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Up at the O2 © Charlie Woollard
Up at the O2 © Charlie Woollard

Up at the O2: the climb of your life

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By Sandip Kana

Up at the O2 is a day out with a difference: a hike up one of London’s most iconic landmarks.  The steep, exhilarating climb is sure to bring out the mountaineer in you.

At its peak, climbers are rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views across East London, taking in a number of famous landmarks including Canary Wharf, the Olympic Village and the Thames Barrier.  Although there are more spectacular views across the capital, it’s the climb itself that lives in the memory and makes for a great outdoor experience.

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Category: Things to do
GHOSTPOET
Photo credit: Sophia Spring

Ghostpoet: Hackney Empire

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Music began with the affable Andrew Ashong whom I last saw supporting Jimmy Cliff no less at ‘The Other Empire’. Check-out his intoxicating blend of sunshine-reggae and cool jazz. His talented backing band comprised a drummer and percussionist with three guitarists including himself. Yearnsome harmonies attained that beauty in simplicity marking talent, and the nursery-rhyme-ish ‘Special’ would have anyone dancing around its playground. The programme had been delayed by an hour due to “problems with the tickets” but at least it hadn’t rained. Meanwhile, DJ Thom of Alt-J slammed some slabs.

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Category: Music
Beer festival

Ready, Steady, Drink! The Great British Craft Beer Challenge Festival

England has a long beer drinking tradition that dates back centuries, so what better way to celebrate the summer then with a nice cold beer. In Hackney London fields, sits the relatively secluded London Fields Brewery and today we are here to attend my first beer festival. I am eager to try the large selection of beer and local street food.  After me and my guest were given our pint glasses and food cards – the joys of being part of the press, we were ready to venture in and start the beer tasting.

The Beer

Today Great Britain and Europe are going head to head, with the aim of finding the best beer. My patriotic spirit swayed me to choose a British beer first and that was Magic Rock Carnival .  After my first sip the feelings of summer had disappeared, as my mouth was filled with the bitter after taste of the beer.  On my second sip there was a slight sweet tone, but that was soon over run with a sharp bitterness. At 4.3% this ale may be mild to an experienced beer drinker, but beginners should beware!

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Category: Festivals
Leandro Erlich, Dalston House
Leandro Erlich, Dalston House

Defying gravity in London

Have you always admired Man on a Wire without quite having the stomach for this kind of endeavour? If you are in for something a little less life threatening, the Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich has made possible for you to safely defy gravity. You have until August 4th, 2013 to levitate at Dalston House.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Leandro Erlich has gained notoriety thanks to the Swimming Pool, an installation that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001. His work is often made out of architectural components at human scale. The participants are invited to experience surroundings with a twist.

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Category: Art