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How to make sweet potato and spinach falafel

There are only so many chickpeas a self-respecting vegetarian can eat before he is officially branded a hippy and bought some green jeans and sandals. They are nutritious and cheap, but it’s good to ring the changes. Which is what we’re doing with these falafel. There isn’t a pulse in sight (unless you count the chickpea flour).

Theatre review: Peckham: the Soap Opera - a piece of hyper local

“Something’s always going down in Peckham.” So grumbles one of the residents who both spiritedly diss and defend their neighbourhood in this show, exhibiting weariness with its constant soundtrack of police sirens or lack of jobs, but also a fierce local pride.

Best state schools add £77,000 to the value of nearby homes

A top-performing state school can add up to £77,000 to the value of a house within its catchment area, according to new research, with the cost of properties near the 50 best-performing state schools 35 per cent higher than in the rest of the UK.

Greggs delivery driver assaulted

Bakery chain Greggs said one of its stores was destroyed by fire, another looted and a delivery driver assaulted during last night's riots.

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Talent 2010: The playwright, Bola Agbaje

Last year, Bola Agbaje invited Gordon Brown to come and see her play. It would, she said in her letter, help him understand what makes Britain's young black population tick, get to the bottom of knife crime, take a look inside the head beneath the hoodie. Bold claims for her first ever attempt at a script, but Gone Too Far! lived up to her hype. Fast, furious and very funny, the tale of two brothers – one brought up in London, the other in Nigeria – making their way through their estate to buy a pint of milk, with petty fights and street dancing along the way, had critics lining up to anoint her as the brightest, sparkiest new dramatic voice on the block. Another successful graduate of the Royal Court's young writers' course (along with Polly Stenham), Agbaje picked up an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, a nomination for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and the chance to make her debut play into a film.