Pie and Mash – a Fading East End tradition?

Cath “Excuse me, but do you know where the F Cooke’s Pie and Mash shop is from here?”  I asked a couple of people outside Hoxton station if they could help us.  They hadn’t heard of it so out came the map and we realised we were nowhere near it. Read more Continue reading

London Zoo inspires me to become a wildlife champion

When I envision London, the imagery I draw on is strongly Victorian: I see the city of Charles Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, and Dorian Gray. I imagine the tightly-packed row of houses inhabited by the city’s bygone poor and the ornate carriages of its wealthy elite. Even now, over a centuryRead more Continue reading

Who is Dashi Namdakov?

Dashi Namdakov is a highly successful artist whose work has been exhibited in major galleries in Russia, China and Kazakhstan. He hails from Buryatia, a republic of Russia that lies in South Eastern Siberia on the Mongolian border. It is the centre of Buddhism in Russia and its history ofRead more Continue reading