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Five Things NOT To Do This Halloween

So, Halloween is approaching, and we are likely to see some amazing costumes, creative costumes, and lazily funny costumes. But the opportunity to dress...

Small Steps On High Heels

As you may have heard, some high end companies require female staff to wear heels which are equally high. Wearing them all day can cause...

Is Your Instagram Dragging You Down?

Girls, we've all been there... you’re stuffing your face with copious amounts of food whilst lazily scrolling through your Instagram, and you come across...

Be Aware Of Mental Health Issues

Mental health sufferers often feel like their illness is hard to speak about. But from 8-14 May Mental Health Awareness Week will shine a...

Local Support For ‘City in The East’

East Londoners have heard it all before. Regeneration, creative, inclusive - the buzzwords came thick and fast both before and after London 2012. Now...

User-Friendly Credit For Low Earners

Located in the centre of Stratford, Money Works gives debt advice and allows residents of Newham on low income to access credit loans. Although the...

‘Hidden Illnesses’ Badged By TfL

A new badge released by Transport for London (TfL) is designed to help those who have special need of a seat on the London...

Working Out Where The Road Goes

“Brexit and the election of Donald Trump - the two biggest protest votes in modern democratic history - marked not so much the arrival...

Living With A Silent Secret

Have you ever thought what it would be like not to be able to hear? Of course not, why would you? When I was six...

Open Your Eyes And Help The Homeless

You get up in the morning, get ready and run out of the house to catch the train to go to work, you get there...

Brexit: A Country Divided?

Prime minister Theresa May has invited us to strengthen her negotiating position with Europe by voting for her in the UK general election on...

Human Cost Of Local Housing Crisis

In a recent survey the charity Shelter found that almost 255,000 are homeless across the UK, and Newham is second in the 'league' of...

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...

‘Read it. Enjoy It’

The third National Shakespeare week has just concluded and as April begins it hath put the spirit of youth into Spring. Organised by The Shakespeare...

East Versus South-East

I recently moved from urban Leytonstone to suburban Blackheath, and for anyone thinking about this direction of travel, let me tell you that the...
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How Green is My Way?

The Greenway is a walk and cycle path stretching for seven kilometres mainly through the Borough of Newham. It was established 20 years ago...

The Inconvenient Muslim

Walking down the bustling Holborn High street, I noticed that it was the epitome of London night life. Bright lights, buskers, the different aromas...

Sleepless Under the Stars

As day turns into night and the stars grace our skies, commuters travel on the Docklands Light Railways from Canary Wharf to Cutty Sark...

Real Freedom For Women: a progress report

The global celebration of women which took place on 8 March - International Women's Day - showed that we have come a long way...

Timms Not Timid

There seemed no better place to delve into the regeneration of East London, than a café on bustling East Ham High Street. And no...
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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....

So What’s Normal Anyway?

I have reached the point in my life where I’m broadly content within myself, with who I am and who I am in society....

Beggars Versus Sellers

There is unrest in Leytonstone Tube station. For years, less fortunate people have used the covered areas inside and around the station for shelter,...

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’...

Eating Disorders: It’s Time To Talk

Did you know that Eating Disorders have the highest morality rate of any mental health illness? Or are you aware that one person dies...

Do You Believe In Miracles?

As far as quick fixes go in the beauty world, I for one am open to almost anything. I mean, who doesn’t want to...

Towering Above The Green Triangle?

Next to Regent’s Canal, East London's Locksley Triangle wildlife area is at high risk of being destroyed and replaced by a nine-storey tower block...

Help to Buy? In London, That’s a Far Cry

Dear Politicians, In my previous letter, I addressed landlords as well as you, but for this one, I feel it is only right if I...

The Limits Of Multiculturalism

As the Diversity editor of Rising East, I didn’t think that the day of questioning my own job title would come so quickly! Multiculturalism...

Tough Call

‘When you start listening to me, call me back.’ With that, the council tax officer put the phone down on the caller. This was the...
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The Current No 7: Do We DO Valentine’s Nowadays?

In this week's edition of The Current, Jess Gray and Aurora Krogh discuss the rosy (or should that be 'thorny'?) question of Valentine's Day...

An Open Letter About The Rising Cost Of Housing

DEAR POLITICIANS AND LANDLORDS, I’ve just seen the news about the continuing rise in the cost of living, renting and buying a new home, and...

Embroidering My Stresses Away

With origins as far back as circa 1000BC China, embroidery is an art form that has spanned across the globe with its intricacy and...
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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...
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The Current No 6: Pay-As-You-Go Healthcare

In this week's edition of our topical talk show The Current, Sydney Kauffman introduces the current controversy over charging patients upfront if they are...

Who Will Own The Streets In The Sky?

