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Triple vision – Mare Streets optical war

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Triple vision – Mare Streets optical war

As if being looted and having your store wrecked by looters during London’s summer riots in 2011 wasn’t bad enough, the owner of EYE London, an independently owned opticians on Mare Street, claims she faces the possibility of being swallowed up by national chain, SpecSavers, before long. Eight years ago Margaret Asare set up her […]

Dwayne’s Fields of Dreams

Dwayne’s Fields of Dreams

  Originally published 25/03/11 in www.hackneyhive.co.uk In 2010 Stoke Newington resident, Dwayne Fields became the first Black Briton to walk from the most northern point of Canada to the magnetic North Pole, covering over 400 miles in 22 days (of which 16 days was a race) across snow and frozen ocean, when he competed in […]

Exclusive: Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

Exclusive: Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

  This was originally published at www.hackneyhive.co.uk on 17/05/12 Thanks to her cousin and husband, Hackney resident Davina Duggan, stumbled on to the idea of developing an App for trainee taxi drivers, and is now attempting to bring a specialist method of study into the wired 21st century. The knowledge of London, better known as […]

Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

This originally appeared on www.hackneyhive.co.uk on 04/08/10 The shadow of Sheriff Joe Arpaio hangs heavy over this book. As head of the Maricopa County jail system in Arizona he has instituted programmes in which prisoners are fed ‘expired’ meat; are triple-bunked to house 800 in a facility originally meant for 360; and he boasts that […]

From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

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From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

This piece originally appeared on www.hackneyhive.co.uk EXCLUSIVE – Author, Shaun Attwood will be at Stoke Newington Literary Festival The man from Cheshire US authorities say was bigger than mafia honcho and hitman, Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano I have been meaning to catch up with Shaun Attwood for a while. Logistics, commitments and a last minute […]