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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The photos above were taken by me yesterday at the Christ Church Erith Christmas Tree Festival (click on any one to see a larger version), which also included a Christmas Fair in the church hall, and a pop - up food truck festival in the church garde
Britain's greatest civilian disaster of WW2 unfolded on 3rd March 1943 in Bethnal Green. No bombs exploded, but 173 people lost their lives in a crush on a staircase after a single person tripped and fell. Today, almost 75 years later, an extraordina
For more than fifty years, Mick Taylor stood outside the Beigel Bakery, gracing our community with his personal charisma and enlivening the life of Brick Lane with his colourful outfits. I hope as many readers as are able will join me at Mick&#82
People love photos of cats playing in front of Christmas trees, so here's my own take on that popular genre.Read more ›People love photos of cats playing in front of Christmas trees, so here’s my own take on that popular genre. Cl
The Most Earth-Shattering Local Newspaper Stories Of 2017:"Have you lost your teeth?"Eight reasons to love reindeer (even more!)"As Brett Westwood discovers in Radio 4s Natural Histories, their role as beast of burden for Father Christmas isnt the on
The Night Overground launched this morning. According to officialdom it launched on Friday, but that's because TfL decree that days continue until 4:30am, even though it was definitely Saturday by the time the first train ran. Officialdom turned up a
As we brace ourselves for the forthcoming festive season, let us contemplate George Cruikshank‘s illustrations of yuletide in London 1838-53 from his Comic Almanack which remind us how much has changed and also how little has changed. (You
The annual gift of a tube map for Christmas Day.Read more ›Click to enlarge…
There are many worrying food models, and a number have featured here - the self-saucing hot dog; the lolling-tongued chip; the impaled or cross-eyed doughnuts; the various ice cream abominations - with a nightmare grin, a wonky face, a tiny
Piero Fornasetti was an Italian designer of the 20th Century who worked prolifically and some say obsessively throughout his lifetime having created more than 11,000 items in his career and more than 500 variations of the same face.Whilst being talen
853’s special correspondent and turf expert MERCURY MAN has a festive double-bill for you – highlighting two talented young men raising eyebrows, one in an international troublespot, the other on the football fields of SE12&#8
'From Life' is a new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts which opened this week. It's about looking at what it means to different artists to make art from life. I've not yet seen it but will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
Forty years ago, a world first occurred, as the first ever underground rail link between an airport and a city opened -- and it was in London.Read more ›Forty years ago, a world first occurred, as the first ever underground rail link betwee
Researching this bust we have failed to ID the man, and worse, we've discovered that there was another bust on the building, obliterated by the 1933 remodelling of the corner, for which we can't even find a close-up picture. It's likely that one of t
Liberaces Little-Known Cookbook:Food and music are the two best things in life.Airbus A380 draws giant Christmas tree over Germany:"An Airbus pilot in Germany has delivered an early festive present by tracing the outline of an enormous Christmas tree
853’s special correspondent and turf expert MERCURY MAN has a festive double-bill for you – highlighting two talented young men raising eyebrows, one in an international troublespot, the other on the football fields of SE12&#8
I offer this choice selection of the language of drinking lest it may be of use to any of my readers who might be planning to take a draught over the forthcoming festive season. Life in the East – At the Half Moon Tap, 1830 Barrel - A cask
Well, we survived. This time in 2016 I was typing with trembling fingers in the aftermath of Brexit and Trump, unsure of what it meant for the health of the UK's restaurant industry and the continued survival of the human species generally. I still d
A weekly round-up of London's rail transport news...Read more ›A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train London Underground TfL is examining the potential for a t
How do you get your art ranking in Google? That's what most artists want to know when they go online. These days most professional and many semi-professional artists operate online using a website... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit
I've decided to experiment with vlogging. Very short videos, recorded mostly at home, on my own, trying to process what I'm meant to be doing or have been doing on any given day. So far I've covered chest shaving, interviewing Secretaries of State, d
Wednesday night at the council: A 1,407-signature petition against plans for a 27-storey tower block in front of Woolwich Tesco was presented to Greenwich Council on Wednesday night, with protesters appealing to councillors to deliver more social ren
Live review: St. Jude the Obscure @ St Bride’s 09/12/17 Live review: St. Jude the Obscure Date:Saturday 9th December 2017 Venue: St Bride’s Church, Liverpool Support: Astles, A Lovely War, Matthew Thomas Smith Reviewer:Jay Roberts
A well for all seasons?Before leaving Combrook, the parish church of which featured in my previous post, I want to share this less obvious feature of the village. Its one of two well heads, built around the same time as the church and Id guess design
2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams':"Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic impo
