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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. I’m sitting in Shaun’s kitchen. Three eccentric goldfish are staring at me from a tank the size of a yoga ball. A…

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Gated communities – an oxymoron?

Gated communities have been a controversial topic of debate in Brixton in recent years. Here, I take a look at their surprising history, alongside some of their pros and 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…

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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 fine.…

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Copywriting: Inkhorning – the mistake your company doesn’t know it’s making

Inkhorning could be losing your company credibility with its clients. The problem is, you might not even be aware that you are guilty of it. Here, I introduce you to inkhorning and suggest ways that you can avoid it.   What is inkhorning?   The term comes from back in the day. The day when scholars,…

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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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Artist: Abe Odedina at the National Gallery

‘The best thing you can buy,’ Abe chuckles, pointing at the translucent polycarbonate roofing above my head. ‘And so cheap.’ I had just commented on the soft natural light in his dining area, where I am sat. Abe is standing in his kitchen in blue all in one painting overalls. He pours us both a coffee…

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The copywriter and the comma

“Good business writing means using shorter sentences.” “Good business writing means using shorter sentences, where commas can often be replaced with a full stop.” “Good business writing means using shorter sentences, where commas can often be replaced with a full stop, despite what you might have been taught by your cane-wielding English teacher.”   “Good business writing means using shorter sentences, where…

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Travel feature: Shame on the shamen

‘If I not live long, no problem,’ said Pou as he necked a shot of root wine from a bottle cap. We were sitting side by side on a path outside the home of the Karieng village leader. It was dusk and I was slapping imaginary mosquitoes from my legs. Kids were observing me from…

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Should you ask your copywriter to mind their ‘ands’ and ‘buts’?

As a copywriter, it’s hard to stop my ears steaming and my teeth grinding when I hear: “Great piece. Just one thing – you can’t start a sentence with and or but.” That’s because it isn’t true. There is no basis for the claim that you can’t start a sentence with a conjunction. It is…

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