The Pamper Shop


Right, moving into 2018 with gusto and thanks to our Jan of Spitalfields for sharing that on Saturday January 20th at St Margaret’s in Old Ford Road by Bethnal Green Station there’s a whole day from 11 am of wellness and healthy living workshops for FREE. Book at Eventbrite. Even Veganism is being shown and explored.

A healthy and free walkabout in Harrow Road area E11 called at Eventbrite “HIGH STREET SENIORS Around Ramsay Road” takes place on March 22nd to join in the celebrations of International Women’s Day.

The other event shared by Jan was the volunteer your memories and ideas of protest at Mile End University site in February. More on that as it comes in. Cups of tea promised. Emptying your mind is good for you. There’s an art exhibition coming up at The Mill E17 too run by Hassan Vawda at Artkeys all about memories and their inspiration for how we view the world. I love Sherlock’s Mind Palace. Nutty.


Summer Issue No.1 of Up Your Street listings

Sunday July 8th free 12-4pm Vestry House Museum E17 garden party.

        All week “Soft” textiles exhibition at The Mill Coppermill Lane E17                            featuring    RAGWORKS
Tues July  10th £2.50 (recent price slash!) 12.40pm onwards.Silver Screen
                                        at Hackney PictureHouse feature films ;
                                 This week “Spiderman” etc. (repeats Thursdays).Tea and biscuits.
                         £2.50  noon onwards, Silver Screen at Stratford PictureHouse E15
                                 Feature films “Spiderman” etc .Tea and biscuits. (repeats Wednesdays).
                         free  1.30-3.30pm  with Capital Age Festival. Tate Modern
                                       workshop for seniors. Enquire/phone Tate Gallery.
Wed July 11th  free 2.30pm Rio Cinema Dalston. Start queuing at 1.30pm ! for
                          “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
                                             Over 60s free and carers too. Cake and tea.
                         free 9.30-3pm One off sewing class at Priory Court Community Centre E17
Thurs July 12th free 7pm Whitechapel Gallery E1 “East End Abstract” photography
                                                              responses to the environment .
Fri July13th  free 6.30-8pm David Bailey in conversation with Tim Marlow
                          at Theatre Royal Stratford east (TRSE) Book through Eventbrite
                      free Green Candle dance workshops x 2 for seniors at Oxford House
                                           Bethnal Green  and a performance at 4pm.Phone 02077397722
Sat  July 14th free  walks and art installations in Hoxton with the Black Cab Theatre Company
                                                         1, 2.30 and 4pm book with (their photos)peerukRadha at Hoxton
                       free   7.30pm Epicentre E11 News From Nowhere talk “Ruskin’s Legacy” .
                                                                               Please bring a dish to share.
Sun July 15th £1     Walthamstow Reservoirs walk with Radical History Group E17
                          Meet Ferry Inn on Ferry Lane at 2pm.
Tues 17th July free 11-noon Rosetta Arts Centre, Hamilton Rd , Stratford (West Ham station)  Informal introduction to a visual arts awareness course with Birkbeck University.
                       free but in a restaurant 8pm City Farm, Hackney.
                                                      Hackney Harmony Summer performance.
Wed July 18th free 7.30pm Community Choir concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall  E17 (thanks to Norman M. for the info)

Have vagina, must knit

As I was rolling my chapattis and remembering my neighbour at a healthy eating workshop measuring her women’s worth in “I can make twenty chapattis in one hour!” I reflected on yesterday evening’s free shindig at the V&A. I’d signed up through Eventbrite a group of we women from 4Diversity: Together As One to attend a Craft Club UK workshop in how to pass on skills.Obviously the venue was a major magnet and my plan was to introduce people to the joys of networking and to get a start on the ladder to managing community groups which is the wont of 4D TAO. Now the word diversity will give away the make up of my crew. Diversity was hardly apparent in either age or colour of the attendees or the promotional slides and printed material.

“Oh! Oh! Oh!” as the fat lady says in Gavin and Stacey: There was an assumption that all women can knit. Oh! oh! oh! Pretty insulting. We listened to the talk about how to knit scarves and decorate street furniture. I avoided signing up to anything . We put out our hands to receive yarn and needles to knit a finger-sheep. In the spirit of the evening I was able to pass on skills to Mrs Africa who’d never heard of the need to knit as she worked gathering and foraging for school fees  in a former life.

4D’s plan was to take the skills of skill- sharing into a local 55 + seniors club. The joke is in the image of we showing octagenarians who had to knit because they were born with vaginae and they in our faces, sucking eggs.

The V&A was packed with Friday late night viewing patrons. There are free turn- up and drop- in tours on Fridays too. What a building!

Coming home we wondered as we climbed the thigh- aching staircase at Leyton underground station how that little place will cope during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Especially after people had that very day been on the bridge at Westfield E20 and felt it sway. Ooer Mrs!

This afternoon is “Party On the Pitch” a great Waltham Forest family jamboree starring Alexandra Burke, hot dogs with Halal meat ( we hope), and The Saturdays.  Waltham Forest Council woke up to their 2012 London borough status last November. All the roads on the route to Stratford are getting make-overs. Traffic still abysmal.

Now to sew somethings for gentlemen to the background of clipped consonants on BBC Radio 3. Like a bit o culture, me. The inserts on Radio 3 include a breathy earnest actress-style voice promoting celebrations of that bard sexualising  “My own Shakespeare”. Enough to put you off.