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BIG DEBATE: 24-hour weekend tube services

Transport for London (TfL) recently announced plans for a 24-hour weekend tube trains from next September, with six services to run every hour across the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.

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Tower Hamlets new Deputy Commander Chris Barclay introduces himself

As Ch Supt Stringer is on a well deserved holiday this gives me an opportunity to introduce myself as the Deputy Borough Commander with responsibility for Operations and Neighbourhood policing.

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MD Forman & Son Lance Forman is drowning in emails

If you’re the type of person who jumps to conclusions, don’t bother reading what I have to say, just head to the last sentence.

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GP and Chair of Newham CCG gives advice on Stoptober

This month has been re-named Stoptober. Across the country smokers are being encouraged to get the support they need to stop smoking for good.

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Horrors Concert

The Horrors perform Troxy show

A great headphones album, filled with all sorts of uplifting, multi-layered textures is a serious contender for the soundtrack of the summer.

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Feminists protest in defence of Salman Rushdie in 1989  Photo: Rob Kenyon

Women who braved Satanic Verses ‘fatwa’ launch book in Bethnal Green

A book launch was held in Bethnal Green by feminists who took a stand to defend author Salman Rushdie from death threats over his novel The Satanic Verses.

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Jobs: Isle of Dogs man lands job as caretaker for Bancroft Estate

An East End man has landed a job as a caretaker on a Bethnal Green housing estate.

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E-cigarettes - friend or foe?

BIG DEBATE: E-cigarettes - a better option or a health risk?

The popularity of e-cigarettes has soared since they were first introduced to the UK about a decade ago, with current estimates suggesting that there are 2.1 million users in Great Britain alone.

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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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Terror raid on Islamic ‘school’ in Shadwell as Mayor rejects Theresa May’s ‘extremism’ claim

An off-the-books Islamic school has been raided by counter-terrorism police amid a row over extremism in Tower Hamlets.

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BIG DEBATE: 24-hour weekend tube services

Transport for London (TfL) recently announced plans for a 24-hour weekend tube trains from next September, with six services to run every hour across the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.

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