A Bexley/Crayford/ErithThe modern borough of Bexley is a four-way amalgam - the Municipal Borough of Bexley, the Municipal borough of Erith, Crayford Urban District and as much of Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District as lay north of the A20. All wer
Wednesday night at the council: A 1,407-signature petition against plans for a 27-storey tower block in front of Woolwich Tesco was presented to Greenwich Council on Wednesday night, with protesters appealing to councillors to deliver more social ren
Contributing writer Gillian Tindall’s memoir of her first visits to Stepney in 1963 is accompanied by photographs of the East End taken at the same time by her husband Richard Lansdown, published here for the first time. Gillian’s
The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and meat parading in an excitingly good natured morning of protein rich delights.Read more ›The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and
YesterdayForum Auctions in New York auctioned 40 commercially produced prints and other artwork certified by Banksys authentication service Pest Control. This is how Street Art becomes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
I should've written about the first two of these before they happened, not after. Then again, you wouldn't get to see the photos.Late afternoon on Friday 1st December I joined some lovely creative people and the children from a couple of Southwark sc
Wednesday night at the council: Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland angrily lashed out at local Tory leader Matt Hartley in a town hall row over planned cuts to London’s Taxicard scheme, branding him “emasculated”. Th
I have a new book out. It’s called Altered States: The Library of Julio Santo Domingo and is published by Anthology Editions. This is a coffee table book that chronicles the extraordinary private collection of Julio Santo Domingo, whose LSD
Sir Benjamin Baker, 1840 - 1907, civil engineer, designer of the Forth Bridge, lived here 1881 - 1894.English Heritage
Candy cane crisps, a brioche snow globe, and pudding smoothie: The ultimate Christmas lunchbreak guide:"If, like the conscientious elves in the New Statesman office, youre working until the bitter festive end, youll need a lot of high street Christma
This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains.Read more ›This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains. The park is a revamp
Wednesday night at the council: Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland angrily lashed out at local Tory leader Matt Hartley in a town hall row over planned cuts to London’s Taxicard scheme, branding him “emasculated”. Th
It's been a year since I discovered that the Metropolitan line extension had been cancelled/stalled/sidelined/scrapped.It's been two years since TfL said the extension would open in December 2019. It's been four years since TfL said the extension wou
The van drivers of the Spitalfields Market certainly knew how to throw a party, as illustrated by this magnificent collection of photographs in the possession of George Bardwell who worked in the market from 1946 until the late seventies. George expl
Leaping around from one astonishingly brilliant new restaurant to the next, as I'm lucky enough to do as a food blogger, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that actually, London isn't just stuffed to the brim with great restaurants at every conceiva
What do you do with a big empty train station on the one day that no trains run at all? Offer it to the homeless.Read more ›What do you do with a big empty train station on the one day that no trains run at all? Offer it to the homeless. In
Maritime town may have inspired well-known Christmas carol:"The sights and sounds of the holidays are everywhere, and as residents of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia embrace the spirit of the season, one Christmas classic is likely playing in the background."H
Memories of the British National Partys presence in south-east London during the 1990s loomed over Woolwich Town Hall on Wednesday night as Greenwich councillors debated a motion urging the Government to overturn Donald Trumps planned state visit to
Album review: David Nixon’s Navigation – This Side, Other Side ALBUM REVIEW Artist–David Nixon’s Navigation Album –This Side Other Side Release date –12th June 2017 Reviewer –Lewis
These days Laurie Elks in celebrated in Hackney as the custodian of St Augustine’s Tower, but before he arose to these lofty heights he practised the art of stewardship by amassing this magnificent collection of bottle labels, organised wit
Portrait artists around the world have six working weeks left to enter the Annual Open Exhibition (2018) of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The deadline for entries isnoon on Friday 19th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
'Tis the season to be jolly and all thatLast week I posted about the Archway switch on, one of many local events that took place last weekend.  Larger displays can be found along some of the major shopping streets in the West End and they ar
The largely hidden remains of an important Priory currently languishing under a 1980s dual carriageway are to be uncovered in a major restoration project.Read more ›The largely hidden remains of an important Priory currently languishing und
Noel Bertram Farman, physician & surgeon, practiced here from 1930 - 1970. He was greatly beloved by all his many patients.
Memories of the British National Partys presence in south-east London during the 1990s loomed over Woolwich Town Hall on Wednesday night as Greenwich councillors debated a motion urging the Government to overturn Donald Trumps planned state visit to