phone scammer narrowly beaten

News Shopper: PHONE THREATS: Scam callers can turn nasty

10:54am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I do not know if the News Shopper would publish this type of story, but I feel the more people that are made aware of the current phone scam that happened to my mum on Saturday, the better.

Life is difficult enough without jobsworth attitudes shown in Beckenham bench row

News Shopper:

10:52am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I cannot believe the attitude of these jobsworths over a senior couple whose only pleasure in life is sitting on that bench (Benchnarked, September 17).

Beckenham bench removal order is health and safety lunacy

News Shopper:

10:49am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I feel so frustrated on behalf of the pensioners who have been asked to remove their bench (Benchnarked, September 17).

Stat Chat: Fear of terrorism rises but what else are we afraid of?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What we’re most afraid of.

Stat Chat: How easy is returning to work after having a child?

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Londoners’ views on employment after having children.

Stat Chat: How many of us have nuisance neighbours and how do they annoy us?

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 29th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What we think of our neighbours.

Stat Chat: Are betting shops bad for our high streets?

News Shopper: Hendon residents say betting shops and same-day loan companies are "taking over the area"

6:30am Friday 26th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Londoners’ views on betting shops.

Stat Chat: London is gym-going capital of the UK but overall do we get enough exercise?

News Shopper:

6:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How much exercise are we getting?

PICTURED: Is this offensive? Breast-feeding mother asked to 'cover up' at Bexleyheath pub

News Shopper:

10:10am Wednesday 24th September 2014

An outraged mother has organised a 'boob and bottle' protest at a Bexleyheath pub after being 'ordered' to cover her breast-feeding baby with a dirty dishcloth.

Let children have a happy start to the day

News Shopper:

12:06pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I was concerned to read about parents being instructed to leave their children at the school gate (Say your goodbyes at the school gate, September 10).

March for a pay rise

News Shopper: The house at Besson Street L-R Lewisham People Before Profit's George Hallam, John Hamilton, Ray Woolford and Jim Smith.

12:02pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: On October 18, People Before Profit activists will be supporting the People’s Assembly, USC, the Green Party, the TUC, NHS workers, firemen, teachers, the low paid and the jobless in the national Britain Needs a Payrise anti-austerity march through London.

Thames ‘super sewer’ will be worth the expense

News Shopper: Protesters against a £4.1bn super sewer in Deptford

11:59am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: As a Londoner, an environmentalist and a keen dragon-boater, kayaker and sailor, I live and breathe the river Thames.

Another runway means more pollution

News Shopper: Will airport study just call for Heathrow extension and throw out estuary plan?

11:56am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I was pleased by your article about plans for an estuary airport being turned down.

Thames Estuary needs our protection

News Shopper: CGI image of a floating Thames estuary airport, as proposed by architectural firm Gensler

11:53am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I am very happy that Boris Johnson did not get his way with the Thames estuary airport.

Complaint to Arriva bus company ignored

News Shopper: Bus stop sign/road markings

11:50am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I recently broke my wrist and had to use the 403 bus service. My bus stop is Leyton Cross Road, and my timetable for this bus is the 9.31am.

Cashless London buses a ticket to misery?

News Shopper: Cashless buses needed

11:44am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: The introduction of cashless buses creates new hazards.

Proud of Bexley kart club’s educational record

News Shopper:

11:42am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I was very sad to read the article about BETHS Kart Club and its possible demise (Kart club fears hitting dead end, September 17).

Erith man with degenerative disc disease should get up and get healthier

News Shopper:

11:38am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I have just read your front page article in relation to the bed-bound Erith man who suffers from degenerative disc disease (Nightmare, September 10) and felt compelled to write.

Battle to get housing association to put shower in elderly woman's bathroom

News Shopper:

11:32am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I cannot believe that in 21st century Britain elderly people are being denied access to a bath or shower in their own homes.

It was a tough job getting a drink on my 21st birthday

News Shopper: BEER FESTIVAL: Northallerton Beer Festival will start on Friday, September 26

11:16am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I cannot remember my 18th birthday, but I do remember my 21st (5 thoughts of the week, September 10).

