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by Natalie Bennett

It’s good to know that the supermarkets and big food companies have promised under the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal.

But a bit puzzling to see how the displays at the front of the Sainsbury’s near Mornington Crescent Tube on Camden High Street fit in with this new responsibility on unhealthy food and alcohol.

On one side, chocolates, crisps, fizzy drinks, and a bit of wine…

On the other side, lots more wine and beer…

All sold not on the basis of quality or taste, but on how many calories/how much alcohol you get for your pound.

That’s the same Sainsbury’s whose major advertising campaign was banned as misleading.


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by Natalie Bennett

A fascinating time was had at the apple day, particularly in learning about scores of varieties that you never see in the supermarket.

My favourites, by history anyway, included:

Dumelow’s Seedling (also called Dumeller’s Seedling, Dumelow’s Crab, Normanton Wonder and Wellington) – one of the most widely grown culinary apples of Victorian England, known for its flavour and keeping quality. (Pre cold-stores of course!). Very acid, and cooks to a rich puree. A recipe suggestion was to prepare with a sweeter cooker that keeps its shape, such as Wolf River, so the puree flows around the shape.

And the Old English Pearmain, along with the Costard the first recorded Norman apple (in 1204).

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This will be discussing the draft delivery plan for a greener Camden. Groups allocated funding from the Camden communities green fund will also be sharing the progress they are making.

Registration is essential and places limited – please encourage your contacts to book their place online at camden.gov.uk/greensummit.

On Saturday 29 January 2011, 9.30am to 2.30pm, at Maria Fidelis School, Upper school site, 34 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA (five minutes walk from Euston Station).

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Council’s development committee is considering the application from the UKCMRI consortium to build a medical research lab on the Brill Place site, behind the British Library, at a meeting on Thursday, December 16, from 7pm at the Town Hall.

Local group SPA is organising a protest against the proposal. More on that on its site.

Here’s a video exploring the issues…

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The local community organisation SPA (St Pancras and Somers Town Planning Action) has a petition here.

Caroline Lucas MP has expressed her opposition to the proposed medical research lab being put in this location, where the land is desperately needed by the disadvantaged local community.

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The deadline for comments on the proposed UKCMRI medical lab on Brill Place, behind the British Library, is now clear: October 13.

Local community group SPA (St Pancras and Somers Town Planning Action) has arranged a public meeting on October 4 at the Somers Town Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm to provide more informtion.

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The UKCMRI consortium last week unveiled its rejigged plans for the outside appearance of the proposed medical lab behind the British Library.

It has not had the courtesy to provide detailed information on the web at time of writing (there’s nothing at all on its own website) – or directly to local residents in Somers Town, but rather has focused on the hard-sell with soft-focus artist impressions and sweeping videos (in which the local residents – for whom it claims it wants to be a “good neighbour” – see their homes reduced to beige blocks).

The Guardian has the video, the BBC one of the artist impressions.

What’s carefully not mentioned in any of these reports is the fact that this is the second attempt at a design; new architects were brought in to work on the outside after the first effort met with widespread disgust.

Not that this appears to be a great deal different – if anything the huge mass, so out of scale not just with the surrounding residential area, but also the British Library and St Pancras station, is even further amplified.

The most interesting press report, however, is from Nature. This highly respected industry source is clearly less than enamoured with the whole project, describing it as a “grandiose plan” that will not come cheap, adding: “The stiff price tag comes at a difficult time, as several of the project’s backers are facing a grim economic future.”

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