This is becoming a more common sight in Wanstead than the W12. As a means of communication it might look blunt, but at least it’s hard for its target market (those who aren’t at home) to ignore.

And of course no one should underestimate just how powerful slogans written on the side of buses can be.

Wanstead author Joseph Elliott is celebrating the publication of his second novel, the sequel to The Good Hawk which was published last year to great critical acclaim (including being called ‘thrilling’ by the New York Times and being nominated for the Carnegie medal).

The Broken Raven is the second part of an epic fantasy trilogy which has been compared to Game of Thrones and which has a protagonist with Down’s Syndrome. It’s pitched at young teenagers.

Joseph has lived in Wanstead for the past four years, and is well known to a generation of children through his acting and writing for comedy and children’s television. He is best known for playing pirate Cook in the CBeebies series Swashbuckle.

Congratulations to Joseph – and fingers crossed that if there is a Wanstead Fringe this year, it will be possible to arrange an event with him.

You can buy copies of both of Joseph’s books from Wanstead Bookshop below.

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Kebabs are, as ever, a matter of taste. To be brutally honest, the new signage at the Wanstead Kebab House is a little too spicy for Wansteadium’s tastes. But then Wansteadium is rarely content where shop signs are concerned, as everyone knows.

Wansteadium has been privately celebrating its 10th anniversary – not really believing that an idle idea which started in the days when Gordon Brown was prime minister is STILL GOING.

So we thought that it might be interesting to look at the most read posts over our entire history. It’s sad not to see anything about hedgehogs in there, obviously, but otherwise it’s a real stroll down memory lane.

Thank you to everyone who has read this site over the past 10 years, and especially to those who receive updates by email. Sorry to everyone we haven’t posted as much as we should have done. But here’s to the next 10 years!

Wanstead to be on film againFeb 2016
Confirmed: The Nightingale has closedSept 2017
Manor House shapes upJuly 2014
The cows in WansteadJan 2017
So what’s so tricky about driving tests in Wanstead?June 2015
Nightingale on the Green is now openJuly 2018
Armed police chase in Wanstead streetNov 2016
Tom Hardy in Wanstead: The photo!Feb 2016
Wanstead to get a Gail’s BakeryMay 2017
The Wanstead pool is coming! And that’s not allMarch 2018
To the Manor rebornJuly 2014
About WansteadiumAugust 2010
The mystery of Saddam Hussein’s Wanstead benchNov 2018
Wanstead driving test routes mappedMay 2010
RIP Jill StockJune 2019
Review: Long HornJuly 2014
M&S for Wanstead: It’s a yesMarch 2017
Review of Luppolo, WansteadJanuary 2015
Woodford goesFeb 2017
Wanstead butcher: The Ginger Pig is talking…Jan 2016

Very welcome news for Wanstead, coming a couple of days after this:

The government has confirmed that Redbridge is in London after a surprise announcement which excluded it, along with a random selection of other boroughs, from areas where primary schools would remain closed for the start of term.

The position was clarified later in the course of Wednesday following the announcements in the House of Commons. Redbridge council leader Jas Athwal confirmed that Redbridge primary schools would remain closed next week.

As the situation develops it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on @RedbridgeLive