Up Your Street Issue 5

Sun 12th Feb   free 10-12 walking wild at Walthamstow Wetlands. Check at Eventbrite for any spare tickets.
                          free 1.30-4pm Valentine’s Crafts at Vestry House Museum. (Thanks to Sba Shaikh for sharing).
 
Mon 13th Feb   free 11-12.30pm Workshop for making display works aka art for “Paradise” at Claremont , White Lion Street Islington. Free paints and paper. Become a member on the spot.
                         free or a fiver donation.7 for 7.30pm William Morris Gallery. Radical History Workshop and exhibition by Red Saunders A joint meeting by the Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop and the Friends of the William Morris Gallery. (Thanks to Roger Huddle for sharing). See WMG website for more details.
Wed 15th Feb £5  POSH CLUB in St Paul’s Church Hackney. Book in advance with Tracey Smith .(See previous notes or at Up Your Street Facebook or at https://www.upyourstreet.wordpress.com)
 
 

Sat 18th Feb     free 11-2pm CreativiTEA with Amanda Whittle at Hale End Library. Art for adults. Theme being assemblage or box art. Need to book. Not really. Always empty seats.
Sun 19th Feb    free 12.30-3pm Made In Hackney food preparation with an Ayurvedic-following Yogi.
                                  Need to book. Takes place in a Cazenove Road basement kitchen in Stoke Newington. No disabled access. No sitting cross-legged on the floor.
Now one of the pioneering mission statements of Up Your Street was to get seniors online and using it. I still get messages from subscribers saying they cannot access a web site for example. In the case of  East London Radio. Go to your search engine, often Google or Bing, and write “East London Radio”. The website will pop up and then you will see an arrow indicating “Play radio” and you’re in. There are catch up pod casts.
Made In Hackney. Same procedure. William Morris Gallery.  Same.
Advance notice. In March I will be exhibiting my art called “Champions” at Hackney Central Library and at Stratford Picture House, “Headscarves 1950s”both celebrating International Women’s Day because I can.
And art by women begins on March 8th at Tower Gallery Plaistow for International Women’s Day. “Lily At The Swim” will be there.

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Rude Man

Went to Agewell Computer Club after a journey decorated with police sirens, crazy ambulanci and prams packed onto platforms.Just nuts. So we 8 seniors sat at our workstations and waited for the film crew from Hatrick.  In came a weird- looking tall guy with Jimmy Saville hair and an air of someone in charge of the world. Completely swamped our teacher’s words and mispronounced our names, interrupted any question-asking from us and swore profusley. He kept speaking into the cameras. The crew was serious and the members just got on with their work. One of us was completely turned off so I kept my eye on him. Later he turned to show me his screen and he’d found the page about “Facejacker”! The secret was out but we students kept quiet allowing our teacher and weirdo to squabble over the meaning of life. It was a mad afternoon. At one point I believed I was in a parallel universe. Some would just say “Oh yeah? Hackney!” Glad I went. The film crew were shocked that we’d worked out the deal. After all they were sucked into the same ole same ole stereotype that we old uns could not fathom out computers. Scream and kick. Facejacker said we were a ‘befuddled lot’ unable to work out the computer. Well of course, an empire is built on the myth and now media firms are filming seniors touching keyboards and beckoning other cocooners to come in. And you know what?  I make money from it too!

Anyone seen Stuey off “Family Guy” who is desperate to live in tv playland (based on Telly Tubbies) and he finally gets there. He finds it’s all a sham. He cries. Hey, what’s that remind you of?