Laura Raphael

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East London Lines
Forking great: Ooh-Fondue pop up restaurant launches in Hackney

This weekend saw the debut of Ooh-Fondue, Hackney's first pop up fondue restaurant. It has already attracted attention from the likes of Philippa Perry, wife of Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, and now they are looking to start a dating night, cheese single.

East London Lines
Raw deal for Raw Duck as Hackney terrace demolished

Demolition of 5 Amhurst Road in Hackney is currently underway, following the emergency evacuation of all residents last Friday. Council contractors have erected a safety scaffold at the front and back of the terraced houses...

East London Lines
LGBT History month celebrated with Shakespeare

A National Trust House in Hackney is celebrating Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History month with a Shakespearean sound installation. It marks the first time for Sutton House to celebrate...

Shades of Noir
BAM: Being A Man Festival

We are at the inaugural Being A Man Festival, the only problem? The Six Nations is on. When the Southbank's artistic director Jude Kelly asks the audience if they would rather be watching the rugby, several men raise their hand...

Shades of Noir
TEDxEastEnd: Society Beyond Borders

Last Saturday Shades of Noir headed down to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green for the third TEDxEastEnd. Incase you've been living under a rock, TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading"...

Shades of Noir
Afronoire magazine launch

Women's magazines have come along way since The Ladies Mercury first hit our shores in 1963, and even though the magazine only lasted four issues, "women" had become a specialist interest niche. Now titles such as Stylist, Cosmopolitan and Grazia are common place, but where do black, minority and ethnic consumers fit into this model?

Shades of Noir
Educational Establishments and LGBTQ

Stonewall's 2014 "Gay By Degree" university guide has flagged up that University of the Arts London does not have a discrimination and harassment policy to protect LGBTQ students or conduct mandatory sexual orientation training for staff...

The Roundhouse
Rising At The Roundhouse

Sponsored by Clash Magazine, this years festival was the biggest yet, with a number of collaborators and curators who came together on February 14th to the 24th...

BBC
Bloom and bust for music festival

Described as a "three day long house party", Gloucestershire music festival, Bloom, was set to open its gates in August 2009 to an estimated 6,000 revellers. However, after nine months of preparation and anticipation, the organizers were forced to cancel, even after a desperate attempt to salvage the festival by relocating the site to Chepstow Racecourse with just weeks to go.

BBC
Who would play in a venue like Riffs?

None other than MasterChef and Through the Keyhole star Loyd Grossman and his band The New Forbidden who played a gig in Wiltshire recently. Riffs Bar near Wootton Bassett was the venue and although a well-known television personality, Loyd is no stranger to the music industry.

IDOL Magazine
Music Unlimited at Proud Galleries

It is not every Thursday night that you find four of the nations home grown musical talent in a horse hospital, but on March 31st IDOL magazine, along with a handful of lucky competition winners, packed into Camden’s iconic Proud galleries to witness the music event of the year...