Yesterday evening “The Cherry Orchard” was beamed across by Satellite and as cheap as chips into The Picturehouse, Stratford E15. We six members in the auditorium enjoyed it. 6? I arsk yer! Wonder if the aforesaid Picturehouse needs volunteers to market it a la OpenStage opposite at TRSE. Definitely needs a lobby/stair cleaner.
There was me thinking Hackney Wick was a dump in the same way I think Stratford High St is and Leytonstone High Rd is. I am talking about the buildings or rather boarded up, weed-generating (we allowed to call ’em weeds anymore?) delapidated buildings being the dumps. I did wonder how the residents, the people who call Hackney Wick and the afore-mentioned places home consider how on east end’s earth the Olympic and Paralympic torch- bearing pioneers called Boris and Seb (sound like muppets) think Cameron’s Big Society can ever compensate for anything they, the masses, tolerate. Without the Olympic and Paralympic Games a-coming who cared about Fish Island , Wapping-like roads, deserted warehouses, peanuts and smoked fish? And as for Stratford, well! The BBC was dahn in Stratford on Monday and I never knew it was about to be an anti-Games debate.
It was clear to me as I realised after joining in so many activities all bearing the let’s-be- positive-about-the-Games-coming that no amount of Personal Best courses and two-bit workshops and volunteer activities ever had as rewards, alongside the marker-pen signed certificates of attendance, free tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the conned let alone jobs!!!! It has been proven. The invited audience members were thoroughly disappointed, nay angry, about many aspects of the Games but their appeals to Boris and Lordy were like boomerangs to Murdoch.
It was true that when it came to Hackney Wick I only saw dump and heard about artists moving in, all the time urging my positive vibe to emerge. I never even took along my camera for that special memory each time I went there and passed the Napier Arms. Bless.
My mate whose Hackney Wick council flat overlooks the Games site had no idea he lived next to fishy roads and wasn’t bovvered.
Well it’s taken the Hackney Wicked Festival to up the place in my opinion. My negative cloudy take has waned. Whoever knew!
Oh! and The Red Lion pub re-opened in its glory in Leytonstone High Road.
Attended Guildhall Library for the free talk and exposition about The Thames Lightermen and Watermen. Brilliant. Only extraordinary mortals are allowed to touch the records and ledgers of those canny men and women of the 17th Century onwards, otherwise you have to go via microfiche so I was privleged and over the moon touching Wapping , Hermitage Community Moorings and London social history. Very very good. Last week it was the records of mariners. Then lighthouses on telly, and the River Lea with The Floating Cinema at the weekend. All things watery indeed.
No time to lub….off to the Hackney Museum for a talk and slides about Haggerston in Hackney.
All correct at time of uploading and continually checked just in case…
Thurs July 28th free 2-8pm drop by The Floating Cinema for archive canal films, artists’
interpretations of the river and good company. Moored at the
Old Ford Lock, Hackney Wick.
Fri July 29th free (some) all weekend. Hackney Wicked Art Festival starts in Hackney Wick
and Fish Island. (276 bus from Hackney , Hackney Wick station, or 236).
A feast of artists and their work.
free 7pm at Folly for a Flyover along tow path by Bow . Free films.
Sat July 30th free for Newham residents. 2-5pm Vicarage Community Centre, Glovier Rd E15. Cake decorating.
Book on 0203373 6045
free. noon-5pm (and Sunday, ongoing) Epping Forest’s Literary
History exhibition at The Temple Wanstead Park, E11. 85080028
Sun July 31st £4 on door 3.30pm Vestry House Museum . Arbutus String Quartet
music of Vienna 1800. Haydn and Beethoven.
free 2-4pm Coronation Gardens E10 by Leyton Station, music for
pleasure with Eastern European musicians..
Mon Aug 1st Closure of Stratford Bus Station until October 2011
Tues Aug 2nd free 1-3pm Plum Tree Centre E10 (by Tesco) .Dance for Life. Just turn up.
Take a bottle of water and a scarf for belly dancing!
Wed Aug 3rd free Cyberlink E10 (by Tesco) Free film course. Filming In the neighbourhood
£1. 11-4pm Pump House Museum, South Access Lane, E17. Check out the
vintage transport and the museum.
