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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Bromley parking rules do not appear to apply for all situations

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11:27am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Further to your correspondent’s letter (Fine is “highway robbery”, September 3) I should like to add my own experience.

Where is help for homeless people in Bromley?

News Shopper:

11:24am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Bromley Council is spending vast amounts of money improving the appearance of Bromley town centre.

Orpington man's life devoted to fair play on green baize

News Shopper: Newton hammer Roosters to cut title gap

11:22am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: My husband Archie Wood, also known as Arthur, passed away in June after a long illness. He had Alzheimer’s disease.

Why are youths in Bexley brought up to be racist?

News Shopper: Cricket - cxz

11:18am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I umpire cricket regularly on Sundays for a local league and am appalled by the racist abuse meted out to our ethnic minority players.

Let British electorate have an in/out EU referendum now

News Shopper: Prime Minster David Cameron

11:15am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I beg to disagree with Bob Neill (MP: Former Tory’s UKIP move “misguided”, September 3).

Stat Chat: What drives people to lose weight?

News Shopper: Being overweight could be the new ‘normal’

6:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What drives people to lose weight.

Stat Chat: Are you likely to be bitten by mosquitoes?

News Shopper: Under scrutiny: Mosquitoes

6:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Facts and common misconception about mosquitoes.

POLL: How would you vote on Scottish independence? Will it affect us and do you care?

News Shopper: From left, the Union Jack, St George's Cross and the Saltire.

10:46am Monday 15th September 2014

Today we’re asking you, the people of south-east London and north Kent, what you’re thinking ahead of the Scottish independence referendum this week.

Stat Chat: Which professions drink the most coffee?

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 15th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The workers who drink most coffee.

Stat Chat: Is your commute to work getting worse?

News Shopper:

6:30am Friday 12th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Commuter woes as journey times worsen.

Stat Chat: Could London gain independence as a country?

News Shopper: SLEEPOVER. On Top of The Shard

6:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Future of London and could the capital be an independent country?

Library information centre at Swanley has gone downhill

News Shopper:

12:05pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I am writing because I was recently in the library information centre at Swanley and could not help but notice how it has gone so downhill.

Weekly Dartford park runs a very healthy idea

News Shopper:

12:02pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I am happy to hear about the implementation of free weekly park runs in Dartford.

Clothing pictures in Primark lead to trouble

News Shopper: Jade-Marie Harman outside Primark in Bexleyheath.

12:01pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I remember reading last year a young woman was told she was banned from Primark just because she took a picture of an item of clothing in the store.

Dartford’s Kids Safe scheme could be model for all areas

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11:58am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Upon reading that the Dartford’s Kids Safe scheme has celebrated 10 successful years ensuring young children’s safety, I cannot help but wonder if other councils should take a leaf out of Dartford Council’s book and implement the same scheme in other areas.

Wrong location for an Ikea in Greenwich

News Shopper: Greenwich Ikea - a retail boost or a traffic disaster?

11:54am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I am disappointed that English Heritage has not recognised the qualities of the Greenwich Sainsbury’s building and why it should be protected, despite a very strong campaign.

Free meals to fuel our young learners in Lewisham

News Shopper: School dinners come 250 miles on wheels

11:41am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: It is fantastic news that, as the new term begins, from day one hundreds of children in Lewisham will benefit from free school meals. What is more, school meals are now more healthy and nutritious than they used to be.

Street lighting is too bright in Lewisham

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11:37am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Thanks are due to Mrs Smoker (Pensioner angry at white street lighting, August 27).

Ice Bucket Challenge is a waste of water

News Shopper: Jesse Norman took part in the ice bucket challenge.

11:28am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I would like to comment on the ice bucket challenge phenomena.

'Roastmaster' London bus is only good for looking at

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11:26am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: The new bus for London has acquired the name “Roastmaster” because of the lack of windows you can open on the top deck and the stifling heat experienced by passengers on hot days.

Transport in Bexley is appalling

News Shopper: London Underground investigated after two trains crashed between East Putney and Southfields

11:16am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I think transport in the borough of Bexley is appalling.

Laws should include any vicious dog, not only pitbull terriers

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10:39am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: How pleased I was to read that Rocky the schnauzer is recovering from the injuries he received when attacked by a vicious dog (Dog owner stunned by “killing machine” attack, August 20). It is about time the law was changed to include any vicious dog, not only pitbull terriers.

Pond plight at the Tarn in Mottingham

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10:36am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Thank you so much to News Shopper for highlighting the plight of the ducks in the tarn (Polluted lakes killing ducks, August 27). My friend and I were devastated and powerless to watch a duck dying in front of our very eyes.

Bring back control over Beckenham's fortune

News Shopper: Open meeting to be held on future of Beckenham High Street

10:32am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: A survey on parking charges at shopping centres revealed a massive disadvantage for Beckenham High Street traders.

Let Bromley councillors pay for the food banks

News Shopper: Bromley Borough Food Bank staff Mary Beckingham, Guy Beckingham, Anne Ashworth, Eileen Childs and Martin Tebb

10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I feel I must respond to David Hughes’ letter (Poverty also exists in well-off areas, August 27).

Solar power must be encouraged in London

News Shopper: jenny-jones-video.jpg

10:27am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Boris Johnson says you cannot fit solar panels in conservation areas.

Southeastern rail passengers need to be responsible for rubbish

News Shopper: What are your seating or standing preferences when travelling by train?

10:24am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I stopped using Southeastern trains on a regular basis in November 2001 when I left my then employment and joined a company in a rural area.

5 thoughts of the week: News Shopper is not going to allow scumbags to hide their past

News Shopper:

10:03am Wednesday 10th September 2014

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

Stat Chat: What annoys you most when travelling with children?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Top 10 bugbears of parents travelling with children.

Stat Chat: Can you cope without your mobile phone?

News Shopper: A woman using a mobile phone

6:50am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Are we a bit too obsessed with our mobiles?

Views on Thames river crossing

News Shopper: The Blackwall Tunnel is often congested

4:53pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I would like to bring to the attention of readers the proposals to introduce a toll for travelling through the currently free Blackwall Tunnel and the proposed new river crossings at Gallions Reach, Belvedere and Silvertown.

Recyclers angry over Foots Cray waste centre hours

News Shopper: Dumping rubbish in the tip

4:48pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: All this warm sunny weather has made my garden shrubs grow fast. So I ended up with a car boot full of garden waste.

Bexley voting registration letters are misleading

News Shopper: Disaster banner ballot box.jpg for the homepage

4:46pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: Bexley Council has recently sent out letters about changes to the way we register to vote.

Groom dogs at home, not in Bexley parks

News Shopper: Image for jimhilly Professional dog and cat Grooming

4:43pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: All are aware that it is an offence to spread litter in Bexley’s parks and open spaces.

Bexleyheath hairdresser scrutinised girl’s scalp for “crawlers”

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4:39pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I am writing to let readers know about a recent experience I had in a Bexleyheath hairdressers.

No trams please, we want Tube in Brromley

News Shopper: Last stop - London underground!

4:34pm Monday 8th September 2014

Letter to the editor: The proposed Bakerloo extension to Beckenham Junction, Bromley and Hayes negates the need for a tram extension from Beckenham to Bromley.






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