Audition Round 2

For the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a select crowd of auditionees went through the paces for selection once again. We wore top hats and tails and raced on African snails or did we? We sweated less than last time because we knew to wear dance gear. We had no time to look into each other’s eyes.

How grotty is Bromley-By-Bow? The bright lights of Tesco beam uphill to guide the foot-weary to the station. That’s it. Even the bus stop at Hancock Road should be named Three Mills. See if it changes before the Games. But on a brighter note, Leytonstone High Road is going through an uplift indeed. The Christmas lights around the St John’s end  are wonderful. And Stratford Centre is just a frozen firework display.

Had fun today on the phone. Members of Picture House can get 20% off the year’s subscription to Cinema Movies, the French movie  channel. You try it. I was successful because I believe I was the first person to go for it. There’s no year. And then some. Sky offers 2 months free of Sky Movies. Not bad as long as you remember to cancel in time or they’ll have got you.

Then I watched a French film. Hmm.

 

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Audition Round 2

For the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a select crowd of auditionees went through the paces for selection once again. We wore top hats and tails and raced on African snails or did we? We sweated less than last time because we knew to wear dance gear. We had no time to look into each other’s eyes.

How grotty is Bromley-By-Bow? The bright lights of Tesco beam uphill to guide the foot-weary to the station. That’s it. Even the bus stop at Hancock Road should be named Three Mills. See if it changes before the Games. But on a brighter note, Leytonstone High Road is going through an uplift indeed. The Christmas lights around the St John’s end  are wonderful. And Stratford Centre is just a frozen firework display.

Had fun today on the phone. Members of Picture House can get 20% off the year’s subscription to Cinema Movies, the French movie  channel. You try it. I was successful because I believe I was the first person to go for it. There’s no year. And then some. Sky offers 2 months free of Sky Movies. Not bad as long as you remember to cancel in time or they’ll have got you.

Then I watched a French film. Hmm.

 

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Let’s talk about sex, baby!

Ok!  Let’s talk about “A Taste Of Hackney” the intergenerational oral history project not about Hackney but about Ridley Road Market which is as iconic as Petticoat Lane by now and a generation’s fondly cherished paradise like Anjuna Market, Goa. It’s a market. Ridley road is just a market. Discuss. Not on,  as every project to do with Hackney now, in the lead up to The Games when all perimeter communities must be encouraged to engage, includes a vigorous funded nod and a half to Ridley Road, THE multi-cultural market with a history of waves of immigration reflected in the stall-holders and the produce. 

Hey! Borough Market, move over. Your time will come.

Exciting time -out  happened twice on the project yesterday. As one group of school children climbed the lighthouse steps to the social kitchen they all remarked on the wood smoking smell. In the kitchen one boy asked Mr Patel, “When do you add the milk to the halwa?”

No time to answer; the fire bell screamed. A mass of green jumpers descended the stairs, the electricity was switched off to save Mr Patel’s sticky sweet creation and everyone lined up smartly in the playground and waited and waited and waited for the fire crew.

Back indoors,  after the all-clear and luckily with an adult hugging the boxed halwa, the school children went into interview mode all as bright as buttons (buttons are 35p each dahn the market by the way! Let your grandma suck that in).

The take up in the community for participation in “A Taste Of Hackney” is poor and low. It’s a committment each Tuesday on  mainly miserable November early mornings and, as per, the thrust of vision comes from non-market users. An idea was for the project workers to go out to Jewish lunch clubs and U3A etc. Well hell no! The adverts never brought in the punters and it was to appeal to 50 years plus. Get up you seniors and go and participate pro-actively. Go and learn to make an App for a mobile phone. Project leaders, stop dropping stuff into seniors’ laps like they’re helpless and I for one do not want to see a project once again become a haven for drop-ins.

Whilst the fire alarm sounded, all the senior participants standing cold in the playground during the fourth week of A Taste Of Hackney, saw each other each other for the first time and caught a glimpse of the headteacher.  Coincidentally, A Different Drum Productions had scheduled lunch so that the seniors could meet each other at last.  Two had joined the project, run by A Different Drum Productions,  through Up Your Street, the other 5  came via The Lawns (Age  UK)  in Hackney. Big fat project eh? Quality not quantity.

