fugueur

Writer and film-maker. Author of This Other London - adventures in the overlooked city. Director of the documentaries The London Perambulator and Make Your Own Damn Art: the world of Bob and Roberta Smith

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River Roding Walk – Wanstead to Buckhurst Hill

A walk along the beautiful River Roding from Wanstead to Buckhurst Hill on the 24th February – a day when it felt as if Spring had come early. This is one of my favourite walks – following the meanders through Wanstead, Woodford to Buckhurst Hill (although I’ve yet to walk the Roding beyond Debden). The...
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Walking the London Loop – Section 11 Uxbridge to Hayes

A walk along Section 11 of the London Loop from Uxbridge to Hayes and Harlington. Taking in the Grand Union Canal, River Colne, and Stockley Park on the route. This western edge of the London Loop is characterised by watercourses – rivers, canals, lakes, and the industrial western fringe of London. It is classic edgelands...
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The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture Walks

Come for a walk with me to celebrate Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 I’m really excited to be leading a series of walks for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture, running from June to October 2019. The walks will explore various aspects of Waltham Forest from its topography, culture, overlooked heritage, and psychogeography....
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Talking walking and psychogeography on Resonance 104.4fm

Went into the brilliant Resonance 104.4fm on Monday to have a chat with Henry Scott-Irvine about psychogeography, my upcoming series of walks for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture, and Albert Maysles and making documentaries....
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Endymion’s Dream – Celebration of Steve Moore at Brompton Cemetery Chapel

Saturday saw a magical event in Brompton Cemetery Chapel as people gathered to celebrate the posthumous publication by Strange Attractor Press of Steve Moore’s book, Selene: The Moon Goddess and the Cave Oracle, “an examination of the origins, dream-explorations and mystical practices centred on the Greek deity Selene.” The event started with a screening of...
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Deptford Jack in the Green May Day Celebrations Greenwich

The streets of Deptford and Greenwich were yesterday taken over by The Jack in the Green May Day celebrations, led by Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack. A great cacophony of instruments filled the air peppered with shrieks and yells as the Jack processed along the banks of the Thames to the Cutty Sark where...
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The mighty Clapton CFC

Fantastic atmosphere at @ClaptonCFC today and a great victory pic.twitter.com/vjfuDKLHSC — John Rogers (@fugueur) April 27, 2019 Went along with my son and one of his friends to watch Clapton CFC (Community Football Club) at Wadham Lodge, Walthamstow on Saturday. It’s been a long time coming. I lived near the Old Spotted Dog ground in...
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Walk to the Bluebell Wood

Bluebells and Wild Garlic burst from the high hedgerows on the lane up out of the North Devon village. Dad had said he’d show me the Bluebell Wood. We headed out at 6pm for those last two hours of golden light, up along the lane that runs above the link road, hills rising in the...
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Spring walk through Epping Forest from Leytonstone to Chingford

A Spring walk through Epping Forest from the Green Man Roundabout at Leytonstone to Chingford Plain. Includes – Leyton Flats, the Birch Well, the Eagle Pond, Gilbert’s Slade, Whitehall Plain, the River Ching, and Chingford Plain. Also see previous post from the same walk...
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Building and Dwelling – Ethics for the City

Afterwork return to Angel Waterstones following a lunchtime scout that threw Richard Sennett’s Building and Dwelling – Ethics for the City into my path. I laid down the cash mainly for the 8 pages on urban walking but also for its handsome cover (unflatteringly lit in the Highbury Corner Wetherspoons), and as a momento of...
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Tales from Tin Pan Alley at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema

We had a full house at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema last Wednesday for Henry Scott-Irvine’s brilliant documentary, Tales from Tin Pan Alley. I first met Henry in the alley behind the 12 Bar Club on Denmark St while it was being occupied by musicians and protestors following its closure. I made a couple of videos about...
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Spring in Epping Forest

Sometimes, in the absence of a better plan for a walk, you should alllow yourself to be guided by your feet. That’s what I did last Sunday, leaving home at 2pm, directionless. My trotters led me up Leytonstone High Road to the Green Man Roundabout – gateway to the forest. The gorse (I think) was...
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Through Old West Ham to Cody Dock & River Lea

