mud larking

Down at the North end of Millenium Bridge, a guided foreshore walk with Thames Explorer, charity. Wasn’t free even though my ticket said so and all the web site journey said it was. Slightly embarassed. The patch of shore is small and uninviting. But there’s nothing like hearing the tidal waves lap up on the stony foreshore and see the River Thames from a different angle. Our guide found a horse’s jaw and someone else found a fossilized sea urchin.  Children enjoyed themselves over the 90 minutes or so. Me? I’d rather watch paint dry. How come European laws for H&S haven’t  swooped on this part of  river education? There’s a nasty steep un-railed staircase from the cement top down to the shore sand and rock. A few people went down on their bottoms to be extra safe.  I met a woman who’d slipped on the last step and fallen onto the big rocks. Always aware of disabled and older people’s access, me.

Johny Vaughn just had to act all excited on the mud larking series he did. Weren’t all that.

Dahn the Lane yesterday with Clive Bettington of Jewish East End Celebration Society. Spitalfields again. That was good and arranged through Hackney Museum.

Saw the Whitechapel Gallery Restaurant. Hmm! Tiny. Had a tour of the East London Mosque. Hmm! promoting Islam. Ate in Iskele’s, White Cross Street, E1. Hmm nowt special but I had a Groupon  Voucher so didn’t pay massive.

Summer came in!

issue 11 Happenings!

Issue 11   Up Your Street5  free events for seniors in the 5 London 2012 boroughs

26 and 27 March 2011

Inky Cuttlefish Studios


Art and Vintage Clothing for Sale in East London



Sat Mar 26    free to watch 9am for 9.14am the steam train, the 70013 Oliver Cromwell goes through Stratford and returns at 9.59pm (2159) (credit to Ian Visits for that listing)

                          free  11-1pm Boxing in the east end walk. Meet Aldgate tube station 10.45am (Hackney Museum event)

                         free  11-5pm East London Mosque, 46 Whitechapel Rd weekend open days and exhibitions

                         free   12-4pm Green Street Spring Festival. Sandringham School Forest Gate  (58 25  325   330 buses)

Sun Mar 27    free    Augustine’s Tower by Narrow Way. Look about 2-4pm

Mon Mar 28  free  12.30-2.30pm School Room Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Malcolm’s fun and fabulous ballroom lessons. FREE!!!

                        free HAIL 2-5pm Downsell Park, Haringey. Launch of Hail, the new café. Minty from Eastenders featured.

Tues Mar 29  £3 donation 11am St John At Hackney

                           Hackney Empire  Elders. Tea and cake. Charity event.

                       £2.50  2.30-5pm. Plum Tree Centre Leyton Green.Tea- dance

Wed Mar 30  free  Whitechapel Gallery, “This is Whitechapel “  Photographs by Ian Berry during 1970s (until Sept 4th 11-6pm closed Mondays)

Thur Mar 31  free Chats Palace art auction at V&A Childhood Museum Bethnal Green Viewing and silent auction from 6.30pm
Live auction from 7.45pm – 9pm / evening ends 10pm
Welcome drink and bar

Spaces limited, please RSVP by 25th March 2011 to 


Sun Apr 3     free 3-6pm Chats family disco at Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk,   Hackney

Mon Apr 4   free  this event is cancelled 1st April! High Street Seniors. Walking together at the end of the day. Meet 7.20 pm Iceland, Bakers Arms for bus to Round Chapel.Lower Clapton, Hackney. Meet  8pm Round Chapel. Finish a short walk at Fitzgerald’s in Lower Clapton for a cuppa. Contact 07762178941  Safe together!