It’ll be obvious to anyone who reads this column that I’m not the biggest fan of the government, so in principle the idea of a lefty council standing up to the department that has ruthlessly cut its funding over and over again appeals to me (Hackney Today, p4).

Part Godfather, part screaming death metal demon, Samuel T Herring channels so many wildly divergent influences that it can be downright confusing to watch him.

St Vincent’s attention to detail is something to behold.

It is outrageous to see BSix denied more than £2million, and Hackney denied more affordable housing, thanks to what looks very much like bullying by the Department for Education.

It’s reassuring to see Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane drenched in sweat 30 seconds into his band’s set.

To listen to LCD Soundsystem through their intricately produced studio recordings, it’s easy to miss the musicianship James Murphy and his crew of unwilling rock stars command.

Twenty thousand people defied baking sunshine to race 13 miles around the borough in this morning’s Hackney Half.

I’ve somehow managed to convince myself my catastrophic fear of running is a good thing.

Fifty-two Labour councillors and five Conservatives will file into the Hackney Council chamber on May 23.

I’m delighted that the Gazette will be hosting a hustings event alongside Hackney Unites at the Old Fire Station Community Centre later this month.

Proud editor alert. On Wednesday last week the brilliant Emma Youle won an Amnesty media award for her (and our) Hidden Homeless campaign.

There is a large, hand-drawn chart on the wall behind me headed “active murder cases”.

This column originally appeared in the Gazette on February 16, 2017.

Like you, I hope, I’m pretty disturbed by the reference by a top Olympic Park developer to the Traveller community as an “infestation”.

Forty thousand litres of oily water have been removed from the River Lea following a major pollution outbreak last month.

I’ve taken a bit of stick recently for supporting unpopular projects in this column.

Thinking of taking on the Hackney Half this year but worried that you’re not ready?

Today we relaunch our award-winning Hidden Homeless series.

Two oil spills on Hackney’s biggest river in as many months is two too many.

We are a group of parents from William Patten Primary and write in response to your Editor’s comment regarding road closures, write The Cleaner Air for William Patten parent group.

How much public money has been wasted adjourning the sentencing of Sanchez Edwards six times?

Boaters in Hackney have been told not to move their vessels as environment bosses work to clean up a major oil spill polluting the Lea.

A 92-year-old woman is fighting for her life after being hit by a car in Stoke Newington Church Street early this morning.

Environment chiefs are struggling to contain a crude oil spillage that has been spreading down the River Lea through Hackney since Sunday.

Claude Umuhire leads running sessions for disadvantaged young people on Well Street Common. Having once been homeless, he knows all too well the difference running can make to a young life. The Gazette went along to find out more (and get in some training for the Hackney Half).

A string of road closures will hit Brooksby’s Walk and Chatsworth Road in Homerton for five months while aging gas mains are ripped out.

A Hoxton man today appeared in court charged with the murder of young dad Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips in Islington nearly a year ago.

The horribly named Veganuary may be over, but there’s still plenty on the menu at Thai Square for anyone who wants to cut out meat and dairy.

This week’s Hackney Gazette is almost certainly the first official “women’s edition” in the paper’s 153-year history.

Indie favourites Friendly Fires, Young Fathers, Django Django and Hookworms are some of the latest additions to the opening weekend of All Points East in Victoria Park.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

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