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Gaming: an outsider’s view

I was recently asked to give my opinion on the video game industry from an “outsider's” perspective. As someone who studies psychology, I want...

Trouble In The House

We white people are so used to watching movies related to our own history that we forget how important it is to find out...

Transport for All?

Transport for London (TfL) has been the umbrella organisation providing travel services across London since 2000. TfL's motto is 'Every Journey Matters'; but is that...
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Women Taking Care Of Women

On International Women's Day (8 March), fourth wave feminists went on strike against rape, Trump, Brexit and domestic violence. A small group held a...
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SadFest: Not Just A Sob Story

Earlier this month Genesis Cinema in Mile End hosted Sadfest, the world's first festival dedicated to sadness and how to express it. SadFest kicked off...
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Disputed Result Of ‘The Week In One’

The most recent episode of our topical quiz show, The Week In One, is currently the subject of a steward's inquiry. A draw was...

My East London

East London has been my home since birth and I finally took the time to take a look at what my home really is....

What I Want From Multicultural London

This weekend’s must-see viral photo features two New Yorkers on the Subway: a woman wearing niqab sitting next to a drag queen. ‘Only in America’...
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Fashion Week Exploits The Weak!

Activists drew attention to the animals who suffer and die for fashion, by protesting outside London Fashion Week.
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The Week In One x 4: The London Issue

In the latest episode of our panel game, The Week In One, newcomer Sydney Kauffman challenges reigning champion Liam MacDevitt to talk on London-related...

Leaping Back To ‘Bronco Bullfrog’

Set in the world of Mods on scooters and motorbikes, Bronco Bullfrog is a critically acclaimed film shot in Stratford in 1969. The film follows...
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TW3 x 3: Everyone’s A Winner

For the third edition of our topical quiz show, The Week In One, newcomer Jasmine McRae is pitted against reigning champion Liam MacDevitt. Cally Skinner...
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TW3 x 2

Welcome to the second edition of The Week In One, our topical game show in which contestants Liam MacDevitt and Casey Cooper-Fiske pit their...

The Listener: Sometimes It Streams In February

"Maybe you're just like my mother, she's never satisfied": the words to Prince's classic 'When Doves Cry' might have been written in response to...
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Should Trump Be Trumped?

This week Lauren Chancellor and Adiba Khatun join Sydney Kauffman on The Current to ask how the UK should react to Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration...

If You Haven’t Broken The Law, Don’t Give In To Pressure

A penalty fare issued by any transport company isn’t final, and doesn’t always need paying. It is worth your while appealing, as I found...

The Listener: Oasis – Not Just For The Lads?

So you think Oasis are a bunch of lads with their tonsils sticking out, singing the kind of songs that other lads only use...

Travel Trouble Ahead?

Over four million passengers fly from London City Airport to Europe each year, making for destinations that include Ibiza, Berlin and Amsterdam; and so...

Help For Newham – But For How Long?

The good news is that hundreds of people in Newham on low incomes will be helped back into better paid work, thanks to support...

When Saying Yes To Surgery Makes Men Say No

I thought my knowledge about plastic surgery had deepened over time, not only through my own experiences but also through speaking to others - and...

Crank The Amp: 2016’s Memorable Gigs

This week's issue of our Crank The Amp podcast features members of the Rising East Music team picking their personal gigging highlights of 2016. They...

Surgery Abroad: The Language Barrier

Over 50,000 UK adults had cosmetic surgery in 2015, which was 13% more than the year before. This is partly because the pressure to be perfect...
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Say What You Think, OK?

Freedom of Speech is one of those things that most people say they agree with. But what does it really mean and what are...

The Listener: Gimme Danger

The release of Jim Jarmusch's Stooges biopic Gimme Danger, has prompted me to think about the lack of danger in modern music. I don't expect...

The Listener: Is This It For Indie?

In 2016, what is the point of independent record labels. Do they still matter? It’s been nine years since Julian Casablancas started his Cult Records label and 40...