What a treat was dinner at Evin Restaurant Bar, an excellent Turkish restaurant well at home along Kingsland High Street with the statuatory two women sat down, open -legged, rolling out bread and griddling it in the window. Hmm. (Exclamations of “How wonderful!” “Did you see that?” “Oh!”)

We are grateful for our meal, truly a taste of Hackney.

Monotonous bread rolling is hard work. It is very physical  like stone-carving at The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. The Kindest Group planted our gargoyles around the free garden on Sunday last and they look terrific. Go and see. Opposite Dalston Junction, 11-5pm

Up Your Street list. issue 47. Flicks galore.

Tues   Dec 6th  £2      members, £4 otherwise  Classic screenings  at Stratford Picture House

Wed   Dec 7th £2.50 2pm Part of ‘London On Film’. ” It Always Rains on Sundays”.
Thurs Dec 8th  free   6-7.30pm Hackney Museum ‘Black History Music Quiz’ night. Book your
                                   team in advance at the Museum.
                                7.30pm Launch of Maureen Gallaccio’s pamphlet “Homing In”    
                                with poetry readings at printworks behind 2 Greenleaf Rd E17.
                                Maureen is Mo of The Mill E17 !
Fri     Dec 9th   free   11 am Craft Fair at The Mill E17 (bottom of Walthamstow Market)
Sat    Dec 10th free   10-5pm ice gliding sessions for fun in Coronation Gardens,E10.
                      free    7.30pm (bring food to share) News From Nowhere Club in Epicentre E11.
                                Discussion with Dr. Carl Levy.
Sun   Dec 11th £6.50  non-members 1.15pm Stratford Picture House “The Lion King” in 3D.
                       free    7-9.30pm Mozart’s Requiem. St John At Jerusalem Church, Lauriston Rd E9.
Mon   Dec 12th £2     1.30-4.30pm Tea Dance Stratford Town Hall
.
Tues   Dec  13th free 7-8.30pm. Get together with residents and council agents to think of
                                      ways to be involved in 2012 e .g. street parties. Vicarage Rd Community Centre E15.
Thurs  Dec 15th  free 11 am meet at the Angel but book through info@slt.org.uk Trip by public transport
                                    to the Science Museum arranged by the fabulous Stuart Low Trust in Islington.
                                     Please mention Up Your Street when you register as a member.
                                     A picnic lunch  
                                     generously provided often includes produce from Culpeper Gardens.
                                     There are many other events. Ask the Trust.
Cathall Rd Leisure Centre is closed on Dec 19th for staff training.
Photographic archives exhibition At Stratford Picture House by Murray Melvin.
“Cinderella” the panto   at Theatre Royal Stratford east. 2 for 1 tickets on sale.
all correct at time of uploading by Gillian Lawrence                 
Up Your Street an information-sharing service for seniors listing free events and activities in the 6 London 2012 boroughs.
                                            

 

50-65 years young

Meditation for the over 50s with Amarjit

Every Friday, 1.30-2.30pm. Learn how to relax and reduce stress with Meditation at Stamford Hill Library. Hackney N 16.  FREE

Afrikan yoga

Wednesdays, 10.30-noon   on    30th  November, 7 December,  14 December, 21 December

Afrikan Yoga is the original authentic healing art, designed to warm you up with the elements Fire, Water, Air and Earth and rejuvenate, relax and re-energize the mind, body and soul and Stamford Hill Library are hosting a FREE seven week programme of classes in collaboration with Afyahealth Yoga 4 All. FREE

To book: Call Imani on 07956 696 599 . Please note places are free, but contributions are welcomed by Afyahealth Yoga 4 All.

Free courses and workshops, up and down.

All happening!  The last of the cake-decorating classes in Holden Point passed yesterday with a fanfare of photography and certificates for those who were there at the right time.

Singing sessions with Stratford East Singers phased into its new time yesterday : Intense Wednesday from 7-9.30pm. Bit of Africa medley,  a la Lady Smith Black Mambazo*,  going on with some R&B stepped up and in. Nothing to complain about there as we have a teacher who is passionate about his work , is the TRSE Creative Music Director,  and  makes sure we are all engaged and on the note.  Observers came from another big event in its planning stage and clapped for us vigorously. All coincidental isn’t it that projects are busy involving the community ready in time for the Games?  That’s what I like about the Olympics and Paralympics on their way, that there are opportunities galore for seniors and others but I am, through Up Your Street, on the look out for free events and activities for those above 55.

