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Marching and rocking across Dalston by night

THE WORD “jazz” can be a killer label for a festival. Far better to come up with another term – and the three-day Match and ...

Writer David Dawkins speaks from the hole dug by Dig collective in ground of soon-to-be-demolished old rectory 365 Mare St (Narroway) Hackney © 210916 david.altheer@gmail.com

Hackney digs in to sax it up against corporatism

CORPORATISM is closing on Hackney, especially in the southern districts, yet the weirdness is still around. This weekend the DIG collective presents Hole Story, writers and ...

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Hackney’s quids in with teabags and weak coffee

HACKNEY COUNCIL has a reputation in local government for careful money management and its spending on meetings confirms that. What its taxpayers think is another ...

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Kingsland plan withers as Dalston garden thrives

THE EASTERN Curve Garden in Dalston has been saved. The multimillion-pound redevelopment of the adjacent Kingsland Shopping Centre that threatened the future of the popular ...

Stephen Mitchelson, Spitz co-director, at charity shop in Haggerston London E8 130914 © tdavid.altheer@gmail.com

New Haggerston charrie hits a memorable note

A NEW CHARITY shop in Hackney is selling vintage stuff to raise money so the people behind it can take music to sufferers of dementia, ...

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Ridley Road in Dalston gets a 6-floor flat building

THE IMMINENT erection of this six-floor building marks the biggest potential change in Ridley Road Market since the opening of Wu’s bar. Will the still-great ...

Balloon footy in Shoreditch 300814 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Will the big bad Bank bowl over the bitty Bitcoin?

TODAY HACKNEY can take some pride in hosting what is said to be the UK’s first bitcoin festival. BlockStock starts its 10-day run in Shoreditch ...

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Flag off! Hackney yawns over saltire suggestion

HACKNEY COUNCIL has reacted with a metaphorical Zzzzzzzz to Ed Miliband’s suggestion that town halls fly the Scottish flag. The Labour leader’s odd idea is part ...

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Is this anti-smoking project just burning money?

THIS IS the third year of Stoptober, a huge campaign with the commendable aim of persuading Britain’s smokers to quit. Hows it’s going? Hackney councillor ...

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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.  ...

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Balloon footy in Shoreditch 300814 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Will the big bad Bank bowl over the bitty Bitcoin?

TODAY HACKNEY can take some pride in hosting what is said to be the UK’s first bitcoin festival. BlockStock starts its 10-day run in Shoreditch ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Is Dalston Kingsland station plan on right lines?

THE REDESIGN of Dalston Kingsland has been unveiled. Network Rail wants to replace one of the ugliest, user-unfriendliest stations in northeast London with, uhm, well, see ...

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 ...