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Under The Spell of the Game: Friday Night Magic

Under The Spell of the Game: Friday Night Magic

It is Friday evening in a pub in Croydon town centre. Music blares from speakers and mirrored balls rotate green and red laser pinpoints around the half full room. Either side of a long table a dozen or so young men, and one woman, shuffle intently through hands of cards.…

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Mete Coban, a 21-year old politics student raised on Amhurst Road, has been elected as Ward Councillor to the Hackney Council, making him the borough’s youngest councillor in history. Coban represents the Labour party, and was voted in along with Susan Fajana-Thomas and Louisa Thompson for the Stoke Newington Ward.…

Skunkworks: Stop by for a legal high

Skunkworks: Stop by for a legal high

What could you possibly find in a small shop covered with shocking green paint and street graffiti? A newly open shop in New Cross adds another peculiar novelty to the vibrant area, welcoming students, little old ladies and, well, the police. This is what was once know as a ‘head…

A little shop of horrors – a bigger museum of curiosities

A little shop of horrors – a bigger museum of curiosities

“Two headed babies, 16th century engravings, a giant anteater skeleton, a jellyfish aquarium, a huge coral reef aquarium, a casket containing some of the original darkness Moses called down upon earth….” Vikor Wynd is describing the items he has amassed in his curiosities collection, many of which were once on…

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

Summer is finally here, and even though the British weather has not yet reached its full potential many students are now either on holiday or choosing to write their course work or dissertations in areas other than New Cross. Summer term commenced on 28 April, and for many lucky students…

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Brick Lane in Shoreditch is known for its artistic vibe, with art galleries, alternative cafés, restaurants and clubs playing loud music. It’s an area where people gather after drinking and trouble is likely to happen.  Last month, Chris Smith of the Green Party suggested using classical music as a way…

Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Uncle Wrinkle, a Chinese restaurant on New Cross Road, is a platform for the work of owner and local potter, Siu Kwan Wang. Wang honed her pottery skills in China and Japan, and used to be an assistant to Julian Stair, an acclaimed academic and potter. Wang has a studio in…

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Contemporary art has long been a vehicle used to highlight various social issues that effect society. On the graffiti covered walls that surround Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street Station, organisers of the Save the Bees Project are using large-scale murals to draw attention to the future of bees. The…

Fancy a haircut with a side of bibimbap?

Fancy a haircut with a side of bibimbap?

“Are you here for a haircut? Pick up a chalk and write your name on the blackboard. Blue’s for men, pink for girls,” a hairdresser explained as I entered from the café to the hip and minimal hair salon. A true pioneer of modern out-of-the-box establishments, Hurwundeki is a combination…

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

As the weather gets warmer, so does the debate surrounding the brutalist Balfron Tower. The listed building is due a makeover, and permanent residents are being ‘decanted’ before works begin. Meanwhile, a housing scheme run by the Bow Arts Trust offers artists temporary residence in the emptied flats until renovation starts.…