Lunch in the fast lane

Yesterday I fancied a plate of greasy spoon fare as I wasn’t going to be eating until late in the evening. The first place I thought of was an old favourite, Ferrari’s which is next to Smithfield Meat Market. Don’t go if you fancy a friendly chat with the waiting staff but if it’s some cheap filling food (with a Chinese bias) you’re after at any hour of the day you’ll be at the right place! Sweet and sour pork noodles and a cup of tea for £6 was my choice but vegetarian options are also available. P

Ferrari’s Snack Bar, 8 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JR Open (nearly) all hours

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Thou art Bow Street

Walking down an alley around the corner from Bow Street this afternoon I saw this A4 poster tacked onto a side of a wall. It’s from the London Art Mafia: “For those who look 〰come and find us〰around the city”. More info here. P #Londonartmafia

A little way different

Here’s something a little different which takes place in a couple of months time on a Saturday in south London. For the past few years we’ve covered the seminars of Sifu Rose Oliver who regularly visits London from Shanghai (Post here.) This year she is over on Saturday 4th August  from 10:00am to 5.00pm at a venue to be confirmed in Crofton Park/Honor Oak Park.

The seminars suit all styles of Tai chi and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have (if any.) It’s at a great price (£40/£50 for the day which is cheap compared to other seminars) and taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, suitable for any level of practitioner from beginner upwards (or even if you’re just interested in the art and want to see what it’s all about.) To book a place please drop Rose a line at roseinchina2006@yahoo.co.uk #Roseoliverdoubledragon

Lenin visits Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The other day while walking through Lincoln’s Inn Fields  I spotted a bust of Lenin and a VR Type B pillarbox – placed near enough in a rose bed – that weren’t there the week before. Turns out the park was a location for an expensive advert (“To be on your TV soon” I was told by a burly security  guard who wasn’t giving anything away). P

It arrived through the post

Following on to our last post (no pun intended) here’s a wonderful book on the late great W. Reginald Bray (1879-1939) called “The Englishman who posted himself and other curious Objects” by John Tingey. It’s currently out of print but is available on Amazon for a nice price.

Before Christmas I knew nothing of the man (who resided at one time not 15 minutes walk from where I now live) who challenged the great british postal system and an early pioneer of mail art (not that the term or concept existed at the time).

The book is a lovely read if you want to get to know all about Reginald’s postal exploits and see some of the excellent artefacts (crocheted envelopes, starched shirt collars and a postcard with an address written in sealing wax amongst other oddities) that went through the postal system and also some of the autographed postcards he collected (he was known as “The Autograph King. Unchallenged”). What I love is that the original postbox outside his house in Devonshire Rd, Forest Hill where he used to post some of his artefacts still stands (and still in use).

As an ex-postman and a lover of graphic art this book is well up my street and one well worth investigating! More on W. Reginald Bray here(Pic below: examples of some mail art from my own collection but sadly none from the great man himself.)