Despite the horrors of recent cases in Bradford and London, the protection of vulnerable children has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Don’t believe us? This film (the first of two) reveals the world of scarcely believable emotional and physical pain faced by orphaned, neglected, abused and disabled children in our fairly recent past.
Parts of this film are genuinely nightmarish: the 1945 case of Newport brothers Dennis and Terry O’Neill, who were fostered by a farmer – who used them as slave labour, left them so undernourished they were forced to drink from the udders of cows and who eventually beat Dennis to death – will haunt you for days. But even if the changes triggered by the emergence of this devastating story often feel like progress of the ‘two steps forward, one step back’ variety, then progress it surely is. Watch and count a few blessings.
Acklam Village Market
A weekend street food market in west London, with a large covered area created from recycled materials. The ten stalls provide Cuban cuisine, burgers, barbecued wild game, Jamaican jerk, Indian, Peruvian and more. Plus Fuller's bar sell beer from micro-breweries, alongside the usual beverages. There's a big focus on the local community here, so on any one weekend you could find installations by local artists here, street entertainment, live music ranging from jazz to rock 'n' roll, DJs and even a pop-up beach.
Venue says: “Grab a cheeky drink and enjoy free live music in an epic space ... the mundane truly becomes extraordinary!”