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A sell-out crowd at Hackney Empire saw spoken word artist Chifa K crowned the winner of Alter Ego 2017.

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A 19-year-old man was stabbed in the leg at the BP garage in Finsbury Park last night.

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A mobile drama group is fundraising to turn a disused paddling pool in Millfields Park into an open air popup “cine-theatre”.

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Parents and staff took part in a joint lobby of a Stoke Newington School governors’ meeting in protest against education funding cuts.

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Visiting West Ham fans could be banned from parking in streets around the London Stadium on matchdays after locals complained they were nabbing their spaces.

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Candidates for Hackney South and Shoreditch pitted their wits against each other at a General Election hustings last night.

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A school’s unique protest against funding cuts to education across the borough has been captured by a drone flying above Hackney Marshes.

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Hackney South and Shoreditch candidates will take questions from constituents tonight at a General Election hustings.

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Ronke Ikharia decided she wanted to be a doctor when she was 12 – because of an episode of ER.

Sport

Spanish defender was part of team which defeated Blackburn Rovers earlier in the season and is hopeful history will repeat itself

Two groups have registered an interest in east London club and will meet Italian owner this week

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England midfielder keen to be even better next season and hopeful Spurs can start 2017/18 Premier League campaign strongly

Spurs jet off for Hong Kong without Belgium ace, but strong squad

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Defending champions happy despite stalemate with Surrey

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The official World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017 medals have been unveiled.

Forward departs Brisbane Road with record of 15 goals in 43 appearances

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Midfielder agrees two-year deal at Sky Blues after leaving O’s following relegation

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Experienced midfielder hails incredible support and loyalty of O’s fans and knows club can return to better times

Hidden Homeless Campaign

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hackney Council wants to splash out £36million on a 148-room hostel in Seven Sisters Road so it can stop housing homeless people outside the borough.

London’s deputy mayor for housing reveals City Hall’s plans to tackle the housing crisis in Hackney – and admits rising homelessness ‘really shames London’ in an exclusive interview with EMMA YOULE

Poppy Terry, public affairs officer at the charity Shelter, writes about the growing crisis of homeless families living in temporary accommodation in the capital.

Entertainment

Rum. Tequila. Vodka. Out of all the spirits out there, cider would be the last on my list to stick in a cocktail.

With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.

Distorted Façade brings the artists together to look at the human form, both producing bodies of work that explore the depiction of the figure in the post modern age.

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

The London Tango Quintet are playing at Hackney’s Round Chapel on May 25

ZOE PASKETT talks to Hackney local Ben Lloyd-Hughes about his starring role in Kiss Me, making big life choices and retaining an air of mystery in the era of social media

Emma Bartholomew pays a visit to Jaguar Shoes Collective’s latest venture RedYellowBlue at the former 2012 East Village

The artist’s illustrated portraits appeared in many British magazines, and now make up a newly opened exhibition at Goswell Road’s Lever Gallery.

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

“Can’t we go for breakfast again instead?” my daughter asked hopefully, when I told her we were going back to The Bach to try their evening menu which has just launched.

Your Beautiful, based out of temporary spaces in Dalston, is bringing their travelling exhibition Junk in the Trunk to The Bomb Factory in Archway on May 28.

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre

BRIDGET GALTON talks rock docs, politics and the thrill of playing live with the folk punk singer

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW stays in the purpose built Algarve resort Vilamoura with her children where they all get a good dose of sun, sea and sand at Tivoli’s revamped landmark hotel

Emma Bartholomew finds sharing plates, which are all the rage, have now been adopted by a French restaurant in Shoreditch

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