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Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation into Tower Hamlets Council ordered by the local government minister, Eric Pickles, which found fault with its financial management. As the Government sends in commissioners to oversee grant-giving, property deals and electoral administration, Eastlondonlines took to the streets to…

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

In the first of an occasional series of profiles of prospective candidates for local seats in next year’s General Election, Alexandra Rogers meets Charlotte George, the Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Hackney has been a Labour stronghold for all but four years since the borough…

Can indie documentaries change the world?

Can indie documentaries change the world?

A media forum hosted at Goldsmiths University this week informed students about the importance of documentaries in changing the world and how to get involved in making their own films. The forum, which was chaired by Tony Dowmunt, a senior Lecturer in Communications at Goldsmiths, who was joined by two…

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Honor Oak Park has a new café called My Jamii, a not-for-profit social enterprise which trains young people. It is named after the Swahili word for community and it serves as the ethos co-founders Sam Fennell and Zoe Slater are trying to establish locally. Excited about her new project, Slater…

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Investigative journalist Nick Davies has called on the British public to be aware of the power that media moguls have on politicians in the UK in the wake of the Leveson enquiry and the phone hacking scandal. Davies, speaking yesterday at Goldsmiths, said: “The media mogul’s power lies in fear,…

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

With a park on each side and over-looking a canal, Founder is a bright, light, new co-working space in Palmers Road, East London. Waving behind a big glass door stands Samina Raza, 27; she opens the door and gives a warm welcome. A big window is filling out the front…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

According to the Sainsbury’s 2014 Annual Report, it’s local store sales have increased by 19%. As a result of this, the company will have more convenience stores than supermarkets this year. Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said “Consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than focusing…

Meet the Trader: Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Meet the Trader:  Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Just off the frenetic high street of Deptford Market, the Amber Tree Café provides a restorative escape from the crowd with its welcoming open doors and tasty selection of freshly produced food and cakes. Since its opening on 1 September, the Deptford-based café has taken local residents by storm with…

Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

The careers of Masterchef winners take many glamorous forms: cookery books, pop-up restaurants, swanky gastropubs, restaurants in fancy hotels and cookery schools. Massively successful Mexican chain, Wahaca, was founded by a Masterchef champ. Hackney’s own Natalie Coleman was the triumphant chef of last year’s competition. This East London girl is…