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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…

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

In a response to an “excessive workload, unfair pay and changes to pensions”, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will be taking industrial action by going on strike this Wednesday. EastLondonLines took to the streets in New Cross, asking local parents how and if they will be affected.    Claire…

JoggBox: Health food and fitness info delivered by post

JoggBox: Health food and fitness info delivered by post

You can’t beat the feeling of receiving a package filled with goodies in the mail, so it’s no wonder start-ups are turning from the inbox to the mailbox. Unsurprisingly, the subscription economy is becoming the business model du jour. Services such as BirchBox and GlossyBox, where subscribers receive a monthly…

Women of the East End: Mary Wollstonecraft

Women of the East End: Mary Wollstonecraft

In the second of a series on influential women from East London in celebration of Women’s History Month, ELL revisits the life and works of writer, philosopher and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. The extraordinary life of Mary Wollstonecraft has left a curious legacy; her revolutionary writings are often overshadowed by…

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Dalston restaurant Merci Marie is hosting an international pop-up inspired by the Jules Verne’s cult novel Around the World in 80 days. The event, held at Fitzroy House, Abbot Street, this evening will include delicacies from across the globe with a French twist. Head-chef Marie Gonford says: “The idea was to…

East End-trained yatchsman to sail 2,000 miles for charity

East End-trained yatchsman to sail 2,000 miles for charity

When East End schoolboy Ed Hill visited the London Boat Show at the age of just ten, it sparked a passion for sailing that twenty years later has made him one of Britains’s most successful offshore solo yatchsmen. Although Tower Hamlets is not normally an area associated with yatching, Hill…