Sunday, 11 October 2009

Have a kickabout on Hackney Marshes (Or just watch the Sunday morning carnageP

A wet, grey and miserable Sunday afternoon down in Hackney Mashes, a perfect setting for a game of footie - the normally quiet surroundings littered with dozens of gaudy team kits and colourful language and gestures. Multitudes of different races and creeds united in their anger against the overweight balding man in the middle of the park, oii ref you blind git!! Ill decisions made in a split second that grown men will argue and contest for hours, days maybe even years.

The game is simple - pass, shoot, score, but add in
competition, jockeying, kicking, fouling, elbowing
and some downright lack of skill and you have
the greatest show on earth.

Its beyond the understanding of most females
in its beauty, (Ed. - bar Jean) and oft associated with slanderous phrases "why do you bother", " its just men running after a ball" and the ultimate dis "I'd prefer strictly come dancing" anytime.

Anyone in any doubt should don a pair of boots, roll your sleeves up, keep the collar down and get stuck in - a goal is not just for Christmas, its for life!

As life would have it we passed a couple of hours later
when the matches had finished and guess
what, the sun was out, rain and clouds gone,
the weather welcoming the newly made heroes created within those four lines today. Beautiful

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

1. Tour Dennis Severs’ House by candlelight

An easy start in terms of availability and convenient location.

Following a slap up meal of Bangers and Mash at S&M we made our way up to Folgate St in Spitalfields for an evening candlelight tour of Dennis Sever's house. More an art installation than a museum, Dennis Severs created this "time capsule" of a silk weavers home c.18th & 19th century capturing the imaginations of visitors. Every nook and cranny has been finely recreated leaving you with the feeling that you have just interrupted the family's evening -a wig is draped over a chair, half eaten eggs on the table, dregs of tobacco on the bureau, a smell of cooking emanating from the kitchen and a real cat called Madge curled up near the fire all capturing a time in history more than any museum can do.
All of this was drowned down by a couple of beers in the nearby The Water Poet. Also recommended apart from the too bright lighting. Why do most pubs in London insist on this? In Ireland the lights only come on when its time to go home!

In all, a highly recommended Monday evening.

Hopefully they are all as good as this one!

London 101 Project starts here

365 days
101 activities
2 people
1 cat
and alot of enthusiasm!

In a moment of drunkeness late one saturday night, underestimating most challenges we decided to undertake the London 101 project, that is to complete the "101 things to do before you leave London" within 1 year from yesterday.

All journeys begin with a footstep, ours began with a serious hangover.

So here we go in no particular order.....

Bon chance!