“Django Unchained”

At Silver Screen, Stratford PictureHouse 1pm .2013-01-30 16.18.54 “Django” starts very slowly so sit back and enjoy the music as you remember it’s a cowboy flick. Tarantino has trademarks doesn’t he? They were all evident. The slow-motions, the distorted music, the traditional tunes and songs, the 2013 language in an 1844 or so setting, the photography as in the bison scene, the shocks, the audacities and the story-telling. I was not disappointed and whoopee the cinema was almost empty and unusually warm.

The first quarter of an hour dragged as we were lulled into the story and got the characters set so that we knew them and their capabilities. Then the guns and dynamite started. Some characters are unbelievable. It’s a film. I was not disappointed despite I’d heard some off-putting reviews.

The music is beautiful: Some Verdi and silly songs and some heavy hip hop. The action is super mad and totally unreal, like “Die Hard”, and loveable.

Stroll London


                                     Stroll London looking towards Historic Royal Palaces (hrp) 

Sat 26th Jan . £3  adult 11 am 0-6 year olds. Animations. 60 minute screening.Stratford east Picturehouse. Babes- in -arms are free, mais oui!

Sun 27th Jan    free 2.30-3.30pm  Community Room ,.Lloyd Park Forest Rd E17 . African & Caribbean bird stories with Once Upon A Story. Ages 3-10 years.062

Tues 29th Jan      usual cinema charges. Under 1s free. Toddler Time at Hackney PictureHouse with Peppa Pig    (see Issue 2 of Stroll London ).30 minutes screening.

ASDA Peppa Pig competition!……a two night family break to Winchester including tickets to Peppa Pig World and direct flights to Southampton . Phone by the end of this month for 50p to 09011510096.                               

Sat 2nd Feb  free 11am.. Kensington Palace. Just turn up. Buggy friendly, A musical story-telling event for babies and families. Trying to get information as to whether the standard entry to the Palace stands. TBC

free 3.30pm Foyer…

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Up Your Street issue 3

                                                   Up Your Street.  Issue 3

Mon 28th Jan free 1-2.30pm Leyton Library. Healthy eating demonstration. Best to book.

Tues 29th Jan £2.50 each film at Stratford east Picturehouse From 1pm.Three blockbusters with tea and biscuits!  “Django Unchained”, “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln” from 1pm.

Wed 30th Jan free 7pm Leyton Community Action meets at All Saints Church Melbourne Rd E10 off Capworth St. All welcome. Sec: Pete Towler.

£2.50  6pm Stratford east PictureHouse “Lavender Hill Mob” part of Screen London .Free for Birkbeck students. All welcome.

Thurs 31st Jan free Watney Market Ideas Store. Open afternoon. Book a place.

free 9.30-3pm Flower arranging course. Leyton Library E10 and on 7th Feb. Book your place.IMAG001614


£5  submission of your one piece of art work to The Mill E17 for “We Love Walthamstow” exhibition. Walthamstow residents apply online or at The Mill.IMAG000536

Fri 1st Feb free    3.30pm-8pm Open Day KNI Foundation Billet Road E17. New studio, great staff, refreshments,  and find out about this community enterprise.

Sat 2nd Feb free 1-4pm Chandos east Community Hub E15.  Family fun day with info re Chobham Manor E20 and the Legacy.

Mon 4th Feb free   10-noon  and 2-6pm   Chandos east Community Hub E15. . Information morning and evening about The Legacy.

Thurs 7th Feb free  4.30-5.30pm.Stamford Hill Library reading group. The group will discuss The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler.

free flower arranging course. See 31st Jan.008

Issue 2 for 2013. Up Your Street

                                                         Up Your Street.  Issue 2

Mon 21st Jan. free 6.30pm – 8.00pm Public information sharing about plans for The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Legacy. With refreshments.

Chandos East Community Centre               CANCELLED due to snow (posted 3.30pm 210113)

90 Chandos Road, E15 1TT

(Newham North and Waltham Forest)

free 8pm in The Mahogany Bar, Wilton’s Music Hall every day this week Global Beats. Music from Serbia, Nigeria and all over.

Tues 22nd Jan      free  2pm Bruce Castle Museum. Reminiscence Café. And Mrs Spinks exhibition. Take a snack.

£1   7.30 for 8pm start for The Clapton Hart Pub Quiz. At Lea Bridge Roundabout E5

Wed 23rd Jan. not free  2.30pm Managing your computer (for over 50s)

PRICE:£10 for the whole course!

                         free  noon-2pm Cook and Taste

Venue: Gaby’s Kitchen, Well Street Surgery

28 Shore Road, London E9 7TA

Starting on Wednesday, 16th January 2013, 12-2pm

for 5 weeks

Cooking course but book in advance email siobhan@manorgardenscentre.org Don’t be surprised that all places are gone.


