Richard Smith (not his real last name) outside his home in Bow

Portrait: Richard on being HIV positive and breaking down stigma

‘I had a test and was very cruelly told, “yes you do have it”. I was not given a cup of tea or biscuit or offered any sort of comfort like that. The doctor passed me some pills and said that I’ll be on them for the rest of my life. And that was that.’

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Skew Bridge closed during the coronavirus lockdown

Open letter: why Skew Bridge on Old Ford should be permanently closed to motor traffic

Closing Skew Bridge has shown us that a different world is possible after the pandemic is over. Commuter traffic from Essex and Kent has found other routes in and out of town, and more local people have discovered that cycling and walking around London are both possible and enjoyable.

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