Our Day Out

Get rid of the assumption that all white people think the same and all black people think the same. Cast away any negative that some commentaries at some events demonise the white or other race. Today was a learning day on a boat with one hundred and ninety-nine other people with those being mainly of African-Caribbean heritage. It was fantastic.
It was all of that because it was well-organised and strict. We were on a boat up and down the Thames so no mucking about. Everyone had paid their £35 tickets, had arrived in time as warned and expected to be entertained and taught something.
What wonderful hosts. What a lovely welcome and what a trip.
The boat was packed. It was no way a luxury craft. The upstairs deck was for standing only and downstairs was cramped. No-one took off their coats so I think it was chilly.
There were no refreshments except bar-fare. Those who needed and wanted a chair got one.
The commentary by Steve Martin was ace in that it showed much thorough research and was delivered via tannoy with an informal and engaging tone. Steve had a wealth of snippets of information up his coat-sleeve.

Up Your Street seniors were out in force writing notes and taking in all the information, turning their heads to port, to starboard, hearing the names of un-celebrated “Negroes”. and nasty slavers. We learnt again about eighteenth century literate lawyers from African and Caribbean descent and Africans pining for home. Historic women writers of colour were brought to life by today poets and contributors in costume. How fabulous.

Books and writings were continually recommended as we sat amongst Black activists in this our twenty-first century, dames, and writers, agitators and book-sellers, Windrush and before descendants, artists and museum guides, senior staff in London schools and Auntie Thomasina Cobbly and all.

London by boat is fine at anytime, Today the bridges looked majestic and the glass of the City Of London forced us to reflect on the fact that the City was built on the riches of sugar and slaves. Those rich Georgian traders included astute but now immoral people of colour who worked alongside watermen and a maritime workforce and their bosses; often employers full of viciousness and able to treat their servants like churlish dogs.

Aah, but we know much of this now. The high rating we gave this event was down to the welcome, the inclusiveness and generous invitation and the fact that human stories were brought to life through Steve and others’ accounts of the lives of people who were just “lodgers, if that”. Black people in London over five hundred years.

From Sunday July 1st : Inclusive and aged

Capital Age Festival until July 15th. Getting seniors out and about and part of the great arts scene in London. Oh hello Up Your Street! As we speak Up Your Street subscribers are rehearsing frantically for “The Harder they Come” at TRSE Theatre Royal Stratford east being volunteers for Openstage2012 and singers with Stratford east Singers.

Capital Age Festival kicks off at The Albany in Deptford London with some excellent performances by seniors. Cheap cheap tickets, my dears!

On Thursday 5th July Up Your Street seniors are going to enjoy a free film courtesy of Capital Age Festival and the gorgeous Hackney Picturehouse.

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Thurs Sept 15th  free     10-noon The Mill, Coppermill Lane.

Patchwork jeans workshop .(bring cuppa cash!)

                            free    1-2pm St John’s Church E11. flute and cello concert.

(by LeytonstoneStation)

                          free  11-noon  Book Brunchers  at Sutton House, Homerton High St

discussing Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” .

free   6.15-7.45pm Stamford Hill Library N16.

Author Marilyn Mendoza talks about her book

“Agrophobia To Zen”                                                                                                                                                          

Fri Sept     16th free. 2-4pm Woodford Green Library.Ilford. Reminiscence session.

(see Sept 21st)
                            free 10am Hermitage Community Moorings, 16 Wapping High Street.             Mudlarking on the Thames foreshore. Bring your wellies.
free 7pm Hermitage Community Moorings. Evening of music and fun. Bring your

whistle, fiddle, voice! No need to book.

Sat Sept    17th free (18th too) Celebrate the finale of the oral history project

“A Sense Of    Place” at The Hermitage Community Moorings in Wapping with 2 days of films, photographs, recordings and
a very pleasant venue! Just turn up.
free 1-4pm Abbey Gardens Harvest Festival. Bakers Rd E15

Sat  Sept 17th  free noon,2pm, 4pm. Just turn up to Dalston Eastern Curve (people’s) Garden and hear all about the transition from scrub to beauty. (opp Dalston Junction station)

Sun Sept    18th  free   1-7pm Leytonstone Car Free Day. Church Lane
E11 . Geno Washington on stage . Watch out for  beauty treatments marquee and crochet crafts.
(Thanks to Lynne for info). Plenty of good food and cheeses too!

Tues Sept  20th  free 1.30pm The Mill, Coppermill Lane.E17

“Recycled Teenagers“(seniors meet-up)

  Sept 21st               First day of Autumn

 Wed 21st Sept      free  1.10-1.40pm St John’s Church E15 Stratford
“The Barbican Trio” play.
free 10-noon Wanstead Library. Reminiscence Session under “ East London People’s Archive”.
free 6.30-7.30pm. Hackney Central Library reading group discussing
“On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan

Thurs 22nd Sept free until 28/9 10-6pm @1a Darnley Rd .Hackney (opp Hackney Town Hall) Paintings by Nina carter and Rebecca Hunter.

 

Sun 25th Sept   free noon  “UpRise Festival” against racism.

Main venue Gillett Square, Dalston  N 16.