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New drop-in sessions to aid budding musicians

New drop-in sessions to aid budding musicians

A new drop-in workshop, where budding musicians and producers can get critical feedback and practical advice on how to launch a career from industry giants, will start in Shoreditch this week. The Starling Sessions, starting Tuesday, are the brainchild of Leanne Page, a professional singer and a lecturer in Events…

Insufficient evidence for charges in voter fraud claims

Insufficient evidence for charges in voter fraud claims

  Police have not found enough evidence of  voting fraud in Tower Hamlets last year to identify suspects or bring prosecution, the Electoral Commission has said. The allegations of fraud related to  the Spitalfields and Bangletown ward by-elections on April 19 and the Weavers ward by-election on May 11 –…

East side tattooist creates “art on a human canvas”

East side tattooist creates “art on a human canvas”

It should have smelt of cigarettes, beer and more cigarettes. It didn’t. The air was crisp, sterile and dangerously clean. The floor was checkered floor, customers sat on a leather couch waiting for their turn as tattoo artists turned to a wall with jars of Vaseline and colours, candy and…

Hunt for authentic Pakistani food in east London

Hunt for authentic Pakistani food in east London

It’s cold. It’s Thursday night.  And it’s time for some good Pakistani comfort food. Mmmm aloo ke parathay, pan-fried flatbread stuffed with potatoes, and chutney. The minute my friend and I pictured the crispy, flaky and ghee-splattered parathas, our mouths started to salivate. But the question was where to go.…

‘India has been jolted into doing something, but for how long?’

‘India has been jolted into doing something, but for how long?’

Right now, all eyes are on India. Everyone wants to know what is going to happen next in the Jyoti Pandey’s rape case. Journalists, residents, activists, students, friends and family of the rape victim are waiting for some justice and serious reform. Too bad no one can get in. On…

Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Dean Smith, a member of Hackney’s Lordship gang has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 31 years in prison for murdering a 22-year-old in Clerkenwell last year. On December 17, Smith of Stoke Newington, was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a 12-week trial of killing Aarron…

Gang members given life for stabbing Catford schoolboy

Gang members given life for stabbing Catford schoolboy

Two men have been sentenced to life  for murdering 17-year-old Lewisham schoolboy Kwame Ofosu-Asare,  who became an innocent victim of south London gang warfare. Nathaniel Okusanya, a 19-year-old Lambeth resident, and Nelson Toju Idiabeta, 18 and living in Camberwell, were found guilty by an Old Bailey jury. They were recommended…

Pregnant woman is stabbed during mini-cab robbery

Pregnant woman is stabbed during mini-cab robbery

A pregnant woman was stabbed in Bethnal Green when she tried to get into a mini-cab as it was being robbed. The woman was attacked as she got into a minicab in Claredale Street, Bethnall Green at around 5:30pm on Tuesday this week. Police have established that the suspect was…

Croydon was most bombed ELL borough shows Blitz map

Croydon was most bombed ELL borough shows Blitz map

The effect of the Blitz on London’s East End has been re-envisioned for the twenty-first century with the creation of a new interactive map. The Bomb Sight project was launched last year by Dr Kate Jones, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Portsmouth, and maps the devastation caused…

‘Lordship Boys’ gang member convicted of murder

‘Lordship Boys’ gang member convicted of murder

A member of Hackney’s ‘Lordship Boys’ gang has been convicted of murdering a man out celebrating his birthday in Clerkenwell. Dean Smith, 26, of Stoke Newington was on Monday found guilty of murdering Aarron McKoy, 22, on New Year’s Day this year. The verdict was returned by a jury at…

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