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Society

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...

Travelling Towards A Better Future?

Commuting to East London from Notting Hill, Hanna Gelana sees London’s future prospects mapped out in front of her. I'm new to East London. I'm...

It’s Different For….All Of Us

Throw out all your preconceptions about men and women, urges Miss Carrot.   So I read an article the other day about how being a...

London Is The New Loch Ness?

Cally Skinner goes hunting for Nessie Mark 2 near the 02. After footage emerged taken from the Emirates Air Line cable cars of a mysterious...

Mourning The Loss Of A Creative Space (Not Missing The Rats)

Kay Ayed listens to a lament for Leytonstone's 491 Gallery. Friday 15th April was a sad day in the artistic history of Leytonstone. One of...

Cannabis: Weed Like To Talk Facts

A cannabis user suffering from PTSD endorses the beneficial effects of  taking 'food'. Many people believe that whatever's against the law, is necessarily immoral as...

Love Conquers All

After a disastrous arranged marriage, a southern Iraqi woman defies her family and finds eventual happiness with her two sons and the love of...

City Life In A Day: Lazy Afternoons In Shoreditch House

Emma Brand admits to being 'obsessed' with Hoxton's hippest haunt. But she doesn't mind if you, too, spend a luxurious afternoon there (just don't...

City Life In A Day: Chilly April Mornings

I don't mean that the people around here are cold and nasty. More to do with this being the 'cruelest month' - warm one...

City Life In A Day: Phones4Lunch

On what felt like the first real day of Spring, Sydney Kauffman commuted between Canary Wharf and Spitalfields looking for a lunchtime slowdown. But...

Reluctant Hero Of Social Media

Emma Brand finds Idris Elba shying away from the digital world. Idris Elba is a man of his word. On 27 February he Tweeted “Spending...

City Life In A Day: Coffee Against The Clock

Sydney Kauffman captured Canary Wharf workers en route to the office via that vital cup of coffee. Canada Square: commuters have only just started to...

If They Are Generation A, Then We Must be Generation D

D for Debt is the letter that defines my Generation, writes Rising East social media editor Thomas Hedley. This article is written in response to...

A Walk In The Park

Emma Brand finds she has become a celebrity magnet – they just keep walking towards her. Who would think that going for a Sunday afternoon...

Chocs Ahoy!

Emma Brand is not a chocoholic but in the run-up to Easter she can’t get enough of the brown stuff. As a way of getting...

Unrelenting Self-Promotion

Emma Brand is well impressed by Tinie Tempah’s self-aggrandisement (look it up). East London rapper Tinie Tempah, real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, is using his...

Abandoned By The World Of Fashion?

Lina Shariff considers the position of older women: denied access to fashionable clothing or liberated from lifestyle-anxiety? Compared to the thousands of stores for young...

Swings and Roundabouts On London Transport

Tom Hedley entertains high hopes for London's transport infrastructure. But he's still not holding his breath.  So you can barely make it past 11pm before...

Marvin ‘Family Man’ Humes

Emma Brand reckons that Marvin Humes values family first and foremost. Marvin Humes has been using social networking to show that since his band, JLS,...

For Goodness Sake, Have Some Faith In Yourself

There is only side of singer Paloma Faith that Emma Brand is ready to believe in. In her Twitter bio Paloma Faith describes herself as...

Married Bliss Comes At A High Price

Adiba Khatun went on the road to Romford for the National Asian Wedding Show. For its tenth, annual outing, last weekend the National Asian Wedding...

Taking The Hot Seat

A Facebook film of Londoners failing to give up their seat for a pregnant woman, has made many of us feel embarrassed. Savannah Walklate...

Does London Have A Foxy Problem?

Tom Hedley sees an urban fox, and looks him in the eye. It’s the early hours of a crisp Sunday morning. The party kids have...

The Other Side Is Always Greener?

Emma Brand takes to social media to find the two sides of Professor Green. When you think of the public image of East London rapper...

Bugs Between The Bricks?

Emma Brand hears of unhygienic conditions in the kitchens of Brick Lane. You can get nearly any type of food you want down Brick Lane,...

Lessons Learned From Mother’s Day

Kay Ayed makes sense of an awkward moment. I have to admit, I'm one of many who grumble about Mother's Day and Father's Day. To...

Women United

Nika Jazaee points out why there is still a need for International Women's Day - today! Today is International Women’s Day. While millions of people...

Who Are You To Tell Us What To Do, Cheryl Tiegs?

Molly Horne weighs in to the body shaming debate, insisting there’s no shame in being whatever shape you're in. Retired supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, when asked...

