Hanging words out to dry AGAIN

Another washing line; this time an indoor rotary one on the fourth floor of the new Birkbeck Uni campus in E15. About thirty of us go-getter curious types assembled for discussion and debate with architecture experts from Birkbeck, and the locally based Fundamental  Architectural Inclusion.

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Who’d ever know that we meet let alone continue to do so in order to thrash out  our feelings and voice our observations about the London 2012 Legacy? The washing line was where we hung out our scribbled group offerings about regenerated areas. We had personal stories to tell about crime and heritage, history and economics. Not just sandwich-munching community peeps, we! Many of us were state pension age. We represented many walks of life and ethnicity. Well, it is Stratford.2013-09-01 11.26.43Colourful pineapple eh?

This was “East End in Flux” hosted by Leslie Topp and Nick Edwards and attended by subscribers to Up Your Street, mature university students and local east enders. It was extremely well organised as per and we were warmly welcomed. Cuppa tea? Yes please.

Learnt very little myself but enjoyed the experience. After lunch there was a (rescheduled)  walk around Stratford.

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I could not be asked. Those pavements have my carbon footprint echoing in them as I’ve walked the walk many times, pre Olympics and Paralympics, post Olympics and Paralympics and smack into the mystery of The Legacy.

Walthamstow, Hackney Wick, The International Quarter E15 and bake-house hot-house Hoxton were mentioned in corners of the room in terms of their arty incomers: Get me?

The major question was “Was the coming of The Olympics good for the east end?”

The responses were mixed veering towards guilty negative and enthusiastic positive. Mainly we defined ‘east end’ as Stratford and repeated how much of the rest of London apart from Hackney vehemently denied interest in The Games and hadn’t a googling clue about this Legacy thing. The transient nature of Stratford’s incoming residents was seen as an opportunity to shape the Borough to the needs of everyone and stop the outward movement of short-stayers. Participants were amazed at the new build rapid progress in Stratford and the sentimentalists wanted to save old buildings which at least give Stratford and Newham its identity.

All in all residents are not informed about the architectural so therefore permanent constructions in their neighbourhoods, less so those interested in the Legacy and living  outwith Newham. The Council it seems allows property developers to inform the neighbours. That’s crazy but usual as the same thing is happening in the regeneration programmes in Waltham Forest. Often people say “What’s that going to be then?” when a skyscraper hits the clouds. Even the local papers aren’t clear enough and more often what was a plan is reality overnight.

Rapid change can be depressing or rejuvenating to an invisible long-term east end council- tax payer, pensioner and resident. Meanwhile we all wait to see if the answer to the question is a resounding “Yes!” as we learn the language of the ‘engaged’, dip our feet into the many  pop-up restaurants, pop-up art galleries and pop-up theatres, look around for sister-cynics and repeat a positive mantra, “It’s good to talk”.

Issue 45. Up Your Street


                                        Autumn Upon Us

Fri 1st Nov free 4-9pm Light Nights (Sat and Sunday too) The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

                “As the nights start to draw in earlier, come along to explore the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in all its illuminated glory. A stunning celebration of light, based on the theme of Diwali, with soundscapes and light installations, as well as walkabout entertainment, food, drinks, and music.”004

Sat 2nd Nov free noon-2pm armchair exercise at Lea Bridge Library Community Room E10. Phone in advance except the library is shut on Fridays. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfy clothes.


                         £5 cheapest. (Book in advance at www.wegottickets.com ). 7pm for 7.30pm

11th year of

A Season Of Bangla Drama

First night. Brady Arts Centre, Hanbury Street, Whitechapel E1. “The Consequence”, a play for adults.


                        free 11am – 1pm   Artist Talk: Jem Finer’s “Spiegelei Junior ”             Meet at Timber Lodge,  no booking required

“Departing from the Timber Lodge at 11am, Martin Newth – artist, lecturer and Programme Director of BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, will be leading a walking and talking tour with Jem Finer   about his work Spiegelei    Junior, installed in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The interactive talk will be centred on looking; most of Jem Finer’s work is focused on     inviting the viewer to look at landscapes in a new way, through means of several different apparatus’ such as the camera obscura. The talk will shed light on both the history and contemporary uses of the devices, as well as on questions that are raised through examples of Jem Finer’s previous projects, putting the sculptures in the Park into context. A great chance to  see the Park from a different perspective.”

The main entrance to the Park is just off Waterden Road and Westfield Avenue and then it is a 5minute walk to Timber Lodge across the Park. The Following map provides details of the route http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/park-guide/information/park-map . The 588 bus runs from Stratford City to the Park entrance.


Wed 6th Nov free  10-noon. Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Pigeon dovecotes or animation techniques. There is a planned programme of events. Plus cake and tea! Contact Ellie Mortimer at Lloyd Park to see if there’s room for any more participants.

