A terrible thing happened yesterday. I was on the W15 bus travelling towards Bakers Arms in Leyton and we passed through Whipps Cross Hospital. I looked out of the window and at the bus stop were two burly uniformed bods dragging from the seat to the bus a man of about 60 who was obviously out of it (it’s a hospital) and definitely not with it. He was mishandled to the extent that he lost his dignity with his belly hanging out and then being shoved onto the bus by the two bods. Those two said to the non-concerned driver (aint they like robots these days? Mind you, if you get a chatty one, your day’s made!) that he  (the zombie one) gets off at Walthamstow.  I thought to myself, “Well they don’t check Freedom Passes then?”  They pushed him into the seat next to me and got off, strong African accent an’ all, and the doors shut.  I was gobsmacked. No-one seemed concerned. Four stops down the line the zombie got off the bus and curled up on the pavement, face down.

I was fuming. UK 2011! London! Human being! Whipps Cross.

I asked the driver at a suitable chance whether that were an hospital discharge. The driver said , “Those security guards do that all the time. Put them on the bus,  give me no fare and say to go to Walthamstow. They never get to Walthamstow”. I told him it was unfair on him, the driver, and  got off the bus then immediately phoned the police with my trusty mobile.. The child cop at the other end of the 999 call was as digusted as I was/am.

On the other hand, I am not surprised. Whipps Cross!

Before all of that I’d come out of Cathall Rd swimming pool into hot sunshine. How lovely the area is: Green grass everywhere, roses on the bridge, a good children’s park nearby and a road called ‘Melon’. I see shoppers still use the Dyers Hall Road bridge going from Grove Green Rd to Leytonstone High Road. I only knew it recently as a rape crime scene. I used to use it years ago: The last time I was in labour, bent double after leaving my chicken shop shift and needing to get home. Of course I never knew this was the real labour stuff and made myself a hot milk to get to bed and sleep. Nope that was a baby on the way. No more chicken shop…Hooray. It’s all a muddied memory now unless I use precious energy to recall everything. What I do know is that the house I owned then is now next door to a mosque. Who’d have thought?

Today is Rosh Hashanah.

Whatever next? Rio Cinema showing “The Lavendar Hill Mob” and “Kind Hearts  and Coronets” . Even my mum knows the scripts back to front and she’s dead.  There’s always a round of old films going on in London. Usually free but for what?  I looked at them to see what they’re all about. Nah! If the cinemas are going to be knocked out cos of the mega ones (Hackney, Westfield) then the independent ones have got to up their game and stop regurgitating. It’s like senior groups trolleying out war films and Al Bowen cds.  55+ aged  people are the watchers of post “Summer Holiday” films and enjoy Reggae, drum an’ bass, punk and add on. Still, it’s a market place out there and nothing to do with customer satisfaction really.

See that the workers in Asda get productivity totals each day. Work and motion, eh? On the tills, “Rings per minute” and scanning percentages. And they still smile and greet. Love ’em.

Hackney Library Service does Black History Month proper like

This is just a tiny bit of what’s on offer for free and for seniors.
Hackney Libraries and Black History Month events
CLR James Library
Fashion’s Best Kept Secret: Black people, culture and the fashion
Thursday 27 October, 6.15 – 7.45pm. Please note that this event
will be held at the new Dalston CLR James Library. Whenever fashion is
discussed, the views featured – whether about textiles, couture, stylists and
designers – are very rarely from Black experts. Yet the influence of Black
cultures and history is never far away from the catwalk or the latest trends
such as ‘street wear’, ‘ethnic prints’ or ‘tribal styles’. The ideas and style
references used are often recycled from Black Britain, the African continent and
the Commonwealth. So why is the Black presence still fashion’s best kept secret?
To discuss these important themes, Words of Colour Productions Executive
Director Joy Francis will chair a debate with a panel including Brenda Emmanus
(to be confirmed), Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent for BBC London
News, Zoe Whitley, Victoria and Albert Museum and fashion veteran Sharon
Franklin. Book in advance by contacting CLR James library. Age 15 years+.
Hackney Central Library
Below you’ll find a list of forthcoming events at Hackney Central
Library. To find out how to contact and visit the library please see the Hackney
Central Library branch page.
African Cultural Memory in the Caribbean
Wednesday 5 October, 6.15 –
7.45pm. Dr Morgan Dalphinis will examine African cultural memory in the
Caribbean and amongst the Caribbean Diaspora in England, through an examination
of African continuities in Caribbean Creole Languages and use of European
languages, as well as in Caribbean oral literature and writing. No booking
required, for age 18 years+
Experience Afrikan Yoga
Wednesday 19 October, 6.30 – 7.45pm. African Yoga is the original
authentic healing art. You’ll warm up with the elements Fire, Water, Air and
Earth and rejuvenate, relax and re-energize the mind, body and soul. You’ll also
get the opportunity to sign up to a seven-week Afrikan Yoga workshop at Stamford
Hill Library commencing Wednesday 9 November, 10.30am – 12pm. Ask the
facilitator for more details.
An evening of Poetry and Prose
with eminent Poet John Prince
Thursday 20 October, 6 – 7.45pm.
Come along and hear this broad spectrum of human experience as John Prince reads
from his latest work, expressed in his masterful and insightful style.
Refreshments will be provided. No booking required, for all

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This is from The Lawns in Hackney, the best computer and digital space for seniors and learning in all UK says Up Your Street.

