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Reporter Elizabeth Pears offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the week's news
Posted on 6:09pm Thursday 14th February 2008
In one dark corner of the capital, a charged-up junkie confused Her Majesty’s Post Box for a needle exchange and casually deposited his skanky needle in it. Hours later, a dear friend who collects mail as a part-time job pricked himself with it. Cue the start of three months of worry while he anxiously waits to be told that he has either been worried for nothing, has contracted hepatitis c or worse.
Posted on 3:33pm Tuesday 29th January 2008
If there’s one person you shouldn’t pull over in customs (by the wrist), tearing apart their carefully packed suitcase, removing their expensive two-piece lingerie sets with the same disdain (if not more) as a foisty dishcloth covered with mince, scrambled eggs and scrappy bits of soggy cornflakes - it’s the reporter doing a travel feature. As she may be inclined to write an angry blog.
Posted on 8:59am Monday 14th January 2008
Have you ever really sat down and thought at what age you start becoming a cynic in life? When the glass remains half empty, the shades of grey in the world are more black than white and being happy for no great reason is a shock to the system?
Posted on 1:08pm Friday 11th January 2008
Yesterday, Hornsey and Wood Green MP, Lynne Featherstone fully stretched her wings as she settled into her new role as Lib Dem Youth & Equalities Spokesperson by tackling sexism, not at ground level, but right at the top behind Buckingham Palace gates.
Posted on 12:38pm Friday 4th January 2008
“Nanny, you’re a numb-nuts. That’s a doll not a baby”, said real Harry, aged about three, as he stared at his grandmother and the fake Harry she’d had made as his replacement. Out of the mouth of babes!
Posted on 12:50pm Monday 24th December 2007
My realisation that you can’t fight the spirit of Christmas started with a free chocolate coin from the Ebenezer Scrooge of franchised coffee shops, ie Starbucks, cemented when a cashier letting me off 10p in Argos and celebrated with a ‘Best of British’ cheese platter from M&S. If freebies and cheese don’t define Christmas, I just don’t know what does.