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‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

A panel of local experts will be holding a Question Time-style debate to discuss Hackney’s future. The council have organised the debate to allow Hackney residents to voice their concerns and ask questions about the boroughs future. The “State of the Borough” debate is being held at City Academy to launch a…

Reviving East London’s Gin Craze: the timeless tipple

Reviving East London’s Gin Craze: the timeless tipple

In the last year gin has seen a remarkable rise in popularity to the stage where it is now outselling vodka as the most consumed spirit in Britain. London could make an argument for being the spiritual home of gin but East London’s relationship has not always been as smooth…

The politics of comedy: the art of black humour

The politics of comedy: the art of black humour

There is an Iraqi joke that Barack Obama scolded his intelligence services for knowing less than Iraqis on the whereabouts of IS. His analysts explained that Iraqis had this covert question “shako-mako?” that leads to all answers. Obama decided to challenge his intelligence officers, so he was airdropped into a…

Exhibition to celebrate Hackney’s 50th anniversary

Exhibition to celebrate Hackney’s 50th anniversary

  An exhibition marking the anniversary of the formation of the London Borough of Hackney is now showing at the Hackney Museum. The earlier metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington merged in 1965 to form the London Borough of Hackney. The borough is turning 50 this April. To celebrate…

Bouncers to breathalyse clubbers in Croydon

Bouncers to breathalyse clubbers in Croydon

  Bouncers will start breathalysing clients wishing to use clubs in Croydon as part of a Metropolitan police initiative to tackle alcohol – related crime across London. The new plan, to be launched at the end of February, will allow door security to refuse entry to those with an alcohol…

Reported rape attempt in Abney Park Cemetery

Reported rape attempt in Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Cemetery re-opened this morning following an attempted rape that occurred during the early hours of Sunday, whilst the cemetery was closed. The cemetery in Stoke Newington, Hackney, is a popular local attraction, but was closed to the pubic from Sunday morning. Police have said  the victim was a…

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

Marchers from across London converged at City Hall on Saturday to demand solutions to the Capital’s housing crisis. “Social housing is our right, here to stay, here to fight!” was the chant heard from one of the leading speakers from the Focus E15 Mothers, opening the protest. The March For…

Wednesday’s strike on the Docklands Light Railway has been called off by the RMT

Wednesday’s strike on the Docklands Light Railway has been called off by the RMT

Wednesday’s Strike on the DLR has been called off, according to the RMT union. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT is delighted to be able to announce that the determination and solidarity of our members across Docklands Light Railway has forced the pace in head to head talks with…

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney are among seven boroughs that are competing for £900,000 from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund. The Croydon-based “Access to Wandle Park” project and the “Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway” plan in Hackney are among those in the running for up to £175,000 investment from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund…

Motorists angry at expensive box junction fines

Motorists angry at expensive box junction fines

Hackney motorists claim Tfl uses a single box junction camera to make nearly £1 million in penalty charges. The yellow box junction camera, next to Homerton Fire Station on Homerton High Street, is designed to keep fire engines moving in case of emergency. The figures, released under a Freedom of Information…

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