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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…

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…

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…

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

A woman from Hackney has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to run 15 marathons in 15 months. Kerry Whitney – a receptionist at a school for children with special needs in Hackney – was inspired to undergo the challenge by the children she sees every day. Speaking to…