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On commandments, diversity and rope-making

on Fri 28 Feb 2014


In 2006 I started working in Hackney, in a community mediation service. In the same year a memorial tree had been planted in Hackney to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. I discovered the tree one day on the town hall square next to Hackney Empire and was struck by the words engraved in a metal plate at the bottom of the tree: “Commandment number one of any civilised society is this: let people be different”.

At that point I had only lived in the UK for two years, in London for one year and had just started to discover East London; I wasn't quite aware yet of its culturally rich heritage