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Mr Wilson's Second Liners brass band will perform at the festival Photo: Duncan Elliott

Oxford House marks 130 years with Knowledge Arts Festival in Bethnal Green

A community arts centre toasted its 130-year history with an exhibition to kick off its annual arts festival.

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Lorna Holder in the late 1980s

Rich Mix exhibition explores role as former fashion house

The history of Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix building as a fashion house is being explored in a new exhibition.

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Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

Update: Greater Anglia expects delays on Shenfield line to last until 9.30am

A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman is supporting our NHS

As the vote for Scottish independence approaches the debate is shifting to how best to protect the future of the NHS. Scottish nationalists claim creeping privatisation is rapidly eroding the very principle of free medical care on demand and say the future of the NHS is not safe with Westminster.

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Mark Wallinger

Turner prizewinner Mark Wallinger selects artists for last Bow Arts show in old pickle factory

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger is curating this year’s renowned Bow Arts Open Show being staged in an old pickle factory.

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Natalie Wilcox in 'Lie Back and Think of America'

PREVIEW: Lie Back and Think of America—in wartime Bethnal Green

Natalie Wilcox is taking on all six roles in the play she has written about life in London’s East End at the height of the Second World War.

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Island Gardens Cllr Peter Golds wants the role of Tower Hamlets Mayor to change

The newly elected Tower Hamlets is finding its feet. Whilst the membership has changed, no fewer than seventeen of the forty five councillors are newly elected, other things remain constant. At our first full business meeting in July the Mayor, as usual refused to answer questions from either councillors or the public.

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Author Penny Hancock

Mile End setting for new psychological thriller

The streets of Mile End are the setting for author Penny Hancock’s new psychological thriller, A Trick of the Mind.

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An image from the Syria in Transit exhibition

Exhibition aims to tell stories of Syrian refugees

The harrowing stories of refugees fleeing Syria are told in a exhibition exploring what it means to be in transit.

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Lenny Henry

Comedian Lenny Henry in east London for MonologueSlam showcase

A star-studded showcase of British actors will take place in Stratford tomorrow, featuring comedian and actor Lenny Henry. MonologueSlam UK at the Theatre Royal Stratford East will give actors of all backgrounds a chance to perform in front of prestigious industry pros.

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Hackney Weekend

Young can take part in summer of culture

Almost an entire month of free cultural activities has been dedicated to young people over the summer holiday.

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Dan Jones with some of his paintings

New exhibition by artist Dan Jones explores life in the East End

A retrospective of paintings by a local artist whose work has played a role in the borough’s history is being featured in a special exhibition.

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Nathan Sawaya's Lego brick sculpture 'Yellow'... coming to Brick Lane, of course

Sculptor Nathan Sawaya displays a million Lego bricks in Brick Lane

It’s just a kids toy—well, not according to lawyer-turned-LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya.

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Tower Hamlets Borough Commander Dave Stringer on a successful summer

The last few weeks have been exceptionally busy for the police in Tower Hamlets. We started July off with the by-election under great scrutiny, went immediately on to the large music festivals in Victoria Park, Field day and Lovebox and then continued with some of our major relgious festivals. Fortunately, despite all the demands on our resources, we were able to keep all the usual elements of our service going as normal and crime continues to fall.

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Omar Ba's painting, Afrique, Afrique, Afrique. Image courtesy of the Artist and Hales Gallery.

Senegalese artist Omar Ba explores dictatorship in Bethnal Green exhibition

A new exhibition in Bethnal Green will explore the themes of dictatorship, war and modernity.

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Boxer Terry Spinks, 64, holds up the MBE that he received from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, 46 years after winning an Olympic gold for Britain. Spinks was 18 when he took the medal at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 as a flyweight.

Canning Town Olympic hero Terry Spinks to be remembered at boxing event

Boxing demonstrations will be among the attractions on offer at an event celebrating the life of local flyweight hero Terry Spinks.

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Beverley-Jane Stewart

East End history explored in new exhibition

The history of London’s East End is being explored in a new exhibition by artist Beverley-Jane Stewart.

