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Life Is Not A Bowl Of Mulberries

Sian Killean is fed up with benefits claimants living the high life. I was shocked to hear that Cheryl Prudham (32), a benefits claimant...
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‘Radicalisation’ – Prevention Begins At Home

It’s not for the police to bring up our children, says Sian Killean. Responsibility for ‘jihadi brides’ lies primarily with the parents. It makes...

All Aboard The Night Bus

Concerned that the Greenwich night bus is due to be cut, Elise Briggs looks at the history of night buses, and what the cuts...

25 May be Too Late

Cally Skinner examines the case for lowering the age of cervical smear tests. Lia Twiner, my sister, experienced every single one of the rare symptoms...
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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...
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You Pays Your Money And Takes Your Choice

Sian Killean compares different kinds of student accommodation. When it comes to student accommodation, there is a new provider in town – not universities and...
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East London In The News

Latest developments digested by Tamisha Thomas Tech City digital skills project to aid youth employment Tech City has announced new scheme running across Hackney, Tower Hamlets...
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No Better Than Bedlam

Jasmine Wing calls out Channel 4’s Being Bipolar as hardly better than eighteenth century voyeurs gawking at the inmates of Bedlam. Channel 4 recently aired...

Food Market Forces People Together

The food on display at Queen’s Market in Upton Park is as diverse as the population in this part of East London, reports Beatrice...
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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...

I Don’t Care What’s In – Count Me Out!

Jasmine Wing gets to the bottom of fickle fashions in cosmetic surgery. Whatever kind of plastic surgery is trending at the moment, I personally want...
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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,...

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...

Time to Question Olympics Legacy

When the success of London’s Olympic bid was announced in 2005, those who lived and worked in the London borough of Newham were promised...
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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...

London – Runner-Up To Los Angeles

Continuing to converse with newcomers to London, Marius Holtan meets a wannabe actor who cannot wait to get outta here. Many of London’s new arrivals...

Binge Drinking In Downward Spiral

Jasmine Wing toasts the recent drop in London’s binge-drinking incidents. Binge-drinking incidents in London during December 2014 were down 21 per cent compared to December...

Will Wellbeing Improve If Schools Appoint New Head?

Jasmine Wing convened a round table of East London teachers to consider the proposal for a Head of Wellbeing in every school. A much cited...

Hot Talk 3: Racism in British Football

In the third edition of Hot Talk, Azana Francis is joined by journalist Martin Voller and Chelsea fan Matt Banji to discuss the extent...

Taking The Buddha Out of Buddhism?

Jasmine Wing finds a calming place in Bethnal Green where you can have Buddhist-style therapy without following the Buddha. ‘We want people from the local...
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‘Right Pukka Service Running On All London Underground Lines’ – Danny Dyer

If you were travelling via Bromley-By-Bow London Underground station on 18th February you may have recognised a familiar voice making the announcements. EastEnders actor Danny...
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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...
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Buying Into Bylines

Martin Voller takes issue with Newsquest’s scheme to make young journalists pay their way. Every now and then a story catches your attention for all...
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Removing Labels Attached To The Headscarf

Schahrazade Halfaoui was among those celebrating World Hijab Day earlier this week. The first of February is World Hijab Day, initiated two years ago by Nazma...
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Audition Here, Ladies, For Your Big Night Out!

But birthday celebrations should not have to be a testing experience, replies Sian Killean. Models, actors and singers are accustomed to it. Now some night...
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Watching The Visitors

Marius Holtan monitors the tourists looking at London. 'We’ve been real tourists today,' I hear them say as they jump off the tour bus and...
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It’s a BIG No, No

The debate’s been rumbling on for two years but Jasmine Wing believes there is no question: being big is a heavy burden on your...
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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,...
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In The Wake of Charlie Hebdo: Level-Headed Londoners Keep Calm And Carry On Getting...

Matt Wright led our team listening to East London’s response to the Hebdo murders and cartoons of Mohammed. Mayhem on the streets of Islamicised...

Time Shift On The DLR

Michell Soares Gonzales shuttles between the past, present and future of the Docklands Light Railway. When travelling on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), have you...

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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Breast Is Best In Public

Jasmine Wing gets it off her chest. Every so often the debate about breast feeding in public breaks out again. It usually starts with a...