‘Tis The Season To Be Hot, Hot, Hot

Stephen Adu-Koranteng swapped fireside Yuletide for a Ghanaian Christmas on the beach. What comes to mind when we think about Christmas? Evergreen Christmas trees, grandma’s...
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Superwoman Of A Certain Age

Asma Begum is juggling both sides of her life and coming out on top. Aside from being a student, she is a mother to...
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Trapped In Trappin’ (With All The Trimmings)

Rudy-Lashaun hears all about the hard life of the 'Real G'. It was a hot and sunny day. So of course I wasn’t going to...
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The Other Jihad: The Brit Fighting With Kurds Against ISIS

Ferdia Carr talks to Londoner Mark Ramsay, who recently joined Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. In northern Syria, right now, there are British citizens pitched against...
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The Hackney Miscarriage: Why I’m Voting For Luftur Rahman

The Tower Hamlets mayor has brought grassroots manipulation back to British politics and with it some semblance of meaning, insists East London's most uncertain...

Gaming Goes East

Callum Crumlish joins the computer gamers dropping in to Tobacco Dock East London has its fair share of cultural conventions, from foreign-food markets to comic...

Modesty Becomes You!

J.D. Tagle and Kawther Ayed spent a day in Stratford spotting the latest hijab styles. Although the hijab is a traditional symbol of modesty, Muslim...
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Ghosts In The House

Michell Soares Gonzales speaks to a ‘pseudo-landlord’ who is renting properties in East London and then sub-letting them to multiple occupants – at a...
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The Council ‘Sees People Like Me As Pests’

Who are the ‘problem’ tenants – the awkward ones who don’t make life easy for the local housing officer? Does it come down to...
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No Return To Sex Crime Secrecy!

Azana Francis rejects a call for those accused of sex crimes to remain anonymous until the verdict is brought in. At the very moment when...
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No Answer To The Housing Question

Michell Soares Gonzales despairs of Newham Council's 'core strategy' for housing. Newham, that place where rubbish cozies up to the sides of the streets and...
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Stress In The City

Londoners are more anxious than the residents of any other city in the UK, a new report has found. The Annual Population Survey (APS) found...
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Stratford’s International Women

In celebration of international women’s day, women gathered at the Stratford campus of the University of East London for a conference led by ElevateHer,...
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Honorary Degrees Awarded On 1st April

The Hackney Miscarriage looks askance at the new laureates of the University of East London as listed today only. What do rap legend Dizzie Rascal...
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The Day Today

Zayne's Back In! It’s the news his fans have been waiting for: Zayn Malik has decided to rejoin One Direction. A source close to the band...
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Mind Your Excruciating Language!

The Hackney Miscarriage, East London's most insecure column, is even more distressed to hear the criminal distortion of English. It is likely that more languages...

Behold The Terrorist (Not)!

Whitehall’s selective attitude towards foreign fighters in Syria confirms that 'terrorist' remains an unduly discretionary term, warns Ferdia Carr. The editor of BBC Arabic, Tarik Kalifa...

Turning Off The Tap Of Ideas

Katy Sharp-Watson mourns the likely loss of IdeasTap and rails against the lack of diversity in the arts. To the disappointment and disbelief of many...

In Bed With Your Favourite Films

Azana Francis gets comfy at the cinema. Behind Shoreditch High Street station and adjacent to Allen Gardens, there is a heavily graffiti’d, half-hidden building that...
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The Hackney Miscarriage says ‘we’re all hipsters now’

Rising East’s new columnist pops up with a partial defence of the Hipster. Welcome to the pioneering instalment of The Hackney Miscarriage. It was going...
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Hierarchy Of The Hijab

Alina Choudhry prefers real virtue to a show of piety. I am a Muslim but I choose not to wear any kind of face or...

Democratic Attention Disorder

In a short film about young people and their voting intentions, Omar Richards reveals the depth of the divide between politicians and youth. It...
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The Most Irish Election Israel’s Ever Had

As Israel’s general election falls on St Patrick’s Day, Ferdia Carr traces the connections between the two nations and the East End. Today there’s a...

First Look At Cutting Edge Film Festival

Katy Sharp-Watson previews the East London festival in which young film makers take centre stage. Cutting East, the youth wing of the East End Film...
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Pills Over Pints?

While London’s lacklustre St. Patrick’s day celebrations are scheduled for this Sunday, the Irish government accidentally un-scheduled a bundle of recreational drugs. Ferdia Carr...
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Not Active Enough On Childhood Obesity

Emily Darter finds that Hackney’s anti-obesity programme isn’t quite hacking it. The London Borough of Hackney has the second highest rate of childhood obesity nationwide,...

Hot Talk: Free Speech And Campus Radicalisation

Hot Talk presenter Azana Francis cross-questions Dusty Amroliwala, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of East London (UEL), Imran Hossein, UEL Students' Union President, and Tom...

