In Strange Times, Events For Us to Talk & Connect?

These are tumultuous times. In response we’re stepping up our communal activities. Winter is here but we’re not slowing down. There’s walking, talking and connecting to be done… The civic sphere is where we’re going to find each other and make sense of this year. Whatever happens, surely conversations are where any solutions will start?…

The Original Suffragette – Hackney Hero Mary Wollstonecraft

The big movie release this week is Suffragette, but 100 years before the Pankhurst-led push for suffrage, a Hackney-based hero was scandalising the establishment by suggesting a woman could be a man’s equal. She is the star of our polemical walk ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington’. Often referred to as the ‘founder of modern…

Hackney Wick: See It While It Lasts

Thanks to some last minute cancellations, we still have several places on tomorrow’s Hackney Council walk around the wonder that is Hackney Wick. This guided tour – including art, social and industrial history & heritage – will show you why this very special alternative East London location by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is well…

The Hackney Wall: Debut Show at Hackney Wicked 2012

Fittingly on the weekend of Open House, Sat & Sun in London also sees the return of the annual ‘Open Studios’ art bonanza that is Hackney Wicked. And we’re in it! Whether you’re an art aficionado, an architectural adventurer or just plain nosey, come see some contemporary art

NEXT ‘NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY’ WALKING TOUR

“NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY” WALKING TOUR, AS SEEN IN GUARDIAN ONLINE: Sat 21 & 28 Apr; 5 May 2.30pm Hackney Wick Rail 2hrs; ends at Olympic Park View Tube (Pudding Mill Lane DLR) £10 (£8 concs) in advance (book here) or £12/£10 on the day. It’s huge, it’s in Hackney

The Black Helicopters of Hackney

It’s an unmistakeable sound – the deep thukka-thukka of giant counter-rotating blades missing each other by milliseconds at a rate that blows the non-mechanical mind. Silhouetted against a winter Clapton sky the Chinooks – heavy-lift double-rotored helicopters that often swing by here on an afternoon (always north to south, usually in pairs) work their way…