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Hackney senior citizens meet every week to discuss problems of social isolation among older people, what we are doing to prevent it, how we can help other people repair the connections they have lost, and create new social relationships.

Latest Episodes

Lydia's Yam Soup - reheated

This episode is part of a pilot for an updated Talking Food Radio.Original Talking Food 2012 description – “Hackney food guru Lydia Bachelor leads a discussion about healthy eating, nutrition, shopping, markets, cooking, recipes - and any other food experience and knowledge that we would like to share”.It was not a radio production. It was a live event, streaming what would have happened anyway – and considerably longer than this edited version.Budget: zero.Production values: everything must be done by older people (even if the result is below BBC standard), use only the most basic equipment (available to everyone), the background hubbub is just as important as the voices close to the microphone (the social context is vital).Message: “If you are listening to this – STOP. Turn off your computer NOW. Please accept this invitation to join us in the real world – we have food for your body, mind and soul – and none of it is digital. Real World First!”Identifiable voices: Ayo, Be...

38 MINJUN 14
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Lydia's Yam Soup - reheated

That sweet potato

This episode is the first of a series of pilots for an updated Talking Food Radio. We used the same very basic equipment as the old radio show, and the same approach: conversation first, technology last. As the series progresses, we will adapt the recording method to suit the participants as well as the final goal - which requires much improved sound quality.The pilot podcast track is a sequence of snippets from the 90-minute live recording. The discarded sections were generally the best conversation, but too noisily enthusiastic for the podcast medium.The voices belong to: Brian, Grafton, Hyacinth, Ian, Mary, Nuala, Patricia and Rick. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 26 April 2019 at Whitmore Community Centre, London N1 5NU, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizonta...

24 MINMAY 1
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That sweet potato

Schooldays

Brief excerpts from a much longer conversation – Hackney elders’ memories of school.The voices belong to: Brian, Leonie, Megan, Rick, Wadley. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. This is open-mic recording in a public space, so sound quality is sometimes rough. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 18 March 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

12 MINMAR 18
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Schooldays

“I have never looked back”

Excerpts from a much longer conversation about retirement – with people who have done it and others who haven’t.The voices belong to: Andreas, Brian, Cathy, Clarenton, Marylin, Nicholas, Rick. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. This is open-mic recording in a public space, so sound quality is sometimes rough. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 11 March 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

22 MINMAR 12
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“I have never looked back”

“What did your politeness do?”

Why we all have to talk more and hide less – friendships, commitment, belonging, resisting racism, respect – real stories and real values – an intergenerational meeting of minds.The voices belong to: Brian, Chantel, Leonie, Rick, Vanessa, Wadley, Walter. References:Soon Gone – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002sqvSmall Island – Andrea LevyThings Fall Apart – Chinua AchebeThis is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 25 February 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

53 MINFEB 26
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“What did your politeness do?”

“Do you guys like the word oldie?”

Guest Chantel bravely engages with a bunch of pre-digital citizens – rebooting Hello Hackney Grassroots Radio at the Dalston Curve Garden.The voices belong to: Andreas, Brian, Chantel, Rick, Walter. Media reference - Soon Gone (not Soon Over) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002sqvThis is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 18 February 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

36 MINFEB 19
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“Do you guys like the word oldie?”

Shoes & schmutter

A heavily-edited conversation that started with Andreas’ life as a shoemaker.Voices: Andreas, Brian, Janette, Rick, Sallie and Walter.Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

17 MIN2018 NOV 20
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Shoes & schmutter

Brian’s early life

Brian tells us about his early life: growing up in Romford, his first job, National Service in Egypt, St Martin’s School of Art. The background crackling sounds are from the Pineapple House log fire.This is an outtake from a longer group discussion.Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

14 MIN2018 NOV 20
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Brian’s early life

“We feel so distant from our family”

On the day that Tracey Crouch announces the UK government strategy to combat loneliness, Hackney elders discuss their own understanding and experiences of loneliness and isolation.The voices belong to: Andreas, Marylin, Mimi and Sallie. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 15 October 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

25 MIN2018 OCT 16
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“We feel so distant from our family”

Growing up in Hackney – now and then

Hackney elders talking with the young PEER UK ambassadors about growing up and living in Hackney.The oldie voices belong to: Marylin, Paula, Peter, Rick, Sallie, Walter.The PEER UK voices belong to Alice, Davinia, Dela, Elise, Mariam.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 21 September 2018 at PEER UK, London N1 6QLLink: http://peeruk.org/about-peerOutro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

