Saw this today – medieval dancing you say? Who are you to resist? W
On the way home from work tonight I bumped into a friend Mark, who told me that the choir he sings in, will be performing next Saturday (27th June 2015) in the Wren Choral Marathon.
“The Wren Choral Marathon, what’s that?” I hear you cry. Well, it’s an event comprising of a series of concerts by 17 different choirs in 17 Wren churches in a single day, starting at 8am at St Michael, Cornhill and finishing with a late one at St Stephens, Walbrook. How good is that if you like a bit of singing?
There’s even a bonus for the choir listening hardcore who make it to all 17 concerts, a chance to be added in a draw for a super special prize.
Sounds like a different way of spending a Saturday, seeing some great architecture while listening to some quality choirs. And furthermore it’s Free! More details here. P
As the sun begins to consistently shine, I’ve been out and about a bit more. And as I’m always on the lookout for something interesting. So imagine my joy when I saw this fella practising his cocktail-making skills in St. James’ Park. It’s like free entertainment.
And on the way back along the Embankment I even noticed this excellent sun spot.
So get out while you can. W
PS. Following on from P‘s post about the Little Italy talk, if it all turns rainy and horrible again, you could always have a gander at what looks to be another great exhibition at Camden library.
Not strictly lunchtime I know but something a bit different for a Saturday in Brockley, South London.
This year Rose is over on her own on Saturday 1st August from 10:00am to 4.00pm 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 (£40 for the day which is cheap compared to others) and taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, suitable for any level of Taiji practitioner from beginner upwards (or even if you’re just interested in the art and want to see what it is all about.)
I can personally recommend it and you will definitely have fun and leave the seminar with knowing a bit more than you did (and with a smile on your face too!) To confirm a place this year contact Rose by e-mail at roseinchina2006 (at) yahoo.co.uk P
Did you see that the Kings Cross bathing pond opened this weekend? I took a stroll down there to try my luck but it seems its online booking only and even if they do let you in, I’m sure they’d frown upon someone jumping in just their grundies. Anyway, in addition to this fine outdoor swimming spot, there’s also the Kings Cross Skip Garden to have a look at.
It seems they take thrown away stuff and turn it into lovely growing environments. How delightful. W
Haircuts for men seem to be a necessary evil. So why pay for it? For those who agree, I saw something great on my jaunt around Smithfield market today and annoyingly didn’t have my camera on me.
It’s a pop up for the London School of Barbering (or maybe it’s more permanent?). But essentially it’s a place where aspiring barbers can practice their trade and you get the benefit of their choppy hands for free. Take a look at the website to book a place. Looks like they’ve got somewhere in Covent Garden too. W
There’s something in Hoxton Square that’s quite interesting. It’s appears to be a new kind of rentable office space that’s in a tree.
There’s a brilliant lunchtime talk at 1pm this Friday 5th June at the Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre, 2nd Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road WC1X 8PA by Tudor Allen. It’s all about the Italian quarter which was centred around the Farringdon Rd area and it’s Free! More details here. P
A big thanks to Astrid from The ICA (The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH) for showing me around their exhibition called Shout Out this lunchtime, about the 1980’s underground pirate radio scene in the UK. Ta also to our good mate Jim N for letting us know about it. It’s great stuff, all in a small back room tracing the history and cultural significance of pirate radio in a towerblock style. As the video monitor was turned off in the room (the ICA was not officially open as it was a Monday but Astrid kindly let me have a look) I didn’t see the film which accompanies the exhibition, which I was told was very good but I did see a mixer and an FM transmitter (below) alongside some historical photos and magazines. The exhibition is free but will probably cost you a days’ membership of The ICA (£1) but if you’re into radio like myself and remember the FM airwaves of the 80’s, it’s well worth it! It’s on until the 19th July when it’s goes out on a bit of a tour of the UK. More about the exhibition here. P