The football ground's role has changed. Once a Saturday pilgrimage, it's now just one part of the over-televised circus.
For me and other Southenders, the town represents the oxygen outside London's claustrophobic pile-up of representations and ambitions.
Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby is evidence that, in today's culture, working-class toughness is something to be mocked. Why have we turned poor people into punchlines?
Last night's sobering documentary reflected the general feeling in the UK in early 2015: a feeling of a country at the end of its tether, politically, economically and culturally.
In 2014, a series of often seemingly intertwining child sex abuse stories have engulfed the UK in what has become the biggest scandal of modern times.
Through the evening and into the night, the Stratford Center houses a community of skaters, dancers, and body-poppers who move liberated from stereo to stereo. It's like being in an 80s version of the future.
An examination of the UK term for a usually poor, possibly threatening young person.
The precious world of craft beer can seem like one that's a little too pleased with itself, with jargon like "flavour profile" and "mouthfeel." It might sound like a load of piffle to outsiders, but these brewers work hard to make their beers inclusive...