Touching the Heart of Milton Keynes

Touching the Heart of Milton Keynes: a social perspective

Milton Keynes comes to life in this concise, yet comprehensive and multi-dimensional exploration of a city often misunderstood. Carefully and lovingly researched, this is a tale of roundabouts and concrete cows, of earlier settlers often marginalised and forgotten, or a promising football team, of lakes and water sports, a thriving business and social community with unique issues, but a very promising future.

Susan Popoola

Croydon, Filament Publishing, 2nd ed. 2012


ISBN 978-1-908691-07-1

£12.80 (excluding P&P)

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  • Introduction
  • Welcome to Milton Keynes!
  • Fireworks and birthday cake
  • The enigma of the cows
  • Roundabouts
  • Forty, four hundred or four thousand years?
  • Beyond the enigma
  • Sporting good fun
  • And if you don't like sports
  • Business
  • Melting pot
  • Forever changing - growth
  • Not sure about a casino, but …
  • A commuter city?
  • Farmers and railway workers
  • And then they came from all around
  • Those who were born here
  • What are we all looking for?
  • I need a roof over my head
  • Communities and society
  • Respect
  • Moving from A to B: redways
  • Aspirations
  • Pandora in a complex world of opportunities
  • Welfare system
  • Support - rights and responsibilities
  • communication and joint working to succeed
  • So who comes next?
  • Middle child syndrome
  • Perception
  • So how successful are we?
  • The political system
  • The politicians - I think that they are actually human
  • A quangoland
  • Agencies
  • Media
  • What if God was one of us?
  • Education
  • The heart of Milton Keynes
  • Soul town - a call to social consciousness
  • decoding the media
  • Who are the people in your neighbourhood - Common Purpose
  • Influencing & participating with the media
  • Have you ever been there? A moment of introspection
  • Get out there or help someone else to do so - volunteering and sponsorship
  • An orchestra of agencies
  • Credit Union
  • Our heritage
  • Creative arts
  • Do it yourself - Lakes youth
  • Foot soldiers
  • Business involvement -Rok - the nation's local builder
  • One step further - long-term involvement
  • 5 a day at the Lakes
  • Leave your car at home
  • Food banks
  • A bit of extra care
  • Social capitalism
  • Landlord responsibility
  • An urban Eden
  • Supporting those offering support
  • Mind the gaps I - increasing the viable options of future generations
  • Mind the gap 2 - tapping into diversity
  • Minding the gaps 3 - expectations
  • Bridging the housing gap
  • Conclusion - can do, will do?
  • Useful resources
  • About the author
  • References

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