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Save Lewisham Hospital GP runs for Euro Parliament

Save Lewisham Hospital GP runs for Euro Parliament

She made a name for herself campaigning to save Lewisham A&E, but she is perhaps better known to the people of Lewisham as a friendly face at Amersham Vale doctor’s surgery. Now, having worked as a GP in the area for over 20 years, Dr Louise Irvine is turning her…

Croydon man travels Africa using public transport

Croydon man travels Africa using public transport

Ian Packham, now 30, spent his whole life in Croydon. Two years ago he decided to leave his job as a scientist to explore Africa, and in doing so, successfully completed the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of the continent by public transport. Packham trekked 25,000 miles in 13 months,…

Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year?

Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year according to psychologist and academic Cliff Arnall. To beat the Monday blues, Mental Health Research UK has launched a blooming Monday campaign, which encourages people to wear bright and radiant colours in efforts to raise their spirits. East London Lines took to streets of […]

Croydon residents talk about the new 20mph scheme

A scheme that will see speed limits go down to 20 mph is being piloted on six roads across Croydon: ELL spoke to residents of Croydon to get their opinion on the plans. The Council has taken the initiative in an attempt to make pupils safer and will benefit schools by reducing speeds at the beginning […]

Vox Pop: ELL talk to residents about the obesity crisis

Vox Pop: ELL talk to residents about the obesity crisis

According to a recent report from the National Obesity Forum, more than 50 per cent of the United Kingdom population is predicted to be obese by the year 2050, something that will cost the government north of £50 billion. EastLondonLine reporters took to the streets in New Cross, asking locals…

Vox pop: 1 in 6 would cancel Christmas – would you?

Vox pop: 1 in 6 would cancel Christmas – would you?

With the final countdown to Christmas now upon us, as most people are making their final preparations for what should be a joyous day, not all Britons are as excited about the celebration. One in six people would cancel Christmas altogether while one out of five say they don’t like…

The gift of giving: ELL’s guide to Xmas volunteering

The gift of giving: ELL’s guide to Xmas volunteering

How can you volunteer for a food bank or a homeless charity this Christmas and help those in need locally? ELL explains…. With Christmas fast approaching most people will be worrying about what to buy loved ones or struggle to choose between roast turkey or beef at the annual office get-together.…

Exclusive interview: Rough Copy speaks to ELL

Exclusive interview: Rough Copy speaks to ELL

In an exclusive interview after their elimination from the X Factor, Croydon’s Rough Copy spoke to EastLondonLines about the competition, their hometown and following dreams. Rough Copy came together five years ago when bandmates Joey Thomas, Kazeem Ajobe and Sterling Ramsey met by “fate” at separate talent competitions. Since then,…

Concretopia: to Space Age Croydon and beyond

Concretopia: to Space Age Croydon and beyond

John Grindrod speaks to ELL about ‘Concretopia’, his latest book on ‘Space Age’ post-war architecture, 1945 – 1979. “I love how Space Age Croydon is,” says Grindrod. “When I was a kid I wanted to be a robot, I was completely obsessed with the Sci-fi programmes of the seventies and…

Birdie Num Nums: sisters keeping it in the family

Birdie Num Nums: sisters keeping it in the family

Two young sisters accomplished their dream of opening up their own café in New Cross last week, with a helping hand from family and friends. ELL headed down to find out more. Sevjan Melissa, 28, and Akjen Havali, 35, have taken over their uncle’s old shop on Lewisham Way and…