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Lauren Pears to bring Cat Cafe craze to Shoreditch

Lauren Pears to bring Cat Cafe craze to Shoreditch

Lauren Pears is bent over her iPad. She is talking about cats. Pears does that a lot. From memories of her own favourite pets to the relationship between cats and technology, by way of literary references and psychological research, there seems to be no feline avenue that she has not…

East London commuters faced disruption on Monday as snow affected power supplies to tube and rail

East London commuters faced disruption on Monday as snow affected power supplies to tube and rail

Yesterday saw widespread disruption on the transport network in Eastlondonlines boroughs as snow covered the capital. Below is our live-blog that was updated throughout the day:   After two days ripe for tobogganing, regular travel in the capital has been left struggling. There were multiple delays on the Tube this…

Travel remains largely undisturbed by snow

Travel remains largely undisturbed by snow

With the ground already icy after a sub-zero night, snow started falling at 9am today in east London. It continued falling steadily throughout the day, as a band of weather which has already caused travel disruption and school closures in the west of the country moved eastward towards the capital.…

Deck the halls with boughs of folly: Christmas in A & E

Deck the halls with boughs of folly: Christmas in A & E

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house”… people were drinking, naturally. It can hardly come as a surprise that the festive period is Britain’s most alcohol-fuelled month. With a subtle blend of office parties, family dinners and catching up with friends all mixed with a good measure…

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

  Two weeks ago more than 10,000 people joined a protest march against the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units. Over 30,000 signatures were handed to Downing Street in a petition on Friday and the debate has even reached a national level with high profile figures such as…

Victoria Cross soldier’s grave discovered in Mile End

Victoria Cross soldier’s grave discovered in Mile End

In a forgotten corner of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, three short wooden posts stand among the rotting autumn leaves. Uneven in height and leaning drunkenly, they are adorned by the red and white plastic tape of construction sites, tattered in places and fluttering gently in the winter breeze. This is…

Grave of Victoria Cross soldier discovered in Mile End

Grave of Victoria Cross soldier discovered in Mile End

A ‘lost’ recipient of the Victoria Cross has been discovered in an unmarked grave in Tower Hamlets. Volunteers at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End uncovered the grave when they were clearing away an area of undergrowth in November. After investigating its identification number, they were surprised to discover…

Black and Asian women to be celebrated in Tower Hamlets

Black and Asian women to be celebrated in Tower Hamlets

  Women of black and Asian origin in Tower Hamlets are to be celebrated with a specially curated exhibition – the first of its kind in the borough. Due to open in 2014, the exhibition will be curated by a trainee recruited specifically for the project, with organisers encouraging people…

Council names secret bidder to run library services

Council names secret bidder to run library services

John Laing Ltd has been named by Croydon Council as the secret bidder chosen to run the borough’s library services. The council have offered the contract to John Laing Ltd following a meeting of the corporate services committee last week, which had to be moved after members of the public…

Public excluded from secret library privatisation

Public excluded from secret library privatisation

The penultimate step in the privatisation of Croydon’s libraries was taken on Wednesday night amid protests from members of the public. The ‘preferred bidder’ was chosen in a secret meeting of the Corporate Services Committee, after councillors had been forced to reconvene elsewhere in the building. Some Croydon residents had…

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