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Kenya’s Keyboard Warriors

April 6, 2012

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* Article originally appeared in the East African Business Times Kenyans are increasingly taking to social media to report bad service and behaviour by companies, publicising misdeeds and forcing organisations to account for failings or risk serious damage to their reputations. After claiming discrimination against him by a Diani hotel having been refused entry to […]

So that’s how Twitter makes money

March 13, 2012

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Social networking site Twitter has sold two years worth of tweets to a marketing firm as it seeks new ways of monetising the site, a move which has enraged privacy campaigners. The deal will allow businesses access to all tweets posted since January 2010, with UK firm DataSift becoming the first company to sell the […]

Grenade attacks foster air of fear in Nairobi

October 25, 2011

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*This article appeared at newstatesman.com on 26 October 2011 A matatu stage is one of the busiest, loudest, most confusing places a stranger to Nairobi can find themselves. Thousands of locals jostle for position in the rush to navigate the city’s notorious rush hour. Endless, numberless vehicles that all look the same pull up in […]

Right to Work march threatened by police

September 3, 2010

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The following is a statement from the Right to Work Campaign about its proposed march past Tory conference in Birmingham on 3 October: “We are alarmed to be informed that, despite earlier agreements with the Police and Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police are attempting to stop the trade union demonstration against public service cuts […]

Freegans attacked by vegans over frozen meat

March 25, 2010

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*Originally published in The Hackney Post A vegan café has thrown out its management after they were discovered storing packs of meat in its freezers. Pogo Café, in Clapton, is run as a cooperative and staffed by volunteers, but earlier this month the vegans forced out their “freegan” co-workers, who they accused of “not being […]

West Ham: We still want Olympic Stadium

March 24, 2010

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*Article originally appeared in The Hackney Post West Ham United want to move into London’s Olympic Stadium, even if an athletic running track has to remain. The club is believed to be involved in talks over how best to allow the track to remain in the future super-stadium. Sources close to West Ham say the club believes […]

Clapton bookshop in running for national award

March 22, 2010

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*Article originally appeared in The Hackney Post A tiny bookshop in one of the borough’s most notoriously crime-ridden areas has received a nomination for Independent Bookseller of the Year. Pages of Hackney, on Lower Clapton Road, goes up against five other stores in the South-East and London regional section of the competition. The winner of […]