A Christmas Snapshot

Beatrice Groth samples the Christmas atmosphere outside Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre. The area outside Stratford Station teems with shoppers, and buskers. While members of The...

To Screen Or Not To Screen?

Farida Dahiru goes onto the streets of East Ham to ask black African residents their views on Ebola screening at UK airports. https://vimeo.com/113908073

The French Connection

Marius Holtan begins a series of interviews with newcomers to East London. His first new arrival hails from France. I meet Jonathan Eveno in a...

Burrowing Beneath The Beard

Tom Strudwick asks if the fashion for facial follicles has religious undertones. Do you remember a few years ago when you could stand at the...

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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Not Exactly Transcendental

Sian Killean warns not to expect too much of meditation class. I had been thinking about meditation for a long time. Is it really possible,...

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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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...

River of Poppies, Tide of History

At the Tower of London, Azana Francis finds herself surrounded by poppies and people commemorating the outbreak of the First World War. Unless you’ve been...

Ebola: can it happen here?

Beatrice Groth takes to the streets of Plaistow to ask white and West African residents how they rate the risks of Ebola. Newham Council...
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Acting Up: the myth of TOWIE is starting to get real

Sian Davis reports on a new twist to media stereotypes: people performing to type in a real life version of ‘reality TV’. They’re having a...
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New Cross: living above the chicken shop

In the first of a Rising East series, Elise Briggs opens a new window on the streets where we live. I knew before I came...
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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...

Why Put Down The Death Row Pop-Up?

Hannah Blacklock asks whether the last meals of death row inmates should be struck off everyone's menu. Death Row Dinners is already buried. The propsective...
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You’re (Almost) Psyching Me Out

He knows it’s a far out city, but Marius Holtan is also made edgy by London’s hot-and-cold stare. I am two months in to...
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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....

Super Market!

Low on prices and high on diversity – Sian Killean recommends Walthamstow street market. Having grown up in the area herself, my mother warned me...

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...
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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...

Untying The Topknot

Tom Strudwick unravels the motives behind the man-bun. People often ask me ‘what’s with the hair, Tom?’, and I don’t really know what to tell...
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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....
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Don’t Stand So Close To Me!

Aren't the English supposed to keep their distance? Marius Holtan feels otherwise. As a well-brought up Norwegian I keep my distance from strangers. I would...
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From Super-Fast Megacity To Slow Motion London Town

Marius Holtan came unprepared for London’s day of rest. You Londoners are a mixed-up bunch. Just when I am getting used to the hectic pace...
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Light And Easy Does It: Diwali comes to London

Schahrazade Halfaoui marvels at the joyously relaxed atmosphere of London’s Diwali celebrations. As a Muslim woman with my hair covered in a colourful headscarf, I...
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Eid Mubarak – Have A Blessed Eid

Schahrazade Halfaoui celebrates the most important festival in the Muslim calendar. Just another day. I came downstairs to set the table for breakfast. But already...
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Am I Cool Enough For East London?

Fresh off the plane, Marius Moen Holtan wonders whether he’s got what it takes. The Norwegian countryside didn’t prepare me. A year in beach-town Australia...
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Price of Travel

Terry Hills wonders whether Tilbury's latest migrants are glad they came. ‘Tempted? You’re only human’. When 35 Afghan migrants were considering whether to pay their way...
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Life In Hackspace

  Ferdia Carr finds that Hackney’s hacking collective fills a gap in his life. ‘This is the vending machine,’ our tour guide tells us. ‘It came...
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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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Lengthening The School Day

Victor Aiwone heard mixed opinions on the proposed 10-hour day for school children. ‘It’s outrageous’. East London youth club worker Chris Porter reacted angrily to...
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Pentonville or Purgatory?

Jasmine Wing endures the protracted process of a prison visit. The white concrete walls seem to go on for ever. Finally I arrive at the...
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Stratford (Divided) City

Stephen Wallbridge walked past a woman and her dog, and saw the social divide. As the rain falls, her coat grows ever wetter. Unsheltered, she...
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Maryland’s Upward Mobility

Victor Aiwone sees his manor on the move. ‘This place has come a long way since I’ve been away. I am actually pissed I missed...
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Ghost Bus-ted!

