A summer fete

Get down to Charterhouse

Get down to Charterhouse

Saw this today – medieval dancing you say? Who are you to resist? W

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Singing their hearts out for Mr Wren

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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

Sunny spots, park workouts and a talk

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.

Wahay

Wahay

Whoop!

Whoop!

Easy now

Easy now

And on the way back along the Embankment I even noticed this excellent sun spot.

Nice place in the sun

Nice place in the sun

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.

You dirty rat

You dirty rat

A supreme ultimate Saturday

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Not strictly lunchtime I know but something a bit different for a Saturday in Brockley, South London.

For the past couple of years we’ve covered the seminars of Sifu Rose Oliver who regularly brings over Taiji masters from Shanghai to a church hall in Brockley, how good is that? Posts here and here.

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

Hello skip (and bathing pond)

Kings Cross bathing pond

 

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.

Toms and parsley I can see

Toms and parsley I can see

Lovely herbs

Lovely herbs

Look what they've done with the windows

Look what they’ve done with the windows

It seems they take thrown away stuff and turn it into lovely growing environments. How delightful. W

 

The best things in life are free

Nice logo

Nice logo

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