Abandoned All Ye Who Cannot Enter Here

Miftaul Islam points to the youth problem which government cuts have created. A minute’s walk from Whitechapel tube station and there they are – a...
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What’s With The Jeremy Kyle Show?

Alex Ogden puts the kybosh on Kyle. In the run up to its tenth anniversary in July 2015, the Jeremy Kyle Show is still incredibly...

Ready For The Wind

Photographer JD Tagle introduces the work of fashion designer Khola Malik. The coat and dress featured here are from Khola's 2014 Movement collection, made of...

No Fear Of Freedom

Katy Sharp-Watson marvels at the mature work of a radical, young film maker. Director and producer Tarquin Ramsay was only 15 years old when he...
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This Girl Can’t Stand It

Natasha Brown asks if a campaign to build up women’s confidence in sport, is really just another put down. Women jogging, women swimming, women spinning...

Hot Talk No 1: who needs Prince Charles?

When ever (if ever) the Olympic and Paralympic Games return to London, will Charles III be parachuted in to the opening ceremony, or will...

My Funny Valentine

When it comes to Valentine’s Day films, Katy Sharp-Watson sees that not all shades are grey. If you’re looking for that perfect film for a...
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‘What A Romantic I Am’, He Said As He Harassed Me

No one expects to be stalked in their own home. But this is what happened to an East London law student. ‘Good morning! Look I...

Abortion – Ha, Ha, Ha!

Katy Sharp Watson finds herself unexpectedly amused. Unwanted pregnancy has featured in a number of Hollywood comedies such as Juno and Knocked Up. But abortion...
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A Testing Kind Of Film-Fest

Katy-Sharp Watson previews a feminist film festival which puts rom-coms to the test. A new feminist film festival is holding its first event at the...
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Alert To The Need For A Rational Response

Carry on as we are, warns Ferdia Carr, and London like Paris risks losing its head over 'terror'. If we can take one positive from...
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Mistaken ID

Walking the street does not make me a streetwalker, Alina Choudhry points out. Prostitutes and pimps, brothels and drugs. Growing up in a provincial city,...

A Tale of Two Cinemas

Katy Sharp-Watson commutes between rich and poor picture houses in the borough of Hackney. The London Borough of Hackney has gone upmarket in recent years....

Rents Up By 10% – Even On The ‘Cheap’ Side Of The City

Michell Soares Gonzalez looks into the rising costs of housing in East London.   East London rents will increase by 10 per cent in 2015, according...
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Working On Behalf Of Muslims In Nigeria

Farida Ahmed reports on the Nigerian Muslims Forum. The Nigerian Muslims Forum recently held its annual general meeting in West Ham. It was announced that...
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All Eyes On Gaza

Katy Sharp-Watson saw Gaza stripped back on film. Think of the Gaza strip and you think of war, Israeli occupation, starvation, and a population under...
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A New Way To Feast In The East

Thomas Hedley spoke to Stuart Langley, founder of the Disappearing Dining Club. ‘I used to beg, borrow and blag spaces for free or as little money...

Living Well In Our Last Hours

Matthew Wright listened to a ‘positive’ interpretation of the end of the world.   ‘The final hour could be today. This is inevitable’. On a damp, dank...
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Gazing At Gaza

Katy Sharp-Watson previews the London Palestine Film Festival. For the tenth year in succession, the Barbican Arts Centre is hosting the London Palestine Film Festival....

Accidents Will Happen……Especially In Overcrowded Accommodation?

Beatrice Groth reports on a terrifying near-miss. ‘My one-month-old baby was rushed to hospital by ambulance and placed on oxygen for life support’, says worried...

Tower Hamlets Cup: building community cohesion

Miftaul Islam applauds kids’ football as a way to bring communities together. Wapping is a divided area, and the area's religious and ethnic divisions often...
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Faith Schools In Tower Hamlets: how could the obvious elude the elite?

Ferdia Carr is fed up with policy makers feigning surprise. If the downgrading of six Tower Hamlets faith schools by education inspectors Ofsted indicates ‘a...

All The World’s A Play

Emma Rouillon enjoys a photographic collection of the children of the world and their favourite toys. Some artists have the ability to take the stuff...
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Not So E-sy On The Lungs

Free Costin issues a health warning to the ‘vapers’ of Bethnal Green. Believe it or not, Bethnal Green Road is little different today from how...

