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Mixed views on ‘Isles of Wonder’ plan for Olympic opening

Mixed views on ‘Isles of Wonder’ plan for Olympic opening

Film director Danny Boyle this week unveiled his  dramatic vision for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, now just 41 days away.  As artistic director for the event, he plans to turn the stadium into a gigantic “green and pleasant land’ complete with 70 sheep, real grass and…

Dogs really are our best friends, according to a new study

Dogs really are our best friends, according to a new study

Dog owners and psychologists agree that dogs are capable of expressing empathy, and maybe this new evidence, from Goldsmiths, University of London, really does prove that dogs can be man’s best friend.…

Mogees:how to make sweet music from almost anything

Mogees:how to make sweet music from almost anything

Imagine you are waiting for a bus and instead of wasting time on your smartphone updating your Facebook status with trivial details, you plug yourself into an innovative musical device that allows you to compose a tune right there and then out of anything from a window to a tree.…

Brick Lane jewellery – handmade with love and healing crystals

Brick Lane jewellery – handmade with love and healing crystals

The Sunday market on Brick Lane in Shoreditch is bursting with creative energy. Every week, this vibrant part on London swarms with a diverse crowd of traders, avid collectors and intrigued shoppers as the surrounding warehouses are transformed into vintage wonderlands and world food markets.…

Jewellery in Brick Lane – made with love and healing crystals

Jewellery in Brick Lane – made with love and healing crystals

  The Sunday market on Brick Lane in Shoreditch is bursting with creative energy. Every week, this vibrant part on London swarms with a diverse crowd of traders, avid collectors and intrigued shoppers as the surrounding warehouses are transformed into vintage wonderlands and world food markets. Each Sunday over 100…

What happened on Field Day, Victoria Park

What happened on Field Day, Victoria Park

A sea of denim jackets (of which I was also guilty of having donned) short shorts and asymmetrical hair could only mean one thing – Field Day, East London’s hippest music festival, was back for it’s fifth year. With a Waltzer, helter skelter, hay bales and swings, Field Day proved its…

A peaceful Departure from the busy Commercial Road

A peaceful Departure from the busy Commercial Road

First impressions of the ‘Departure’, as you walk through the tall glass doors, are that it’s some kind of converted library. Books are stacked upon shelves, weird and wonderful instruments cover the walls (including a battered vintage acoustic guitar and what looks like an exotic harp of some sort) and…

The Jubilee: national pride or just an excuse for a big party?

The Jubilee: national pride or just an excuse for a big party?

It’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee- are you excited? HRH- – hopes the celebration will install a local sense of:  “togetherness, strength of family, friendship, and good neighbourliness.” In the warm up for the Olympics, is the Jubilee about national and local pride, or are you just happy for an extra…

Nominations open for Design Awards 2012

Nominations open for Design Awards 2012

Nominations are now open for Hackney’s Design Awards, celebrating innovative architecture and design in the borough.…

Annabel & Boris- Greys for Diamond Jubilee Royal Escort

Annabel & Boris- Greys for Diamond Jubilee Royal Escort

He’s 18 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, has a mop of long grey hair and a very long nose, will be escorting the Royal Carriage Process…