                                 £2.50  6pm. Stratford Picture House ‘London on Film’ screening “Piccadilly”

Thurs 24th Jan   free 11 am. “A Southern Winter’s View” Walking with David Boote for approx 90 minutes in a relaxed way. Meet at Waterworks Centre entrance, Lammas Road off Lea Bridge Road opposite Greyhound Pub. The Water Works is fabulous and has a great café. The walk is baby buggy suitable and recommended by Stroll London. (Repeats Sunday at 2.30pm). Ample car-parkingand buses 56,55 and 48 take you almost to the door.

Fri  25th Jan      free 10.30. A  walk. Meeting leader Janice Fraser at Tottenham Hale station at 10.30am and taking a train to Cheshunt, where the walk will begin.  The plan is to walk to the white river rafting Centre – stop of for a coffee etc. – and then walk back to Cheshunt to get the train back to Tottenham Hale. This is a regular walking group attached to Friends of Tottenham Marshes.

                             free 2-3pm Royal College of Music concert at the Claremont Project, White Lion St., Angel Islington .

                              free   7.30pm Bakers Arms Book Group at The Hornbeam (Café E17 by Bakers Road, Bakers Arms E10.)

IMAG0470Goan Elephants at The Hornbeam. “A lovely backdrop.”

Sun 27th Jan       free     Holocaust Memorial Day. Events at Rich Mix (see issue 1)          

                               share food/ bring food 11 am. Community Breakfast at  The Mill E

Thur 31st Jan    £2/3  7.15 pm sharp. Haringey Independent Cinema on 230 bus route in West Green Learning Centre Phillip lane N15 screening “Sobibor October 1943 4pm” in deference to Holocaust Memorial Day 2013. All welcome.


Spare Rib

We’re approaching International Women’s Day  8th March 2013  aka disrespectfully in my opinion  “Women’s Day” and “Women’s Week” where topics and events in 2013 may very likely include massage, self-esteem, forced marriage, Zumba classes, re-inventing the wheel, and may well avoid Rape in India, Rape in Tottenham, size zero on the catwalks, media language, adverts, women as scientists, the blatant omission that older women were active in militant enlightenment, and feminism with a capital F.

spare rib

With one eye on “American Idol”  sponsored by Wonga with the ad featuring a latex septuagenarian becoming increasingly a Nicki Minaj lookalike,  I am reading with difficulty 33 year old copies of “Spare Rib” the Women’s Liberation magazine of back in the day. I am reading with difficulty because the paper quality is poor and the photographs are not digital of course; no sharpness. I say ‘reading’ when I mean flicking through.

What do I see?

Issue 91 Feb 1980               “Victorian Craftswomen”, “Girls Are Powerful” ,  Spare Tyre’s “Fat is a Feminist Issue”,  Poetry by Helen Dunmore.

Issue 143  June 1984        “Women Writing”.

Issue 163 Feb 1986          “Revolution in South Africa”.    “Cancer Exposure.”

Courses on offer               include Middlesex Poly’s  “Women’s Liberation” “Women’s Fitness and Self-Defence”  in Newham,  “Preparing For Power” Poly of Central London.

Listings  include “Women’s Cinema At The Rio” in Dalston.

Continuing I have Spare Rib Issues

160 featuring Angela Carter in interview.

156 Bhopal

148 Young Feminists

147 Women and The Miners’ Strike

138  Black Women’s Experiences of the NHS

136 Death, Racism, Body Hair

135 Special Black Women’s Issue featuring Alice Walker.

131 “Mixed Race-So What?”

130 “Palestinian Women”

128 Universal Women”

96  “Older Women Living Together”

95  (1980)”Oil Rigs Women In Revolt”

94      “Working With Girls”, “Irish Women and English Racism”.

They’ll be up on Ebay.

I’m waiting to see what Tower Hamlets comes up with for IWD 2013 because they always do and they prepare from 6 months in advance. Please honey-smiling Sappho, let it not be henna designing.

Issue 1 Up Your Street 2013


                                            Up Your Street. Issue 1. 2013

Tues  15th Jan   £3 1.30-4.30pm Tea dance for seniors at Stratford Old Town Hall E15 includes raffle, tea and cake.

Wed 16th Jan £50 for 10 weeks .2-4pm Age Well Actors (50+) at Stratford Circus. Book in advance.

£2.50 (free to Birkbeck students)  6pm, Stratford east PictureHouse screening of ” It Always Rains On Sunday”

Thurs 17th Jan   £10 7pm Amateur boxing open show. Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre, Pretoria Rd Tottenham

Fri 18th Jan       free 12.30pm  Led walk with Tina Bates to find the hidden Walbrook River with Footprints of London. Book ahead.

Sat 19th Jan        free  10-4pm post war, post Olympic Legacy workshop with Birkbeck University at Three Mills Bow (invite only. Up Your Street subscribers currently enrolled on the Arts and Humanities course join the conference and workshop.)

