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#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

One in seven British voters believe housing is among the most important issues in May’s general election. According to a March poll by Ipsos MORI, 14 per cent of voters across the country rank homes as a key issue. In 2010, the figure was as low as five per cent.…

ELLchocfest: Top five unusual chocolate uses

ELLchocfest:  Top five unusual chocolate uses

Chocolate isn’t just for eating, so ELL have compiled five surprising and wacky uses for it; from jazzing up postage stamps to constructing sculptures: Currency Ancient Mayans and Aztecs used cacao beans for currency. They were rare to come by in drier climates, which made them a valuable treasure. Unlike these…

ELLchocfest: Have you ever put chocolate on your face?

ELLchocfest: Have you ever put chocolate on your face?

This Easter, why not put the sweet treats to good use: relax, unwind and bask in the indulgent smells of  chocolate… on your face. Not only is chocolate a delicious delight to satisfy those sugar cravings, it can do wonders for your skin.  According to the good spa guide, the antioxidant concentration…

ELLchocfest: Try this melt–in-the-mouth chocolate truffles recipe

ELLchocfest: Try this melt–in-the-mouth chocolate truffles recipe

You can make delicious chocolates at home, it needn’t be difficult or expensive. Plus, our recipe doesn’t include sugar, so you can kid yourself they’re better for you! Truffles look great lined up with different coatings and are an easy way to impress people, so get your friends and family…

“I know this great place”…London’s quirkiest cafés

“I know this great place”…London’s quirkiest cafés

Within East London, areas such as Shoreditch are often associated with ‘hipsters’, vintage fashion and artists. Its demographic diversity makes the area a fertile ground for culture, music, art and everything up-and-coming. Gentrification in East London has also played a significant role in the area’s development, financially and culturally. Consequently,…

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…

Goldsmiths home to Lewisham’s first Hackathon

  Lewisham’s first Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon, Anvilhack, was hosted at Goldsmiths, in New Cross, on March 21-22, by the universitys’ hacking society, Hacksmiths. A hackathon typically lasts a number of days, usually a weekend, in which attendees collaboratively develop new applications for existing technologies. With the help of MLH, Hacksmiths managed to secure several high profile sponsors from the tech […]

Gavin Roberts: Mental illness is better out than in

Gavin Roberts: Mental illness is better out than in

You can tell Gavin Roberts is the artistic director behind Creative Madness in Song the moment you step into St Mary’s Church in Lewisham. He is prancing around energetically, organising the pre-show rehearsals. He keeps it tight, but not bossy, and that says a lot. He sits down in an…

Grab grub and club at East London’s street food markets

Grab grub and club at East London’s street food markets

Saturday night in East London, and a crowd of hungry pre-clubbers have gathered in a three-storey warehouse on Kingsland Road. Passing through giggling groups of smokers into a darkly lit hallway, I pay £4 at the door and make my way up the eerie staircase towards loud music and Street…