Fairytale in the supermarket

There hasn’t been much to report in the lunchtime stakes this week as most of them have involved shopping in Sainsbury’s (and other establishments.)

Talking of which, this weekend I discovered a very mad youtube clip involving the spiritual entertainer Danny Shine (and Julian James the mind magician) at a branch of said supermarket that I’ve been known to frequent during a lunch hour. Why wasn’t this going on when I was there as it’s very bonkers indeed! All I can say is “Om.” P

A double dragon in London pt.2

Master Wang

Here’s a mention of an excellent Taiji event coming up in Brockley in July. As featured here last year, Sifu Rose Oliver from Double Dragon Alliance comes over from Shanghai to the UK each year with a Master (for the last three it’s been the excellent Master Wang Ming Bo, above) for a series of seminars including a date in South London.

Saturday 19th July  from 10:30am to 5:30pm
At St Hilda’s Church Hall, 375 Brockley Rd, Crofton Park,
(enter on Brockley Rd.) Crofton Park/Honor Oak Park Station or buses 171 and 172.

The seminars suit all styles of Taiji and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have too. It’s at a great price (£60 for the day) and taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, suitable for any level of Taiji practitioner from beginner upwards. This year’s seminar will include pushing hands, Taiji form and applications, dantian & energy cultivation, energy training exercises, form corrections, Taiji philosophy and more. I can personally recommend the seminars and you will definitely leave the seminar with knowing a bit more than you did (and with a smile on your face!) P

For more information and booking email roseinchina2006@yahoo.co.uk

Longer than a lunch hour

If you’re a member of my extended family, then you can skip this post because you already know what I’m going to say. Also, if you’re a hardliner who only wants to hear about things you can do in a lunchtime, please disregard this missive, for at the weekend I went on a guided tour of London and I am going to tell you about it.

My brother-in-law arranged it all and we met Ken at Angel tube station, promptly at 10.30am. Ken runs this website and a number of guided tours around London that use old city maps as to navigate the walk. Our tour took us round North Clerkenwell, where we found out all about the New River Company, how hollowed out tree trunks first criss-crossed Clerkenwell’s open spaces to carry water to its inhabitants as well as some interesting tidbits regarding Lenin, Nell Gwynne and other famous city dwellers.

Lenin woz ere

Lenin woz ere

More than the interesting quick facts though, was the way that Ken brought the era of Victorian city expansion to life. He used the maps to show how the city had changed and why certain features of the area are the way they are – adding in the economic and social factors that decided how a city begins to be laid out and the changes that affect it . I won’t go into the details as that may take something away from Ken, but suffice to say, if you want to get an overall picture of an area’s development, then this guided tour is well worth it. W

Look at the coal holes

Look at the coal holes

Barbican library…again

Nice drawings

Nice drawings


Another exhibition. This time from the Maritime Art Group – former lay-members for the Royal Society of Marine Artists. The pictures are lovely, and there’s also this delightful little book to purchase with some great drawings of London from Les Williams. I was also drawn to (tee hee) the work fo Marion Wilcocks who also has a load of great London-themed pics in her online gallery. Check it out. W