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The school run is never this bad — or is it? If you do a run, it may be cool enough for television

DO YOU drive a school run? Reality TV is looking for you. A London production company seeks what it terms “fun, outgoing families” to take part in ...

LeaBridgeStation: off Lea Bridge Rd Walthamstow London E10 050716 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

A station to make Hackneyites chuff-chuffed

THIS IS the station that perished 31 years ago for lack of public interest and this year reopened after revived interest. You won’t find it ...

Birdwatchers to Walthamstow Marshes to see common rose finch from E Europe 070716 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

A solo East European migrant draws watchers to a willow tree in Walthamstow Marshes

EXCITEMENT on Walthamstow Marshes and it was nothing to do with the imminent anniversary of the first British powered flight that took place there 107 years ...

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Take-off: Walthamstow aviation memorial is back on show after Loving Dalston flies into action

ON WALTHAMSTOW MARSHES are two plaques marking the first powered flight in Britain. They were, however, slipping from public view. A reader told Loving Dalston ...

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So farewell then, Jules Pipe. Some shall miss your cool runnings, none will miss your ignoring them

HAVING BEEN a national-newspaper journalist in his twenties, Jules Pipe could have been earning a five-figure salary by now. As leader and since 2002 Hackney’s ...

Dalston music festival 2015 (supplied)

So you missed Field Day and Glasto? No problem: you can still do Dalston’s own music festival

ANY EVENT with Hackney eminence Newton Dunbar deserves attention. Hence this story on the second Dalston Music Festival. The reggae champion and Four Aces Club founder ...

HackneyGT cycle clothes 2016

Devised in London and made in Lancashire, a cyclostyle label riding on the Hackney word,

MOST PEOPLE occasionally have lightbulb moments. Then the idea fades. Not for self-starters. One of them, music promoter and DJ Russ Jones thought of a ...

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St Matthias in Dalston is not sold — not yet — say youth club leaders as sale hits late hitch

A RUMOUR that the prime site of St Matthias, above, at Hackney E8 1NH has been sold for £2.2 million has been denied by the youth ...

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Staff duck for cover as students study readin’ an’ a-ruckin’ in Hackney’s spacey libraries

HACKNEY LIBRARIANS are in fear of physical attacks from students. Fights have broken out between pupils, pupils hurl racist and profane abuse at men and women ...

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London Fields is no walk in the park for Hackney: hipster heaven costs the council £140k

LONDON FIELDS has cost Hackney council £139,970 it never planned to spend. The park’s popularity on sunny evenings and days, especially with barbecuing and picnicking ...

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HackneyGT cycle clothes 2016

Devised in London and made in Lancashire, a cyclostyle label riding on the Hackney word,

MOST PEOPLE occasionally have lightbulb moments. Then the idea fades. Not for self-starters. One of them, music promoter and DJ Russ Jones thought of a ...

StMatt16: St Matthias youth clunb Dalston London E8 260616 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

St Matthias in Dalston is not sold — not yet — say youth club leaders as sale hits late hitch

A RUMOUR that the prime site of St Matthias, above, at Hackney E8 1NH has been sold for £2.2 million has been denied by the youth ...

LonFields14c: London Fields e8 160814 © david.altheer@gmail.com

London Fields is no walk in the park for Hackney: hipster heaven costs the council £140k

LONDON FIELDS has cost Hackney council £139,970 it never planned to spend. The park’s popularity on sunny evenings and days, especially with barbecuing and picnicking ...

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McDonald’s? No, in Dalston it will be McHipster, a McTake on the scenester roof bars of Hackney

FROM HOXTON to Clapton, Hackney has many rooftop venues targeting the hipster pound. Now McDonald’s wants to provide a sky garden for its fans. The ...

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The 158-year-old tin tabernacle of Hackney is to go under the auctioneer’s online hammer

THE LITTLE corrugated-iron church, above, in Hackney is to go to auction with a guide price of less than £2 million. Erected for Presbyterians in 1858, ...

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Shoreditch team says it is hippest in London

WHEN A WASPISH gossip column quotes you saying you’re “London’s sole hipster property agent”, you better be on trend. After all, City Spy appears in ...

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Hackney Downs loses its restful Russet café 

THE RUSSET café is to close. On Sunday 5 June 2016 this semi-secret venue on the northwest edge of Hackney Downs will serve its last ...