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Genesis: The floating church of St Columba’s community

Genesis: The floating church of St Columba’s community

Charity, Culture, London, Uncategorized
Genesis floating on the River Lee Navigation. Photo by Gilbert McCarragher. Walk down Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Here East, along the River Lee Navigation and there will be a barge named Genesis bobbing on its waters. It’s where the local community of St Columba meet and fellowship with Reverend Dave Pilkington at its helm.  “We have a gathering called The Journey,” Pilkington told Westminster World and elaborated that the meetings are on Thursday evenings. “So it’s not a traditional service. We work to the themes of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous." “We do that for everybody so it’s not for people who necessarily have an addiction. We see it as a fantastic spiritual programme for growth," he said. The St Columba community have been meeting at the river for
Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Business, Culture, Fashion, Uncategorized
Are the independent designers who attracted visitors to Old Spitalfields Market now under threat from high rents and increasing High Street-like homogenisation?   ChanChan London-based women's wear designer Photo: Caroline Paul Back in the 1990s, London’s Old Spitalfields Market was mostly empty, used as a sports hall some evenings and on Sundays housing 400 food and crafts stalls. Now, it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But at what cost? “Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous. "It's so sad, London used to be a hotbed of creativity, but it's becoming too expensive to have a stall here. Rents go up every year. Just look at what's

Librería: The throwback bookshop with a modern twist

Culture
“Is there any Wi-Fi here?” “No ma’am, unfortunately we have no Wi-Fi here. Also, can I kindly ask you to put away your phone as we have a no phone policy here”, the cashier says calmly as she pointed at a ‘No Phones Please’ sign placed on the table next to her. Lack of Internet access in shops is not something new to me; but not being allowed to use my phone was a first, especially in a commercial place of business like this one. Librería bookshop is making drastic changes to get customers to appreciate bookshops for what they are - actual bookshops. Not places to check in on foursquare, not places with the perfect lighting for an Instagram selfie, and definitely not a place to snap about on Snapchat. The small, yet mighty space is where one can get away from the outside world and