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Harry and Amelia are top baby names of 2011

Harry and Amelia are top baby names of 2011

Harry and Amelia were the most popular baby names of 2011, according to data announced at University Hospital Lewisham. The Office for National Statistics revealed 7,523 children in England and Wales were named Harry, while 5,054 were called Amelia. Perhaps down to the popularity of Prince Harry, Harry Potter or…

Deptford schoolgirl steals the limelight at opening ceremony

Deptford schoolgirl steals the limelight at opening ceremony

A Deptford schoolgirl and pupil at Croydon’s BRIT school has achieved overnight fame after she starred in the internet tribute section of  Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony extravaganza. Jasmine Breinburg, 18, played the part of a young girl who loses her phone on a night out and is tracked down…

With the Games well underway, what do Londoners think?

With the Games well underway, what do Londoners think?

The opening Olympic ceremony attracted a global audience of one billion, and a staggering 27 million UK viewers. So with the city being so immersed in sport, which Olympic sports are people watching? Are Londoners enjoying the games? And how much time are people spending watching the Olympics?…

Haggerston Park crowd share views on Opening Ceremony

Haggerston Park crowd share views on Opening Ceremony

 While an estimated billion people tuned in to see Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday night, several thousand made their way to Haggerston Park in Hackney to watch it on the big screen. Armed with picnic blankets and umbrellla, groups of family and friends settled on the grass to watch what…

Nothing hackneyed about Maud of Maud in Cahoots

Nothing hackneyed about Maud of Maud in Cahoots

Yoko Ono glasses, an oversized denim shirt and dip-dyed hair: when I first meet Maud Reardon, front woman of up-and-coming band Maud in Cahoots, she seems to fit the ‘East-End-muso’ mould to a tee. With the cool-girl styling and a confident gait, she looks totally at home among the other…

Lewisham fights to save its declining pubs

Lewisham fights to save its declining pubs

More than a third of Lewisham’s pubs have disappeared in  the past decade, according to a new report released by the borough council. Sydenham ward Councillor Liam Curran is now campaigning for a change to local planning permission to save pubs for future generations. The report, which was released at the councils Sustainable…

Mind, Body and Spirit: Delving Deeper on Old Ford Road

Mind, Body and Spirit: Delving Deeper on Old Ford Road

  Transcendental experience is the last thing one would associate with the busy Old Ford Road in London’s Bethnal Green. Home to a lively and thriving community, it is known for heavy traffic, schools and charity shops rather than higher levels of consciousness. The Yoganesh centre, towards the Cambridge Heath…

A ten dollar makes the bill for Whitechapel author

A ten dollar makes the bill for Whitechapel author

“Random is good” is the message from Whitechapel resident and author, Steve Boggan’s new book ‘Follow the Money’, which features as Radio 4’s Book of the Week from Monday.…

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

  When Croydon was hit by riots last year, dozens of local families who had lost their homes to arson found themselves living on the streets. Local homelessness charity Nightwatch was well equipped to offer assistance after having run resettlement programmes for more than ten years. While the council found…

Your view: After the rate fixing scandal, do you trust the banks?

Your view: After the rate fixing scandal, do you trust the banks?

As concern continues about the activities of banks in both the run up to the credit crunch and the fixing of interest rates, MP’s on the Treasury Committee are today questioning Paul Tucker, the deputy governor of the Bank of England.…