Culture, Music, People

East London psych-rock band launch debut album at Brick Lane Psych Fest

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We chat to Astral Lynx about the Brick Lane Psych Fest, and the highs and lows of life as modern day musicians.

The psychedelic genre has seen something of a comeback in recent years, thanks to the likes of Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and The War On Drugs bringing the sounds of the 60s and 70s to the mainstream. Add to that the slew of psychedelia-based festivals such as Cosmosis in Manchester and The Liverpool Psych Fest in, well, Liverpool of course, the cult following of fans clad in a swirling mass of  paisley print shirts and crushed velvet flares, and you’ve pretty much got yourself a movement. Continue Reading…

Culture, Entrepreneurs, Food, People

The heart of the Pho Mile: Mrs My Le and her mission to help

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Organic, local, wheat free, vegetarian. There are so many expectations that customers demand from restaurants these days in order to ensure they are getting the best of the ingredients and products sold but what if one of these desirables was ‘humanitarian’. Enter, Mrs My Le, owner of a 3 strong Vietnamese restaurant group, Mien Tay, and a fully-fledged philanthropist. Since opening her first restaurant in 2008, Mrs My Le has donated up to 40% of her profits (approx. £250k) to people, families and organisations back in Vietnam who are in greater need of money than she is. Mrs My Le’s humble and definitive view is that she would rather a child eat than her having a glamorous house in London.

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Entrepreneurs, People

Oh My ‘Duvet Days’ – Emma White

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Nostalgia is a sensation we’ve all experienced before  whether it’s wandering down a street you used to live on or hearing a song on the radio that takes you back to a certain time and place. That flashback feeling that gets you reminiscing on your past is so stirring and is often the reason so many of us squirrel away childhood toys and photographs. Like magic, nostalgia has the power to whisk us far away and evoke emotions in us we’d forgotten we had.

In East London’s Hackney, there is a young creative who is combining the magic of nostalgia with her own style of ethical clothing. Cheltenham born Emma White felt inspired after working with ethical clothing brand Goodon’ and decided two years ago to take a chance on her own dream and started up her business called Duvet Days. Emma has perfected a winning combination of unique and fun to wear clothing by up-cycling second hand duvets and the outcome is oh so dreamy.

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Entrepreneurs, People

Clues and Booze at Lady Chastity’s Reserve

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Londoners you work too hard! Monday to Friday slaving away in your office, giving all your energy to the man and how does your city reward you? With cheap cinema tickets on a Monday and a side of stale popcorn. Well I don’t know about you, but I would love something a little more thrilling to do after work and I’m not talking another tedious trivia night. We want more, we deserve some ridiculous, let your hair down kinda fun and the guy who’s got our back is Ben Tucker, immersive game creator and owner of Handmade Mysteries.
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Culture, History, People

Brexit- are you informed?

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I write this article with a strong sense of trepidation, because I’m writing about the Brexit, and I know next to nothing about it. Luckily, I’m in the same, clueless position as a substantial portion of other voters, and funnily enough, most of us will probably end up voting.

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Culture, History, People

The Immigrants of Spitalfields

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Look Up London started with spotting interesting sights then trying to cram their entire history into one hundred and fifty characters – Not easy. It’s since grown into an award-winning blog and Katie it’s founder, runs her own walking tours around the city. All with a key emphasis on raising your gaze.

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Culture, People

Nice shoes! Wanna f***?

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Here I go again! It’s been a while since I’ve written about my favourite topic… The French, English battle.

And today it is going to be about… SEX! “OH MY! What did she just say?!” Yes, sex, shagging, fucking… all those kinda things. There is a rumour that the French are, I am sorry to tell you, better in bed than the English. Both genders too I’m afraid. Why? Well, it’s pretty simple.

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Culture, People

Labels: Joe Sellman-Leava will leave you questioning how you may be judging people

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Growing up in a small beach town just a few hours north of Sydney Australia I never felt much prejudice about anything. At least not anything I really felt comfortable admitting to anyone. Most of the kids in my class where white Australians, with Australian parents and white Australian grandparents. The biggest culture shock we were submitted to was hearing the news of a classmate who went of a family holiday to Bali. I never had to deal with racism or discrimination directed at where I was from, the language I spoke or the colour of my skin, and for that I feel lucky. That’s not to say I was never labeled. Some of my labels I wore with pleasure and others I despised but just like every other human being, I was definitely not an innocent in the labelling game. I remembering plastering labels on girls and boys throughout high school too, and when I think about some of the names I flippantly threw around, I can’t help but cringe.

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Culture, People, Uncategorized

Closet Vinyl: Dan Magill brings back that almost forgotten plastic disk

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What you know and how you feel about vinyl is pretty much dictated by your age. Like the picture of a cassette tape that does the rounds on Facebook with the exhortation to ‘share if you get it’, the sight of that flat circular piece of plastic will either stir up strong feelings of joy like memories of your crushes and first kiss, or it’s very existence will just baffle you.
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Entrepreneurs, People

Eyetease: Richard’s make or break success story

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Sometimes startup life puts you in a corner and you run out of ideas. All motivation is lost and you think its maybe time to swap out the converse for brogues and get a ‘real’ job. It’s these particular moments where you have to put all your chips in – make or break. It’s a matter of thirty seconds and it’s those thirty seconds, that will turn your life around.

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