Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".
Last week Damon Albarn finished performing at his own gig following the launch of his first solo album Everyday Robots and decided to join in the fun by singing a version of Parklife with these two naughty scamps. In this special case - their performance was filmed on an iPhone and the footage, as you would imagine, ended up on YouTube.
The fact that the most ambitious welfare reforms since 1945 are struggling to achieve their policy objectives should concern anyone who cares about building a better society. We need a more nuanced and supportive approach to reforming welfare - one which takes into account the variety of individuals circumstances and capabilities
Last weekend, a former UK Prime Minister was ambushed and verbally berated by a brazen bar worker (Mr. Garcia). Whilst serving the former PM as he dined in an east London restaurant, Mr. Garcia believed it appropriate to perform "a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace...". A few days after this extraordinary episode took place, the UK national newspapers gave front page honour to the incident.
So the top London places? I don't drink animal secretions, so with a hearty screw you to those establishments with gourmisan-pretensions and a refusal to serve anything other than full-fat bovine breast milk, I present my own humble guide to the finest vegan and omnivore-friendly brews in (East) London.