Up Your Street issue 29


All correct at time of uploading and continually checked just in case…

Thurs July 28th  free  2-8pm drop by The Floating Cinema for archive canal films, artists’

                                          interpretations of the river  and good company.  Moored at  the

                                                                                                      Old Ford Lock, Hackney Wick.

Fri July 29th     free      (some)  all weekend.    Hackney  Wicked Art Festival starts in Hackney Wick

                                                 and Fish Island. (276 bus from  Hackney , Hackney Wick station, or 236).

                                                                             A feast of artists and their work.

                        free               7pm at Folly for a Flyover  along tow path by Bow . Free films.  

 Sat July 30th free   for Newham residents. 2-5pm Vicarage Community Centre, Glovier Rd E15. Cake decorating.

                                                                                          Book on 0203373 6045

                                         free. noon-5pm (and Sunday, ongoing) Epping Forest’s Literary

                                          History exhibition at The Temple Wanstead Park, E11.  85080028

Sun  July 31st £4 on door 3.30pm Vestry House Museum . Arbutus String Quartet

                             music of Vienna 1800. Haydn and Beethoven.

                      free  2-4pm Coronation Gardens  E10 by Leyton Station, music for

                                                                              pleasure with Eastern European musicians..

Mon Aug 1st                             Closure of Stratford Bus Station until October 2011

Tues  Aug 2nd  free  1-3pm Plum Tree Centre E10 (by Tesco) .Dance for Life. Just turn up.

                                                                  Take a bottle of water and a scarf for belly dancing!


Wed Aug 3rd free   Cyberlink  E10 (by Tesco) Free film course. Filming In the neighbourhood

                        £1. 11-4pm  Pump House Museum, South Access Lane,  E17. Check out the

                                                                                                 vintage transport and the museum.

                        Free  7.30-9.30pm Community Theatre at The Yard. The new theatre at

                                  White Post Lane, Hackney Wick.  Come and participate and be one of

                               a cast of 139 in a performance spurred by Ai Weiwei’s persecution. But the first get-together is in the  Anthony Marsh Building, top of Big Hill, Clapton. E5 (Jessam Avenus bus stop then 2 mins or go through Mount Pleasant Rdfrom Clapton Station and Lea Bridge RD)

                               Check the web-site as you need to register anyway.

                        free  1.10-1.40pm. Flute and guitar recital at St John’s Church Stratford E15

Thurs Aug 4th  free   Drop in…2-8pm The Floating Cinema at Bow Locks Gillender St  E3.

                                                                                                           Films of local people.

Fri  Aug   5th   free. No need to book 2-5pm at Hornsey Library, Park Rd . Hairdos of the Fifties,


Sat  Aug 6th   free.    11-5pm  No need to book.  Cemeteries and Angels, Abney Park, N.16

                                                                                             workshops. Main entrance 11 am.

                         free  Up Your Street subscribers with Precious Lives jewellery and beading

                                    group display their wares at the Haggerston Festival

Sun Aug 7th   free    10-6pm. Rehearsal  for The Yard theatre event. (see 3rd August).

                       free    11-5pm No need to book . Abney Park, N.16 Working with clay.

                                                                                                                           Main entrance 11 am

Three hour walk around the Olympic and Paralympic Games site

                            Three hours in the humid heat joining in Mapping Your Manor with the Newham Striders and picking up others on the way. What a lovely bunch of people to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon with. Lucy greeted us well as did John and Chris and Ross was recording sounds while Jane was our camera one.

Well, let’s face it!  The backstreets and the high roads of Leyton and Stratford aint all that and the trek on the tow path down to Bow is not scenic. The Greenway is nothing but a white concrete path although homage today to the many colours of wild weeds showing off amongst the litter. Fish Island is a waste of space. There are no buses down that Dickensian way and the newest cafe is £2 a cuppa. Not up any of our streets. We did inspect the temporary Folly for a Flyover. Whoever knew that was just there on the side of the River Lea under a bridge?

I dunno, she sighed deeply. But I say it like it is.

We fulfilled the point of Mapping Your Manor with travellers reading excerpts, sharing memories and poets doin’ their thing. Here’s my poem I was proud to read on a project which gives voice to ordinary folk.

                               The Coming.

Age old white clouds, surveyors of all beneath them

slid behind the unnatural and perfect

concrete wedges of new- built Olympian blocks

high as skies                 

and yawned.

Down on puddled  paths I was open-mouthed and amazed.

Only the unsettled wind and my camera shuttering

made noises

as I counted without counting

the storeys.

On the roads outside the Park

in earshot  of the  booming  Gala bingo- caller’s voice

under  perfect  Edwardian arches and invisible gargoyles

now womanly in their aspects, feared by no man

boys on bikes

together in a crowd

rode furiously

chasing the wind and their tails

indifferent to  rising shapes and Olympian realities.

Their street was  a century away

wrapped in guarded  terraces,  clung onto tested ways

yellow-bricked, Primark- clothed , home and known.

The Olympic Games site was their parents’  neighbour

not quite settled in,  watched through Bid Up TV curtains

and  rising steam from Basmati rice in curried kitchens.    

By 8pm the stadium was drenched in a slow drowning

in glorious sun down.

The youth shielded their caps and eyes from the sting

looked up to see who  shone the torch

realised the invader and planned a way to jump its wired fence.

Someone’s screech  of “house”  escaped and cadged a ride on the DLR.

Stratford Cars’ minicab- master emerged from the darkness of his firm

looked up the road towards Bow and lit a cigarette.

The smoke trailed upwards from his mouth blurring the sunset.

In  a second, his wife’s voice came crashing  from the sky:

“Where’s E20? Hamid! Where is it? Can’t see it.

He fingered the beads in his pocket.

“Tell them it’s not ready. It’s coming”.

                                    Excellent turn -out of seniors experienced in walking regularly.

                                   Carpenters Road has been transformed from the murky oily dirtsville it once was about 6 years ago, and no amount of romanticising can convince me of a different history.

                              Where’s the Radox?