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EMMA BARTHOLOMEW

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.

Emma Bartholomew joins in with one of Kate Sheridan’s monthly leather bag making classes, held in her Lower Clapton shop

A musical about rival Victorian girl gangs links in with the music hall history of Hoxton Hall, where it is set. Emma Bartholomew finds out more about the women behind the Forty Elephants – a notorious gang that was driven to shoplift and pickpocket because of the extreme poverty its members faced

Emma Bartholomew chats to the founders of The Vurger Co about how they came up with the idea to launch a vegan burger comapany

Emma Bartholomew visits Watermint Quay by the River Lea in Stamford Hill – where neighbours say smoke from boaters’ chimneys is getting up their noses in more ways than one

Former thinktank boss Gavin Poole tells the Gazette about the Here East tech hub he runs at the Olympic Park.

Emma Bartholomew takes her three children for a fun city break at Le Méridien Barcelona where they stay in one of the newly revamped family rooms.

Emma Bartholomew tries out the ice rink and street food at Skylight - which is perhaps the only bar in London where you can skate.

Potter and BBC Great Pottery Thrown Down judge Kate Malone is inviting the public into her De Beauvoir studio this weekend – for the last time before she moves out. The Gazette finds out about the three decades she has spent living and working there.

Carolyn Clark tells Emma Bartholomew about her book, The Lower Clapton Tales, which recounts the past century of what used to be known as Clop-Ton.

Emma Bartholomew speaks to dancing doctor Samson Kendall who has raised over £190,000 for WaterAid through his organisation 4Water

It’s exactly 100 years since one Hackney teenager was killed in the battle of Beersheba. Emma Bartholomew speaks to his nephew ahead of Remembrance Day, remembering those who fought and gave their lives

Emma Bartholomew tries the new menu at Plum and Spilt Milk, the restaurant in the Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987. Emma Bartholomew catches up with a former Gazette reporter, still chuffed his photo of the aftermath made it onto the front page that week

Das Sreedharan tells Emma Bartholomew how he underwent a “born again” moment in Rasa, the veggie curry house he set up 23 years ago which launched his cooking empire and vision to save the world.

Tim Smith speaks to Emma Bartholomew about his father’s photos of the Caribbean – a window into a world that no longer exists, which he believes will stir up memories for migrants who moved to Hackney decades ago

Little Social is being transformed into a forest lodge every three months to celebrate the best of Canadian cuisine. Emma Bartholomew tries it out with a north American friend

It’s 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised gay sex. To mark the anniversary, Kat Hudson is curating an exhibition at Sutton House on the queer nightlife scene in Hackney and beyond. She tells Emma Bartholomew about the ‘golden age’ – and whether those really were the days

Emma Bartholomew eats at Pickled Fred, which reflects its founders’ passion for travel, Asian food and unusual cocktails

The Abney Park Trust is celebrating the bicentenary of William Hones’ victorious court battle against government censorship in 1817. It marked a turning point in the fight for the freedom of Britain’s press. Emma Bartholomew finds out more.

Emma Bartholomew visits the Three Compasses in Dalston to try out the burgers from their new resident chefs, GoneBurger

Emma Bartholomew eats at The Don, a smart City restaurant with elegant surroundings and charming service that won’t break the bank

Emma Bartholomew tries out meze and kebabs at Zala, which happily survived the blaze in Camden Market

Hackney is awash with microbreweries nowadays, but it wasn’t always that way. Emma Bartholomew catches up with the trailblazers from Pitfield Brewery who set off the craze for craft beer more than 30 years ago

As the owners of Springfield House look for permission to replace all its windows, Emma Bartholomew looks back to 1902 when a trailblazer in fire prevention, Edwin Sachs, designed it

Emma Bartholomew tries out the ‘Mediterranean fusion’ menu at Tuyo – the latest addition to Broadway Market’s foodie scene

It’s just as likely that you know Rev Sue Makin from social media as from St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick. She tells Emma Bartholomew how the church can be an ‘unshockable’ listening ear

Neil Martinson was 19 when he designed and put up posters about the 1973 Chilean coup around Hackney. Forty-four years on, the only surviving copy is at the museum. Emma Bartholomew explains.

Emma Bartholomew speaks to Rob Harries from charity WORLDwrite about its film on CLR James – a revolutionary he believes has fallen under the radar, despite the enormous library that bears his name

Emma Bartholomew takes her three children to the Algarve’s Vila Monte boho chic resort, where they try out a goat herding “experience”, wood fire pizza making, as well as full-on out-and-out relaxing.

Emma Bartholomew visits the Hotel Britannia Excelsior on the banks of Lake Como in Cadenabbia with her family, where they enjoy their most relaxing holiday in years basking in the sun on the lido

Nell James Grace from Queer Tours of London speaks to Emma Bartholomew about the tour she is hosting this weekend as part of Pride 365 – Hackney’s year-long celebration of the borough’s LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex) community.

Emma Bartholomew meets ex-EastEnders actor James Alexandrou to find out why he’s so passionate about the feature film he made on a budget in 12 days, which stars his fiancee and makes its premiere at Rich Mix tomorrow night.

Ron Miller, 85, fought in the Korean War aged just 18, and has been ‘living bravely with his war wounds’ ever since. Emma Bartholomew recounts his story of the ‘forgotten war’.

Emma Bartholomew visits Autumn Yard, a new diner which has taken over the site in Lower Clapton where The Russet used to be



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