Martin Voller may have been the last man on the 588 – the Marie Celeste of London buses. Ever heard of the 588 bus? No,...
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Inherited Poverty

It's New Year but Matt Banji can’t get rid of hard times. New Year: time for a clear out! I grabbed some bin bags and...

Late Nights In The Library

Smokin’ Jim Rossiter gets a kick out of nicotine-stained, caffeine-driven all niters......in the library. Late nights in the Library have become a standard part of...

‘Sandwiches and Sympathy’ Are Not Enough

Sandra Amas Egbaran reports on National Carers’ Day in Greenwich. 'As long as the money’s not wasted on sandwiches and sympathy’. Carer and mother Zoe...

Trash City

Beatrice Groth bemoans the way Londoners are rubbishing their own backyard. London is a heavenly city – that’s what many of us thought when we...

Twitter Mania As Passengers Told: ‘Get Off And Walk’

Martin Voller reports on a new episode in Greater Anglia's Comedy of Errors. Passengers tweeted that Greater Anglia is a ‘joke’ and a ‘disgrace’ yesterday,...

Where Does It All End? (3) Colchester and Londinium

Sam Stringer is in two minds about Colchester. Into the gunmetal mouth of the Jubilee line at Canary Wharf. Fight your way onto the Eastbound...

Manners Maketh Standards

Beatrice Groth meets the well mannered man behind the stack of Evening Standards at Stratford Station. ‘It’s all about the manners’. Mark is the man who...

London: Where Does It All End? (2) The Southend Connection

Matt Mundy hovers between London and the Essex Riviera. ‘Reid ‘ad a mare today.’ ‘Corr, not ‘alf.’ ‘The boy don’t cut it for me. Why ain’t the...

Lucky 13

Richard Sharpe celebrates UEL Journalism and Sports Journalism graduates gaining a professional award as well as their degrees. Thirteen recent graduates of the University of...

Turned Out Onto The Street

Sadie Njie witnessed this sad scene on the East London street where she lives. 10 am. Katherine Road, Forest Gate. The sun is shining at...

London: Where Does It All End? (1) The Romford Connection

Matt Banji begins a series of Rising East reports on the boundaries and extremities of Greater London.  It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m waiting at Newbury Park station...

‘Where Are The English People?’

Beatrice Groth overheard German tourists who did not realize she speaks their language. 'Wo sind wir gelandet? Schwarze Menschen uberall.  Wo sind der Englander?' Flaming June,...

Looking At London With Egypt’s Eyes

Fresh off the plane from Cairo, Lucy Woods has double visions of Egypt in East London. After four months studying abroad in Egypt, I went...

About The Boy (not the wheelchair)

Laetitia Woue toured Stratford in search of the Paralympics Effect. ‘When I used to push my son Ivan around in his wheelchair, I always thought...

Lights, Tights and Economic Blight

Yasmin Khalil reports on a bright spot in Dagenham. With the drawn-out demise of British car manufacturing, the slow contraction of the once-vast Ford’s estate...

Gangsters versus the Prophet

Alina Choudry reports on a charismatic Imam calling on young people to choose Islam over ‘gang culture’. At the age of 22, Muhammed Asim Hussain...

London 2012 and Urban Regeneration: the spatial politics of uneven development

Jenia Allen Holding the 2012 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games amidst what is currently Europe’s largest urban development zone, was bound to prompt widespread discussion...

Dogs Under Attack?

Daiane Ribeiro reports on growing hostility towards 'man's best friend'. Labrador-owner Terry Davies was recently fined £50 for walking his dog without a leash. He...

Drugs – Get Over It!

Comment by Aseye X I’m not going to lie. My intention for this article is to counter the scare-stories surrounding recreational drug use, especially MDMA...

Fire Disrupts Lectures At Docklands Campus

Steve Kent, Yasmin Khalil and Laetitia Woue reports Hundreds of staff and students had to be evacuated and dozens of lectures were cancelled after an...

So What (there’s a fire)? Tell Me Something Really Important

Negedu Ibrahimova reports After the amazing Freshers, the excessive parties at UEL (obviously I’m being sarcastic), to top off all the fun, there was…wait for...

Lucky Escape For Absent Minded Professor

George Sessions, Alina Choudry and Callum Hardy report With fire raging out-of-control only 20 yards from his office, a university lecturer carried on working for...

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