The Kray Twins documentary

This film tells the definitive story of Britain’s most notorious criminals who, in just ten years, acquired a chilling aura of fear through extreme violence, unparalleled in Britain’s underworld.

Theirs is a tale of ruthless criminals who led a glamorous existence; they ran rackets, owned bars and casinos and mixed with celebrities. They were at their height of their criminal empire during the sixties; a post war hedonistic mix when style, power, sex, money and class all collided. Despite being glamorised by some, this documentary reveals the truth about the Kray’s, showing them as crude thugs with a streak of depression and madness, surviving only on a profession of violence, extortion and small time criminal activities.

Surprisingly affordable London flat up for sale that comes with its own cleaning person

All bills are also included in the price

Doing the dishes, changing the sheets, hoovering the floors – they’re all jobs that we hate doing.

Living in London there’s so much else you could be doing with all that time, so having a cleaner is a total dream.

That’s why this flat in Bermondsey is such a tempting offer – not only does it have its own cleaner who comes once a week, but all other bills are also included.

The light and spacious studio apartment is £1,380 a month – significantly less than other studio flats on the market in the area – and covers the cost of utilities, council tax, and WiFi.

If you’re not already convinced, the newly refurbished flat has top of the range kitchen appliances, luxury bedding and towels, a Hypnos mattress as well as a concierge and no admin fees.

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A tribute to William Blake under the railway arches

The memory of the poet William Blake can be found, maybe slightly oddly underneath the railway arches in Waterloo

A collection of large mosaics were installed in the railway arches at Centaur Street, which are more usually filled with rubbish and pigeon poo, over a period of 7 years by Southbank Mosaics with Future’s Theatre and Southbank Sinfonia supported by Heritage Lottery.

The location is surprisingly apt though, as William Blake lived nearby from 1890-1800 in the a decade that is often thought to be his most productive years. It’s when he started work on Jerusalem, which is today far better known for the Hymn than the original book — even though in fact, the hymn Jerusalem uses text from one of Blake’s other books. The title of the book and the Hymn are coincidental.

But, 200 years after he moved here, a project was set up to decorate the railway arches in his memory, and now a decade or so later, most of them are still there, rather dusty now, seemingly slightly forgotten, but that’s part of their appeal.

They are not art that shouts or demands attention in a public space. Hidden down inside passages that few choose to walk through, it’s happy to simply be spied out of the corner of eyes of people hurrying through the arches to cleaner places.

You are required to seek out the art down here in its dark lair.

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British pubs could be saved by apps post-lockdown, but will they lose their soul in the process?

As re-opening approaches, more and more pubs will be turning to new technology in order to keep staff and customers safe

When Wetherspoons made it possible to order food and drink to your table using only an app, pub-goers’ reaction was mixed. Traditionalists, to the extent that they were aware of the technology, lamented the erosion of the ancient custom of mingling at the bar. Younger customers enjoyed the service’s faceless convenience, revelling in their new ability to order unsolicited plates of peas to faraway friends.

That was 2017, which is three years and several lifetimes ago. During that time, other large pub chains have developed similar apps. Greene King have one; so do Brewdog, O’Neill’s, Harvester, and various other well-known chains. In-house software of this kind costs hundred of thousands of pounds to build, probably millions in some cases, but it is a sound investment [ . . . ]