The neighbourhood hasn't been the same since Havanas closed for reburbishment all those months ago. Back in the old days, the area around the Pond had three places where a weary resident with old-fashioned tastes could order bacon, egg and chips and wash it down with a cup of workers' tea. Then, suddenly, there were none.
Pupils of Millfields community school have elected their first prime minister at the end of a week of fervent campaigning and passionate debate. Eleven year-old Cem Owens led his Millfields Mania party to a narrow but decisive victory after votes were cast on Thursday afternoon. Quoted in the Millfields Daily newspaper, produced by student reporters each day, the newly sworn-in PM said he felt "honoured and grateful" and pledged to run an inclusive premiership in which "everyone's voice is heard."
On Sunday I attended an election hustings at the new home of the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, organised by the excellent Hackney Citizen. The eclectic panel comprised (from left to right) Hackney North and Stoke Newington candidates Diane Abbott (Labour), Simon De Deney (Lib Dem), Amy Gray (Conservative), Heather Finlay (Green), Keith Fraser (Ukip), Vanessa Hudson (Animal Welfare Party, actually standing in for the indisposed Jon Homan) and Jonathan Silberman (Communist League). The woman in the middle is the Arcola's Feimatta Conteh, who made a fine job of chairing the event.
I recently learned that around a third of local households rent privately, a substantially higher percentage than in London as a whole. The same 2011 ward profile data also reveal that over a third of local households - by which I mean those in the Leabridge and Hackney Downs wards are one person households and 15% are lone parents households. Add those together and just about 50% of local households contain only one adult.
With the Council campaigning to inform private renters of their rights, I thought I'd look up how many people in this part of Hackney are housed in that sector of the market. It turns out to be more than I'd expected and also more than for the borough as a whole.