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Site unseen: The Old Pumping Station, Stoke Newington

There aren't many buildings in London which make you rub your eyes and look twice. The old pumping station in Stoke Newington is one of them.

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NICK COHEN blames Manchester's problem of raising funds to expand the Metrolink on the Government's policy of insisting beneficiaries pay ("Pointless lies that reveal so much", 2 April). Surely the problem is that the Government is unwilling to follow this policy through to its logical conclusion.

Day out

I would start off with a walk through Regent's Park, because that would give me the impression of being in the countryside, although I'm actually much more at ease when I'm near concrete. Then I'd hop in a cab and go up to Banners, Park Rd, N8 (081-348 2930) to meet my brother for breakfast. It's a trendy bar / cafe playing Cajun music. I'd probably have one of their vegetarian fry-ups, lots of eggs and plantain. From there I'd helicopter over to Knightsbridge, possibly stopping off at Hampstead on the way for clothes and book shopping. Then I'd have a quick whizz round Emporio Armani, Brompton Rd, SW3 (071- 823 8818) and then to Harvey Nicholls, Knightsbridge, SW1 (071-235 5250) on the 5th floor for cocktails, definitely a White Lady (cointreau, gin and lemon juice). If I was still alive after that, I'd go to the V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 (071-938 8500) and look at anything I fancied. I particularly love the Middle Eastern section. Then it gets pretentious: I'd have to be on Waterloo Bridge for sunset, because its the best view in London. After that, the theatre, maybe Dead Funny at the Vaudeville, or an archive film at the NFT, Capra or a Thirties musical. Then one final cab journey up to Stoke Newington, which has two of my favourite restaurants. There's Rasa, Stoke Newington Church St (071-249 0344), a vegetarian Indian. The man who runs it is called Das, one of the nicest waiters around. Or Annas Place, 90 Mildmay Park, N1 (071-249 9379) which is Swedish. They do wonderful puddings. Basically five meals and very little exercise, though I might walk home afterwards.

From Regent St to Ridley Rd: The capital's newest, and most unlikely, tourist attraction is Hackney. Graham Coster and two intrepid visitors from America sample its delights.

Ladies and gentlemen, at this point in our tour of Hackney, one of London's poorest boroughs, please look out of the windows on the left of the coach. There you'll see Stoke Newington police station, notorious for allegations of police corruption.

Two face charges in police drugs row inquiry

TWO OFFICERS are to be charged with criminal offences after one of the biggest police corruption inquiries for 20 years.

Climbers set to invade the castle

Stoke Newington's famous landmark has found its forte. Lynn Eaton looks at life on the rocks

Irish hit the bar but miss the goal

IF ONLY the Irish soccer team had matched the drinkers in Minogues Bar for stamina and commitment last night, things might have been very different.

Newsbrief: Sexual blackmail

A woman's claim to have been sexually abused by a neighbour did not give her the right to blackmail him for pounds 30,000 'compensation', an Old Bailey jury decided yesterday.

Blackmail charge

A woman sent a demand for pounds 30,000 to a 60-year-old man she claimed sexually abused her when she was a child, the Old Bailey was told. Linda Fraser, 33, of Stoke Newington, north London, who denies blackmail, said she wanted the cash as compensation. The trial continues.

Festival arrests

Thirty people were arrested and seven police injured on Sunday night when revellers pelted officers with bricks and bottles after a festival for the homeless at Clissold Park in Stoke Newington.

IRA member says wrong man jailed for bombing: Man admits link to lorry of explosives

AN ENGLISHMAN being tried for his alleged part in a terrorist campaign in London told a court at the Old Bailey yesterday that he was an IRA member, and had been involved in another bombing for which he had not been charged, and for which the wrong man had been sentenced.

Dilemmas: Bang, bang, you're dead - OK?

A healthy fusillade of support for the toy-gun brigade followed Gwen's dilemma last week. She'd been at pains to bring up her son in a non-sexist way, and hated the fact that he and his friends constantly 'shot' each other in the park when playing detectives. To compound matters, his grandparents were about to give him a toy gun for his birthday. She didn't know what to do.
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