A few years ago some friends, Stuart and Rayna (who made the brilliant A13 road movie), asked if I’d ever been to Cody Dock. I’d not only never been there but I’d never even heard of it. So a couple of weeks ago at the end of February, I plotted out a route from Stratford...
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Walking the London Loop – Moor Park to Uxbridge

I’m resting after walking Section 11 of the London Loop from Uxbridge to Hayes, so now seems the perfect time to revisit my walk along sections 13 and 12 of the London Loop from Moor Park to Uxbridge taking in Batchworth Heath, Bishops Wood, Park Wood and the Grand Union Canal. This picks up from...
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Iain Sinclair – Living with Buildings

“I use my own ways of digressing and picking up on other stories that you don’t expect to find by walking and wandering over the ground that’s been described by other people.” – Iain Sinclair July 2018 and I found myself back out walking with Iain Sinclair, this time retracing one of the walks in...
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Wanstead Slip

Chatting with a couple of members of the congregation at the beautiful St. Mary’s Wanstead, I wondered whether the parish boundary included the Wanstead Slip, that curious parcel of land on the other side of Wanstead Flats around Cann Hall, Leytonstone. They weren’t sure, and asked for further explanation about what exactly the Wanstead Slip...
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Wandering Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath to Caesar’s Camp

A windy walk across Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common to Caesar’s Camp Iron Age earthwork that dates from at least 700BC. The walk also takes in Wimbledon Common Windmill. Highwaymen images in the video from Highwayman’s Heath by Gordon S. Maxwell. Filmed on 27th January 2019...
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Pie, Mash, Eels, & Pale Ale

View this post on Instagram Pie, mash, eels and Pale Ale at the Noted Pie and Eel House Leytonstone for Jake Green’s brilliant ‘Pie and Mash’ book. . . . . . . . . #foodporn #pieandmash #leytonstone #pv A post shared by John Rogers (@thelostbyway) on Mar 1, 2019 at 3:53pm PST Friday night...
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Walking London’s Lost Rivers – The Tyburn

A walk along the course of one of the lost Rivers of London – The Tyburn. This buried river flows from Hampstead through Swiss Cottage and Regent’s Park, along Marylebone Lane, through Mayfair and Green Park beneath Buckingham Palace where it splits into channels and we follow it as it joins the Tachbrook to make...
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Wanstead Park Walk

Last Sunday (10th), feeling ill and leggy, I set off for a walk across Wanstead Flats just before sunset for a wander through Wanstead Park. The video includes extracts from the audiobook of This Other London.    ...
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Save St. Luke’s Gardens

   A lunchtime diversion round Ironmonger Row Baths took me past Burnhill House, Islington where the residents have draped banners on the balconies in protest against Islington Council’s redevelopment plans for the St. Luke’s area. Early proposals threaten to cast St. Luke’s Gardens and Burnhill House into permanent shadow it seems. London is annotated with...
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Iain Sinclair on the A13

I read the A13 as a semi-celestial highway, a Blakean transit to a higher mythology, a landscape of sacred mounds and memories. (And endured the derision that brought.)  Iain Sinclair, Dining on Stones (2004) ...
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Epping Forest Winter Walk

A Sunday afternoon (last week) wander in Epping Forest, basking in those precious last hours of daylight. The Tube to Loughton and up Forest Road to where the Loughton Brook meanders along the forest floor. The ground around Debden Slade was still frozen white, encrusted mud ridges to be traversed like miniature mountain ranges. I...
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The Library Campaign – Show Libraries Some Love

This is an interview I shot in December with Library worker Alan Wylie about the importance of Libraries and the threats they face due to government cuts. References used in the video and further information Library cuts: “Public libraries promote positive reading experiences from the cradle to the grave” – The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2014/mar/06/world-book-day-libraries-lifeline-literacy-love-books “Librarians stand...
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Youngsbury Burial Mounds & Abandoned Thundridgebury Church