Standing Up For The Real Danny Dyer

Emma Brand looks beyond the on-screen appearance of East London’s celebrities: (1) Danny Dyer, Esquire. On TV Danny Dyer seems like the type of guy...

Apocalypse Now – The Facsimile!

This week London's emergency services are working together in response to a pre-scripted disaster scenario involving a tower block collapsing onto Waterloo station. Creative commons...

Leaping Ahead: With Four More Years Before 29 February Comes Round Again, What Will...

Today is 29 February - Leap Day - which means we shall not see its like again for a further four years. By 2020,...

Fuelling Up For Rio

Health and Wellbeing correspondent Molly Horne asks Team GB athletes about motivation and the right diet to keep you going under pressure. Rewind four years...

My Favourite Restaurants Are The Food of Love

Whether it’s a date (preferably) or with mates (if you must), our inestimable Miss Carrot tells you where to go for food treats on...

Getting Out Of This Place

En route to Wimbledon, Jess Gray reflects on what little she will miss about living in Bethnal Green, and how much more she is...

Valentine’s Day? Carrot And Figs To All That!

Our very own Miss Carrot prepares Rising East readers for the culinary side of Valentine’s on February the Fourteenth. They say that the two greatest...

Some Places Make For Sad Faces

Grace Eracleous reads the data on mood swings motivated by where we live. In the few months since I came to live in South East...

Islamophobic Taunt: “I’ll rip that filthy thing off your head”

Kawther Ayed spoke to a Muslim woman who was subjected to Islamophobic insults while in Whipp's Cross hospital. Hate crimes against Muslims in Britain are...

‘Tis The Season…To Be Cool About Yule

With Christmas spirit turning into Xmas frenzy, Chanel Etienne gets back to basics. I’m not mean minded or a Scrooge but Christmas this year has...

Shoreditch Holds Its Nerve

Terry Sorensen sampled the cafe culture of Shoreditch in the wake of the Paris massacre. In light of the decision to bomb Syria, I visited a...

‘Tis The Season To Be….Traditional

Tradition is a counterproductive force that undermines modernity - am I right? Except when it comes to Christmas, that is! As a Norwegian I think...

‘Tis The Season….To Be Healthy?

Molly Horne weighs up the merits of a glass of buck's fizz versus cold pressed green juice. Well, I know which one I would prefer...

‘I Fear We Are The New Jews Of Europe’

Riffat Yusaf  is appalled by the confidently casual character of today’s Islamophobia. In the local library, while waiting to have my books stamped (yes, they...

‘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...

‘Tis The Season….To Hook Up on Tinder?

Jessica Ann Gray asks how we can best avoid being lonely this Christmas. As we approach Christmas and the New Year, I have seen at least two...

Social Media, Solidarity and Life As A Spectator Sport

Grace Eracleous reviews the role of social media in the aftermath of the Leytonstone knife attack. #YouAintNoMuslimBruv is the hashtag which stampeded social media after...

Muslim On Board!

Schahrazade Halfaoui wonders whether commuters didn’t see her bump because they were fixated on her veil. It was 9 o’clock and the morning rush hour...

‘Tis The Season….To Cut Christ Out of Christmas?

With festive coffee cups in plain red, Staburcks has been accused of sleighing into Christmas and cutting baby Jesus out of the picture. JONATHAN TAGLE...
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‘TERROR’ STORIES ARE DANGEROUSLY MISLEADING

Hannah Blacklock deplores the wild exaggerations in scare-mongering 'anti-terrorist' headlines. On Monday 23 November 2015, The Sun’s front page headline read: ‘1 in 5 Brit...
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The Heretics Have Taken Over The Station!

Grace Eracleous cannot bring herself to breach the first commandment of travelling on the Tube. But that's what TfL is preaching at Holborn station. London...

Paris And The Pentecostals

In this week’s contribution to her ongoing series Religion Without Borders, Sandra Amas Egbaran visits a Pentecostal Church in South East London. As I entered The...

Solidarity With Parisians Everywhere

Grace Eracleous reports on early responses to the Paris massacre. Cities around the world held hands with one another in a display of solidarity and...

I’m Not Superstitious, But…..

Today of all days, bad things have been happening to Marius Holtan. I'm writing this on a severely delayed train en route to East London...

Reporting Religion

Sandra Amas Egbaran - all she is saying, is give priests a chance. Who has not read that all over the world, bar a few...

The Hussain Legacy Exhibition

Kay Ayed visits an exhibition devoted to the Battle of Karbala. An exhibition has opened that sets out to explain one of the most significant...

Open All Hours – In My Dreams

Sydney Kauffman takes issue with London’s status as a 24 hour city. London, the city that never sleeps – really? How about London the city...