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Bethnal Green & Bow MP Rushanara Ali is rallying to save GP surgeries

It’s often said that the NHS is one of Britain’s best-loved institutions. Anyone who has seen the care it provides for our families and friends would agree with this without a second thought. Yet sometimes, our community comes together to remind us just how much local NHS services mean to them.

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East Ham MP Stephen Timms wants more done for young jobless

We still have more than 800,000 young people unemployed in the UK and a rate of youth unemployment almost three times the overall rate. Yet it emerged last week that the government’s flagship youth unemployment initiative has been scrapped. What is going on?

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Sohini Alam, vocalist for Khiyo

British-Bengali band Khiyo bring their eclectic sound to the East End

An exciting young British-Bengali band who combine traditional Bangladeshi songs with modern arrangements will bring their extraordinary sound to the East End ahead of the launch of their debut album.

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Fred Olsen Line's Braemar cruiser[Picture: Mike Brooke]

TRAVEL: High Seas adventure to Baltic ports and the midnight sun

If it’s an adventure on the Baltic Sea—count me in. What freelance journalist who obsessively watches TV’s The Bridge and loved the Onedin Line as a kid wouldn’t jump at the chance to try a Baltic adventure of great and small ships? writes Allis Moss.

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MP for Poplar & Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick says the Gaza slaughter must stop now

The last week before Parliamentary recess has been dominated by foreign news; the Israeli military strikes in Gaza and the downing of the aircraft over the Ukraine.

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System's Charlie Mgee and Mal Webb

Formidable Vegetable Sound System reap Lovebox success

Antipodean rockers, Formidable Vegetable Sound System managed to “cultivate” a wildly dancing crowd at Lovebox on July 19.

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman supported the council staff and teachers strike action

Last week many of our council and teaching staff took park in national strike action against the pay freezes imposed by the government. I supported them in that action. Low pay is driving more and more people into financial distress. It may surprise readers to know the majority of those in receipt of benefits are now from working families due to low wages, part-time working and rising living standards. Everybody deserves a decent wage. I was proud that Tower Hamlets was one of the first London councils to introduce the London Living Wage, some five years ago, to support some of our lowest paid staff.‬

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Dj Monki

Preview: Lovebox, Victoria Park, July 18 and 19

This weekend will once again see Victoria Park turn into a fully-blown festival for 48 hours as Lovebox comes back to town for the tenth time.

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Teenagers exploring nature on the Outdoor Escape

Magical Hyde Park bush craft experience will engage teenagers with the great outdoors

Teenagers can take part in a magical bush craft experience they will remember for years to come, as they listen out for bats in Hyde Park, swim in its lake and ride horses.

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John Biggs AM City & East is not a sore loser providing the vote was fair

Having failed to become Mayor, I am busily throwing myself back into my work at City Hall. And there is plenty to do. For a candidate an election is a very public, and thrilling, adventure. But afterwards normal life goes on. And in a democracy we live with the result.

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Bikeworks directors David Miller and Jim Blakemore

Tour De France 2014: Where to do your own cycling

The famous Bikeworks centre in Cambridge Heath Road shared its top cycling spots in Tower Hamlets ahead of the Tour de France.

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Todd Van Hees before cycling the entire Tour de France route.

Poplar biker tackles the Tour De France route ahead of the race

What better way to get into the Tour De France spirit than cycle the course a week ahead of the famous race?

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Court & Crime See all

Ibrahim Gharib

Brothers guilty of Ibrahim Ghrib’s death in Shadwell Basin drowning

Two brothers have been found guilty of manslaughter for leaving a man to die in the freezing waters of Shadwell Basin dock in east London in an unprovoked attack.

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Opinion See all

Scottish Saltier flying above Stratford Old Town Hall

BIG DEBATE: Scottish Referendum—better together or better apart?

The Scottish Saltier is flying over the old Stratford Town hall with Newham Council backing the ‘Better Together’ campaign as Scotland votes tomorrow on whether stay in or quit the UK. Newham’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Robin Wales, is a proud Scot and an ardent supporter of a United Kingdom who genuinely believes we are better as a united island. The ‘yes’ voters who want an independent Scotland have won support, unsurprisingly, from English Democrats who believe England should have its own Parliament—like the Scots—because they believe we would prosper without having to support the rest of Britain:

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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