Titbits bird

◆ Transport chief Cllr Jon Burke posted a photo of him and Mayor Glanville posing moodily last month at Hackney Central station, where they were reacting to a new and improved train timetable.

The accompanying tweet read: “Lads on tour.” He followed that up with: “New ITV crime drama…”

Tower Hamlets councillor Kevin Brady waded in: “Climate change won’t know what hit it.”

Glanville replied: “I fear in the show I’m the ‘boring southern suit’ who wants to do it by the book, and Jon is…”

The gap was filled by Hoxton Trust director Paul Fleming, who chipped in: “The gobby one who flies by the seat of his pants and makes you uncomfortable at times!”

Burke’s reply: “I feel very seen.”

◆ Clearly still in character as one half of climate crime-fighting duo Burke and Square, it wasn’t even 1 January before the former went rogue.

When an oil giant tweeted to say ‘Stay safe and have fun this new year, from all of us at ExxonMobil Australia’, who was hot on their tail?

None other than Burke, who couldn’t help but break cover to reply: “Fuck off, you psychopaths.”

Cue an eyeroll from Square. What have you got us into this time?

Support us

The coronavirus outbreak has meant that the Hackney Citizen has been unable to print a monthly newspaper for the last three months.

The need for quality news and reliable reporting is crucial - however, this is an increasingly challenging time for local journalism.

Our main source of income, print advertising revenue, fell suddenly - and so we are asking you, the readers, for your help.A one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team get our newspaper back in print and keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

Find out how you can donate.

Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.