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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Life comes at you quickly - just ask John Gladwell and Debs Croshaw. The pair only began serious planning for their Filthy Buns burgers in February, and now they're preparing to launch a seven days a week residency at The Three Compasses on Dalston Lane.

The freshly refurbished London Fields Brewery has invited Prairie Fire - the Kansas City BBQ joint - in to their kitchens to serve authentic fare as the colder months approach.

Atom Gallery on Green Lanes have announced an exhibition of pizza box artwork which will raise money for Hackney Foodbank.

A free one-day festival of live music, urban graffiti and comic arts workshops for children aged 13 to 19 is coming to Shoreditch Town Hall this Saturday (August 17).

Xylo Aria isn't in the mood to hang around. "It's time we started empowering ourselves and each other," she says. "If we wait for others to provide the stepping stone, we'll be waiting forever."

Formerly a songwriter for the likes of Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Kylie Minogue, Lisa Cowling now runs a cookery school out of her home in Dalston, after a year of volunteering at the Made in Hackney kitchen.

"We're giving people permission to feel uncomfortable," says American playwright Dael Orlandersmith of Until The Flood, which addresses the 2014 shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by white policer officer Darren Wilson - igniting Black Lives Matter-propelled social unrest.

One of the new pizzas on Flat Earth's August menu is topped with Haggerston plum sauce, spring onions, and soy & sesame aubergines.

Police are to continue their tough stand on stop and search in the fight against drugs and knife crime on the streets, the Met's new joint borough commander for Tower Hamlets and Hackney has promised.

"There's more to football than winning," reads the Hackney Laces manifesto. In the heat of the moment, when your team has just been soundly beaten, and it's raining, and you have to trudge home with your opponent's celebrations ringing in your ears - that can be hard to remember.

Simon Cowell is dressed in a familiar crew-cut top and about to deliver a shuddering reality check. "I'm gonna be honest with you, Kojo," he explains, "I don't really like comedians on this show."

Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher with a 4-year-old daughter: she does not have a lot of spare time. And yet, when she can muster a few quieter moments to herself, Goldie writes short-stories and longer tales about working class communities which are winning plenty of fans, and quickly.

You'll remember Kojo Anim's audition on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year: the standing ovation seemed to go on for about as long as his comedy routine itself.

Oslo Hackney's new head chef serves up a hearty menu of pub-grub favourites, catering to meat-lovers and vegans alike.

Andy Maddocks, co-founder of the Mothership Group, reflects on a decade of quirky events and rooftop parties on Curtain Road.

Some parents find nursery is the ideal place for their children to go while they're at work; others consider alternatives such as asking a family member to look after them. If you're undecided about childcare options, looking at the benefits of nursery is a good starting point.

Six years after suffering a mental breakdown, Ebony Ali is doing all that she can to support young people going through similarly turbulent times.

Career ambitions clash with family life in Chasing Rainbows, a new play from Oneness Sankara running at Hoxton Hall from June 25 to July 20.

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Italian food, cocktails and DJ sets in to the early hours are on the cards at Gigi's: the new Hoxton Square venue from Giovanna Hussain

Ahead of her show at Hackney Empire on June 27, the much-loved comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig talks us through her favourite Bake Off memory, the best thing about being British and her dog, Mildred.

The concept of home consistently threads through the recent output of Hackney-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

The Windrush Cricket Project seeks to bring people of all ages together to share experiences and get active with a bat and ball on the Marshes this Saturday, June 8.

Lower Clapton restaurant My Neighbours The Dumplings are expanding. The Gazette went for a walk around the park with director Becky Wharton to talk about their second dumpling house: set to open on Victoria Park Road in mid-July.

Childhood friends Holly O'Leary and Alice Harry are about to bring a brew bar, café and small-plates restaurant to Hackney's vegan scene. They're opening Squeg + Bonez on Thursday (June 6) with 100 free coffees to be claimed the next day.

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