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Hackney lido lights up as long winter approaches

LONDON FIELDS Lido is to open at night. Hackney council has announced that from December  2014 the Olympic-length art-deco style facility will be, uhm, floodlit.  ...

Hackney Town Hall London E8 © DA

What Hackney paid its Super Seven for 2013-14

THE CLAIM that to prevent an exodus of talent to other operations if not abroad you need to pay big money – more, say, than ...

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A bike for a month for £10: great Hackney offer

HIRE A BICYCLE for a month for a tenner. That’s Hackney council’s latest way to get more of the borough’s residents to take to the roads ...

Matalan tower and "windmill" (Andrew Waugh, arch.) . Blue top right is Hackney Downs Mossbourne Community Academy Dalston London E8 (dalston Ln July 2

Hackney house prices up by London record 621%

AS HACKNEY council publicises its homebuilding scheme, Loving Dalston finds that house prices in the borough have risen by 621% since 1995. Which means that so-called ...

Gillett Square Dalston mirror tiles Hackney N16 8JH 220814 © David Altheer

Tasty boost for Dalston’s never-quite-hip square

ALOHA! The troubled Gillett Square project is about to be given welcome succour by, of all things, a Hawaiian restaurant. Byron Knight, one of the ...

Policevan: was in collision with commercial van at Dalston Junction rail station 210814 © David AltheerPolicevan: was in collision with commercial van at Dalston Junction rail station 210814 © David Altheer

Police swoop after traffic incident in Dalston

DALSTON JUNCTION was agog when a big police van and a bigger commercial van had a closeencounter after one of them executed a U-turn right by the ...

Ellen Blane competing in Buskival busker contest on "Haggerston Riviera" Regent's Canal London 230814 © david.altheer@gmail

Canal carnival in Haggy… buskers not boats

A WEEK before the Notting Hill Carnival, Hackney gets its own free festival. If you thought this was about last year’s excessively popular canal carnival, ...

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Hackney head: Mossbourne A-levels ‘outstanding’

THE STANDARD-BEARER for northeast London schools, Mossbourne, says it has achieved “outstanding” A-level results. In the examinations 87% of students were awarded A* to C. Four pupils, Calum ...

Clowns' service Holy Trinity Beechwood Road Dalston London E8 060211 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Clowns win new spot as Rev Rose leaves Dalston

THE ANNUAL clowns service in Dalston has been saved. Held for more than half a century at Holy Trinity church in Beechwood Road, the event ...

Tower Hamlets College © David Atheer

East End unis may be failing their students

UNIVERSITIES in northeast London are failing their students, according to the Good University Guide. The 2015 guide, to be published next month September 2014, puts ...

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Gillett Square Dalston mirror tiles Hackney N16 8JH 220814 © David Altheer

Tasty boost for Dalston’s never-quite-hip square

ALOHA! The troubled Gillett Square project is about to be given welcome succour by, of all things, a Hawaiian restaurant. Byron Knight, one of the ...

Brantingham picture: © Gordon Kneale Brooke/geograph.org.uk. ound at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brantingham#mediaviewer/File:Brantingham_Village_Duck_Pond.jpg

Web faster in Domesday hamlet than in Tech City

A  HAMLET IN the Yorkshire Wolds so old that it is in the Domesday Book has faster  broadband than Tech City/Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch. Two thirds of ...

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Developers do not quite reject Goodsyard petition

DEVELOPERS have given a cautious response to news of a petition to create  an anti-pollution park on the former goodsyard site they want to develop ...

Café Route Gaumont Tower, Dalston Sq E8 3BQ 210614 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Hamlets and Hackney named new rental hotspots

SIGNS OF sanity are appearing in the London property market. The asking prices of sellers are showing a fall, albeit a tiny fall, throughout the ...

Nigel Akehurst in Kingsland High St Dalston London E8 180414 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Hackney farmer makes his pitch in Dalston

WHEN YOU’RE a son of the soil living in the heart of hipster London, your mind occasionally turns to the turn of the sod, the ...

Dalston Junction Hackney E8 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Multimillion fiasco of Dalston’s bizarre bus depot

A SMART-LOOKING little bus pootles cheerily around northeast London, along a winding route between Bromley-by-Bow and Dalston Junction. Except the 488 does not stop at Dalston Junction ...

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Crossrail builds an island for the wild East Enders

ON THE EASTERN edge of London an island is being built. As the constructors of the Crossrail scheme dig up thousands of tonnes of soil  ...