Mystery of Bromley Council taking eight weeks to relay paving slabs

News Shopper:

11:14am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: How long does it take Bromley Council to relay 200 paving slabs? Eight weeks.

Young people are out of control

News Shopper:

11:10am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I can honestly say how appalled I am quite a lot of people are with these youths who have nothing better to do than hang around outside on the streets “gobbing” and littering, smoking cannabis, drinking and causing trouble.

5 thoughts of the week: Breastfeeding in public, how to be charged with exposure and more

News Shopper:

10:54am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Exposure is forbidden for both genders

News Shopper:

10:46am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: The answer to the question regarding indecent exposure (5 thoughts of the week, September 17) is as follows: the offence is now simply “exposure” from Sexual Offences Act 2003, rather than indecent exposure.

Stat Chat: Where is London's best live music scene?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Where to find live music in London.

Stat Chat: Is sense of adventure a sexy quality?

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The benefits of being adventurous.

Stat Chat: What do people think about driverless cars?

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What people think about driverless cars.

Stat Chat: Why are more women than men playing video games?

News Shopper: Women are playing games on mobiles

6:30am Friday 19th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Who’s playing video games?

POLL: Was Deptford pub right to turn 94th birthday party away because they don't allow children?

News Shopper:

12:20pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The family of a Deptford great-grandmother are fuming after they were turned away from her local pub on her 94th birthday.

Stat Chat: What happens when dogs go missing?

News Shopper: Stray dog: Male Springer Spaniel found wandering in Abberley.

6:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What to do with stray dogs.

Stop the smokers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

News Shopper:

12:20pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Every time I visit Queen Elizabeth Hospital I have to walk through a haze of cigarette smoke under an enclosed canopy before I get to the entrance, despite “no smoking” signs being prominently displayed.

Help to solve Lewisham Council’s budget challenge

News Shopper: Bosses of small firms are supporting their businesses with personal savings and handouts from family and friends

12:18pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: At Lewisham Council, we will face some exceptionally difficult decisions over the next few years. There is significant and growing pressure on our budget.

Stop the next carbuncle in Greenwich

News Shopper: Woolwich Tesco 'bomb scare'

12:14pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Tesco’s Woolwich winning the dubious architectural Carbuncle Cup award for its “inept, oppressive and arrogant” development is also a fitting tribute to Greenwich planners (Tesco creates carbuncle, September 10).

Young people need flats in Gravesham too

News Shopper:

12:11pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Can someone tell me why Gravesham Council appears to be mainly concerned about building flats for over 55s, not catering for all ages such as 18 to 35. And 35 to 49 years of age.

Drones should be restricted to the security forces

News Shopper:

12:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I was concerned by the article about a drone being used to take pictures of Gravesend (Views from the sky cause a buzz, September 3).

Shed more light on Gravesham dark streets policy

News Shopper: Despite parts of Essex being plunged into darkness, street lights in Thurrock will remain on

12:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Last week I received a Labour Party leaflet published by Labour Councillor Colin Caller, saying that “only very limited consultation took place” before our street lights were switched off in the early hours of the morning.

Beards were worn by history’s very best

News Shopper:

11:57am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Thought of the week – the beard is indeed the glory of man, no hair is that of woman.

Do not ignore new voices in politics such as UKIP

News Shopper: Support for Ukip is double-edged

11:53am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I refer to an email sent to you on the August 1, 2014 regarding my abstaining in the vote for councillor reduction from three to two and my reasons for it. I note that it was not printed.

Taking photography back to pre-digital days

News Shopper:

11:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Back in the 1960s I worked in the camera trade selling everything and anything to do with amateur photography. Back then there was no digital, it was all done with film, predominantly black and white, but with a growing interest in colour. I then got married and changed career direction.

Erith family's train attack shows it's time to toughen up on criminals

News Shopper:

11:40am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Seeing the front page headline (Family of thugs, September 3) it just angers me so much at how persistently weak justice is in the UK, and how it always seems to swing in favour of the criminals/offenders.

5 thoughts of the week: An upper age limit on voting, banning smoking in the street and more

News Shopper:

11:33am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.






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