Get The Surge Without The Sugar

Help yourself to a Protein Haus health kick, says Molly Horne. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, avocado advocate or just somebody whose stomach clenches at...

Young Rita’s Older Man

The UK definition of child abuse is not the same the whole world over, notes Schahrazade Halfaoui. ‘I don’t want to say that I suffered...

More Ghoul Than Kagoul

Halloween is not only for children and anoraks, reports Jenny Cottee. Halloween is now arguably London’s biggest night out next to New Year’s Eve. Originally...

Sisterhood In A Secluded Place

A girl’s best friends are in the toilets, says Sevi Kemal. Somewhere in the heart of East London at a quirky yet classy nightclub the...

Strange But True, For Sale In A Part Of London Near You

Culture Shock is a new series in which Rising East reporters test out various products manufactured with a different niche market in mind. In this...
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Nights Out With Mandy Are Not For Me

Louise Wade decides against getting acquainted with MDMA. It has often bewildered me why drugs are illegal and alcohol is not. On numerous nights out...

Immaculate Conception Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

Schahrazade Halfaoui frowns at the fashion for 'virgin births'. If you believe the Mail on Sunday, 'virgin births' are the new trend in child bearing. We're not talking...

Private Dancer?

Nika Jazaee is captivated by the view from her café. Glimpsed between the crowds of colourful people crossing each other in front of me, I notice a...

Humans of East London

Inspired by the Humans of New York series by photographer Brandon Stanton, in which pictures of New Yorkers are accompanied by direct quotes, Kawther Ayed and Jonathan...
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Losing Control

Alina Choudry chronicles how the quiet young man in her household turned out to be a raging bull. Dear Alina and Rahiba, I might be...
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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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Positive Reception For HIV Home Testing

An East London doctor, who wishes to remain anonymous, welcomed the recent introduction of HIV home testing kits, saying that ‘the test empowers people.’...
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Loud And Lewd

‘Zavi Z’ spoke to Alina Choudry about the ‘brave’ men of Green Street who won’t leave her alone. 'I have been living just off...
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Loss Of Faith?

Am I losing my faith?  Or rather, is the Islam I was brought up with, the one I always knew, all but lost to...

A Tale of Two Hackneys

Sevi Kemal meets someone who wants to cross the E8/E9 divide Sarah is one of nine children and now has one of her own. As...
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Young, Broke And Fabulous

Marius Holtan concludes his New Londoners series by observing how a generation of young Europeans has migrated to London in the hope of ‘making...

Plane English

Marius Holtan greets the arrivals at Stansted with a meditation on the meaning of airports. East London's Stansted  Airport handles around 20 million passengers each year, who...

Half-Stranger In A Half-Strange Land

As a Muslim woman in the UK, Schaz Halfaoui feels both at home and estranged from the surrounding society. Establishing a Muslim identity is becoming...

The Worst Thing Is Having A Bad Hair Day – No Way!

Schaz Halfaoui warns that Muslim women are threatened by something much worse. It’s every girl’s nightmare to have her perfectly curled locks drenched by the...

St George’s Day On Bishposgate

Callum Crumlish observes the changeable atmosphere in Dirty Dick's. On Bishopsgate, opposite Liverpool Street Station, stands the English institution previously known as The Old Jerusalem,...

Sizing Up the Plus Size Model

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...
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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...

Farmed Out To Spitalfields

Hidden in the heart of East London is possibly the cutest community farm in the world. Spitalfields City Farm is just a short walk from...

Look No Hands

Tom Hedley gets off on the DLR. We should be eternally grateful to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) for giving East London access to the...

Starter For 10

Jasmine Wing suggests 10 fun ways to keep fit in East London – some of which you may never have considered before! 1. Hill sprints in...
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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...

What Is To Be Done About Mental Health?

Jasmine Wing points to the importance of mental health as an issue of public concern, and laments its marginalisation from the election debate. At the...

Inhaling The Atmosphere

Tom Strudwick floats up West on a cloud of cannabis smoke. The annual 420 pro-cannabis meet-up took place in London on – yes, you guessed...
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‘For Harry, England And St George’?

Matt Wright asks if it’s OK to fly the English flag on 23 April. Upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George! is...

An East End Easter

In an occasional series about the way different religious festivals are celebrated, Beatrice Groth enjoys an Easter in the East. While congregations for the Church...

Far Too Fast Food

Under the time pressure that so many fast food delivery workers find themselves under, Rudy Omisore sees another pizza-delivery man come a cropper. This time...

Who Is To Blame For The Gentrification Of The East End?

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...

Let’s Talk About Sex

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...

Can Black People Be Racist?

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek,...

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