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Mr Black Music reveals all in Hackney’s Oslo

AN EXCELLENT British writer on black music, Lloyd “Bass Culture man” Bradley, will join two leading counterculturalists at Oslo on Saturday. Sounds grim, doesn’t it, but no, it ...

Clowns’ Gallery 3 Oct 2014 © David Altheer

Smiles of a clown as Dalston museum relocates

BEWARE BUCKETS of water falling on you as you push the door: the dinkiest museum in northeast London is reopening. Having been in limbo for a ...

Petchey

Pitches at Petchey for a new Dalston market

THE TROUBLE with the food markets that pop up around London is that they are not much fun  for children… and thus for their young-adult parents. At ...

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Dalston’s famous cat burglar goes into print again

WHO KNOWS the truth about Ray “The Cat” Jones: the world’s most notorious burglar or a small-time jailbird loved by journalists grateful for his exciting yarns about ...

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Minus £500k, the Geffrye offers Hackney a Plan B

AFTER THE fiasco of its failed expansion plan, the Geffrye Museum has unveiled its intended replacement. The former Marquis of Lansdowne pub, languishing unlicensed for ...

Cleo Sylvestre launches her blues career at Rosemary Branch Islington London 171014 N1 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Woke up this morning, worked up a new career

WHAT DO you do when you’ve had – and are still enjoying – a career that includes a British first, have raised a family and ...

Colville Estate Hackney London 260814 © David Altheer

Greens expose huge rise in Hackney evictions

EVICTIONS OF Hackney council tenants have risen by more than a third. Figures obtained from Freedom of Information requests by the Green Party show that 98 ...

Gabriel Prokofiev @ Nonclassical, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London © David Altheer 031014

New music from Bethnal Green with a vintage link

WHEN ONLY two of his contemporaries turned up to the premiere by Gabriel Prokofiev of a new composition, he knew he was doing something wrong. ...

Male cyclists at Dalston Junction Hackney E8 2013 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Why women get off the bike: new Hackney survey

HACKNEY WOMEN cyclists park the bike once they approach their forties as they increasingly worry about traffic.  Men, however, ride on into later life. The ...

Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney Downs, London E8 © david.altheer@gmail.com

‘Sex, drugs, privilege,’ says Hackney school study

STORIES OF drug-dealing, sex and privilege at Mossbourne, the leading Hackney secondary school, have been published by a prize-winning sociologist. Mossbourne Community Academy, at which chief ...

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Petchey

Pitches at Petchey for a new Dalston market

THE TROUBLE with the food markets that pop up around London is that they are not much fun  for children… and thus for their young-adult parents. At ...

Jules Whiteway,left, London Fields Brewery and Climpson's founder-owner, with Fabio Israel, master brewer from Germany, at London Fields Brewery Oct 2014 © david.altheer@gmail.com

A star young brewer makes his name in Hackney

SOMETIMES life can provide a duh-duh-DUUUH! moment, when a coincidence seems something more… spooky or what? Something like that happened after a young master brewer ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...