Post by: Thomas Macaulay

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Meet the London Sparrows, Hackney’s finest wheelchair basketball team

17 Mar , 2016  

The wheelchair basketball game between London Sparrows and Brixton Ballers should have started by now, but a tardy referee has delayed the tip-off. The Sparrows’ moustachioed player-coach Amir is overseeing an extended warm-up while they wait. “We’re gonna have fun, but at the same time work. No one gets easy shots,” he instructs a dozen […]

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Meg Hillier slates Osborne’s budget

16 Mar , 2016  

Meg Hillier has joined her fellow Hackney MP Diane Abbott in criticising George Osborne’s Budget. Speaking in the Commons shortly after the chancellor, Ms Hillier added her concerns about the Budget’s impact on Hackney to those raised by Diane Abbott exclusively to Hackney Post this afternoon. “I bet there is more hidden pain for many […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Diane Abbott blasts Osborne over ‘misleading’ Budget

16 Mar , 2016  

Diane Abbott has slammed George Osborne’s Budget and its impact on Hackney. Ms Abbott exclusively told Hackney Post: “The chancellor’s latest budget paints a rosy picture but this couldn’t be further from the truth for Hackney.” Growing inequality Ms. Abbott said that zero-hours contracts, the high costs of rent and public transport and the decline in social […]

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Copper Box to host Billy Joe Saunders world title fight

15 Mar , 2016  

Billy Joe Saunders will make the first defence of his WBO middleweight title against Max Bursak at Hackney Wick’s Copper Box Arena on 9 April. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) won the title last December against Andy Lee, in what was billed as the first world title fight between two travellers. Saunders knocked Lee down twice […]

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Ultimate Frisbee flies at Curve

14 Mar , 2016  

There is a flying saucer whizzing through the grey March sky above Victoria Park. But there are no little green men under it. Just 14 pairs of football boots pounding the damp grass underfoot in its pursuit. They have gathered for a game of ultimate Frisbee, a competitive version of the perennial hippy favourite. The […]

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speed dating


Could a speed date change my life?

10 Mar , 2016  

In an age of instant, online connections, what’s happened to the classic speed date? We sent Thomas Macaulay to find out Technology has made us more connected than ever, but Britain is said to be in an age of loneliness. Billed as the “go-to date night for creative singles”, Last Night a Speed Date Changed My Life […]

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Liberation Foods


Farmer-owned nut business takes home Hackney fairtrade award

10 Mar , 2016  

Shoreditch-based Liberation Foods is flying the flag for fairtrade goods. Thomas Macaulay finds out more Fairtrade is big business in Hackney. The council itself has had fairtrade status since 2008, and this year they added a category for best fairtrade business at the Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards. The winner, announced on 23 February, was Liberation […]

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Leyton Orient Match Report


Leyton Orient’s play-off run halted by defiant Luton Town

6 Mar , 2016  

Leyton Orient were beaten one nil at home after Jack Marriott’s strike for Luton Town in the League Two clash. The Orient express was brought to a grinding halt on Saturday after Jack Marriott’s delicate lob for Luton settled a tense encounter between two in-form promotion hopefuls. Both teams arrived at the Matchroom Stadium unbeaten […]

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You won’t be lonely this Christmas… at the Haberdashery cafe

26 Nov , 2015  

Elderly people facing a lonely Christmas are being offered a free turkey dinner at The Haberdashery cafe in Stoke Newington. ‘‘We’re going to provide a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a bit of music, bingo and Secret Santa,” said owner Massimo Bergamin. He came up with the idea after a regular customer said he would […]

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Abbott calls for rent controls

15 Nov , 2015  

  Diane Abbott says soaring housing prices threaten Hackney’s diversity and local government must act to control them. “It falls on local authorities and the mayor to recognise that the social and racial diversity of areas like Hackney is important and should be preserved,” the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP said at Abney Park cemetery in […]

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