Two Wounded, Residents In Fear After Shotgun Blast

Gary Otchere reports from the scene of a shooting. A single shotgun bullet wounded two youths in the Custom House area on Bonfire Night (5th...

Home And Abroad

Watched by Katy Sharp-Watson, American documentary The Overnighters opened the second Homeless Film Festival in East London. This year’s Homeless Film Festival opened at Hackney’s...
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Jack The Ripper: truth versus tourism

Nearly 130 years after London’s most infamous series of sex murders, can it be right to turn them into a tourist attraction? Kristina Falk...
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A Caring Kind Of Christmas

While many of us are gearing up for festive shopping, Mohammed Khan recalls the night he gave something back - as a volunteer at...

I Inhaled But Did Not Smoke

Ferdia Carr gets the vapours in Shoreditch. It’s been seven years since smoking in a pub was banned in England. Pro-fag publicans complained that pubs...
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How To Be A Street-Artist In East London

Emma Rouillon advises wannabe artists who are aiming for street. Street-art is officially cool but there’s no need to wear black skinny jeans and sunglasses...
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Only Having A Laugh?

Gary Otchere looks on as Shoreditch goes numb for nitrous oxide. In amongst the beer bottles and cigarette ends, metal shells are strewn all around....
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Not Yer Actual East End?

At the end of Channel 4’s Educating The East End, Katy Sharp-Watson asks if the series has progressed the public image of East London’s...

The Fashion Future Is Independent

JD Tagle reports on the rise of independent fashion. ‘The bigger brands will always be there. But we wanted to do something different, something that...
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Dickensian Poverty On Hipster Street

Matthew Wright reports on rising poverty rates, not least in trendy Bethnal Green. In some parts of Tower Hamlets half the children are living in...

The Takeaways Are Taking Over

Miftaul Islam reports on the fried chicken shops taking roost all over East London. Health officials in East London are on high alert, after figures...

Black History Month: is that it?

Azana Francis dislikes the downsizing of black history. ‘It’s over there, love,’ says the librarian, pointing to a small wall of pictures in Tower Hamlets’...

Who put the CON in SiliCON Roundabout?

On a visit to London Tech City, Matthew Wright wonders who's kidding whom. ‘The phrase “Silicon Roundabout” entered the consciousness of entrepreneurs with dizzying speed....

Faithful And Fashion Conscious

As a devout Muslim, Habiba Tasmin enjoys Hijab Fashion Week. Modelled on London Fashion Week, East London’s Hijab Fashion Week is now an established event...
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What’s With #Chav?

Confirming class stereotypes or turning them inside out? In the first in a series that lifts the lid on current trends, Alex Ogden searches...
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Riding High Above The Houses

Ferdia Carr savours an especially smoky cafe. Everything is maroon; and nearly everything is made of plywood.  No kidding - a room of maroon-painted plywood....

Hackney Under The Lens

Katy Sharp-Watson attended a special screening of a ‘film-poem’ depicting the voices, sounds and movements of Hackney. Under The Cranes is a documentary that mixes...
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Free To View In London Fields

Katy Sharp-Watson previews East London's alternative film festival. Admittedly, the BFI London Film Festival is the big one, with 248 films showing in 17 London...
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A Year of Living Charitably

Tom Reeves spoke to England and Essex cricketer Alastair Cook about his benefit year and his troubled 12 months on the field. Beleaguered England cricket...
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Satire With Sadness

Jessie Cumming is haunted by a theatrical satire on the First World War.  Theatre Royal Stratford East has revived Oh What A Lovely War! to...

Road Race Stopped

Josh Harris reports that Tessa Sanderson has been run off the road by Newham Council. Newham Council has refused Olympic champion Tessa Sanderson permission to...
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It’s Crazy But It Works

Freeland Costin gets off at ComCon. Early rising isn’t everyone’s strong suit – certainly not mine. But for everybody attending this event, getting up early...
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Song of Blackheath

Phoebe Horswell enjoyed the mood music at a local, charity concert. A concert in Blackheath has raised £2000 for the reminiscence charity, Age Exchange. St Margaret’s...
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A Tale Of Two Cities – Or Is It?

Hackney resident Ferdia Carr sees social mobility alongside the class divide. On the face of it, Hackney is a tale of two cities divided by...

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