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Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

As a worldwide audience watched the spectacular opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Wednesday 23, torch bearer Emdad Rahman was home with his wife and three children in Barking having made a special solo trip to Glasgow on Monday to run 300 metres with the Queen’s Baton. Rahman, 38, a…

Singer Dolly Parton inspires young readers in Hackney

Singer Dolly Parton inspires young readers in Hackney

As Dolly Parton prepared for her Glastonbury debut last month, the legendary singer formed a new partnership to give free books to children on a Hackney housing estate. The Pembury Estate, part of the Peabody Housing Association, has joined Dolly’s ‘Imagination Library,’ which has registered 28,413 British children under five…

Silently watching Brazil’s defeat, so far from home

Silently watching Brazil’s defeat, so far from home

Daniela Paiva, a Brazilian journalist shocked her friends at her decision to come to London to study and work for EastLondonLines during the country’s World Cup. Here, she describes her emotions as she watched Brazil’s historic 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final on Tuesday night.   I arrived at…

Norbury designer’s success at Lewisham People’s Day

Norbury designer’s success at Lewisham People’s Day

A lazy afternoon is the perfect time for an interview with Norbury-based designer and stylist Kelly-Jade Nicholls following a busy, yet successful morning at Lewisham People’s Day. Nicholls has already accomplished a great deal at the age of 27, including winning the Tyler Media Youth Award (now known as the…

Meet the Trader: Exmouth Coffee Company

Meet the Trader: Exmouth Coffee Company

An anonymous-looking café with no sign is using the smell of roasting coffee and a window display of cakes to entice customers through the doors. The Exmouth Coffee Company is next to the Whitechapel Gallery and successfully relies on the attractive display of food in the large window to speak…

Dancing on Wheels: Using a wheelchair in London

Dancing on Wheels: Using a wheelchair in London

Sitting in the back of Laura Dajao’s car, we struggle to find a disabled parking spot on a sunny Saturday morning in Hackney. She drives around in circles before finding a one.  She parks, and gets out of the car, doing her usual routine of getting herself onto her wheelchair.…

Local wi-fi pioneer provides free public Internet access

Local wi-fi pioneer provides free public Internet access

Before wi-fi was available everywhere from the underground to McDonald’s, residents of Deptford and Greenwich had free access to the Internet thanks to local network guru James Stevens. James lives in Deptford and is the founder of technology company SPC.   In 2001 after several web related jobs, including working…

Bookartbookshop: successful bookselling turns to art

Bookartbookshop: successful bookselling turns to art

A third of independent British bookstores have shut down in the past ten years, but Bookartbookshop proves that niche markets and alternative business models can still thrive. The bright red shop is on the corner of Pitfield Street, in Shoreditch and stocks a quirky selection of limited editions and artists’…

David Maseyk: The Gentleman’s Entrepreneur

David Maseyk: The Gentleman’s Entrepreneur

    The Valet is a storefront that stands out. Its facade all chocolate brown and cream, the classic palette of a gentleman’s grooming parlour. Posters proclaiming it the winner of the South London Business Awards 2012 are confidently pasted to every window; a glimpse around them reveals oak, dark…

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Mete Coban, a 21-year old politics student raised on Amhurst Road, has been elected as Ward Councillor to the Hackney Council, making him the borough’s youngest councillor in history. Coban represents the Labour party, and was voted in along with Susan Fajana-Thomas and Louisa Thompson for the Stoke Newington Ward.…

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