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Chris Syrus: mentor, musician and role model

Chris Syrus: mentor, musician and role model

  I can already hear the music as I arrive. It bleeds through the soundproof door of the studio: heavy base, staccato lyrics, and a haunting melody. Chris Syrus, 33, is a mentor, musician, poet, businessman and the 2012 recipient of the Croydon ‘Top Role Model’ award. His CV is…

Honorary fellowship for Placebo vocalist Brian Molko

Honorary fellowship for Placebo vocalist Brian Molko

Goldsmiths alumni and lead singer for the rock band “Placebo”, Brian Molko was given an honorary fellowship award in a ceremony on Wednesday. Molko, who studied Theatre and Dramatic Arts at Goldsmiths, graduated in 1993 and went on to form “Placebo” with Secondary school friend Stefan Olsdau. As lead singer,…

Police use Christmas cards to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police use Christmas cards to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police in Tower Hamlets are tackling anti-social behaviour by sending out stern warnings in Christmas cards over the holiday period. Young people identified as potentially likely to exhibit anti-social behaviour have been sent cards labeled with a statement in bold red explaining that there is a mandatory prison term associated…

Ownership of ‘Old Flo’ challenged

Ownership of ‘Old Flo’ challenged

  Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for the arts, has launched a legal challenge against Tower Hamlet’s decision to sell the Henry Moore statue dubbed “Old Flo”. Law firm Farrer & Co., acting on Art Fund’s behalf claims that the London Residuary Body owns the statue, not Tower Hamlets Council. The…

Tower Hamlets’ annual tea dance comes around

Tower Hamlets’ annual tea dance comes around

Tower Hamlets’ older residents will be hitting the dancefloor once again this festive season as the popular annual Tea Dance event returns to the borough. The December 12 event, organized by the council’s arts and events team, will be taking place at the Brady Arts Centre in Hanbury Street. The…

Hoxton music hall raises curtain on £1.8m grant

Hoxton music hall raises curtain on £1.8m grant

  The Hoxton Hall has received a grant of £1.8m that will enable the historic Grade II listed building to become a youth centre, theatre and heritage tourist destination. The grant comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will provide the necessary funds to refurbish the original 149-year-old building, and…

Week of events for campaign against abuse of women

Week of events for campaign against abuse of women

In a bid to increase awareness of domestic violence, Lewisham council and White Ribbon Campaign are hosting a series of events this week. The week concludes on November 25, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. Founded in Canada in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign uses the…

Creative capital: Hackney’s Tech City expected to become driving force of London economy by 2017

Creative capital: Hackney’s Tech City expected to become driving force of London economy by 2017

Tech and creative companies based around Shoreditch and Hoxton will become the driving force of London’s economy over the next five years according to a new report. The findings place east London as the new centre of growth in the capital, with employment in Hackney and other eastern boroughs expected…

Number of brothels have halved in past eight years

Number of brothels have halved in past eight years

Brothel numbers in Croydon have fallen by 60 per cent since 2004, according to a local anti-trafficking organisation. Peter Cox, chair of Croydon Community Against Trafficking said that the statistics come from research carried out this year. “We pretended to be punters and ascertained how many dubious establishments were operating…

Lewisham app helps to clean up Jamaican streets

Lewisham app helps to clean up Jamaican streets

An environmental app developed in Lewisham has grabbed the attention of the Mayor of Kingston, Jamaica. The app, Love Clean Streets, lets users take pictures of environmental problems, like abandoned cars, and report them to their local authority. It was so successful that it’s now in use across the UK.…

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