The drop-in returns

Drop-in regulars Patricia and Irene have found something to laugh about

We were closed — entirely for funding reasons — April and May 2019. We haven’t solved the underlying problem, but Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association have given us a massive boost. We can use the space at Whitmore Community Centre — for free — on the first and third Friday of each month, so that is what we are doing.

We started again Friday 7 June, 2 to 5 pm as usual.

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.

Recorded 26 April 2019 at Whitmore Community Centre, N1 5NU.

Outro credit: excerpt from Horizontal Drift, Jared C Balogh –

Talking Food Takeaway

Rewind your food memory to May 2012

Do you remember the Talking Food live radio show at the old computer centre? Here’s a refresher …

Considering the acoustic qualities of the centre (dreadful), the standard of our equipment (bottom of the market) and our budget (zero) — that radio show worked really well — it was live, we did it all ourselves, we had a full house every week, and it was a lot of fun. There was quite a lot to eat as well.

Seven years later — the equipment available has greatly improved, and we have a possibility of modest funding — so a Talking Food Radio Revival is top of the Hello Hackney to-do list.

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