Free 7.30-9.30pm Community Theatre at The Yard. The new theatre at
White Post Lane, Hackney Wick. Come and participate and be one of
a cast of 139 in a performance spurred by Ai Weiwei’s persecution. But the first get-together is in the Anthony Marsh Building, top of Big Hill, Clapton. E5 (Jessam Avenus bus stop then 2 mins or go through Mount Pleasant Rdfrom Clapton Station and Lea Bridge RD)
Check the web-site as you need to register anyway.
free 1.10-1.40pm. Flute and guitar recital at St John’s Church Stratford E15
Thurs Aug 4th free Drop in…2-8pm The Floating Cinema at Bow Locks Gillender St E3.
Films of local people.
Fri Aug 5th free. No need to book 2-5pm at Hornsey Library, Park Rd . Hairdos of the Fifties,
Sat Aug 6th free. 11-5pm No need to book. Cemeteries and Angels, Abney Park, N.16
workshops. Main entrance 11 am.
free Up Your Street subscribers with Precious Lives jewellery and beading
group display their wares at the Haggerston Festival
Sun Aug 7th free 10-6pm. Rehearsal for The Yard theatre event. (see 3rd August).
free 11-5pm No need to book . Abney Park, N.16 Working with clay.
Main entrance 11 am
Yes was great. I didn’t know what to expect, didn’t even know how to find Dace Road in Hackney Wick but I did cos I ain’t dumb and fell in love with Old Ford Lock (difficult to feel glad about my adventure as beautiful Amy Winehouse, now deceased, is singing in the background).
The Floating Cinema has a busy programme of free events and I’ll post them up on my uploads for UpYour Street5. It’s a refurbished narrow-boat, clean as a pin and comfy taking a few people at a time.
Today we travelled smoothly up and down the waterway (a canal, hardly teeming with wild-fowl but full of green duck-grass) in the Olympic and Paralympic Games site followed by security all the way. Our 2 hour free trip began and finished at Old Ford Lock
It was a privilege to get that free ride and all photos taken are unique because the scenery is ever-changing, said the fox who stared at us from the bank. I found nothing really interesting; I might have been in awe if I’d never seen the growing of the Games site from Day 1.
Our hosts were excellent.
What was the icing on the cake was the 10 minute film by Michael Smith , BBC programme man and resident of Globe Road, Bow all about the changing urbanscape around the Games site and how it is nothing unusual as London is permanently changing. Permanently changing, eh? (my words). Michael’s poetic documentary is ace: He talks once of flowers springing up in ignored pockets of concrete despair and the particular shot shows a gorgeous local woman finding her direction. There was something about London being a ‘roll-call of build upon build’. Too true. Michael answered our questions then we had a tug-boat cake! Mmm, chocolate sponge all iced in the shape of a boat.
Very good film, “Drift Street”.
Last week I watched the recent film “Under The Cranes” with the poet Michael Rosen too. And on BBC 2 last night they showed “The Golden Age of Canals”
Now for some Vintage TV. with Rock ‘n’Roll.
Pop-up cafes, pop-up theatres, Folly for a Flyover, Floating Cinema, roof-top cinemas, craft- alongs, pop-up shops……… keep up y’all!
What did happen in the run-up to the Games was that at least one person, that’s me, explored my herethereto unknown parts of the east end. There’s Fish Island, Hackney Wick, The Sharp End, Mabley Green, Leytonstone High Road again, Graham Road, Canning Town, Ridley Road again, Borough Market and on and on. The point is whether I’d see any point returning. Imagine Lord Coe and Boris schleppin’ around Hackney Wick let alone Leytonstone High Road. When’s the money going to be thrown at that road? Which council officers forgot about the scummy part of Stratford High Street by the old Rex and the new Gala Bingo. Are we supposed to blink when passing those bits? No wonder people in Stratford are switched off when they see E 20 rising and their own places shoved to the back.
Shocked I was to see Fitzgerald’s Irish pub boarded up today down by King’s Hall in Lower Clapton, Hackney.