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Smut, grand pianos, and the Underground: comic Adam Kay

Smut, grand pianos, and the Underground: comic Adam Kay

It has been 7 years since Adam Kay reached that rather unusual crossroad where he was forced to choose between becoming a consultant following his medical degree at Imperial College, and another, slightly riskier option – capitalising on the success he had achieved in the London comedy circuits as one…

‘Hungry’ East Londoners will dance for their supper in TV finals

‘Hungry’ East Londoners will dance for their supper in TV finals

Viewers have voted east London dance group Unity UK through to the live finals of Sky1’s Got to Dance next week. The grime and street hip-hop crew was one of the last two acts to make it to the finals, joining 11-12 year old street crew Kazzum for a chance…

Dance group reach semi-finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance

Dance group reach semi-finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance

A dance group who pride themselves on representing east London will perform live for the public vote on Sky 1’s Got to Dance semi-finals this Sunday.…

A cut throat profession: the dying art of sword swallowing

A cut throat profession: the dying art of sword swallowing

Most people won’t be surprised to hear that sword swallowing is a dying art. But for the daring few who make a living from it, this Friday is a chance to show the world that there’s more to this cut-throat profession than meets the eye.…

Tributes paid to BRIT Trust fundraiser

Tributes paid to BRIT Trust fundraiser

Tributes have been paid to a music industry executive who helped raise millions of pounds for good causes, including the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.…

Artistry in ink: new tattooist makes his mark on Croydon

Artistry in ink: new tattooist makes his mark on Croydon

The decision to have a tattoo can bring on sweat and tears before anything is touched with the needle. It is a permanent fixture, so it must be perfect.…

Woodberry Down: bright future, visible social divide

Woodberry Down: bright future, visible social divide

On Hackney’s Woodberry Down estate, old grey Soviet style blocks mix with the brown brickwork characteristic of post-war council housing. But on the west side of Woodberry Grove, three bedroom flats are sold for £700k.…

Tools: beautiful maps, antique dolls and… science posters?

Tools: beautiful maps, antique dolls and… science posters?

Giant, vibrantly coloured maps cover the shop window, while a retro-looking bicycle quietly awaits the next customer inside, leaning over a tall chair and a black pair of shoes. The small, intimate space blends perfectly with the bohemian east London vibe, but contrasts heavily with the grayness of the area.…

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.…