Ballroom dance lessons close for the term soon at Round Chapel, Lower Clapton, Hackney and will go out with a sequinned flurry and a party. The Claremont Project in Islington will teach seniors ballroom dancing for £2 a go. Membership is free, smiles still being priced up.

“Still Alive And Kicking” with Songololo moved back to The Sharp End in Dalston after moving to Manor House and losing participants on the way. Live and learn!

GLL’s seniors’ sessions on Mondays at Kelmscott E17 satisfied the crowd and will get stronger as the weeks go by. 50p and lots to do.

Stratford Picture House continues to draw in seniors. Added to their viewing pleasure is a free archive exhibition all about Murray Melvin, the actor and archivist at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Murray will be in Leytonstone in March with the “News from Nowhere Club”. There’s also a season of London on Film happening at Stratford PH. That’s watching clips, eating popcorn and joining in discussions. The last one when “Bullet Boy” was screened was hot and contentious. Good to talk. I would have liked to see Openstage 2012 volunteers at Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) go into discussion groups to review the free shows they get to watch. Good to air opinions and be visible contributors.

“A Taste Of Hackney” , a Ridley Road intergenerational project, had teething problems and still needs Bonjela. It is being evaluated continuously but who knows if that is a a police thing where the only people who evaluate the actions of the police are in fact the biased police. Come now! At The Lawns in Daltson there is an Hackney Healthy Eating Project where yam is king.

So so much to dip into, enjoy and learn from. I waited years to join a free and comfortable singing group. Bingo.

*By the way, SkyArts  1 is showing Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Shabalala’s Zulu choir, in their 2011 concert at Hay.  Timely! Ugh, no eye-candy.

Up Your Street listings. Issue 46

Thurs  Nov 24th      free   7.30-9pm  Rose and Crown Pub Hoe St E17. Radical History Group planning meeting. All welcome.

Fri   Nov 25th         free      open rehearsal by Forest Philharmonic at St Gabriel’s Church, Havant Rd E17.
                                                                                                     Book with evagillett@yahoo.com
Sat      Nov  26th               noon  Christmas Bazaar West Ham All saints Church E15.
Sun     Nov 27th      free      all day Up Your Street won tickets for some Newham residents to enjoy Handball in the Olympic Park.
                           £2.50*    4pm   Stratford Picture House E15 “Dance Scenes” as part of “Film On London”.
                                    An afternoon exploring and experiencing Silver Screen and more with East London Dance and Birkbeck Uni.

                                                                                                           info and booking on 0871 902 5740
Thurs  Dec 1st        free   4pm High Street Seniors meet Chat’s Palace, Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney to  walk
                                to Hackney Museum for an evening with Patrick Vernon from 6-7.30pm
                                                                              (Part of Black History Month) Recommended.
Sat    Dec 3rd                10-5pm    St John’s E11 (including Lister Road) Christmas Market.

                           free          11am – 12.30 .Hackney Youth Orchestra Concert soloists and ensembles featuring Delibes’ Coppelia and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
                                     Doors open 10.30am for sale of raffle tickets and refreshments. Stoke Newington Media and Arts College, Clissold Rd, N16 9EY. Telephone: 07913 850889.
                             £5  6-10pm    Happitime Hoedown at The Roundchapel Old School Rooms, Powerscroft Road, London, E5 0PU
                                                                     An evening of dancing, hot food, cakes, bar and fun for all the family featuring top bluegrss band Foghornleghorn. Tickets: adults £5, Hop Toyshop,
                                                    Happtime and on the door.Telephone: 07807 639309
Sun Dec 4th           free   all day Up Your Street won tickets for some WF residents to enjoy Goalball in the Olympic Park.
Wed   Dec 7th        free   but had to be booked. Waltham Forest seniors go to enjoy Christmas Lunch at Leyton Orient.
* checking the special price as I believe it’s that for seniors.
Up Your Street was awarded crocus bulbs from Organiclea. They’ll be planted by subscribers and enjoyed by all. Keep your eyes open as you look into front gardens past the mattresses!

No. of bulbs, 200
To be planted in Up Your Street members’ (who are all senior citizens) front gardens, Vicarage Rd, Flempton Avenue, Burwell Rd, Leyton High Rd etc. for all to enjoy.
Gillian Lawrence