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Archive for June, 2013

We’re big fans of east London artist extraordinaire Rob Ryan and his intricate, romantic and witty artwork. This weekend sees Ryantown, his shop based in Columbia Road, celebrate its fifth birthday. We decided to catch up with Rob, wish him a happy shop birthday and see what he’s been up to.

You’re celebrating your fifth birthday on Saturday; can you tell us how it all began?

What happened was the guy who did my framing, Brian, rang me …

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We recently caught up with William Leigh; the multi-talented foodie guy who’s been feeding Brixton tasty free-range fried chicken for the past year in his colourful, hip-hop playing, whiskey sour-serving, fast food restaurant, Wishbone.

So first things first: you now eat chocolate for a living. How did you get so lucky?

I don’t strictly eat chocolate for a living – I’m a product developer – which does involve eating a lot of chocolate, I admit. …

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If the weather holds up and we see some of this heat wave we were all promised this weekend, may we suggest a lovely walk along the length of the Lea River? If you don’t know much about this hidden gem, London’s second river runs through the heart of east London and meanders beside the Olympic Park. Your only obstacle in the beautiful 26-mile riverside walk is a little site called Cody Dock; a tucked-away dock that is now the centre of a thriving social regeneration project.

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Cycling… we don’t know about you, but the word immediately conjures up the image of the Von Trapp family children, happily navigating their way around the town of Salzburg. London, unfortunately, bears few similarities to this mountainous Austrian town. 

It does, however, offer something that Salzburg does not – a very lovely growing population of bike cafes, where weary, tired and hungry city cyclists can kick out their bike stand, get their wheels pumped up and indulge …

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Feeling brave? If you are, and you like agreeing to act out unknown good deeds, then we have just the thing for you. We recently checked out Exchange: 1000 Good Deeds by ceramic artist Claire Twomey; a lovely new exhibition at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.  The museum is inviting visitors to take home tea cups labelled with good deeds, and then follow through on those pledges.

Every day, …

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