Sun 20th  Jan     free 10-11 (every Sunday until end Feb)  Tai Chi for seniors at Lloyds Park Bowling Green pavilion

free 3.45pm at the Café, Downhills Park off Phillip Lane N15. Friends of… meeting. All welcome.

Mon 21st   Jan    free 12.30-2pm (weekly) beginner and intermediate. Ballroom dancing for over 60s with Malcolm at Kidzmania, 28 Powerscroft Rd Clapton (excellent).

Tues 22nd  Jan   free  6.30-9pm St Mary’s Secret Garden Annual General Meeting. Soup and entertainment . Pearson Street. Hackney. All welcome and  book at  info@stmarysgarden.org.uk Telephone: 02077392965.

Wed 23rd  Jan  £2.50 6pm (free to Birkbeck students) Stratford east PictureHouse screening “Piccadilly”.

Thurs 24th  Jan free 10.30-11.30am. Hackney Coffee Club Reading Group at Hackney Central Library hosted generously by Lydia Julien. Book title to be announced yet.

£3 approx. per session. 6-7.30pm Building Women’s Self-Esteem at The Centre for Better Health (week 2 of 6)

Fri 25th Jan free (until Sunday) Holocaust Memorial Day hosted by Tower Hamlets. At the Rich Mix an art exhibition, an installation and then a film at noon on Sunday

Sat 26th Jan £14  6.30-10.30pm. Seasonal supper at the Hornbeam Café E17.  Book in advance for a 3 course meal. Check out RAGWORKS art exhibition.

free 10.30 am Hornbeam Cafe E10 by Bakers Arms.  LETS trading without money in Waltham Forest. Find out and enrol.

Sun 27th Jan  free noon Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. Film to do with a Jewish Extravaganza marking the Holocaust Memorial weekend with Tower Hamlets. “From Cable Street to Brick Lane”.

                 free 2.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m Saint Augustine’s Tower Open Day. Mare Street by Narrow Way.Hackney


Asda’s selling off very expensive jars of mincemeat for 49pence only! All in date to 2014.


Black Path E17 walk

Freezing today but I’d wimped out of the Cally Walk with Footprints of London: the thought of two hours of behaving myself. Pushed myself out this Sunday to do my walk past the Kingsmill Bread factory and the Sunday African church howlings. IMAG00068The great outdoors was very male today what with all the footie teams out on the marshes and loads of cars parked on the muddy sinking grass! There was also a burger van. (Note to self for next time’s breakfast, grease and bun)

Ye Black Path was uneventful except for a tame magpie. There was magic in the Woodland Conservation wood,  managed by the environment lot at Waltham Forest Council,  as in the high bare trees were visible nests upon nests.  Feeling very cushioned in mediaevalness I followed the path into St James Park. Beautiful; Trees in lines and not a leaf in sight. IMAG003122Then I saw over the railway track and grassy hump a proper smoking chimney. Could only happen in Coppermill Lane eh?

I actually walked briskly  i.e healthily because it was too cold to hang about.

Argall Industrial Estate is as dirty as ever.IMAG00027

The Mill up Coppermill Lane was warm and busy and Duncan Holme’s photography exhibition is professional and good.

David Bailey restored

Watching “Living The Life” on Sky Arts with Tim Marlow interviewing David Bailey. Or is he? Or is it Bailey interviewing Marlow. Yawn. Last year I went to the Theatre Royal Stratford east  to see Bailey in conversation with Marlow and all I heard was a whole load of effing and blinding . Today I wanted to see the edited version but it’s just TV folks and here is another interview all together. Gotta milk the cow. Now let’s get to the photography bit you two men. It’s an hour programme.


Evacuation WW2

God. Son of a vicar.

Dyslexia with 2 bleeps, three swear words.


Sex and marriage. (Half hour gone by;  Kevin Bacon’s advert in the break is a most welcome slice of charisma).

School  and National Service.

Art with one swear word/phrase.

Death with a bleep. “I’m gonna live ’til I die”.

(last 3 mins of programme and at last)… PHOTOGRAPHY  “Not interested in composition. Just want to get you (your essence).”


“Be True To Yourself”  is ole Dave’s mantra.  If any budding photographer hoped for tips and inspiration and bear in mind all the free photography courses in east London pre Olympic and Paralympic Games they’d be short-changed from the master once again.

This programme was edited by Back Door Production Ltd at Pinewood UK , and Gullium 2012

The zebra chairs….Mmm.

free film for seniors at Rio, Dalston

* Wednesday 9 January 2:30 * CLASSIC MATINEE SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) (BBFC Consumer Advice: Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex references) (UK 2011) 112m. Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked. An original and enjoyably comic fishy tale, based on the bestselling novel by Paul Torday. It’s a real romantic, exotic and heartwarming journey.
free cake and tea too.