If I had one wish, I would wish for just one fish…and an eel

Men fishing on the Thames

Men fishing on the Thames

Saw these guys at lunchtime this week. Just chilling out and fishing for eels. They’d caught a tiddler when I spoke to them. Hope my good luck farewell paid off. Worth considering if you’re at a loose end. All you need is a rod. And some bait. And hooks. And floats. And probably more than an hour for lunch. W

A weekend of (free) wax

Two great free music related events this weekend, from lunchtime to beyond! Firstly a free event on Saturday 21st June from Soft Wax an event called Play it loud (Exploring the roots of classic Ska and Reggae tunes) to accompany an art installation at CGP London, Dilston Grove, Southwark Park from 19-22 June 2014. More details on the event here and travel details (South Bermondsey/Canada Water) here.

play it loud

And as part of James Lavelle’s Meltdown on Sunday 22nd June a free event down the Southbank called “Sunday Come Down” featuring Don Letts, James Lavelle and other top stuff as the day goes on. Let’s hope the weather keeps up. Here’s the line up cribbed from here. I’m sure it’ll change but it gives you a clue of what to expect.

12 noon – 1.30pm Don Letts
1.30pm – 2.30pm James Lavelle
2.30pm – 3pm Voicelab
3pm – 3.30pm JP Duncan
3.30pm – 4.15pm Jeremy Deller Acid Brass
4.15pm – 5.45pm Horsemeat Disco
5.45pm – 6.45pm James Priestley (Secretsundaze)
6.45pm – 7.15pm James Lavelle

What is the meaning of this?

The Angel Building

The Angel Building

If you’re ever walking along Goswell Road, look up when you go past 338-346. I can’t seem to find the history of this building but it’s got some natty plaques that seem to tell the story of the cotton trade (I’m guessing anyway). Check it out.

A train

A train

Steamer

Steamer

A cutter

A cutter

Carrying cotton

Carrying cotton

I’m guessing the cotton is picked somewhere and then transported through the numerous avenues to make it to these sunny shores – as told in plaque form. There’s nothing on the building that tells of its history though, so I’m none the wiser. If anyone can enlighten me, then please do. Here’s to looking up, anyway. W

#Won’t it go mouldy though?

bedford square

This mad installation was spotted on a walk through Bedford Square last week. It looks bonkers, there’s ferns growing at the bottom and there’s even water streaming off it. Won’t it go mouldy though, or is that the point? Here’s the blurb:

“Rainforest is a public pavilion by Chilean-German architecture practice GUN Architects, installed in London’s Bedford Square during the Summer of 2014. An imposing five metre high micro-climate of minimal tree-like structures with a field of pyramidal fabric ‘stalactites’ which gently drip water – the pavilion is an oasis in the centre of London. Visitors can sit beneath a canopy of inverted prisms to enjoy a forest-like environment of raindrops, pools and plants.”

More info on it here. There’s been some choice tweets about it like #eyesore, #whocutupmyinterviewshirt and #make it go away. Me I’m not bothered, I won’t be the one that’ll be bringing it down the laundrette after it’s been out in the sun and the rain all summer. P

*** We’ve just found out the square is having an open day this weekend 14th/15th June, more info here. There’s a Victorian stumpery, a large variety of herbaceous plants and there’s even a beehive. And not forgetting some mouldy bits of sheeting out in the street where you can eat your sarnies while dying to go to the loo (with the sound of all that running water going on)…***

On the sunny side of the street

I love London when it sizzles. Looking round and seeing swathes of people basking at a lunchtime, you get to see the City in a completely different light. Red necks, red arms and smiling people all add to the sheen of summer. I went for a little stroll last Friday and saw a couple of things that may become a regular feature as the temperature goes up in the Capital.

First on the list, London Suntraps.

I like to see the small areas that people use to soak up the sun, however ill-suited that place may be. The niches and corners where the sun hits, even for the shortest time, become the refuge of the London worker. Check this place out.

 

garden furniture

garden furniture

A tiny terrace about a concrete car park but bung some garden furniture on it and that’s good to sit in from 12 till 3, no problem.

Let us know if you see any more.

And for the second feature:

Sunshine Pubs

The Shakespeare - corner of Goswell Road and Fann Street

The Shakespeare – corner of Goswell Road and Fann Street

Many people want to find a pub that’s got the sunshine at lunchtime. These places can be hard to find and generally quite busy. Here I’ll try and find some good ones. To get in the pub must have sunshine between 12-2pm and not be rammed. I found a corker. On the corner of Goswell road and Fann Street lies the Shakespeare pub. It doesn’t look much, admittedly, but there’s plenty of room to sit our stand outside and it’s nice and quiet out the back. Recommended. W