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In these Sad Days of Uncertainty, Hatred and Change in Europe… I WANT TO BELIEVE

Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party EU Referendum - I WANT TO BELIEVE

It’s not easy, but I really would like to believe there are better politicians out there. So, Jeremy Corbyn, and all of Labour… help us out here!

Stoke Newington boy raises money for refugees

I just saw an article in the Hackney Gazette about 10-year-old Stokey boy Reuben Carter*, a student at Grazebrook Primary School, who has decided to give up his beloved screens (laptop, iPod, iPad and such) for Lent in order to raise money for Refugee Action. If that doesn’t deserve a mention then what does?

Please guys, skip one craft beer or even a fancy burger or other overpriced commodity and give this amazing little guy a hand. You can donate to Reuben’s campaign at www.justgiving.com/ReubenCarter.

Reuben Carter wants to help refugees

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GS Cars minicabs: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head!

I don’t like posting negative reviews. Really, just check the site and you’ll see. But what GS Cars, that good old Stoke Newington minicab company, did to us, and left us alone to deal with and pick up the pieces… shit really has to hit the fan quite hard for me to go this far, but it did! On the positive side however, when I do, I try my best to have a bit of fun with it, and there truly is nothing more liberating than writing a good old lengthy and justified rant.

GS Cars minicabs in Stoke Newington put us in danger, cost us a lot of money, and refused to take responsibility

GS Cars, N16 minicabs – do not use them unless you don’t care about your life and money

So read on, and see why I believe that good old GS Cars deserves my wrath, and maybe your temporary boycott, enough to make me come out of hibernation… Fasten your seatbelts, let’s go, and enjoy!

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Rest in Peace, Rod de’Ath

Sad news today that Rod de’Ath, local legend, and pretty much part of the furniture at the Prince, has passed away at the age of 64. Rod used to drum for Rory Gallagher back in the 1970s, until his accident that cost him an eye and caused brain damage that meant he couldn’t drum anymore.

Let’s all raise a pint to Rod the next time, and every time we’re at the Prince!

Rod de'Ath

You can read more about Rod on Wikipedia…

Stokey Smoked Salmon

Just when you thought we had it all… along comes a man from Norway and starts offering salmon smoked in our own backyard.

Hansen Lydersen Smoked Salmon in Stoke Newington

Ole  Hansen-Lydersen has recently set up his smokehouse in Shelford Place here in Stoke Newington, carrying on a family tradition that has now lasted four generations in his native Norway. He and his wife Flora have a plan to provide London with affordable, fresh and perfectly smoked salmon, and they are off to a good start. Their salmon is delivered straight from Loch Duart in Scotland (though Norwegian salmon will be on offer in the future as well). It’s from a sustainable source, never touches plastic, never gets frozen, and (I had a chance to try some straight from the kiln) it really is divine. Continue reading

Tin-Tone’s Magical Guitars

All photos by Ben Hopper (http://THEREALBenHopper.com)

I’ve always loved guitars. Even though I can’t play to save my life I just can’t help but stop in front of music shops or any other collection of those beautiful shiny instruments. Imagine my surprise then to find a collection of the strangest and prettiest little guitars I have ever seen in a random window on our very own Church Street.

A selections of custom guitars at Jon Free's Tin Tone

A selections of custom guitars at Jon Free's Tin-Tone (photo by Ben Hopper)

Here lives and works Jonathan Free of Tin-Tone, who has been a musician with bands like Gin Palace, Penthouse, Country Teasers and The Cesarians for over 23 years, a live sound engineer for 10, and who has been building and repairing guitars for a very long time. The window in question is where you find his workshop, and what I found there was a little guitar magic…

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Desperately seeking… Tony & Annette Paul

[Press Release] In early 1960 a brand new fountain was installed by Hackney Council on Stoke Newington Common.

The fountain was dedicated to Florence duVergier, the very first woman to be elected Mayor of Hackney, during the war in 1943. Originally a teacher, Florence duVergier was elected to be a Hackney Councillor in 1928 and mayor in 1943. Altogether she was a councillor for twenty-five years (1928 -53) and made a significant difference to the lives of Hackney people. She started the youth club on the Kingsmead Estate, and undertook substantial work in the fields of public health, housing and older people.

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See it roar: New beginnings at The Lion

You might have noticed the light. Over the last couple of days Church Street has been lit up like a Christmas tree… The Lion is back!

The Lion on Stoke Newington Church Street

Well, almost.

After well over six months of refurbishment, severe water damage that completely destroyed the new hardwood floors, and more refurbishment, The Lion is re-opening on Saturday, 12 June, in time for the first England match in the World Cup. I had a chance to look around and get the dirt on what’s going to happen.

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The Hackney Gentlemen’s Racing Club – From Church Street to Mongolia

Hackney Gentlemen's Racing ClubWhatever plans you have for summer, chances are they won’t be quite as wacky as those of the Hackney Gentlemen’s Racing Club, a group of local residents who are competing in this year’s Mongol Rally, an automotive endurance race to Mongolia.

In July, the four friends from Stoke Newington who make up the team will attempt to drive a third of the way around the world, from London to the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, in order to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

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Tallulah Rendall and the art of independently producing an album

Tallulah RendallLast year we interviewed Tallulah Rendall about her first album, Libellus, which turned out to be a bit of a beauty. Now she is back at work on her second offering, and to finance it she has found an ingenious way of mobilising her fans and support a charity on the side. We caught up with her to find out how it’s going.

I wrote the second album, which is sounding much rawer and more up tempo than the first, whilst we were on tour in Japan, and in June we will go into Hookend Studios to record. This is being funded through profits from the first album. However, there are lots of additional costs that we are raising money to cover, hence I got involved with Pledge Music. All kinds of things are up for grabs, from signed CDs and a chance to be in our video to private gigs and personalised songs.

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