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Lydia’s Yam Soup – reheated

This episode is part of a series of pilots 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, Benediccta, Beverley, Bola, Chitra, Gabriella, Josh, Lydia, Myrtle, Paula, Pauline, Peter, Rick.

Recorded 10 May 2012 at ‘The Lawns’, Matthias Rd, Hackney. Remixed June 2019.

The Lawns was a lively (but acoustically-challenged) computer and social centre for older Hackney residents.

The League of Meals was a fun project that did not survive contact with reality.

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 – https://www.jamendo.com/track/1122560/horizontal-drift

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Electric Vehicles in Hackney

From 25 October 2021 (2 years time) the ULEZ boundary will be extended to create a larger zone bounded by the North and South Circular Roads. If you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within this enlarged area you will also need to meet new tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge.

The ULEZ would see vehicles that do not meet emission standards will incur a daily charge to drive within the zone, ranging from £12.50 for some light vehicles, up to an additional £100 for some heavy goods vehicles which do not meet the Euro VI emissions limit. That is all of Hackney.

The mission seems to be to drive all but electric vehicles off the road, without having the electric charge points or the cars available to cope with the change in 2 years time.

Drivers within the expanded zone using non-compliant vehicles will pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even if they are parked (£4,562.5 per annum). These include:
• motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards
• petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than fifteen years old for cars in 2021) From 2006!
• diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than six years old for cars in 2021) From 2015!

The only alternative is to buy an all electric vehicle, as Hybrid Vehicles will be charged as above.

With only three Rapid (50Kwh) charging points in the whole of the Borough, I costed out how much it will cost you to do a full charge on the available all electric cars and from the specs and what the range would be before re-charging.

Ford Focus Electric – 33.5 kWh £10.05 + £1.8 = £11.85 full charge in less than one hour, 115-mile range.
Volkswagen e-Golf – 35.8 kWh £10.74 + £1.8 = £12.54 full charge in less than one hour, 125 miles of range
Nissan LEAF – 40 kWh £12 + £1.8 = £13.8 full charge in less than one hour, 151 miles of range

The other Source London charge points are at 3kwh (the equivalent of a 13 Amp socket from your home supply) or 7kwh only, so it takes more time to reach full charge and you may end up paying an overnight charge as well as the charges below.

CarSource London 3kw HoursCost £ + over night £8.64Source London 7kw HoursCost £ + over night £8.64
Ford Focus Electric11.1712.064.795.17
Volkswagen e-Golf11.9312.895.115.52
Nissan LEAF13.3314.405.716.17

You can see Hackney’s plans to cope with this here

I also checked on Clacton-on-Sea, Essex which does not have a single charge point in the whole town.

The only one is outside town in a ASDA supermarket, 1.3 Miles out of town centre and it has only two 7kw charger cables. So your would have to leave your car in a supermarket parking space over night.

To see where chargers are in your area use zap-map.com here