52 MIN2018 SEP 22
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Growing up in Hackney – now and then

Latest Episodes

Lydia's Yam Soup - reheated

This episode is part of a pilot for an updated Talking Food Radio.Original Talking Food 2012 description – “Hackney food guru Lydia Bachelor leads a discussion about healthy eating, nutrition, shopping, markets, cooking, recipes - and any other food experience and knowledge that we would like to share”.It was not a radio production. It was a live event, streaming what would have happened anyway – and considerably longer than this edited version.Budget: zero.Production values: everything must be done by older people (even if the result is below BBC standard), use only the most basic equipment (available to everyone), the background hubbub is just as important as the voices close to the microphone (the social context is vital).Message: “If you are listening to this – STOP. Turn off your computer NOW. Please accept this invitation to join us in the real world – we have food for your body, mind and soul – and none of it is digital. Real World First!”Identifiable voices: Ayo, Be...

38 MINJUN 14
Comments
Lydia's Yam Soup - reheated

That sweet potato

This episode is the first of a series of pilots for an updated Talking Food Radio. We used the same very basic equipment as the old radio show, and the same approach: conversation first, technology last. As the series progresses, we will adapt the recording method to suit the participants as well as the final goal - which requires much improved sound quality.The pilot podcast track is a sequence of snippets from the 90-minute live recording. The discarded sections were generally the best conversation, but too noisily enthusiastic for the podcast medium.The voices belong to: Brian, Grafton, Hyacinth, Ian, Mary, Nuala, Patricia and Rick. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 26 April 2019 at Whitmore Community Centre, London N1 5NU, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizonta...

24 MINMAY 1
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That sweet potato

Schooldays

Brief excerpts from a much longer conversation – Hackney elders’ memories of school.The voices belong to: Brian, Leonie, Megan, Rick, Wadley. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. This is open-mic recording in a public space, so sound quality is sometimes rough. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 18 March 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

12 MINMAR 18
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Schooldays

“I have never looked back”

Excerpts from a much longer conversation about retirement – with people who have done it and others who haven’t.The voices belong to: Andreas, Brian, Cathy, Clarenton, Marylin, Nicholas, Rick. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. This is open-mic recording in a public space, so sound quality is sometimes rough. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 11 March 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

22 MINMAR 12
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“I have never looked back”

“What did your politeness do?”

Why we all have to talk more and hide less – friendships, commitment, belonging, resisting racism, respect – real stories and real values – an intergenerational meeting of minds.The voices belong to: Brian, Chantel, Leonie, Rick, Vanessa, Wadley, Walter. References:Soon Gone – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002sqvSmall Island – Andrea LevyThings Fall Apart – Chinua AchebeThis is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves.Recorded 25 February 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

53 MINFEB 26
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“What did your politeness do?”

“Do you guys like the word oldie?”

Guest Chantel bravely engages with a bunch of pre-digital citizens – rebooting Hello Hackney Grassroots Radio at the Dalston Curve Garden.The voices belong to: Andreas, Brian, Chantel, Rick, Walter. Media reference - Soon Gone (not Soon Over) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002sqvThis is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 18 February 2019 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

36 MINFEB 19
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“Do you guys like the word oldie?”

Shoes & schmutter

A heavily-edited conversation that started with Andreas’ life as a shoemaker.Voices: Andreas, Brian, Janette, Rick, Sallie and Walter.Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

17 MIN2018 NOV 20
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Shoes & schmutter

Brian’s early life

Brian tells us about his early life: growing up in Romford, his first job, National Service in Egypt, St Martin’s School of Art. The background crackling sounds are from the Pineapple House log fire.This is an outtake from a longer group discussion.Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

14 MIN2018 NOV 20
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Brian’s early life

“We feel so distant from our family”

On the day that Tracey Crouch announces the UK government strategy to combat loneliness, Hackney elders discuss their own understanding and experiences of loneliness and isolation.The voices belong to: Andreas, Marylin, Mimi and Sallie. This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 15 October 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK.Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

25 MIN2018 OCT 16
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“We feel so distant from our family”

Growing up in Hackney – now and then

Hackney elders talking with the young PEER UK ambassadors about growing up and living in Hackney.The oldie voices belong to: Marylin, Paula, Peter, Rick, Sallie, Walter.The PEER UK voices belong to Alice, Davinia, Dela, Elise, Mariam.This is a field recording. We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.Recorded 21 September 2018 at PEER UK, London N1 6QLLink: http://peeruk.org/about-peerOutro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh - https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

52 MIN2018 SEP 22
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Growing up in Hackney – now and then