London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 De-fuse your foodfoodyourDe-fuse POW ER TO STO HEAR T BURN & IND I G ESTION for up to 12 hours P Contains ranitidine. Always read the label. ZANTAC is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. OME DAYS, LUNCH HAS TO BE GRABBED WHENEVER AND WHEREVER. The result can be an uncomfortable afternoon. For up to 12 HOURS, one tiny Zantac tablet works fast to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced, rather than just neutralise it. Zantac disarms the pain and discomfort of heartburn and indigestion to stop it spoiling the rest of your day. S Fast talkAninstant interview with... Kano The 24-year-old grime/hip hop act has a new single, Rock & Rolla, out on Monday. Grime in 2004 or in 2009? In 2004, because no one knew where the movement was going. The scene produced some unique, unorthodox and genius music. Ghetto ladies or model types? Ghetto, 100 per cent. It isnt about dining in Nobu every night for mad cash during a recession. But I dont mean the street talking ghetto-type! Gucci or adidas? adidas. Well, my adidas, anyway, because no one else has it. Being signed or being independent? Being independent means you can actually make money if you sell some records and, most importantly as an artist, you get to keep full creative control over what you do. Bond Street or Brixton? Brixton for the vibes and atmosphere, but it has to be Bond Street for shopping and style. Europe or the Caribbean? In the famous words of Damian Marley, Jamaica, Jamaicaaa. La Roux (right) or Tinchy Stryder? Controversial. Ive got no preference. Raving or the couch? Ive been touring so at the moment I prefer chilling, watching Entourage. Joseph patterson bosses and unions trade insults as action takes hold whats happening strike designed todelayasmuch post as possible nTHE Mayor plans to propose tough anti-strike laws in a bid to curb Tube stoppages. Boris Johnson wants a ban on strikes for which ballots fail to attract a required minimum turnout of union members. It follows the Rail, Maritime and Transport unions strikes this year after a ballot in which less than a third of members voted. RoyalMailmenlockinghorns Bill Hayes CWU general secretary FoRMER postman, 52, has led the union since 2001. He lives in London with wife Dian and their two children and is said to earn 97,647 a year. What is going on today? Tens of thousands of mail centre staff and drivers are striking over plans to modernise the service, which they say will lead to job cuts. Movement of mail will be limited but Special Delivery and Royal Mail Tracked items to be delivered. Post Offices open as usual. What can you do instead? The Service Point scheme is available at many WH Smith stores. Why is Royal Mail making the changes? It says a decline in business is costing it 170m a year and that staffing cuts are inevitable. E Continued from Page 1 how to get around it on the union after the collapse of his plans to part-privatise Royal Mail earlier this year. Outside Mount Pleasant, the countrys biggest sorting office, the CWUs deputy general secre- tary Dave Ward said today: Lord Mandelson is being vindictive. After 30 hours of talks we seemed to be making progress, then suddenly the chief executive of Royal Mail threw it all out. Its obvious there were external forces at work here. It seems Lord Mandelson is seeking revenge over the whole privatisation battle. But Lord Mandelson hit back and called on workers to go back to work, saying the two sides needed to get back round the negotiating table. Sources close to the Business Secretary insist it was the CWU executive that scuppered a near- finalised deal between Royal Mail and union negotiators on Tuesday. Lord Mandelson said: I dont think trading insults helps. What people need to do is focus on the issues dividing them. Pickets were in place outside the capitals three main sorting offices today, as Royal Mail bosses accused strikers of deliberately maximising the damage to cus- tomers. They said the two-day national stoppage has been stag- gered to hold up as many items in the post as possible. The cost to businesses of the two days of disruption is set to be at least 300m. Paul Tolhurst, Royal Mails operations director, called on the CWU to return to the negotiating table, saying there was still a chance to get todays 2pm shift back to work. The strike was called after 76 per cent of CWU members backed a walkout over modernisation. They fear mechanised sorting of post rounds will lead to job losses. Schools and councils Parents seeking a 2010 secondary school place should hand-deliver applications. Residents are asked to pay council tax online or by phone or to set up a direct debit. Drivers who fail to receive parking permits should contact their council. Health service Primary Care Trusts are being told to use private couriers for blood samples and test results. Going Out Hundreds of theatres are holding tickets at the box office. Picket line: a striker and Royal Mail driver outside Nine Elms mail centre in south London today Ex-postie: Hayes Scot: Crozier Adam Crozier Royal Mail chief executive EX-CHIEF of the FA, where the 45-year-old Scot hired Sven- Goran Eriksson. Took over Royal Mail in 2003. Earns 1.25m after a 26 per cent pay rise in 2006.