I'm not leaving from Croydon airport or traveling in one of these. But I am flying to Spain for my family holiday tomorrow morning. As I'm unlikely to go online while I'm away, forgive me if I don't deal with your comments or emails for a while. But please keep them coming.
"A rabbi who uncovers child abuse in strictly Orthodox communities says he feared for his life as he was chased by a group of 200 Charedi men in North London. Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg, 58, was forced to flee from a Stamford Hill synagogue where he had been listening to a lecture last Thursday. He ran into Manor Road, in the heart of the community, and was taken to safety after stopping a passing police car."
I feel protective of our Orthodox community for obvious reasons, and had this article not appeared first in the Jewish Chronicle I would have been wary of linking to it. But their story is too worrying to ignore. Harry's Place has an angle on it and a link elsewhere.
"Over the next few days, thousands of athletes and spectators will fly out to Beijing for what is arguably the world's greatest sporting event - the Olympics. Among the exodus is Dr Laurence Gant. But unlike his fellow travellers, Dr Gant will not witness any great sporting feats. In fact, he has not got a ticket for a single event during his five-night stay in the Chinese capital. Instead he will be spending his time visiting hospitals and clinics, in a fact-finding mission for the 2012 games."
That's because he's a big cheese at the Homerton. Now read on.
She's the priest at both All Saints church in Haggerston and Holy Trinity in Dalston. Not everyone was pleased to see her when she showed up ten years ago:
“There is a group that think it’s OK to have women cleaning and decorating the church but they must not stand up and represent Christ. When you hear people denying your very being, as a child of God, you are entitled to a righteous rage."
"Hackney's Parks Service has achieved seven prestigious Green Flag awards and a Green Heritage award in this year's national awards for parks and green spaces. The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by the Civic Trust, is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. Of the 26 London boroughs given Green Flag Awards this year, only eight, including Hackney, have seven or more. This achievement is a significant improvement on last year when Hackney received four Green Flags, up from two in 2006."