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Running London

For a lot of my life running a marathon was one of those pipe dream sorts of things. I’d always wanted to do one but found a suitably long list of reasons why I couldn’t. No time to train. Didn’t get a place in the ballot. Worried that I’d have to give up football to prepare. Well, at long last I did it! 26.2 miles on the streets of London in 3 hours and 50 minutes.

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Hackney Laces, 4 years on

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Each year when I reflect on Hackney Laces, I’m still astonished we’ve made it this far. 4 years and we still exist! I hope that this feeling never goes away because there’s still so much work to be done. In keeping with tradition, I’ll share what we’ve learned over the past year.

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Coffee with a conscience

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In recent years charities and other cause based organisations have used the act and cost of buying a cup of coffee as a metric for change. Donate your cup of coffee to <insert charity here>. For the amount you spend on a coffee each morning you could <insert outcome for person here>. It’s a nice hook, people can relate to it. It’s a moderately simple sacrifice for a better good. However it has also become so overused as a marketing hook that the effect can be lost.

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TaskRabbit

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There are some services that that just make sense. Uber, for example, makes booking taxis effortless. Airbnb makes finding accommodation anywhere in the world incredibly simple. And now, TaskRabbit joins the list of companies that make life easier with a clever bit of tech.

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Why You Should Smile At Your Bus Driver

Being a bus driver in London is a tough gig. A earlier this year, a report was released revealing the high numbers of abuse bus drivers receive. Whilst the majority verbal abuse, around a thousand recorded each year, the second biggest threat was physical abuse. That’s crazy. Imagine someone attacking you for simply trying to do your job. Imagine having to sit behind protective glass whilst at work to protect you from aggressive people.

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Crimes Against The Tap

In an impressive integrated campaign Pret A Manger, a high street food chain, highlights all the things that make their coffee great. Adorned on the side of coffee cups are a rotation of various figures. These figures correspond with content on a Pret microsite.

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YTFN’s 5th Birthday Bash

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Tell all your friends! The Funding Network is turning five and they’re having a party. And, I’ve just found out that Hackney Laces will be one of the three projects listed above, pitching for funding. I’m both nervous and excited and would really love to have some familiar faces in the crowd, so please do come along!

Feed and Read

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Since taking a sabbatical from 11-aside football on Sundays I’ve been looking for something to fill the void, something to occupy those extra 6 hours on my weekend. And I think I’ve found it. Feed and Read. Cake and books. Best sunday ever, basically.

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Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Show is back in London this weekend. It’s amazing. You should go.

Ps- Whilst you’re there check out stand 49 for some beautiful things made by the lovely Maria. 

Be Nice and Get Fit

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