Issue 17. Up Your Street

Sun 18th Nov free 2.30pm Walking around Leyton High Road discovering about its creation, with Waltham Forest Walks. Meet at junction of Church Rd and Leyton High Rd opposite where once was the pub The Lion and the Key. Walk ends at Leyton Station around 4.15pm.

£5 6.45pm Brady Arts Centre, Whitechapel E1. Comedies by Tagore in “A Season of Bangla Drama”.

Tues 22nd Nov free 3.30-6pm “The Big Stick Up” craft afternoon making cards at The Garden Cafe Cundy street E16 3DJ. All welcome and refreshments too!

Fri 23rd Nov free 11-2pm Active Club 50+    Chandos East Hub, 90 Chandos Road.E15

Sat 24th Nov £3 7-9.30pm Hornbeam Café  E17 Film: “A Farm for the future.”No fossil fuels                                              
Transition                                                          Walthamstow 

In the same building,  “RAGWORKS” textiles on display.                                                                                                    

Sun 25th Nov   ( Bring a contribution). 11.30-1pm The Mill E17 Sharing a community breakfast.

free 2-3.30pm pm Peter Ashan’s walk discovering Black Britons in Walthamstow. Meet at The Mill E17

Thurs 29th Nov free 5-7.30 pm. Hackney Museum . Poetry workshop for adults with Walthamstow wordsmith Adisa the Verbaliser. On the theme of independence explore your own prose potential.  The first of 2 events.

Newham’s Shindig

Smashing evening at The Stratford east Picture House  E15 last night. Laura Beswick i/c community and engagement @Newham Council hosted an evening of Olympic and Paralympic based quizzes, talks and refreshments: Yes even  ADAM THE PASTRY GUY’s tiered celebration cake was adorned with flags (UK) and festooned with the Ring colours found on the free Newham pens. it was a chance to lark about and fill in seriously forms with ideas to get the community engaged in London 2012 by suggesting local tea parties etc. Sorry mates, you lost that engagement a long time ago as Maccas and the Cadbury Giants moved in buying up all the tickets then doing a Willy Wonka chocolate bar lottery or by grooming  kids with give- away pedometers. Lion King, Marvel Man etc move over.

It was great to see over the road through the lit windows of Stratford east Theatre Royal the Stratford east Singers swaying away . Their timetable is over the top what with Babel and private concerts. Lovely outfit, every age, every colour. Don’t mind the promo stuff; you’d think it was a black girls’ Sunday school choir. What suits eh?

Laura did well. The buffet was very good. I met Sandra, DLR ambassador who sat on Action Community Team Newham with me ,and she was generous enough to have guided tourists to the RAGWORKS exhibitions. The Germans recognised Rumpel- Stilts- Kin and loved the three blind mice versions. Furry.

Talking about hair. I read Vagenda’s blog about she growing her bodily hair in defiance of the big guns advertising lot telling we women what to mutilate on our bodies. Love the hair and the article is excellent. Bollox to Nair.

“Macbeth” wasn’t on but I saw three witches plain as day. How is Time2Craft getting on ?

Newham leads the world

Today I went to the Inspiring People presentation for “Let’s Get The Party Started ” with 2012Newham.

Newham do it well everytime. The presentation was professional, well-planned, managed and executed. All the staff were welcoming and I felt comfortable in someone else’s home, in this case the gorgeous Old Town Hall Stratford E15. (You want to see the building? Go to the tea dance on Monday October 17th 2011at 1.30pm. £2…used to be free but biscuits went up in price, didn’t they?)

Community volunteers of every race, colour and creed all under the St George’s flag shared their plans and experiences to make Newham outstanding in 2012. Miss Hassan,  the Newham talent show 2011  winner, sang for us. Wow! X Factor singers pale into insignificance, She is amazing, A deep resonant clear-dictioned pitch- perfect voice. Bravo to her and her parents.

Then I found Stratford Centre Post Office open until 4pm on a Saturday. Crikey! And then I ventured up the escalator into Westfield E20. It was still early enough for all the crowds not to have arrived so I had a wonderful time.  Next time I’ll take my sarnis to sit in the indoor sitting areas. I love the open air bits and then the Getty Images gallery. Ace Ace Ace. I didn’t even have to open my purse. It is consumer paradise but also a testament to how clever marketing has become. Love it. Christmas will be crazy. Stratfordapp  (E15blog)got it right when she said it’s Westfield that’s gonna bring in the crowds to Strattie not the Olympics and Paralympics Games Park.

Good game! Good game!

I an get to Stratford,no bother. I found out today and it’s official that Leyton is going to come under Newham.  Blimey! Hackney, you missed the chance!