Thurs 7th Nov free 10-noon Creative writing at Deep Clean Launderette in Beulah Road, E17. Fun and reminiscences. info@creativewrites.co.uk


                             free 6-8.00pm Rich Mix Bethnal Green. E1. Opening Preview


The Brick Lane Gallery is proud to present NATURAL FLUX, a unique exploration of nature as contemporary art, through the medium of bonsai. This exhibition will liberate the often generalised ideas of Bonsai trees as a traditional practice, by placing the trees within an exhibition context, alongside contemporary media of art in one of London’s most well-known contemporary art spaces, The Brick Lane Gallery.

NATURAL FLUX is the continuation of an idea which dates back over 150 years in Japanese bonsai.

                                             free   Rich  Mix  E1.6-8pm  Gina Southgate “PRINTED PAINTED PLAYED “
Gina  paints  huge canvases of musicians at live gigs.
“It’s a collaborative exhibition of my Live Gig paintings  and ephemera  with supporting photographs from Andy Sheppard of lowlightphoto.
contributions  from Paul Bradshaw and Swifty, covers from Treader Label and Ashley Wales’s posters and films.

Fri 8th Nov  £25   A three day writing workshop (no experience required) at The     William Morris Gallery.     Details and application by submitting a 500 word plea at



Issue 2 for 2013. Up Your Street

                                                         Up Your Street.  Issue 2

Mon 21st Jan. free 6.30pm – 8.00pm Public information sharing about plans for The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Legacy. With refreshments.

Chandos East Community Centre               CANCELLED due to snow (posted 3.30pm 210113)

90 Chandos Road, E15 1TT

(Newham North and Waltham Forest)

free 8pm in The Mahogany Bar, Wilton’s Music Hall every day this week Global Beats. Music from Serbia, Nigeria and all over.

Tues 22nd Jan      free  2pm Bruce Castle Museum. Reminiscence Café. And Mrs Spinks exhibition. Take a snack.

£1   7.30 for 8pm start for The Clapton Hart Pub Quiz. At Lea Bridge Roundabout E5

Wed 23rd Jan. not free  2.30pm Managing your computer (for over 50s)

PRICE:£10 for the whole course!

                         free  noon-2pm Cook and Taste

Venue: Gaby’s Kitchen, Well Street Surgery

28 Shore Road, London E9 7TA

Starting on Wednesday, 16th January 2013, 12-2pm

for 5 weeks

Cooking course but book in advance email siobhan@manorgardenscentre.org Don’t be surprised that all places are gone.


                                 £2.50  6pm. Stratford Picture House ‘London on Film’ screening “Piccadilly”

Thurs 24th Jan   free 11 am. “A Southern Winter’s View” Walking with David Boote for approx 90 minutes in a relaxed way. Meet at Waterworks Centre entrance, Lammas Road off Lea Bridge Road opposite Greyhound Pub. The Water Works is fabulous and has a great café. The walk is baby buggy suitable and recommended by Stroll London. (Repeats Sunday at 2.30pm). Ample car-parkingand buses 56,55 and 48 take you almost to the door.

Fri  25th Jan      free 10.30. A  walk. Meeting leader Janice Fraser at Tottenham Hale station at 10.30am and taking a train to Cheshunt, where the walk will begin.  The plan is to walk to the white river rafting Centre – stop of for a coffee etc. – and then walk back to Cheshunt to get the train back to Tottenham Hale. This is a regular walking group attached to Friends of Tottenham Marshes.

                             free 2-3pm Royal College of Music concert at the Claremont Project, White Lion St., Angel Islington .

                              free   7.30pm Bakers Arms Book Group at The Hornbeam (Café E17 by Bakers Road, Bakers Arms E10.)

IMAG0470Goan Elephants at The Hornbeam. “A lovely backdrop.”

Sun 27th Jan       free     Holocaust Memorial Day. Events at Rich Mix (see issue 1)          

                               share food/ bring food 11 am. Community Breakfast at  The Mill E

Thur 31st Jan    £2/3  7.15 pm sharp. Haringey Independent Cinema on 230 bus route in West Green Learning Centre Phillip lane N15 screening “Sobibor October 1943 4pm” in deference to Holocaust Memorial Day 2013. All welcome.


No Ordinary Park

A free bus tour beckoned and I was booked to go on a freezing cold day to see how the Olympic Park would be transformed through building revisions into The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2013.

The tour guide was excellent and made a gloomy day brighter. Much of the descriptions were by now tinged with an heritage persuasion as what was in August 2012 can never be repeated. Interestingly the shambolic graffiti on old warehouses on the banks of the River Lea is  visible: The vegetation, sparse in its wintry brown, is no longer a screen. The houseboats are still, parked up.  Teams of security guards were nowhere to be seen.  It was a Saturday. Works’ buses weren’t spilling out gangs of young workers. The Park was desolate today.

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