Silver chatterbox badged.

Free floristry was good yet again at Lea Bridge Road Library. Nothing like a relaxed honest know your stuff tutor. Receptionist even more non-welcoming than before. Sour face. The register of names as supplied by Waltham Forest Libraries is nothing like who we are. Thursday’s task was to make a triangular-shaped display using our bargain basement florals and gathered foliage. I was very lucky to have found purple flowers at Tesco Express reduced by a third (but I know all the tricks to revive the wilters) and bog-standard white chrysanthemums as my plan was to mark International Women’s Day with a personalised salute.

iwd flowers“Do better next time”.

We all 8 of us did well. Evidently our tutor was booked to demonstrate button-hole making at the big jamboree nod to International Women’s Day at Waltham Forest Assembly Hall on the Saturday. The men once again get relieved of baby care duties and pleasures as children are welcome every year at the Walthamstow….oops I mean Waltham Forest womanly shindig. Talking of baby-care. The other evening about 6pm there was such an hollering in the street that everyone looked over. An annoyed father was screeching at his charge, a mere tiny toddler couldn’t have been more than two and the man was screaming for all to hear “Just walk!” Bastard. The little mite was cry, cry, crying. Enjoyed the sex, now do the work. See so much all the time. Many many parents have not the capacity to realise that what they do now shapes the child. The tyranny.

I know a mature student in a central London university. She is recording everything not satisfactory about the course under the heading “What am I paying for?” Every session the tutor leaves early, continually walks out of the room, verbally abuses students who are actually grown women and men, never teaches but encourages research i e Google and calls the class “you lot”. Others are just as bad. No-one gets feedback and the only one to one is a cursory flick through work done accompanied by a smirk of disdain in front of the rest of the class. There is no encouragement to do well, to strive for higher, The grown students know it’s because they are a class of black people gathered from deprived areas of ghetto London. They know it. I know it but you know, what can be done? It’s the raise the community post London Riots: It’s the settle the unsettled post Swann Report. It’s stick white business women aka tutors in front of seasoned Londoners who know the once dishevelled now trendy hotspots of their own town and recognise the patronising tones about their backgrounds and neighbourhoods. It’s the them and us and God no the twain shall never meet. It’s calling a mire a university.

Timetables never known in advance are changed. The students move buildings without being informed about security or fire protections. If, as they sink into lethargy and no-hope, they ask about their rights and conditions of work/study, they are readily accused of insolence and trouble-making. Where is the adult to and fro? Where is the thirst for intellectual challenge? Certainly not fostered under this climate. And where is the consideration for studying parents who have to alter child-care arrangements to suit a disorganised unstructured recently inspected and okay-ed  institute of education?

The University is merely a money-making business,  headed by a business guy who is ready to expel at a whim those with whom he will never interact. He will count, as a normal business person would, the interest on the paid fees. Criminal.

I am recording everything too.

Not for nothing am I a silver chatterbox award holder at!

Enjoyed watching the squirm and the reactions on Question Time in Barking. Say it like it is you indigenes. Nothing will return to the Union Jack flag waving days of the Coronation years although we had a little taste of its revival when two Royals married recently. What do Memories of Hoxton, Priory Court OAP Lunch Club, Walthamstow Memories, The Claremont Project, Buildings Exploratory for Seniors all have in common? It’s a hard one.

Today I dared to ask the man who was cleaning the lamps of the horse- drawn white wedding carriage parked opposite me with a horse in a van too what nationality the wedding would be? I meant ‘Was it Roma?” and that was because the local Chinese restaurant behind the horse van had been hired a month ago by men in winkle-pickers and women in aproned and petticoat-ed skirts holding hands with Brylcreem-ed boys in velvet suits and girls in pink pink pink. The east-end accented geezer said “Well it’s English, English Roma”. Lovely jubbly. I wish the couple and their families well.

Just read “Viber”‘s instruction  to me  as I wanted to shortcut a photo to here, “You cannot add yourself to the conversation”. Ha ha. I add you.

Free Floristry

No meet and greeters at Lea Bridge Library then. No smile at the door.  Who ever knows the Lea Bridge Library exists? Funny how people living in non-deprived parts of  Waltham Forest don’t have a clue about the deprived  parish, Leyton. Sure the Library needs to advertise itself a bit more. And draw in a community which never saw a library as part of their culture. So we get crafty taster courses laid on with community groups trying to pull in the locals with messy hand-written A4 posters blu-tacked onto the front door.

Thank goodness the floristry tutor knows her stuff even though she still never brought in enough foliage for the tiny group. We learnt loads; many of the tricks to making the cheapest bunch of carnations last for ages. Liked it.

There was a meaningless nod to “National Woman Day” (sic)and the joy of Zumba. There were the right comments about Waltham Forest’s lack of general advertising referring to the pamper day at Chingford Library last month which was a failure.

Downstairs from the Community Room with the public toilet designated for staff only now, there is the friendship garden which is not the library’s but the Council’s. Well, ain’t they the same? That garden was refurbished by the friends of the library back in the day. I appreciate that greatly.

I made my floral arrangement and couldn’t be asked to traipse home with it so the first senior I saw got it as a present. Made her day!

Straight into the new Tesco Express under the Lea Bridge Road Mosque I went to seek out bargains. It takes a Tesco to upgrade a neighbourhood what with its cash machine. Banks don’t exist along lower Lea Bridge Road. The staff at Tesco are friendly. “Wonder how much Tesco gave to the Mosque”, said someone.

Upstairs is the wonderful Active Change Foundation f0r youf.(!)

The Pamper Shop. Scents and aesthetics. February workshops.

Floristry – 5 week courseIMAG00648

27 February 2014  in Arts, entertainment, and theatre and Libraries and Talks and courses
Date27 February 2014


Location Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7HU AdmissionFree

Learn simple floristry techniques and leave with a finished arrangement to beautify your home.

Who is this course for?

This course will be suitable for those who wish to develop more skills in floristry or even progress to a longer floristry course to achieve City and Guilds Level 1

Classes will run every Thursday from 1pm-3pm
Starting date: 27 February 2014

Last session: 27 March 2014

What will you need for the class?
Flowers will be provided in the first week for everyone registered for a place, so if you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your place to avoid any waste.032

You may be required to bring along a small, cost effective bunch of flowers to further classes. Your tutor will advise.

How to book

Go to to reserve your place.
If you have any enquiries, please visit your nearest library, or phone 020 8496 3000


NEW HERBAL MEDICINE WORKSHOPS at Lea Bridge Library, Leyton! DSC_0520

With Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs) & Charm Elakil (Wholistic Medicine) and a sprinkling of other local herbalists. These workshop sessions at Lea Bridge Library follow on from our successful series last autumn in association with The Mill’s inspiring project there. The workshops are aimed at residents in Lea Bridge Ward, and are open in particular to families, parents & carers in the area. The charge is minimal to reflect the project’s aim of creating community activity groups for those on low incomes. When: Fridays from 7th February for 5 weeks: 10am-12noon Where: Lea Bridge Library Community Space, 382 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7HU What: An exploration of whole connected health with plants, people, medicine-making & herbalists Who: Lea Bridge Ward residents in particular but all are welcome How much: £3 per week to cover materials We would prefer that you book in advance for the whole series, but if you are unable to commit we can have you at individual sessions! If you’d like any more info get in touch with Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494.