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Five Christmas gift ideas in Hackney’s hidden shops

Five Christmas gift ideas in Hackney’s hidden shops

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Are those two-for-one Sainsbury’s selection boxes looking appealing? Before you resign yourself to giving everyone gift vouchers, EastLondonLines has picked the five best places in Hackney for unusual presents.…

Reading as therapy: the power of the written word for one group

Reading as therapy: the power of the written word for one group

Standing in front of a small audience, a woman clears her throat and apologises for being nervous, before adding: “If you had told me a year ago that I would be up here today reading to all of you, I would have said ‘no way, no way.’” She then began…

Revisiting the riots: Research highlights youth anger at police

Revisiting the riots: Research highlights youth anger at police

A three-month investigation into the causes and consequences of the August riots has concluded that the disturbances occured as aresult of combination of alienated youth and frustration with local policing. The study ”Reading the Riots” was conducted by the London School of Economics in conjunction with the Guardian newspaper. Here,…

Lewisham athlete seeks eBay sponsorship for Olympics

Lewisham athlete seeks eBay sponsorship for Olympics

A Lewisham sprinter is advertising on eBay hoping to secure a £30,000 sponsorship deal to confirm his place in Team GB for the Olympics. James Ellington, 26, has been unable to compete for four years due to an injury, but is now back on top form, running 200m in the…

Review: Brotherhood of the Lake in Croydon

Review: Brotherhood of the Lake in Croydon

You know an underground movement is alive and kicking when a bunch of young bands want to tear a club down to the ground. And they came pretty close to doing that at Scream Lounge in Croydon in a metal melee headlined by the brilliant Brotherhood of the Lake. First…

Prince Abdi brings laughter to Shoreditch this Christmas

Prince Abdi brings laughter to Shoreditch this Christmas

Shoreditch comedian Prince Abdi laughs as he remembers the almost non-existent reaction to his jokes five years ago. “I told the first joke; nothing, so I told the second joke and nothing again. Then I just lost it.” His grin makes it clear that he has moved on from that…

Increase in reported rape statistics: a good thing

Increase in reported rape statistics: a good thing

“Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks”, “Don’t forget: it’s not sex with someone who is asleep or unconscious. It’s rape” and remember “Don’t rape”. These are some of the statements appearing on new cards that have been released by RASASC this week, London’s longest standing rape crisis centre in Croydon.…

November 30: Capturing pickets and kettles across the capital

November 30: Capturing pickets and kettles across the capital

Up to one million people joined rallies around the UK yesterday as a public sector strike over pensions disrupted schools, hospitals, courts and other services. Two-thirds of state schools shut, and thousands of hospital operations were postponed, as unions staged a 24-hour walk out.…

Public sector strikes see 25,000 strong demonstration in London

Public sector strikes see 25,000 strong demonstration in London

Yesterday, 30 unions including Unite, UCU and Unison took to the streets across the UK for a 24-hour public sector strike. Involving up to two million people, the national action became the largest of its kind seen in the country for almost 40 years. Approximately 25,000 people joined the London…

November 30: Map of pickets, rallies, marches and routes

November 30: Map of pickets, rallies, marches and routes

To find out the location of pickets, demos and marches across London as part of the Nov 30 strikes, take a look at our interactive google map below. Click on the placemark for more information on what time people are meeting and who is involved. If you have any details…