MiCommunity intergenerational project.

Students supporting older people in developing their IT Skills.

Age UK Hackney and 4 other Age UKs across London are being funded by the GLA and Reuben Foundation to develop an intergenerational project with schools for students (aged 16 to 20) and older people (aged 60 or better). The focus will be around computing, with students sharing their knowledge and skills with older people, many of whom will have never have used computers before.

We are really excited about this new project – not only does it help to tackle the digital exclusion that older people face, it brings two generations together and challenges the stereotypes that either side may have about each other.

Hackney Silver Surfers and MiCommunity.

Our target is 75 senior citizens to be matched with 60 young Internet enthusiasts. We have made a good start on this already. Of course, we will be very happy if we exceed those numbers.

Where will it happen?

In Hackney schools and colleges (not at The Lawns computer centre).

When will it happen?

We will get started in October 2011, and carry on until the end of March 2012.

Who can join as a senior citizen?

Anybody living in London, aged 60 years or better, who would like to learn more about computers and the Internet. We expect many of them – perhaps most – to be absolute beginners.

How does a senior citizen get onto this?

We are going to send information by post to people who have joined Hackney Silver Surfers in the last few months.

If you are interested yourself, or if you would like to refer somebody else – please contact Sadia Hussain by phone (020 7254 2183                or by email (sadiahussain@ageukhackney.org.uk).

Psst wanna job, day out?

Age UK job seeker event (4 Oct).

Helping you to secure your next job and make a new start.

A one-off exclusive event for job seekers aged over 50 in London on Tuesday 4 October 2011.

Age UK and PwC are running an event exclusively for people over 50. We aim to help you to improve your employment prospects and make informed decisions about your future career.

Morning session: arrival from 10 am.

From 10 am to 1 pm experts from Age UK Training and PwC will be offering an insight into:

  • Engaging with the modern labour market and how jobs are now advertised.
  • Preparing impressive applications and what happens once they are submitted.
  • What’s needed for a successful interview.
  • Ways to make a positive impact when meeting an employer and how to sell yourself.
  • How a mature professional overcame the age-related barriers facing him after being made redundant.

Lunch will be provided.

Afternoon surgery: 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

Our afternoon surgery will give you the opportunity to talk directly to an actively recruiting employer in an informal and confidential setting and ask any questions you may have on:

  • CV development.
  • Live job searches.
  • Making speculative applications.
  • How to optimise the skills you have.

If you have a CV that you would like to improve, then bring it along with you – or we can help you create one. We would like to see as many people as possible at this free, informal event.

The event is being held at:
Age UK
Tavis House
1–6 Tavistock Square

Numbers are limited for these great sessions, so book your place for the morning session or afternoon session or both by phoning              020 3033 1388     or emailing caren.drake@ageuk.org.uk .

Thanks to Rick at  The Lawns for info


Up Your Street issue 38


25th Sept
    free  6pm Rich Mix    Errol Linton, harmonica and vocals.

free 12-6pm until 9th Oct. Photos by
Connolly and Pink “Hackney Revisited 1985-2011”.
Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk E5

Tues 27th Sept

Spring into Autumn at St John at Hackney!
Adrenalin Dance Classes 

1.15-2.15pm Over 55’s dance
class (free) all welcome
7 – 8.15 pm Adult movement class, all welcome

free    until end Nov . Geffrye Museum, 136
Kingsland Rd E2  Alexandra Blum’s
drawings of the regeneration of Dalston E8.
10-5pm. Sun noon-5. Shut Mondays.

Wed 28th Sept
£5 .6.30-8.30pm  Rivington Place EC2.Emory Douglas, Culture
Sec Black Panthers talks about his life and work  02077491240

                           free 6.30pm Walthamstow Library . Meet east London poets, part of East London Libraries Festival (ignore the line through typing)

                         free 10.30-11.30am Hackney Central
Library . Coffee, cake and book club discussing Steinbeck’s “East Of Eden”.

7.45pm  ‘The blue plaques of
Loughton’. St John’s Church, Leytonstone.E11 (Leyton and Leytonstone History

1.10-1.40pm Organ recital by Losq. St John’s Church Stratford E15

Thurs 29th Sept to 2nd Oct. Stow Music
Festival 2011  E17. Ye Olde Rose and
Crown and other venues.

