Talking Food Radio – 2 minute intro

A podcast about sharing food and knowledge

Food, radio, IT drop-in

Talking Food Radio has been offline for 6 years. This is how we could start it again.

  • We can make a pilot show now …
  • … then bid for Culture Seeds funding …
  • … to create a more ambitious show combined with IT drop-in.

How will that work?

  • The radio show will be about food and everyday life (that’s culture).
  • Making the show will be about online participation and inclusion …
  • … and understanding the Internet

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.

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, N1 5NU.

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

Talking Food Radio 2019

Talking Food Radio

A new Hello Hackney podcast about food

This is a direct descendent of the old 2012-2013 Talking Food project. It won’t be the same project, because we are going to start where we ended 6 years ago — and then develop it into something far more valuable that we hope will bring a bit more funding. We will explain at the first Talking Food Radio session after Easter — Friday afternoon, 2 to 4 pm, 26 April — at Whitmore Community Centre.

Share what you know and what you can do

The concept is very simple – every week, a group of (mainly) older people meet to talk about food in their culture – how food fits into everyday life – sharing knowledge in the same way we share food at the table. It can be live Internet talk radio, or recorded for a podcast episode, or both.

Some of those discussions can be led by invited guests. If the podcast venue has a good kitchen, we can also make photos and video of food preparation and cooking.

The podcast (and other materials from the first four sessions) will be the pilot for a funding bid. We will make the bid, and then wait for a response. If the bid is successful, we will start immediately on the main Talking Food Radio project — weekly sessions throughout July, August and September.

Who should join Talking Food Radio?

If food is part of your everyday life, you are welcome. Where you live and your age are not relevant. Nor do you have to be a great talker. If you like our ideas, please come to the first Talking Food session …



  • Friday afternoon, 26 April, 2-4 pm
  • Then all Friday afternoons in May, also at Whitmore Community Centre.

How to ask for more information, or make suggestions

  • Email:
  • Phone: 07761 887927

By the way

  • This Friday afternoon project is not an IT drop-in. It’s much more interesting than that.
  • If you want to learn about the technology, and how you could do it yourself — we can help you as part of the project, but not before we have completed the pilot.
  • Please don’t bring biscuits, cake, or anything like that (unless you have made it yourself).

Older people, digital technology and the web

When the World-Wide-Web was invented 30 years ago, it was supposed to be about contact and communication between people – creating new opportunities, expanding horizons.

That positive outlook still exists, but is often side-lined by entirely different values – of marketing, consumerism and exploitation. When we make podcasts, we assert our own values, our own human skills of talking and listening – and we make an active contribution to the web instead of passively soaking up what is already there.

Also read

  • 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 …”)

The drop-in ends with a standing ovation

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

Not closing — but not opening either

The Friday afternoon drop-in program at Whitmore Community Centre has been suspended until we have found a way of paying for it. Right now, each session costs £100 that we haven’t got.

Positive finish

For months now, we have filled two large spaces at Whitmore Community Centre — 30 to 40 people every week — and a constant trickle of new people arriving — and a hugely successful volunteer program — all on a tiny budget. With more space or time, we could easily double both numbers and community value — but not without funding.

It’s not over

There is always another way.

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. We will start after Easter.


Brief excerpts from a much longer conversation – Hackney elders’ memories of school.

The voices belong to: Brian, Leonie, Megan, Rick, Wadley.

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.

Grassroots Radio

For our 2019 series, we have turned our podcast format inside-out. Instead of a small, invited group, we open the Monday afternoon event to anybody who happens to be in the Curve Garden glasshouse for any reason — and if the weather is good, we can take the microphones our into the garden. We sacrifice sound quality (you don’t have to tell us), but we gain spontaneous, unpredictable conversation — fresh voices and thoughts every week. From that, we can make a podcast episode when we have time to do it.

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 here