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Could abstinence be the answer for sex education in Lewisham?

Could abstinence be the answer for sex education in Lewisham?

A way to tackle teenage pregnancy in Lewisham is to teach young boys and girls abstinence education along side sex and relationship education from an early age. This is the view expressed by Darna Sepaul, Manager of Woodpecker Youth Centre in Lewisham who will help run the ‘Say NO to…

Higher education and the great computing dilemma

Higher education and the great computing dilemma

Aaron Lee investigates why university computing courses are failing to produce skilled graduates.…

There’s some very fishy business in Bethnal Green…

There’s some very fishy business in Bethnal Green…

The big white sign does not give much away. Tucked in between a dry-cleaners and an off-licence, this place is easy to miss amongst the buzz of Bethnal Green Road. But as you enter the front door, a sense of underwater life unfolds, with an aquatic atmosphere far away from the…

The Viagra of the Thames: jellied eels to lure your lover

The Viagra of the Thames: jellied eels to lure your lover

“They’re the Viagra of the Thames,” said a fishmonger at Billingsgate market, pointing to his dejected school of jellied eels. Slimy, silver coils glazed in what looked like wallpaper paste; they did not seem immediately passion inciting.…

Your Valentine’s songs, your stories [Music]

Your Valentine’s songs, your stories [Music]

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. Whether you’re in for a romantic evening or still adrift in the sea of singletons, we’ve all got a piece of music that expresses how we feel about love. This year, with the help of EastLondonLines users, we have collected a series of…

Living rooms play host to secret gigs for upcoming indie artists

Living rooms play host to secret gigs for upcoming indie artists

Among rows of flats that all look the same, there is the door numbered 47. On entering, I hear loud chattering among almost a hundred people present in the living room. An American in a bowler hat pleads: “Please guys, no talking. God, I feel like a teacher.” Rafe Offer,…

Mental health cuts leave Lewisham parents in the dark

Mental health cuts leave Lewisham parents in the dark

Sam, 39, from Bromley, is a mother of two, and has been a user of Lewisham’s Parent Support Group for over a year. While waiting for her weekly counselling session, she talks anxiously about her 15-year-old daughter, who has run away from home for the fourth time. Sam also has…

Crochet is cool, backstitch is back, embroidery is en vogue

Crochet is cool, backstitch is back, embroidery is en vogue

Crochet is cool, backstitch is back and embroidery is en vogue– so you had better get yourself up to speed. EastLondonLines spoke to Claire-Louise Hardie, aka the Thrifty Stitcher, who for two years has run sewing classes for beginners and upwards from her studio in Shelford Place, Stoke Newington.…

Journalists and academics debate Hackgate and media reform

Journalists and academics debate Hackgate and media reform

The east London campus of Coventry University hosted a debate about “crisis in journalism” on Tuesday to celebrate the publication of the first book about the phone-hacking scandal. The debate included discussion about the responsible use of social media as well as the “lazy” nature of phone hacking.…

Going underground: Speakeasies are all the rage in the east end

Going underground: Speakeasies are all the rage in the east end

Slip down a side alley off Tower Hamlet’s Bishopgate and you’ll find yourself outside a brightly lit, ’80s themed brunch cafe. Enter, casually, and approach the counter. When asked for your order simply state: “I’m here to see the Mayor.” If all goes to plan, you will be directed to…