Fri 30th Sept   free 10-3pm. Newham Leisure Centre Older Person’s Day. Sports, get
fit, and stalls.

free 10-8pm Art displays by local professional artists “Hackney Utopians” highlighting the community project in Abney park last Summer at Stoke Newington Library

1-3pm   Spitalfields tea dance.
Crispin St.

Sat 1st Oct
free   12-4pm Apple Day at
The Mill E17  Bring  pies in apple shapes. Yum

free   until 31/10 Exhibition by Alix Edwards called “Tradewinds” part of Black History Month at Hackney Central Library.

free 1.30 or 4pm guided 2 hour walk of the Lower Lea Valley. Book with Graham of ‘Walk East’  on  07919221806.

                        free 10-5pm Older Person’s Day Kelmscott
Leisure Centre E17

Sun 2nd Oct    £1 noon-5pm  Stow Vintage
Lifestyle Fair at The Ballroom Orford
House Social Club E17

Thurs 6th Oct free     6-9pm (until 26th from 9am -7pm) Black and White Photographer of the Year 2011 at 74 Kingsland Rd E28DL

8th Oct
    free  11-4pm Apple Day , Vestry House Museum garden

Sat  Oct 8th 7pm free

                  From “News From Nowhere Club” which meets at The Epicentre , E11 at 7pm on Saturday 8th October 2011. Refreshments too. All welcome.

Performing arts, the church & the community: an

Speaker: Kathryn Robinson

Kathryn Robinson is a priest in the Church of England. She
lives in Walthamstow & serves at St John’s Church, Leytonstone, as
associate minister. She also serves as part of the Bishop of Barking’s team as
his adviser for the performing arts. This is a pioneering new post established
in 2009 by the Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend David Hawkins. The Barking
area, set within the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford, covers five east London
boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge & Waltham
Forest, plus a small part of Essex. The main focus of Kathryn’s work is to
promote, encourage, support & develop good practice in the performing arts
within the churches in the Barking Episcopal Area & to encourage the church
& individuals to engage with their local communities & their local arts
scene. This evening Kathryn will speak about her experiences as performing arts
adviser & how she combines a passion for the arts with her calling to be a
priest in the Church of England.


First Leyton Temple Mills free introductory
day guest pass. Try the gym.

Bring and Buy cakes

IanVisits told me  that at Wilton’s Music Hall

“Sunday, 25th Sep 2011 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Barbara Windsor will be opening our largest tea and cakes afternoon yet.
Bring and buy cake sale, vintage DJ’s, high tea and a chance to explore the
building – don’t miss it.

The infamous Anthony Burrill has also made an exclusive Wilton’s inspired
letter press print for us to sell.  Anthony’s persuasive, up-beat illustration
and design has been commissioned by cultural, social and commercial clients
around the world from New York to London to Tokyo.

Cost: Free

No need to book tickets – just turn up on the day.”

Meanwhile in Stratford E15  people from Up Your Street iced cup cakes and had big fun.

Our Day Out. 20th Sept 2011

Yep, the last free outing from Circle Anglia’s Lotto funding for 55+ Active Club based at Priory Community Centre E17.  This group of ladies enjoyed Leeds Castle , Kent.

“Kind Hearts and Coronets “was filmed here in 1949. I hate that film. I can’t stand Joan Greenwood and all the other poor acting. Can’t stand Guinness either. I watched it because I needed to be informed and to find out why it is celebrated through reminiscence film screenings. As for Dennis! At the end they sing the nursery rhyme about niggers. I had to fight my mum for using that word.

looking ahead

Some dates for your

free activities for seniors ……..all correct and checked at time of
180911   From 3pm Murray
Melvin archivist at Theatre Royal Stratford east.
              Pump House Museum open in South Access Rd
190911   12.30-2.20pm Ballroom
lessons Round Chapel, Lower Clapton 60 + seniors
200911   55+Active Club on last
trip, to Leeds Castle. Fully booked.
              1.30-3.30pm “Recycled Teenagers” @The Mill E17
Theme ‘Memories’.
220911   Heart Health in Hackney
1-4pm Book with Haci on post@bemwg.org.uk
              6-9pm Ladies Eid party @The Mill
230911   3pm Open Stage volunteers
meet-up at Theatre Royal Stratford east
250911 Graeae Theatre Company day workshop for professional actors. Book 02076136900
280911   Songololo trip to
Brighton. (workshop members of “Staying Alive And Kicking”)
300911   Older Person’s Day in Newham Leisure
Centre 10-3pm Book on 02033737511
                 October is Black History

October 1st  is Apple
011011   Older Person’s Day in Kelmscott Leisure
Centre, E17. 10-5pm Book on 85207464
031011   Songololo trip to the
London Eye (Workshop participants)
131011   Black History Month Launch 7pm at Hackney Museum
“African Roots” Book on 02083563000
141011   The Wellness Games in
Brixton.  Enquiries to Bornmene on 02085275431