Owner Natasha Sayliss outside Mae + Harvery cafe on Roman Road

Double the size, just as good: Mae + Harvey’s owner on their new expansion

Despite the wider forces in the world working against the hospitality sector, Sayliss is keeping a cool head and her eyes fixed forward. But with so much responsibility for a young person, do these worries keep her up at night?

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Richard Smith (not his real last name) outside his home in Bow

Portrait: Richard on being HIV positive and breaking down stigma

‘I had a test and was very cruelly told, “yes you do have it”. I was not given a cup of tea or biscuit or offered any sort of comfort like that. The doctor passed me some pills and said that I’ll be on them for the rest of my life. And that was that.’

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Blackshirt newspaper coverage of the Mile End Pogrom. Source: Wiki Commons

Mile End Pogrom: the violent aftermath of the Battle of Cable Street

The Battle of Cable Street is remembered still to this day as a striking mobilisation against the rise of fascism in the years leading up to World War II; a turbulent day in which barricades were raised, bottles and bricks were thrown, and the fascists were defeated.

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