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What Christmas means to me: Jazmin Kopotsha

What Christmas means to me: Jazmin Kopotsha

  Christmas means many different things to different people. Over the next three weeks, Eastlondonlines will be asking a number of local people to describe their feelings about the festive season. The series begins with ELL reporter, Jazmin Kopotsha, whose childhood love of the season still lingers….   Being excited about…

Ofsted’s ‘good’ Jewish school: no internet, no evolution

Ofsted’s ‘good’ Jewish school: no internet, no evolution

Alice Harrold reports on controversial Jewish school in Hackney which excludes topics from its curriculum which are “not in line with” the Orthodox ethos such as internet-use, the theory of evolution and sexual health and well-being. When Yesodey Hatorah’s £14 million campus for senior girls opened in 2005, the celebrated event was…

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Leading radical academic and feminist Professor Angela Davis, visited Goldsmiths, from which she holds an honorary degree, last week for the renaming of a building in honour of the late Stuart Hall. She talked to Alice Harrold and Olivia Blair.  Angela Davis has had a long journey from a childhood in segregated…

Four new ways for London to solve it’s housing crisis

Four new ways for London to solve it’s housing crisis

Can London accommodate a fairer, more affordable rental market as one of the fastest growing cities in the world? Eastlondonlines looks at how private renting is managed and limited in other metropolitan cities . The rental market has been extensively grim for London tenants. In recent years the regeneration of…

Seas of red: what the poppies mean to me

Seas of red: what the poppies mean to me

Three members of my family saw action in two World Wars across two generations. One great grandfather was a driver in the army in France and Belgium and the other was a deep-sea diver in the Navy, while my great great grandfather was a bandsman. No one spoke about their…

Profiler reveals Milwall fan’s love of Strictly and more

Profiler reveals Milwall fan’s love of Strictly and more

Last week market research company YouGov released the ultimate time-wasting, work-avoiding procrastination tool: the YouGov profiler. The tool allows you to input “any brand, person or thing”. Details of the “typical fan” are then displayed. The results start with the “demographics page” which lists the supposed age, location, career and…

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

Owen Jones admits that he never intended to be a writer. Yet since he graduated from Oxford in 2005, he has produced two books, “Chavs” and “The Establishment”, that to some has made him the spokesperson of Generation Y. And for Russell Brand – that other vociferous anti-establishment figure –…

Are man-made men the way to find east London love?

Are man-made men the way to find east London love?

Finding true love in the metropolis is no easy feat and it is little wonder many Londoners now use online dating to try to find their heart’s desire. However, the most widely used online dating site in the world, match.com, has found a novel way to give a helping hand…

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Last year she was named “Young Star” at The Women of the Future Awards. Since then she has climbed Mount Snowdon, been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2014 and spent another year developing her widely renowned organisation, Lives Not Knives. At 21 years old, Eliza Rebeiro has…

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation into Tower Hamlets Council ordered by the local government minister, Eric Pickles, which found fault with its financial management. As the Government sends in commissioners to oversee grant-giving, property deals and electoral administration, Eastlondonlines took to the streets to…