Wednesday, January 16News For London


Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Audio, Culture, Film
Edward Lauder and Nader Kaddour caught up with Shira MacLeod at their London offices to chat about their aspirations for the newly renamed and renovated Regent Street Cinema. The Lumière brothers made history in 1896 by showing moving pictures to a paying audience in Britain for the first time. Then known as Marlborough Hall, the venue used would continue to show films for 84 years-under various names-until its transformation into a lecture theatre at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) in 1980. Now, nearly 120 years after the Lumière brothers’ first viewing, the symbolic cinema is making a comeback under the guidance of Shira MacLeod to delight crowds once again in the busy heart of London. Name changes to the Polytechnic Theatre and Cinema*
London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

Audio, News, Politics
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio

Flipping pancakes to save lives

Audio, Culture, Politics
The annual Parliamentary Pancake Race has been running for 18 years. Mutave Mutemi and Aimee Ren speak to its organiser Jonathan Smallman. Sub Editor: Deeksha Sharma Jonathan Smallman was still a young man when he suffered from severe brain damage 30 years ago. At that time he was working as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy. “It took an awful long time to get better and when it came to looking for employment again I had to try put all my experiences together," says Smallman. It has been 12 years since his recovery and he now works for the charity Rehab UK which helps with mental and physical disability, as an editor of publications. He was excited about this year’s Parliamentary Pancake Race and says these events are a great way of creating awareness. Every
Keeping London’s libraries open

Keeping London’s libraries open

Audio, Harrow
Public libraries are closing across London due to cutbacks in local government funding. Cristiana Ferrauti Twitter: @Cristiana16492 meets a volunteer who aims to keep a library open. Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta  Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat leader at Brent Council, is director of the Friends of Barham Library  - charity trust for bringing back the community library. The Crabbs House, in Barham Park, was the building hosting the local library. It opened in 1952 and has been active until October 2011, when Brent Council closed it as part of the Libraries Transformation Project  During Saturday afternoon, Lorber volunteers at the temporary shop premises in Wembley High Road. It is a library and second hand bookshop opening three times a week.   In 2013, another voluntee

New mums learn from the web

Audio, Health
Many of us rely on Google results and YouTube videos to learn new things.  Whether you want to learn how to tie a tie (didn’t mum teach you?), which phone to buy or what colour to wear this spring - there is always an instructional video that can help. By  Deeksha Sharma Sub-editor- Samiksha Pattanaik The same applies to parenting.  Guides are found in books, magazines, online and now, thanks to Channel Mum  can be found as a series of video blogs. The YouTube channel has been created by Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, a website providing mothers with all the information they need to raise their child. “No one can be perfect,” says Freegard, “It’s all about being good enough.” After the popularity of Netmums, the YouTube channel aims to connect people with the more emotion