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EMMA BARTHOLOMEW

​Hackney's disinfecting station was opened to deal with infestations and deadly infectious diseases before antibiotics, vaccines and the NHS came on the scene. Emma Bartholomew finds more about the gas chambers where bed bugs, lice and fleas were zapped

An independent adjudicator has ruled the signage at Hackney Council's notorious "no left turn" into Richmond Road - which has racked up over a million pounds in revenue since being installed last summer - is inadequate.

To this day, Martello Street Studios remains a campus for some of the most exciting voices in contemporary art. Emma Bartholomew looks back to its radical roots in the '70s, when some of its tenants were dubbed 'wreckers of civilisation'

The name Tilley has become synonymous with portable kerosene storm lanterns worldwide, in much the same way that Hoover is used for vacuum cleaners. The great granddaughter of their inventor, Frederick Tilley, tells Emma Bartholomew about her family history - and how it all started in Hackney

​Amanda Hayes tells Emma Bartholomew about the advantages of keeping bees in the city, and how it's opened her eyes to the consequences of global warming as bees fail to take a break over winter

His name was Callum, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Hackney Aquatics was on the verge of collapse three years ago. Last month, it was awarded the Jeff Cook Salver at the London Swimming Awards for its contribution to sport. Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh tells Emma Bartholomew about its turnaround

Police are cracking down on gang members who face prison for their involvement in lucrative drug empires, but as Emma Bartholomew discovers it's a harder task controlling the violence as videos on social media fuel gang on gang hatred

Lucy Macnab quit her job in 2010 to set up Ministry of Stories. She tells Emma Bartholomew about the journey to spread "magical weirdness" as she prepares to move on to the Arts Council

Two children were killed in a pub fire 15 years ago which left two others with horrendous burns. One of the survivors Vicky Knight tells Emma Bartholomew about its impact and how starring in a film helped overcome at least some of the trauma

​Instigator of the British indie music scene, Richard Boon, tells Emma Bartholomew about managing the Buzzcocks and being christened 'The World's Coolest Librarian'

Farang has put Thai food on the map in Highbury Park in a former Italian trattoria. Emma Bartholomew visits with her family

As the Gazette's environment correspondent Will McCallum, who works for Greenpeace, publishes a book about 'How to give up Plastic', Emma Bartholomew looks back to where the problem first began - at the world's first ever plastic factory in Hackney Wick, set up by Alexander Parkes.

As the Kingsland Waste market is about to relaunch in July, Emma Bartholomew looks back at the market which started out as a tool market over a century ago, where you could buy TV sets that "never worked" and a man called Flash would sell the latest in gingham shirts

Emma Bartholomew discovers how a boxing match between two women sparked outrage in Hackney 90 years ago - with the mayor blasting the idea as 'gratification of the sensual ideas of a crowd of vulgar men', and the home secretary lamenting his inability to step in

Radici is the perfect spot to while away the weekend hours finds Emma Bartholomew - especially with bottomless prosecco at £15.

Hoxton entrepreneur Jamie Bolding tells the Gazette how he created his multi-million-pound media powerhouse Jungle Creations from just one Facebook page.

Emma Bartholomew and her family try out a new range of 'ta-kos' at Victory Mansion in Stoke Newington - and there's a surprise favourite

The death of Rashan Charles, and its aftermath, has tragic echoes of the case of Colin Roach. The 21-year-old was shot inside Stoke Newington police station 35 years ago, with the community convinced cops had a hand. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah was at the first protest after his death, he tells the Gazette.

Homerton Hospital consultant dermatologist Sharon Wong tells the Gazette about hair loss and her work with Hackney's black communities.

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