Robin Hood is a figure of legend, famous for robbing the rich and giving to the poor. But at Robin Hood Gardens, a well-known...
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Fitness Wherever You Are

With the Docklands waterfront as her backdrop, Health & Wellbeing editor Molly Horne explains how to use street-furniture as part of your fitness regime. "If...

Brands On The Run?

When Marmite was pulled off supermarket shelves by Unilever, the country went into a panic. Newspapers asked how the British public could survive without this national treasure, forgetting that Marmite is simply...

Brick Lane: Paying The Price Of Gentrification

Brick Lane is up market these days - a long way up. If you still think of it as quirky and earthy, you'll be...

HIIT Me With The SHRED Factor

There’s always something new trending within the world of health and fitness. 'One size fits all' doesn't normally fit the fitness community: what might...

Are U2 Selfie-Conscious?

Plastic surgeons report that selfies are now a key factor in young women and men wanting to change their appearance. Some doctors say the...

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...

Beat Mid-Winter Blues With Magnesium

Has the temperature drop left you feeling inclined to stay under the covers? Do you feel less energised now the days have got shorter? Every...

‘Makeunder’ For Your Daughter’s Dolls

Since the beloved Barbie started life in March 1969, she has always worn full makeup and a glamorous hairstyle. Down the decades, other big...
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The Current: The Year In Rapid Rewind

The Current rewinds over the year in double quick time. Introduced by Sydney Kauffman. Film editing by Pamela Kokoszka.  

Remembering Jo Cox

16 June 2016 saw a horrific attack on a mother, a wife, a daughter, a person That resonated through British media The news seeping into the...

East London Mask?

Obscured by controversy, The East London Mosque in Mile End, Was opened in 1985.   With tall towers and intricate brickwork, It’s really just a building, And really just...

Amazon Grace: How Sweet To See

Amid social tension Comes an advertisement of love and affection The vicar and the imam laughing over cups of tea In light hearted diversity There will always be...

Kindness Is Not Just For Christmas

It's true that the holidays can bring out the good in all of us. Whether it is picking out the perfect ornament to place...

I Phone Therefore I Am

In 2016 owning a smartphone is the norm - it’s expected. IPhones are practically a badge of respectability with the general consensus being: if...
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The Current: Whose Christmas Is It, Anyway?

For the second edition of The Current, Sydney Kauffman explores the reach of Christmas with Liam Macdevitt and Hannah-Mariam Chowdhury Film editing by Pamela Kokoszka  

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...

Time For A Cuppa

You may have noticed that some of the athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer were covered in bizarre circular marks. It...

Don’t Pretend I’m Offended By Christmas

With the festive season fast-approaching, I am more than merely excited for the joyous atmosphere associated with Christmas. Not that I am a Christian....

Student vs Apprentice: the real deal

Three years or longer, university can seem like a very long time for, sometimes, not much at all. The fees can skyrocket to over...

What Is The ‘Ab Crack’?

So what on earth is an ‘ab crack’? Some kind of drug? Exercise move? New gym equipment? Hate to be the bearer of bad news but...
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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...

Sun Down For Chrisp Street?

As the sun rises over Chrisp Street Market, the area feels suspended between night and day - in the same way as the buildings here are...

Repercussions of Brexit and Trump

This has been a year of dramatic change in political and social landscapes. The world screamed for change but the changes that came about...
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Skating On Wet Ice

The Broadgate Ice Rink has just opened for winter, and I went down there to film the Christmas season getting off to a slippery start....

Outdoor Workouts For Winter

Now that winter is in full swing, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear till spring. Well, think again, because this...

Thinking Beyond The North-South Divide

Great Estates: Putting Communities At The Heart Of Regeneration is a study of what could and should be done to breathe life back into...
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Remembrance Day: Observing The Tradition

When the clock strikes 11 on 11 November, voices are meant to hush, feet halt and heads drop in solemn remembrance of all the...

The Wonder Of Winter

This year the UK will face the heaviest snowfall in years, according to forecasters. Get ready for sub-zero temperatures and a white Christmas to...

De-Stress To The Beat!

Ever wondered what a stress-free commute would feel like? Only in a perfect world, right? It’s hard to imagine getting to and from work...

Hillary: putting a face on the president?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you'll know that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party nominee in the poll to elect the...

Coloured By Celebrity

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed on quite the average morning, I saw something peculiar: a multi-coloured beigel. The person who posted...

Redeem Yourself….In An Alcohol-Free Bar

Shoreditch, praised for its brilliant nightlife, rooftop bars and hipster cocktails, is now home to an exquisite bar that creates a buzzing atmosphere with...

Pumpkin Spice And All Things Nice?

There was a noticeable chill in the air as I made my way through the bustling floors of East London’s Westfields shopping centre. Autumn...

