At least the weather’s good: a lockdown poem from Iftikhar Latif

Ifti Latif is a local poet, who wrote a poem inspired by lockdown last summer. As the winter months take hold and people look for some positivity in the current climate, he has chosen to share his work which he hopes will ‘be something nice to think about, especially as we enter January’.

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Mohammed Huq on the highs and lows of running his corner shop

Running a corner shop is not easy work, Huq’s usual day starts with a very early morning, to get the shop open for business by 7am, and finishes around midnight. He juggles unpacking deliveries and trips to the cash and carry between managing his team of staff and being a present, friendly face behind the counter.’

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Chaneen Saliee with her family in Victoria Park. Photos by Matt Payne

‘I want my daughters to love the skin they’re in’ says local mum influencer

‘Representation is so important,’ she says. ‘Seeing yourself on TV, on social media it creates confidence because you think, “there’s someone who looks like me doing all these things, and I can do this too.”’

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