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Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

A woman from Thornton Heath has been nominated for a Black British Business Award in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics category, for her work on diversity. Rashada Harry launched social enterprise, Your Future Your Ambition, in 2012 with her business partner Tunji Akintokun, which aims to encourage people from…

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

“Everything started in a shoebox”, remembers Lennie Lee, when we meet at his multi-coloured, rainbow of a house in Dalston. The building is home, not just to him, but to an art collection of more than 5,000 pieces. Lee, now 56, began drawing, painting and collecting underground, counterculture art almost 40…

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

A Croydon schoolgirl who suffers from both learning and physical disabilities has been chosen to represent England in an international martial arts tournament. Georgia Stanley, 14, of South Norwood will fight at the Commonwealth Poomsae Championships  in Edinburgh this November. The sport combines the the moves and choreography of the martial…

Wapping Market: for street food with view

Wapping Market: for street food with view

The non-stop opening of new street markets this summer is certainly a delicious phenomenon. In fact, both visitors and food producers seem to be enjoying different options and styles of fairs to choose from. Eastlondonlines hit Tower Hamlets to tell you all about the new Wapping Market. Launched on June…

Two Croydon women create haven for vulnerable girls

Two Croydon women create haven for vulnerable girls

Sherica Spence, 28, and Natasha Boxill, 32, are the driving forces behind Skye Alexandra House, a house for teenage girls. Passionate about helping the self-development of young vulnerable girls and preparing them for adulthood, the two Croydon women have transformed an abandoned house in South Norwood into a semi-independent living home…

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 July 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 local…

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…