MONEY

First-time buyers boost Hackney housing market

12 Mar , 2009  

A flood of first-time buyers onto the market is helping house sales in Hackney buck national trends, say estate agents.

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FEATURES

Hackney’s close Shakespeare connection revealed

12 Mar , 2009  

Forget Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe. It turns out Hackney provided the first stage for Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Beth Mellor and Clare Dickinson investigate the connections between the borough and the Bard.

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ARTS

Painting over the postcode wars in Hackney’s community

12 Mar , 2009  

Young people caught up in Hackney’s postcode wars have been given the chance to express themselves through paint.

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FEATURES

Activist Yashar Ismailoglu on meeting Nelson Mandela

12 Mar , 2009  

Community leader, Yashar Ismailoglu has had varied career but since moving to London more than 30 years ago he has worked tirelessly for the Turkish and Kurdish community in Hackney.

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MONEY

Hackney bookies tell Diane Abbott to back off their business

12 Mar , 2009  

Betting shop owners have reacted with fury after local MP Diane Abbott accused them of “preying on vulnerable people.”

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FEATURES

Leila Deen talks about splatting Mandelson with green custard

12 Mar , 2009  

From custard to custody, Hackney local Leila Deen tells Etan Smallman why the environment is no laughing matter – and why she’s happy to be basking in the limelight.

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FEATURES

The swish new fashion craze for the credit crunch

12 Mar , 2009  

It is the latest fashion phenomenon to come out of the credit crunch. Based around the idea that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure, swishing is the only way to update your wardrobe without opening your wallet.

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ARTS

Fergus Craig, the new king of comedy for the Hackney Empire

12 Mar , 2009  

Emma Thompson stored hers beside her bath until it started to tarnish, and Susan Sarandon has an entire awards shelf in her guest bathroom. So it seems that Fergus Craig, Hackney’s rising star of the stage and screen, is already in A-list company.

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