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Sustainable investing: why taking an interest is good for you as well as the planet

While we are increasingly concerned about how our purchasing habits impact society and the environment, the idea that sustainable consumption comes with financial sacrifice prevails. But in the investment world, sustainability has gone beyond ethics. Sustainable investing now poses a sound financial strategy in itself. Nonetheless, it is still down to consumers to push wider change,…

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Gated communities – an oxymoron?

The surprising history of gated communities shows that they have their pros as well as cons… Many weeknights throughout the eighties, Margaret Thatcher drove from Westminster, through Brixton, bound for her neo-Georgian home in Dulwich. To some, her choice of house, which boasted high security gates, was symbolic of the increasing polarisation of a nation under…

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Our shifting notion of value is an opportunity for financial firms to rebuild trust

Values-based consumption is putting the onus on companies to act responsibly. This presents an opportunity for financial services companies to regain some lost trust.   We are currently witnessing a structural shift in the way that consumers perceive value. As we grapple to reconcile our consumption habits with themes of sustainability, ethics and society, consumers…

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Green agriculture: renewable energy provides income diversification for farmers

What better highlights the climate change predicament than one of human’s basic necessities: food.   Agriculture and food production are second only to the energy sector as polluters. In the UK, farming alone accounts for around 9% of carbon emissions. This is despite the fact that we import around 50% of our food. According to…

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Thought Brexit was perplexing? It’s got nothing on the myth of the ‘free market’

The tiresome debate about the ‘free market’ never ceases to amaze me. Whether governments should intervene more or less in the markets has dictated debate for the past few decades. To some extent, it represents the classic binary position of a lot of political discourse – a hook to hang your team shirt on, if…

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Contradiction is not a foible. It’s who we are…

In a conversation about the recent global climate march, somebody a friend of mine suggested that participation amounts to a foul contradiction – for most of us, anyway. And indeed, I for one had taken a flight during the summer holidays. I had also recently indulged in red meat consumption. Suffice to say, he does have…

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Review – Prefabs: Palaces for the People by Elisabeth Blanchet

Brixton Bugle’s Keith Lewis was at Electric Lane’s Photofusion for the opening night of its latest exhibition, Prefabs: Palaces for the people. Christine Gregory outside her house. Photo by Elisabeth Blanchet Elisabeth Blanchet has always been interested in people who live outside of more conventional communities. Her previous bodies of work include documenting gypsy and traveller communities, and…

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The Faces of Cressingham Gardens: Shaun

Part four of a series where features writer, Keith Lewis, along with photographer, Jeannine Mansell, meet some of the residents of Cressingham Gardens – a community under threat from Lambeth council’s regeneration plans.     Sitting in Shaun’s kitchen, three eccentric goldfish stare at me from a tank the size of a yoga ball. A…

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The fuddy-duddy versus the copywriter

You know who I mean: that client who ignores the quality of your copywriting and instead hones in on a what they think is one solitary grammar slip…   A kind of ‘ha, I got you!’ gesture that seems to make them all hot under the polka bow tie and winged collar. Of course, it’s…

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Copywriting: is inkhorning making your business sound stuffy?

Inkhorning loses many companies credibility with their clients. But you might not even be aware that you are guilty of it…   What is inkhorning?   The term comes from back in the day. The day when scholars, in a mad dash to differentiate themselves from the common folk, borrowed words from Latin to make…

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Travel Feature: Tuscany in a Camper.

I’m in Tuscany. But other than the fact that I managed to scrump three figs, and take another four off of an old lady in the street, I shall not bang on about the food. What is infinitely more interesting is travelling in a camper van. It’s on loan from the in-laws. So we’re in…

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The Faces of Cressingham Gardens. Part one – David

Part one of a series in which features writer, Keith Lewis, along with photographer, Jeannine Mansell, meet some of the residents of Cressingham Gardens – a community under threat from Lambeth council’s regeneration plans.   ‘The Old Curiosity Shop. That’s what my sisters call it,’ says David from his easy chair. He’s surveying his own…

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