Up Your Street issue 8

                               Up Your Street Issue 8

Tues 5th Mar free  7.30-9pm Meditation techniques at 1a Jewel Rd E17

Fri 8th Mar free With The Claremont Project a trip to the British Museum for the Currency exhibition. Join Claremont for free and get a bargain social trip.

Sat 9th Mar free 7.30 News from Nowhere Club Epicentre,West St E11. Entertainment from Racker Donnelly. Be nice and bring some food to share at the buffet before the event starts at 8pm

Sun 10th Mar £5 4-5pm Klezmer Club at London Jewish Museum by Chalk Farm NW1. Delve into the Yiddish London society of 1910 and be entertained. Book in advance

The Pamper Shop week beginning 4th March 2013

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Mon 4th Mar Nuffield Health is offering 2 day free passes for you to be introduced to your local gym/ leisure centre . Phone 020 8523 7474

Tues 5th Mar free . 7:30- 9:00 pm Meditation techniques at 1a Jewel Rd E17 020 89250820

Wed 6th Mar   £10 or less* noon-1.30pm  Aromatherapy course. 5 week course began 27th Feb at the Centre for Better Health. (See Thursday)

Thurs 7th Mar £10 or less  for 5 weeks  5.30-7.30pm  Art as Exploration in a chosen medium at the Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd hackney. Book in advance.

*concession available

St John At Hackney

Seriously that church needs to sort out its heating and I don’t mean a few blessed candles. The One Taste Choir was doin’ a gig there tonight and they were very good. The place was packed as the altar turned into the stage and heavy duty lights and cameras were in place, or rather roving and that not to mention the security guys protecting it all and the stash of cash as people arrived and paid on the door, they having to end up in the gallery opposite the VIPs as we were full to overflowing in the improvised stalls.. Still the combined body heat did nothing to make us remove our scarves and gloves. Disgraceful that a place for a public performance is so cold. What of the performers, shivering there all day long for rehearsals, make-up and photo-shoots? Have  a heart. I know it’s Lent and Jesus is away in the wilderness but someone else on high needed to tropicalise an old stained building. I have no intention of visiting that place again for a sit-down thing.I spy NeechAt rehearsals.

014Gravestones in the churchyard.

There was some remarkable warbling and a surprise appearance from Willy Mason who Dylanesque in sound provided the professional if not horizontal laid-backness.

zeb at wah wahNeech (on the extreme right) singing at Wah-Wah (One Taste Choir at Lovebox)

All this in aid of a growing charity called Child Hope so we had an expose of what and where is another children’s charity. The money after paying out for  camera crews goes towards helping destitute and abandoned children overseas.

The members of the One Taste Choir deserved flowers like Stac their choir  ma’am received,  for every week they had voluntarily and with passion practised and learnt the harmonies to back other singers, including Eska and Hejira. Dutifully they sat in their winter coats on the side pews between being on the side-stage to do joined-up singing. Uniformly they became one unit in black outfits and scraped back hair; matronly and puritan.IMAG000147

Only the freezing church spoilt a good Hackney evening.

Sites worth visiting

Recommended by Up Your Street and having received the list from my dear friend Mr Manning.

In 30 days [ Easter Sunday ] British summertime begins, so here’s some homework sites for all of you who sit indoors waitng for God.. Top of the list… Ian visits then, Spitalfields life,The  Londonist, Up yuur street ( Gillian Lawrence),and more I’m testing such as… Diamond Geezer, Jane’s London, The Greenwich Phantom, Blackheath Bugle, Pubology, Annie Moles London Underground blog, Another Nickel in the Machine, Derlict London, Fresh Eyes on London, Love london Council Housing, East London Local, Tiki Chris, Visit London (and ” The Scoop”), The Great Wen, Snipe, Bollards of London ( Hope I spelt that correctley ! ), The London Cyclist, Free Festival Guide, What’s on in S.E.1 ,Secret London, National Maritime Museum, Museum of Docklands, and mine’s a pint if you find me wandering.early maybe, but plan for a Happy Easter and impress people about where you’ve been…