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Dave Hill
I write about London for the Guardian & Double Q Books
Interests: London, my neighbourhood, my family.
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One August morning in 1984, my first child was born in a maternity hospital on Lower Clapton Road which stood on the site of what is now called Mothers' Square. The Mothers' Hospital was opened by the Salvation Army in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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An artisanal bread shop has opened close by King's Hall. I know what some of you are thinking. I know some of you are thinking the opposite. So conspicuous a symbol of gentrification is bound to divide opinion, just as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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This fox was asleep on my kitchen roof at 6:30 this morning when I woke up. I took the photo as it finally stirred at around 3:00 in the afternoon. There's been a reduction in fox activity in my garden... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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He used to operate outside Palm 2 until his high-pressure sales technique resulted in his being asked to move on. So now he's made Tesco his pitch, which is also handy for the bus stop. You can't fault him for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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A forlorn scene on a gloomy morning during the dead zone between Christmas and New Year, but not without a note of defiance from the builders' merchant turned bar in this heartland of Remain. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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I imagine I'm like most people in that I mooch along Lower Clapton Road sometimes noticing the shops but rarely lifting my eyes to the floors above them or seeing them as part of a single parade within a built... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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"The power of social media," remarked one of the organisers of this heart-warming event. "A few mentions on Twitter and you get a lovely crowd like this." It was a lovely crowd too, which I stumbled across on my way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Clapton Pond Blog
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New restaurants, cafes and takeaways come and go at such a rate round here these days it can be hard to keep up, so there's something reassuring about the continuing presence of a fish and chip shop and a Chinese... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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Now that there is no truly traditional English cafe in the vicinity of Clapton Pond - must be an opening there, young entrepreneurs - the Amhurst Café on Amhurst Road opposite Hackney Central station feels even more precious than before.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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This is me looking amazingly chic and enigmatic in my deep green, rather Mod-ish John Lewis sale suit just before striking out to give a talk about Brexit, London and Labour to the Crouch End ward branch of Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Labour Party. The people there - around... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Double Q London Books
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Quite a weird looking tree, I suppose. But still beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
The magazine of Progress, an organisation of Labour Party members, has carried a review of Zac versus Sadiq by the popular and greatly-respected MP for Westminster North, Karen Buck. She was chair of Khan's election campaign, effectively providing a communications bridge between it and the party leader's office. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Double Q London Books
I'm pleased and grateful to have been asked by Guardian Books to write a piece about Zac Versus Sadiq. Here's a little excerpt: It was a harsh, illuminating and ultimately cheering battle, fought out against the backdrop of London’s rapid change, soaring growth and anxieties about Islamist terror, which the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Double Q London Books
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They have branches in Hyderabad, Manitoba and Milan as well as all over the US and the UK, and now the international pizza chain Domino's have turned up in Lower Clapton Road. This shouldn't be a big surprise - there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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From today, the first ever Double Q title, Zac versus Sadiq, is being stocked by the famous Newham Book Shop on Barking Road, E13. It's a short walk from Upton Park London Underground station and West Ham United's now former football ground. Almost opposite the shop, on the junction of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Double Q London Books
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I write about London, especially London politics, for the Guardian and elsewhere. I love my job, especially because since 2008 I've had the honour of being entrusted with self-publishing my own column for the Guardian's globe-spanning website. Double Q Books - the name is inspired by my East London postcode... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Double Q London Books
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This is me lurking behind a copy of my book about the recent, revealing and often unpleasant fight to become London Mayor, which I covered extensively for the Guardian. I completed the book within ten days of the election on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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In July 2006, exactly ten years ago, the beautiful but disused Clapton Federation Synagogue on Lea Bridge Road was knocked down. The site has stood empty ever since until, at last, it is being redeveloped on behalf of the North... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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It's been years since an estate agent planted a sign heralding a "former toilet" above what was, indeed, the site of a defunct public lavatory at the confluence of Mildenhall and Millfields Roads - nearly ten years, would you believe.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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I took this picture during a visit to the Organic and Natural shop, where my wife and I often go on a Saturday morning in order to talk to the young man in the green jumper (there's a family connection).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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Someone's been up to mischief at the Downs Road turning again. Nicely done. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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In case you can't see the words written on the cup, here's what they say: In the dark, look for the stars, In the rain, look for the rainbow, Stay positive. This is the sort of thing that makes me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
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Last July the story was: "Here comes the Jackdaw jazz cafe." But the venture has lasted less than a year. This is a shame, just as the closure of Maeve's Kitchen is shame. Now there are two empty spaces where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog
Dave Hill has shared their blog Clapton Pond Blog
May 31, 2016
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There's been a bit of street corner hanging out by groups of lads around the Pond of late, some of it at lunchtimes, some of it in the early evenings after school. A few engage in flicking coins against a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Clapton Pond Blog