Sugar: The Spookiest Part of Halloween!

Shopping in supermarkets this month, I couldn’t help noticing that what had been the ‘back to school’ aisle has since been swamped by spooky...

A Little Bit Of Brazil…Does You A Power Of Good

Brazilians are well known for being warm, bubbly and very welcoming - not least to other Brazilians who are just starting out in East...

First Impressions Of East London

Trizia Nicole (24) found Mile End hard to get used to, having come from a beautiful sea side town in the Philippines together with her...

Warehouse (Tour) Party

After hearing about the opening of the new gallery at the Museum of London Docklands I couldn’t resist checking it out. I’d never been...

Plaistow’s Marathon (Space) Man

A Plaistow man came close to breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut. Phillip Minns ran this year’s...

From Flexitime To Flexbowl

Molly Horne explains why the 'flexbowl' is the hottest image on social media. It’s that time of the evening when your thumb is tired of...

EPulsive Not Repulsive!

Molly Horne goes for a fully body workout using electrical muscle stimulation. Healthy ice cream, free gym membership, getting fit whilst having a cuppa....only in...

Muslims In A Secular World

Before Friday prayers, Muslim congregations first listen to a sermon or khutba delivered by the leader of the prayers. At the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, a...

Help That’s Hard To Find

Newham has one of the lowest cancer survival rate in the UK, with almost four in 10 cancer patients dying within 12 months of...

Refuge Wins Award

A Newham women’s refuge has won a national UK Housing Award. Beverley Lewis House is the UK’s only refuge that offers places to women...

House Share Or House Scare?

Whether you are a student or young professional, one of the most realistic ways of finding somewhere to live is to share. At any one...

The Children On The Bus Go Whaa Whaa Whaa!

Pamela Kokoszka wants a new sign on the bus As a young adult with no children of my own, I don’t dread anything more than...

Newham Leisure Centres’ Cash Ban

Pamela Kokoszka becomes exercised about the need for older people to exercise. Older people are constantly told that they should exercise. But Active Newham, the leisure...

Am I Suffering From A Case of Compassion Fatigue?

Sid Ouarezini admits he has run out of change when it comes to homelessness. I never thought I would end up sounding like George Osborne's...

The Comfort Of Strangers

What’s it like to lose yourself in an ecstasy episode? Here’s what happened one night in East London…..
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Men And Women: Striving For Balance

East London’s female singer-songwriter Malunga Yese tries to find equilibrium in modern man’s shifting identity. I remember arguing with my partner and out of frustration...

Young, Gifted, Black … And Gay

Joshua Karl describes what it was like to come out as black and gay in London. Although many white, Hispanic and Asian celebrities publicly identify...
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High Rise vs Tower Block

The East End - a joyous, trendy place to live. The spectrum of East London’s ‘locals’ ranges from traditional Cockneys to bearded fashionistas. Where...

That Just About Frappes It Up

Emma Brand concludes her celebrity-watch series by looking at Gregg Wallace and his social media accounts. Unsurprisingly Gregg Wallace is using his social media accounts...

Flogging It!

Tinchy Stryder has a big appetite for selling himself, observes Emma Brand. Tinchy Stryder, real name Kwasi Danquah, was born in Ghana and moved to...

Mismatched With Buddhism

Leona Lewis lacks lustre on social media, except when it comes to Instagram, says Emma Brand. After winning the third series of The X Factor...

Spelling Fascist In The IT Crowd

Emma Brand is impressed with Richard Ayoade’s strict adherence to the rules of grammar. Richard Ayoade is most famous for playing the hilariously geeky Maurice...

Firing Off Another Tweet

There ain’t no stopping the boss of The Apprentice, reports Emma Brand. Lord Alan Sugar: businessman, football fan, constant Tweeter. Who would have expected the...

Rudimental and Sophisticated At The Same Time

This band's social media presence is far from rudimentary, notes Emma Brand. The social media accounts for the East London drum and bass band, Rudimental,...

Diving Into Social Media

Tom Daley is tethered to a series of YouTube posts, according to Emma Brand. Tom Daley has been a household name since he first competed...

Man Who’s Down To Earth

He's a Regular Guy and an Ordinary Joe, in Emma brand’s reading of David Beckham's social media posts. David Beckham is already a living legend....

Solution To The Housing Crisis?

Cally Skinner sees new houses popping up in Lewisham. East London is well known for its love of pop-ups, but now there is new kid...

What Do Muslims Really Think?

Schaharazade Halfaoui takes on Channel 4 According to a recent Channel 4 documentary presented by Trevor Phillips, 52% of Muslims do not believe that homosexuality...

Capturing Islamophobia…On Film

A video has gone viral which shows a man verbally abusing a Muslim woman in a corner shop. While the police treat the incident...

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