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The Vibe Bar closes: a sign of the times?

The Vibe Bar closes: a sign of the times?

The Vibe Bar, renowned in Brick Lane for its concerts and parties is closing down after twenty years. Allan Miller, the owner of the bar, posted a heartfelt message on its Facebook page announcing the closure, noting increased issues with acquiring Temporary Event Notices that allow the bar to be open after 1…

Co-working: London’s new way of doing business

Co-working: London’s new way of doing business

They are everywhere; one for the tech types; one for the fashion industry; one for entrepreneurs, it’s a new boom in London and it’s called co-working. Before 2009 there was almost no co-working offices in London, now in 2014, there are over 40 co-working offices in just East London. In…

Can indie documentaries change the world?

Can indie documentaries change the world?

A media forum hosted at Goldsmiths University this week informed students about the importance of documentaries in changing the world and how to get involved in making their own films. The forum, which was chaired by Tony Dowmunt, a senior Lecturer in Communications at Goldsmiths, who was joined by two…

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Honor Oak Park has a new café called My Jamii, a not-for-profit social enterprise which trains young people. It is named after the Swahili word for community and it serves as the ethos co-founders Sam Fennell and Zoe Slater are trying to establish locally. Excited about her new project, Slater…

Hackney Flashers, feminism and art forty years on

Hackney Flashers, feminism and art forty years on

Forty years ago the feminist movement was in full swing trying to change women’s unrecognised status at home and at work, while men were still dominating in social, economic and political fields. In 1974 a group of women formed the Hackney Flashers, a collective that produced feminist agitprop (agitation propaganda)…

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Investigative journalist Nick Davies has called on the British public to be aware of the power that media moguls have on politicians in the UK in the wake of the Leveson enquiry and the phone hacking scandal. Davies, speaking yesterday at Goldsmiths, said: “The media mogul’s power lies in fear,…

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

With a park on each side and over-looking a canal, Founder is a bright, light, new co-working space in Palmers Road, East London. Waving behind a big glass door stands Samina Raza, 27; she opens the door and gives a warm welcome. A big window is filling out the front…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

According to the Sainsbury’s 2014 Annual Report, it’s local store sales have increased by 19%. As a result of this, the company will have more convenience stores than supermarkets this year. Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said “Consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than focusing…

Meet the Trader: Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Meet the Trader:  Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Just off the frenetic high street of Deptford Market, the Amber Tree Café provides a restorative escape from the crowd with its welcoming open doors and tasty selection of freshly produced food and cakes. Since its opening on 1 September, the Deptford-based café has taken local residents by storm with…

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