Sounds of past London. Oct 4th 2016

An evening of London curiosities in sound and on film in the historic Limehouse Town Hall.

London’s Lost Worlds of Sound

Hear the long-lost sounds of London – from Smithfield meat auctions to buskers in Stratford East and the clatter of crockery in Soho coffee bars. Ian Rawes of The London Sound Survey presents highlights from his legendary sound archive, sonic traces of a century of London life.

Film screening: City of Ships (1940)

Transport yourself back to the 1930s when Limehouse was at the heart of the busiest port in the world. This captivating and poetic documentary shows London’s dockers and the many strange goods that came through the city port. A masterpiece by Basil Wright, who co-directed Night Mail (1936) with Harry Watt.

Plus music and readings

Hear an excerpt from Rachel Lichtenstein’s new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea, read by Buffy Davis, and a live preview of Ealing Feeder – Sarah Angliss’ forthcoming album inspired by London folklore, past and present.


Tickets £5
Doors open 7:30pm
Performance starts 8:00pm
Licensed bar at the venue

Host: Sarah Angliss

This evening is part of a series of events at Limehouse Town Hall, marking the eightieth anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, when London dockworkers and others prevented Mosley’s British Union of Fascists from marching into the East End of London. Proceeds from this not-for-profit event will help to fund future community activities in Limehouse and organisations working against hate crime in London. Other events in the series include an evening of drama (Thurs 6 Oct), and a big knees-up with Jewdas. Their anti-racist benefit plus Yom Kippur Ball is on Saturday 8 Oct:

Thanks to the Port of London Authority and the Museum of London for allowing us to screen City of Ships (1940).

Wetlands in Walthamstow

wetlands wed 21st Sep.pngWhat a day for a meander along reed beds and fishers’ cubby-holes. Up Your Street walked on the wild side today. We as a group had booked into Thames Water’s grounds, long since overlooked by Jill Public, through Wild London for our special guided tour of the wild and wet side of Ferry Lane, just down the road from Matalan and Burger King at Tottenham Hale, past Bream Close and into the building site costing millions and set to become Europe’s loveliest Wetlands.

We were greeted very well. The sun was out and Steve, Ellie and Rachel were raring to go. How special were we and in our group we had artists, travellers and historians.

The walk is a fair old stretch and we were advised to wear walking shoes. Remember most of us have been in sandals and now we were moving into Autumn. The herons were there all right and the cormorants were in full view on an island bereft of leaves.

The visitors’ centre is under construction and hedgerows with berries and flowers had been recently planted. We saw the difference between the oft called ‘man-made’ but preferably ‘constructed’ sunken reservoirs and the ones at ground level. The ones surrounded by artificial banks are huge lakes six metres deep and pretty dangerous with swirling currents as water flows down from Luton. They’re named after big bods from way back when. The other more natural-looking reservoirs are beautiful with the sun’s light on open bits and old steps poking into the shaded dragon-fly inhabited secretive patches.

The paths are mostly uneven and hard and we discussed the ways in which those with restricted walking ability could enjoy the way.

It all needs to be seen to be appreciated as a site glorious. We were all in awe at what is and what will be and marvelled at our guides’ knowledge about all aspects from the joined on tower and cress beds at Coppermill and the origins of the music hall song as sung by our grans, “Daisy, Daisy. Give me your answer do….”

Issue 31. Up Your Street

Sat 18th Sept free 2-7pm John Arthur, the Walthamstow Bard, entertains us at Walthamstow Cricket Club by Wood Street Station.. This is a charity fund raising event.

Thurs 29th Sept free.11-1pm. ” Curious Curators” at Tate Modern. By seniors for seniors all about how we manage our environment and fill spaces.All welcome,  all valued.Switch House Level 3.

Fri 30th Sept free 6-9pm Stratford Library screening “Le Revenant”. Book at Eventbrite.

Mon Oct 3rd free Hackney Central Library a month long exhibition curated by Gillian Lawrence entitled “1950 Scarf Art ” made by 
Up Your Street Art and Craft members.

                        free  Stratford Picture House for one month Art exhibition “At The Swim” depicting all shapes and sizes at the pool.

Sat Oct 8th free 1-4pm A celebration of French-speaking African culture . Gillette Square, Dalston.
Dulwich Picture Gallery “Good Times” programme starts from 6th October.

There are workshops all about Rembrandt. We’d go as a community group booked in especially so if a group want to come in together, let me know  Max 10 and you’d need a community pass.Ask me.

Dates are either Oct 20th and 10th Nov 2-4pm

or 1st Nov or 22nd Nov 2-4pm.

Wanstead Art Trail

Art TrailWanstead 2016 will run from September 10 to 25th. 
Shops, pubs, businesses, community centres, churches, restaurants and clubs will display work by local artists and craftsmakers.
Taking part gives you a chance to reach a wider audience for your work, find new friends and make the area a more exciting place to live and visit.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.
Our  theme for this year’s trail is inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie,

C-C-Changes: Turn and Face the Strange….

Issue 29. Up Your Street

Wed 31st Aug  free Dulwich Art Gallery Knights work.With Up Your Street Community Group. Booked places only.
Sat 3rd Sept      free The MillE17 “Meet The Artists” coffee morning before the exhibition “Home” is dismantled. Hosted by Nat.

                           £15 all day with Rosetta Art Centre drawing and lunching in Epping Forest. Contact the West Ham office to book.

