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Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Uncle Wrinkle, a Chinese restaurant on New Cross Road, is a platform for the work of owner and local potter, Siu Kwan Wang. Wang honed her pottery skills in China and Japan, and used to be an assistant to Julian Stair, an acclaimed academic and potter. Wang has a studio in…

John Hamilton: People, profit and action in Lewisham

John Hamilton: People, profit and action in Lewisham

  On Friday morning, John Hamilton built a house. On Friday afternoon, Lewisham council knocked it down. Hamilton and his comrades were trying to shame the council over not building houses for Lewisham’s 400 families in temporary accommodation onseven-year-old derelict land.So they did it themselves – by building one prefabricated,…

‘Lives Not Knives’ helps tackle youth crime in Croydon

‘Lives Not Knives’ helps tackle youth crime in Croydon

  ‘Youth Crime in Croydon’ and ‘Croydon Knife Crime’ are headlines that are sadly never far from the front pages. But there are people like Eliza Rebeiro who are fighting to ensure that the young people of Croydon hit the headlines for the right reasons. Through the charity Lives Not…

Who Wants My Vote? Mayoral Candidates for Hackney 2014

Who Wants My Vote? Mayoral Candidates for Hackney 2014

The Mayoral elections are fast approaching on 22nd May. Given the amount of power that the Mayor will have in Hackney, here at East London Lines we think that it’s important that you know who you’re voting for. Below are all the candidates running for Mayor of Hackney. They want…

Introducing Lewisham’s Mayoral Candidates

Introducing Lewisham’s Mayoral Candidates

Given the amount of power that the Mayor will have in Lewisham, here at East London Lines we think that it’s important that you know who you’re voting for. Below are all the candidates running for Mayor of Lewisham. They want your vote and as soon as they tell us…

John Biggs: Tower Hamlets Labour mayoral candidate

John Biggs:  Tower Hamlets Labour mayoral candidate

John Biggs is a seasoned hand at facing political rivals and press alike. He led Tower Hamlets Council during the 1990s and went on to torment London mayor Boris Johnson at the London assembly. In the headquarters of the party in Tower Hamlets, Labour’s candidate for mayor explains his vision…

Dan Jones: nursery rhyme collector extraordinaire

Dan Jones: nursery rhyme collector extraordinaire

Dozens of masks line the walls of Dan Jones’ kitchen, occupying all the empty space over the fireplace, the cupboards and his greenly-lit aquarium. Collectors often don’t realise how obvious their pursuits are – while we talk, this white-bearded man feels compelled to point at the multicoloured memorabilia hanging behind…

Jeff Lowe: Lord of sculpture on art and community

Jeff Lowe: Lord of sculpture on art and community

Referred to by his neighbours as “Lord Havelock”, Sculptor Jeff Lowe has become a public idol and sturdy businessman within south London’s art community. Part-benefactor and part-landlord, he is a father to his two children as well as a community of local artists. Lowe is smartly dressed in jeans and…

Out & proud: the myths around same-sex marriage

Out & proud: the myths around same-sex marriage

Today, the Same Sex Couples Act 2013 comes into effect. To mark the date, ELL talks to one of the first couples to tie the knot in London, about the myths of the same-sex marriage.  Can you imagine a life without the prospect of marriage? At first thought, the answer…

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

She arrives smiley and enthusiastic on her bike, proudly holding the big keys of St John On Bethnal Green church. The show, called Non-Sterile, is Linda Toigo’s first exhibition, the result of over two years’ hard work. Toigo’s art varies from graphic design to paper engineering, covering illustration for books and…