Friday, October 27, 2006

Hackneyed

The good people over at Channel 4 decided to give the chattering classes plenty to talk about over their all-terrain prams in Starbucks today. In what was a glaring ratings pimping effort, the Best and Worst Places to Live aired last night. And coming in at the 'top of the worst' was London's Borough of Hackney.

Now c'mon, of course we know Hackney has deep pockets of deprivation, but why the need for a white fright ranking system? If only to bring more smugness to the cloistered elites who recently moved there claiming to be street. The new fresh-faced 'bohemian' glow to Hackney - the ciabatta eating Crips and Bloods thronging Broadway Market in pursuit of parmiggiano regano. But no, we could go on forever as the gentification of Hackney has become hackneyed. Instead, let's move on to other matters bothering us this week in the 12th edition of City Slicker's "Week's Action, Weekend Reaction."

1) Stuck for somewhere new to hold a Christmas do that's near to but not quite Hackney? React by staying east and book up early for the guaranteed table of the season: the Reindeer Restaurant at the Truman Brewery. Open 1 Dec - 23 Dec only.

2) Riled by how the Tories excel in gaffes about social classes that are completely alien to them, including David Cameron's claim this week that "we've all got mortgages?" React by joining not beating them (up that is) and head to Sotheby's Olympia first ever without reserve (posh for liquidiation) furniture sale. Prices start at £50.

3) Has the Mills-McCartney media mayhem revealed your appetite for libel and caricature? React by heading to the Cartoon Museum for the just opened Private Eye at 45 exhibition.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

those t shirts make me sick

1:13 pm  
Anonymous Genie said...

Those were the days. And nepotism prevails. And Hackney will always be a paradise.

1:14 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

Hackney is the worst place in Britain to live with a blocked sink. In fact anywhere in Britain is probably a bad place to live with a blocked sink. Who would be a plumber. The stench of a blocked u-bend is worse than a rancid smelling tramp. Not as boring as the sound of wheels on tarmac but hey! - Disgusting
Hackney is hell. I should know. I was born here 37 years ago.

1:17 pm  
Blogger Jamie said...

Lived on the edge of Hackney once but was never brave enough to move further in, hated the place, so unfriendly.

Hope your well, am over the flu now and blogging can resume, have a good weekend

1:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oddly enough after this Channel 4 show the lido finally opened in Hackney today. Things are improving and I would like to think that by patronising the Polish deli over Tesco and the rest that my gentrification is making positive change.
I love Hackney!

1:32 pm  
Anonymous GA said...

Crips and Bloods should be capitalized

2:51 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Hackney is hell but even more hellish is people from Hackney!

2:56 pm  
Anonymous Jules said...

I like the t-shirts anonymous. Peckham in Southwark, south London, has been running a similar campaign called I Love Peckham.

3:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After last years uproar after the same Channel 4's "The Best & Worst Places To Live In Britain" branding Nottingham as the 2nd worst place to live, this year we get a more respectable 7th, due to gun and knife crime being down, but instead of being named gun capital of britain its now named as burglary capital.
Go Notts!

3:17 pm  
Anonymous Harry said...

Well, I wouldn't say Hackney was the worst place to live. For a start, it isn't south of the River.

There are many good things about Hackney that sensationalist journalists often ignore. For example, when that man was shot in my street, the bloodstains were cleaned away within 72 hours. An impressive standard of service, I'm sure you'd agree.

Anyhow, if you are so minded, you could help Mayor Jules Pipe in his campaign to alert Channel 4 to the fabulousness of Hackney, you could send a note to Channel 4 and "tell them why Hackney is a great place to live".

3:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so Richmond doesnt qualify this year?

4:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nevermind Nottingham where is Liverpool on the list?

4:20 pm  
Anonymous Shaun said...

I love the Broadway Market and London Fields. They spell Hackney to me but not at night it must be said.

4:28 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

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4:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But none of the newcomers move to real Hackney the parts hwere there are 50 languages spoken and ghettoised drug fights at three in the morning. Come look at London Fields and retreat to your Victoria Parks and think of your fantastic street sense.

I have lived in Stoke Newington for 3 years and was Hackney base for 27 before that. I am literate by mistake. No mistaking it Hackney is rough and unpleasant to live in. Crime is everyhere and schools are crap. Stay in your nice areas new boys.

5:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harlow is the new Hackney.

5:50 pm  
Anonymous Bev said...

Doesn't Hackney's MP send her kid to a private school rather than local comp?

5:52 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

For further Hackney ranting/Friday skiving see the Guardian blog.

6:14 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Oi! We're not all slummers you know! Some of us have lived there since 1982 when Alexei Sayle had barely come up with that routine about all the middle class people in Stoke Newington knocking their front and back rooms rogether on the same weekend and the whole street falling down. And I was in a squat! So there! P.S. Read my punishing defence of the Maddest Borough On Earth on Comment Is Free on Monday. Bye!

11:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Private Eye show was great

Highly recommend to all

10:53 am  
Blogger swimmer6foot4 said...

I love Hackney ... but I hate Hackney Council!

(I'm thinking of making some t-shirts and badges furnished with the above slogan. Would they sell, do you think?)

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