Thurs 8th Sept free 6-8.30pm Live auction of postcard-sized art at The Mill E17.

Fish Under The Floorboards.

or “Anansi by the gumtree.”

or “Do cracks matter?”

A story, a story: Coming soon to make your hair curl. ​

On Gumtree of all platforms was up for sale at nearly half a million (standard) a terraced house in quite poor condition in east London.  That was way back in January. It was seemingly not a popular viewing because as the totally incompetent estate agent declared, “It has tenants”. Lying typically,  he said that there was no problem, waved his hand above his Brylcreemed head and reported, “They’ll be out in three months.”

There were other abodes to view but the lettings lot were out in force snapping up old Victorian terraces for up to zero point seven five of a million pounds. Every Saturday was taken up house-hunting whilst retaining an interest in the tenant-crowded place.

UP FOR SALE went my one bedroomed flat in non-swanky Leyton. Any interest was from young people egged on by their parents and an offer was made before what was a pre- tax  crazy chasing any property period went quiet and steadied. Along came Brexit. Meanwhile the vendor and landlord at my interest was evicting his relations and dreaming of getting to Mecca in the Hadj rush-month. Pilgrimage pending or not, we all realised there was a ploy to get a council house at the end. The councils advise tenants not to go unless evicted. Ir’s the system whereby tenants go into emergency accomodation after the landlord’s had the High Court bailiffs in and following that a council place becomes available. Of course buyers wait patiently and landlords are seen publicly as evil people on whom revenge should be poured.

The buyer for my flat signalled to her agent that she was anxious to move in then seemed to hibernate. I prepared my family, my pregnant belly and my furniture galore to move in with my mother. The tenants in my dream house were not budging. My offer to buy had been accepted but my guts were shaking as the vendor was cagey and his agent, incompetent. House prices were climbing to ridiculous heights. Prospective buyers were bargaining down capitalising on the post-Brexit rumours about falling property prices. The property developers had retreated. I was working long shifts and phoning agents in my breaks. My waters broke, and once maternity leave began (and in my line of work it’s an ungenerous blip) I was very determined to close deals and get nesting. 

The vendor was full of promises about tenants’ imminent evictions spelling out all his costs to sell his house to me as though I were about to offer him cash in hand. When that failed he resorted to fighting with his agent and threatening to stop the sale.Then my solicitor went on a fortnight’s holiday and Mr Nasty sacked his own solicitor.I just wanted to get that house. If I lost it, I’d go under the ladder,  under the first rung.

Miss flighty buyer came in from her coma and wanted to move in as soon as possible. The flat was ready, tidied, cleaned and smart. She had her bargain; conservatory, garden, Mirabelle plum harvest an’ all.

I was living amongst two sets of furniture and flogging anything not used for a year on auction sites.

Finally the High Court bailiffs were ready to pounce on the clever tenants.  Each week both the vendor and agent announced that this was the week. Three weeks in and the agent almost said in passing that the bailiffs had given him the time and date. The bailiffs did their job, the tenants were homed in bed and breakfast, and there was no end. The vendor was related to one of the tenants and was allowing her to return in four days to collect her possessions. That was then extended to another three days. My next step was to inspect the property and be satisfied that the tenants were out and that the house was empty and clean. The tenants were out but beds,  fridge freezers, tyres, old duvets and bed bases were yet to go. The vendor said he would do no more cleaning for me but he would remove the fridge freezers. During the next week I drove by spying until I saw for myself a huge van being loaded up with white goods. I cut short a family reunion weekend to meet Mr Despicable to check the state of my future purchase. I was aware that at any time he could renege on our agreement that I was the buyer.I kept sweet for fear of fish under the floorboards.Wiley Anansi was well and truly in da house.

The front garden was full of rubbish. The bins were overflowing.The bailiff’s notice was on the door. 

The house was filthy but I kept smiling in public. Indoors I was a wreck and swinging moods crazily,  working, living.  Contracts were exchanged. For a day I was on cloud nine then the vendor phoned wanting cash for he was leaving the country. Big fat alarm bells sounded. Through subdued tears I explained that all monies go to his solicitor. The next day I loaded more trust onto my pretty amazing solicitor and she advised me to worry not and to get the money rolling through Cyberspace. Banks have their time schedules too and checks on possible money-laundering. I could not hasten the bank system so waited out another week.

The completion day came and then it turned out that nothing could go ahead until the vendor settled Court Ordered repayments of loans. Crook was a new word to my increasingly long list of swear words . He had two hours to do all of that. I was palpitating and ready to vomit, unable to release my phone, keeping it close to my lactating breasts.

In the eleventh hour,  the agent called to say I should come for the keys as, a minute ago,  the money had gone through and completion had happened. What keys, for unfortunately the vendor had mislaid the key, his home and car keys in his locked car? My mother actually mouthed an expletive.

The AA was called and an hour later my family, the vendor and the agent were in MY house.  The vendor asked me to help him carry out a freezer he’d left behind. Gob-smacked I was but I did it despite being post-Caesarian and traumatised by what was happening.The estate agent remarked how my baby was unborn when all this started, the vendor looked after a blink like a man who’d found a fridge but lost a freezer, my mother said “Fuck off!” and I fist-punched the air “YES”. The agent whispered, “Change the locks”.

And cracks do matter. They have a reason to be.