Straydogs #6: Sexism

85 % of women in the UK between 18-25 years have encountered sexual harassment in public spaces. This edition of The Straydogs tells the stories behind the figure, and examines everyday sexism. On this show: Should you attack back or keep your eyes to the ground? And is sexual harassment towards women such a widespread…

Straydogs #5: Accessible London?

In London, transport is an essential, necessary undertaking. But how easy is it to get around – especially if you have an impairment? And should we be satisfied with the status quo? We interview Transport for All campaigner John Thornton and quiz Transport for London’s Mark Evers on how the capital’s main transport provider plans…

Tribute to guide dogs

Yes, they are adorable. But try to contain yourself! Read here how to act around a guide dog (according to guidedog.com):       The dog should never be distracted from that duty. A person’s safety may depend on their dog’s alertness and concentration. It is okay to ask someone if you may pet their…

The (not so) accessible tube map

Out of the 67 step-free stations, only around half are step-free from the platform on to the train. The step-free access may be from a raised platform section, level with the floor of the train, or via a manual boarding ramp All Underground staff have had disability equality training and should be able and willing…

Top 5: Most accessible destinations

Here’s a list of some of the most accessible destinations in the world, according to Lonely Planet: 5. Manchester, UK Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester, was largely rebuilt in the late 1990s, making smooth, wide, step-free pavements, and stepless entry into shops, restaurants and bars are generally the norm. Public transport is accessible, and…

Join us: London on crutches

Join us on Saturday 18 June 10-12am at Wilton Way Cafe where we learn what it is like to live with a disability. Also, one of the doggies has been walking around on crutches for a week – get her verdict on how Transport for London performs on accessibility. See you soon! /Wroof

About foxes and people

As part of the latest Radio Straydogs recording, satirist/cartoonist Simon Ellinas was challenged by the live audience at Wilton Way Café to make a drawing from a current topic. Many suggestions were put in the hat, and Simon chose “foxes mating loudly at night in London” combined with “single glazed windows”. Here’s what he came…

Radio Straydogs #4: Humour

Ready for some serious fun – and just fun fun? The topic of our latest radio show, brought to you courtesy of London Fields Radio, is humour; how it has developed, why we have the capacity for humour and its place in society as satire. Scientist Piotr Pluta talks about the psychology of humour, we look…

Get out: Comedy clubs in London

Bring your best mate and some tight pelvis muscles – it’s about to get funny on these London comedy clubs: Not-so-secret-comedy club? The Secret Comedy Club has regular big name drop ins who like to use the space to work on new material. The club has the highest rating of any comedy club in the…

Top 5: Most influential British comedians

For the Straydogs #4 on humour we’ve been inspired by a list commissioned by Gold Comedy TV channel. Here are the Brits’ choice of most influential British comedians of all times – and some of their best moments: 5. Ricky Gervais (from the Office) 4. Ronnie Barker (from the Porridge, the Two Ronnies and Open…

Radio Straydogs #3: Food and belonging

“If you’re waiting for the moment, here it is” sang Flo Rida and Chris Brown agreed on the track ‘Here it is’. They were referring to the Straydogs’ third show, recorded on 7 May 2016 at London Fields Radio, Wilton Way Café in Hackney. This time we are joined by two wonderful guests, Professor Anne…

Top 5: Strange food

At the Straydogs’ radio show on London Fields Radio at Wilton Way Café this Saturday 7 May, we were discussing food and belonging. Here’s a sampler from the show – the top-strangest food in the world and where you can sniff it out in London. 5. Surströmming, Sweden A herring as sour and fermented as…