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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…

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…

LIVE Blog: We bring you all the latest travel information on today’s strike, follow us @eastlondonlines #BusStrike

LIVE Blog: We bring you all the latest travel information on today’s strike, follow us @eastlondonlines #BusStrike

24 hour strike begins at 04:00 05/02/2015 94% of routes affected. Unite strike over pay inequality 19:00 - We wish the best of luck to anyone trying to make their way home tonight. Be sure to come back to the site for all the latest news in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham and…

Three 24 hour bus strikes announced throughout the month as dispute over pay inequality continues to rage

Three 24 hour bus strikes announced throughout the month as dispute over pay inequality continues to rage

Three more bus strikes are planned over the next two weeks causing further travel disruptions across London. Unite members are set to walk out again for 24 hours over the dispute on pay inequalities. The strike will affect services from 4am on February 5 as well as night bus services the morning of…

#CharlieHebdo and Street Art in Shoreditch

#CharlieHebdo and Street Art in Shoreditch

Political street art with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie is appearing in Shoreditch, expressing solidarity with satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo,  which was attacked in Paris earlier this month. Artists expressed a range of political statements attached to the hashtag, including freedom of expression, racism, and  gun control. Among them is the artist…

Four fun ways to beat the bulge this January

Four fun ways to beat the bulge this January

The holidays are over, the chocolate boxes are empty and the turkey leftovers have gone, so it’s time to get fit. Eastlondonlines has four inspiring ways to take the boredom out of exercising.   Crossfit   ‘CrossFit London’ in Bethnal Green is only a one-minute walk away from the station.…