This walk to the Youngsbury Burial Mounds had been on my itinerary since the summer of 2015 when I’d marked the tumuli and earthworks of the Upper Lea Valley and the Hertfordshire plateau on an old Ordnance Survery map. But somehow I’d never managed to get out there. A few days before Christmas seemed like...
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Along the Pilgrim Trail from Leyton to Stratford City

After popping down to photographer Jake Green’s studio in Leyton to pick up the new and expanded edition of his fantastic book, Pie and Mash (containing my essay The Dead Pie Shop Trail), I went on a wander down to Stratford that I’ve done periodically ever since I moving to the area. Somehow this route...
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Walk along the Walbrook – the City of London’s Lost River

I first did a version of this walk along the Walbrook back in November 2011, but was keen to return starting nearer to one of the supposed sources and also visit the recently opened London Mithraeum that sits upon the banks for this ancient stream. The route I followed in early December, drew from two...
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Welcome to the (Waltham) Forest

Waltham Forest’s year as London’s first Borough of Culture got off to a spectacular start on Friday night. The launch event ‘Welcome to the Forest’, struck exactly the right tone, illuminating the Walthamstow sky, creating magic among the trees of Lloyd Park, and turning the modernist facade of the Town Hall into a kaleidascope of...
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Unto the Fields of Buckhurst Hill

This walk and video was inspired by a comment on my YouTube channel, urging me to visit Linder’s Field in Buckhurst Hill. I had to confess I’d never heard of it and in the way that digital maps can deceive you, thought I’d never been anywhere near it somehow. To make more of a walk,...
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London walk 28th December

It’s become a tradition of mine of over the last 15 years or more to head into Central London late in the afternoon one day between Christmas and New Year to wander the streets around Holborn and Bloomsbury. I started at Chancery Lane and was drawn along Red Lion Street, not noticing before the many...
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Walking Keiller’s ‘London’ – the first walk

This is the first walk in Patrick Keiller’s seminal film London, shot in 1992, where Robinson and the unseen narrator set out from Vauxhall to walk to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which Robinson believes is the birthplace of English Romanticism. My walk took me from Vauxhall Park through Stockwell and Clapham North to Clapham Common,...
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Walk from Marsh Lane Leyton, along the Lea to the Wetlands Centre

A bright cold Thursday morning, letting my feet guide me. Marsh Lane, Leyton is full of resonances of my arrival in the area, beating the bounds of the Lammas Lands, a discovery of Country London that I never knew existed. The WaterWorks Centre was shutters down closed. The looming towers rising around Lea Bridge Station...
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Walk of Revelations – Gallions Point, Albert Island & North Woolwich

After my summer walk around the Royal Docks and subsequent video, a local resident got in touch to say they could show me around Gallions Point and Albert Island. We met one sultry midweek morning by Gallions Reach DLR Station to begin the circuit around ‘the island’. A slogan on one of the developments reads,...
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The Resonance Radio Orchestra (2009)

Last night reading The Wire magazine in the pub, I recognised a face (and some names) in a fascinating article about London Improvisers Orchestra. The face (and beard) was that of Ivor Kallin, who I realised had been part of the Resonance Radio Orchestra I’d filmed at the opening night of Bob and Roberta Smith’s...
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Boudicca’s Obelisk in the Epping Forest Uplands

The mythology linking Boudicca to Epping Forest is a strong one – stemming from the 18th Century belief that Ambresbury Banks was Boudicca’s Camp during the time of her rebellion against the Romans. It is also believed that she died somewhere in the uplands north of the Forest, either through eating poison berries or bleeding...
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Video Notes / Videography Notes

I’ve just launched a new blog of occasional writing on video culture, videography and film-making called Video Notes (the url is videographynotes because video notes was already taken). The first post explores how Jonas Mekas, ‘the godfather of the avant-garde’, could be seen as the original vlogger, and the parallels between the 1960’s experimental film...
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Swanscombe Marshes – Thames landscape under threat

A walk around Swanscombe Marshes and Botany Marshes on the Thames Estuary in Kent, near Dartford, starting and finishing from Ebbsfleet International Station. There are plans to build a theme park on Swanscombe Marshes so this beautiful landscape may not be there much longer. Find out more about development plans for Swanscombe Marshes on the...
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Walk along the River Roding and back to Leytonstone

