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How to: Become a crowdfunded success story

How to: Become a crowdfunded success story

Crowdfunding: an online platform for people to advertise their projects to a virtual community and raise money in exchange for rewards. These can be emotionally draining, challenging and advantageous. It can oscillate between exhilaration and extreme hard work, but it can reap rewards. Tallie Maughan, 32, successfully crowdfunded for Turning…

Ross Burgess’ life of LGBT activism: “Be not afraid”

Ross Burgess’ life of LGBT activism: “Be not afraid”

The work of an activist is never done it seems. Ross Burgess, now 70 years old, has been working to improve the lives of those in the gay and lesbian community for over half a century and still strives for this purpose today. Through his work on the LGBT History…

Dalston Lane’s heritage reaches the end of an age

Dalston Lane’s heritage reaches the end of an age

As London expands and property prices continue to rise, yet more costly private housing spills into the East End, but it won’t be solving London’s housing crisis; instead it’s costing London its heritage and community. Watching from number 58, Dalston Lane, John Wearn witnessed his old shop being torn down,…

Female Genital Mutilation: the power of education

Female Genital Mutilation: the power of education

One summer’s day in the 1980’s was special for Hoda Ali. When she awoke, in the small hours of the morning, she fizzed with excitement. Her stomach swelled with food from her party the night before. Her hair was still coiffed and henna curled around her fingers. Today would be…

Reviving East London’s Gin Craze: the timeless tipple

Reviving East London’s Gin Craze: the timeless tipple

In the last year gin has seen a remarkable rise in popularity to the stage where it is now outselling vodka as the most consumed spirit in Britain. London could make an argument for being the spiritual home of gin but East London’s relationship has not always been as smooth…

The politics of comedy: the art of black humour

The politics of comedy: the art of black humour

There is an Iraqi joke that Barack Obama scolded his intelligence services for knowing less than Iraqis on the whereabouts of IS. His analysts explained that Iraqis had this covert question “shako-mako?” that leads to all answers. Obama decided to challenge his intelligence officers, so he was airdropped into a…

The future of clowning about is no laughing matter

The future of clowning about is no laughing matter

On a frosty Sunday in February the Holy Trinity was overflowing with churchgoers. But these weren’t the normal crowd. A large sunflower bobbed about in the pews. A jolly purple-faced fellow stared blankly at a hymnbook. And amidst the clamour sat a teenager, dressed in spotty red and blue dungarees.…

Flashback to the future with new record store

Flashback to the future with new record store

In between the novelty cafes, not far away from the bars serving cocktails in jam-jars and just down from the artisanal bakeries, another trend is taking root on the streets of Shoreditch. It is no secret that vinyl is now becoming big business, and nowhere is this more the case…

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

“I don’t think we’ll ever get full justice”, Marcia Rigg says. “But I really want to try and make a difference – and for there to be some changes.” Being an activist is something Marcia never planned on. However, following the death of her brother Sean whilst in police custody in…

What does your postcode say about your personality?

What does your postcode say about your personality?

Life satisfaction taken a slump? You might be living in the wrong postcode! It’s no secret that people in the capital face frequent stereotyping. Central Londoners are often perceived to be hostile, while suburban residents are sometimes pigeon-holed as dull. Well, according to new research into the personality types of people…

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