July 2012 Blog Posts (6)

The John Carlos Story

As the 2012 London Olympics loom, this is a good time to remember John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium.  It sparked great controversy.

Their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history. “A lot of the athletes thought that winning medals would supersede or protect them from racism. But even if you won the medal it ain’t going to save your momma. It ain’t going to save your sister or children,” says Carlos.



Added by Kathryn Johnson on July 25, 2012 at 1:43 — No Comments

Move your money

If you're not happy with the big banks check out Move your money.  Barclays, RBS and HSBC have all been in the media in recent days -  here are some alternatives.

Added by James Diamond on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Community Street and Estate Planting - after Chelsea Fringe 2012

De Beauvoir Gardeners' group (which is open to all Hackney residents) started this project as part of Chelsea Fringe, which began in 2012 - but we didn't intend it to begin and end with the three weeks for which the Fringe officially ran this year.

Our idea was to use the Fringe project to kick-start a street and estate planting initiative across as…


Added by Diana Weir on July 16, 2012 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Hackney Weekend - how was it for you?

After the 4-week closure of parts of Hackney Marshes for the Hackney Weekend, we'd like to get the experiences & views of anyone who uses the Marshes.

Hackney Council envisages up to three events attracting 100,000 people on the marsh every year, under its new events policy (April 2012). When the next event is proposed we would like to be ready with the evidence from this one.

Did the closures and the Weekend affect you? Please let us know, with a comment here or at…


Added by Hackney Marshes Users Group on July 9, 2012 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Secret History of our Streets - Arnold Circus

This fascinating series on BBC has traced the social and planning history of London's streets from Charles Booth's poverty maps to the present day.  Next Wednesday 11th July at 9pm on BBC2 the programme features Arnold Circus, just outside Hackney, but well known in the area.

"The episode features Arnold Circus, in the east end and the story of a Victorian social experiment that changed Britain. Arnold Circus is home to the first council estate which opened in 1896. The planning…


Added by James Diamond on July 4, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

London 2012 Festival Preview. Top tips & recommendations for arts events over Summer 2012 across the U.K

London 2012 Festival. Top tips & recommendations for arts events over Summer 2012 across the U.K. Stockhausen Opera performed in Helicopters, Light messages installation along Hadrian's Wall. The best of Shakespeare festival. Music from Gorillaz, Labrinth, John Cooper Clarke, Fatboy Slim and Nicky Taylor. Features interview & Music from Singer and Songwriter Adam Donen. Presenting & interviewer: Charley…


Added by Charley Weber on July 3, 2012 at 13:50 — No Comments

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