Don’t suit you madam!

I was on a walk yesterday arranged by a seniors’ project in Islington. We walked around posh Highbury with a young thirty something guide. There were 22 seniors with an average age of 72. Never mind “You’re gettin’ a good work out”, in response to breathless ladies gasping for a tea. Those oldies have worked out all their lives, mangling clothes, hauling bricks,  raising families.

I never knew Highbury had greenery let alone hills and valleys. Luckily I had on my BidUp trainers. The guide was just doing his job and actually showed no awareness that he was forging ahead in front of of a straggly bunch of septogenarians and the like. Any wall we saw we sat on because the hills were not what we expected. No-one would ever say outrightly that they found the walk unsuitable because they are mannered people and grateful for free bits and pieces. And no-one wants to lo0k weak.

After that stretch gawping at houses of past glories, with their servants’ bells and their courtyards we moved into the Olympic Stadium look- alike that is The Emirates Stadium. Loved the shower room , the hot tub, the massage room, the astro turf, the red RED RED.

Tons more walking about.

When we came out we landed in downtown boarded up Highbury: Memories of Hackney Wick. These places all share the underground Hackney Brook. Smells like it.

Dragged ourselves onto the overcrowded 393 bus out of the rain. Five bus stops along, it broke down. Ha ha  The worst bus in London! Found Diamond Geezer’s review of the area and was amazed at his honesty.

In that rain! And E20 roads named.

In that rain the pensioners came in their droves to the Festival for Over Fifties at the Goan Community centre next to the Maya Angelou Centre next to the Keston Community Centre behind the Downhills Park Cafe. It was chuckin’ it down today.

 A jolly good time was had by all with dancing of all types to see performed by Candy’s troupe all doing belly dancing, clog-dancing, African Dance etc and all over 55.

Up Your Street was there dishing out free bags, perfumed soaps and all sorts to jolly along the day. Because ……. ….. it!”

It’s on until 5pm so you can catch it but you missed the generous dinner.

 There too were The Friends of Downhills Park who had a petition to bring back staff into the park as it’s going downhill. And gathering herbs in the rain was the cook of Downills Park Cafe!

Diamond Geezer tells me the TFL map shows the named roads for the Olympic Village E20!