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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.…

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

Summer is finally here, and even though the British weather has not yet reached its full potential many students are now either on holiday or choosing to write their course work or dissertations in areas other than New Cross. Summer term commenced on 28 April, and for many lucky students…

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…