Headed out for a short walk mid-Sunday afternoon and found this book in a charity shop in Wanstead – it immediately became apparent that I’d have to carry this heavy tome as some form of atonement for not embarking on a longer schlep earlier in the day. My only aim was to head for the...
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Harringay Green Lanes to Chancery Lane via Caledonian Road

An unplanned walk – effectively locked out of the house and inadequately dressed. I jump the Overground to Harringay Green Lanes and buy a jumper from TK Maxx. Choosing a notebook and pen to record the day’s walk a man walked into the shop and just said, “Why is life so shit”, then paid and...
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The first radio show

Home from the school run, put the coffee pot on and press play on the CD player without looking to see what’s loaded. The intro track starts from a CD I burnt of Andrew Bird’s 2005 live session for a French radio station. I’d used this tune as the intro music to the Resonance fm radio...
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Weald Iron Age Fort and Stukeley’s Druid Temple

When searching for William Stukeley’s ‘Druid Temple’ on Navestock Common, I’d noticed Weald Country Park both on the map and the horizon. The map also showed a ‘settlement’ marked on the edge of the park, which a quick Google search identified as an Iron Age Camp or Fort. “Three years after the excavation, a detailed...
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Turing Street, London E20

On a recent wander through the Olympic Park in Stratford, I noticed this new street off Westfield Avenue – Turing Street, London E20 – in the International Quarter. I don’t know if Turing has any links to the area. According to his Wikipedia page he was born in Maida Vale and went to school in...
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Origins

‘Everything has its origins in the place we are born’ – Dario Fo I was asked again recently, at an informal talk, how I had got involved in what I ‘do’ – meaning really walking, writing, making films and videos. I think the first time I was asked this question in a public setting was...
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Search for the Druid Temple on Navestock Common

Prompted by a comment on a previous YouTube video I headed out the other week in search of the remains of the “alate temple of the druids” identified by William Stukeley on Navestock Common in the early 18th Century. The walk started at Harold Wood, then passed over Central Park Harold Hill and then across the...
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John Rogers presents The East London Writers Club

Really looking forward to this event I’m hosting at the Luna Lounge on Saturday as part of Shake the High Road – a day of music in Leytonstone. ‘John Rogers presents The East London Writers Club’ (a club that doesn’t actually exist) features three fantastic authors that I’m chuffed are appearing – Will Ashon (Strange...
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The Possibility of Life’s Survival on the Planet by Patrick Keiller

I found this copy of Patrick Keiller’s The Possibility of Life’s Survival on the Planet next to a nice edition of The Illustrated Pepys in a charity shop on Saturday – a placement that surely can’t have been accidental. Needless to say I bought them both. The opening page reads: “In August 2010, I completed...
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Trailing the Loughton Brook through Epping Forest

At the beginning of summer I headed out one evening to follow the beguiling Loughton Brook through the suburban streets back to its source high up in Epping Forest. For further info on the Loughton Brook and links to Spaceship’s brilliant A Prospect of Loughton Brook album see my post from last year....
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A field on the edge of London 

A livestream from the end of my walk as I headed across Noak Hill back to Harold Wood after going in search of Stukeley’s ‘Druid enclosure’ on Navestock Common. The full edited video from this walk will be on my YouTube channel on 7th October (probably).  ...
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A walk around the London Olympic Park, Stratford (2018)

This was an unintentional although overdue video. I’d caught the 339 bus to Stratford Station with the intention of getting a train to Harold Wood and going in search of Stukeley’s earthworks on Navestock Common. But alighting the bus on Montfichet Road, I was drawn in by the view of the evolving skyline around Stratford...
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Walk along (and off) Watling Street from Cricklewood to Oxford Circus

After visiting a friend I decided to go for stroll in a sudden outbreak of September sun. Considering the options – my friend’s suggestion of walking to Horsenden Hill, or my vague pang to retrace old routes to Stonebridge Park in the name of nostalgia – I didn’t fancy the long tube ride home at...
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