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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Walk from Brentwood to Grange Hill

I found myself late Sunday morning just to the north of Brentwood at Bentley and decided to walk back towards London. I had no real route in mind other than to end up at a Central Line Station somewhere. I started off down Hullet’s Lane. It was crisp and cold, a few degrees above zero....
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Fitzrovia Chapel

An unexpected London treasure sits just off Mortimer Street inside the new Pearson Square development, the old Middlesex Hospital Chapel. Fitzrovia Chapel, built in 1891 by John Pearson, is the only surviving building of Middlesex Hospital which was established on the site in 1755. The Hospital was sold to developers in 2005 and demolished in...
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Art Assembly at Walthamstow Town Hall

Things to Do in Debden When You’re Dead Brilliantly bizarre end to Art Assembly on Saturday in the Council Chamber at Walthamstow Town Hall. I’d been commissioned to make this film (Things to Do in Debden When You’re Dead) with theatre Director William Galinsky, who’d been asked to re-animate the corpse of William Morris. William...
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London Loop – Section 8 Kingston to Ewell

London Loop Section 8 – Kingston to Ewell Always great to revisit summer walks in these cold winter days. Back in August I picked up the London Loop Section 8 in Kingston and followed it to Ewell. This section of the London Loop follows the Hogsmill River for long sections, crosses over a barrow in...
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The William Morris Resurrection at Art Assembly

Up till 3am last night finishing a short film about William Morris I’ve directed for this wonderful event tomorrow at Art Assembly, part of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture. So I’m a little tired today but excited to be screening something very different. Here’s the blurb for the event: The William Morris Resurrection – Sat...
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Make Your Own Damn Art at Regent Street Cinema

  Great evening last Friday at the screening of my documentary about Bob and Roberta Smith, Make Your Own Damn Art at presented by Heavenly Films at Regent Street Cinema. It was a wonderful experience to revisit a film that premiered in 2012 at the East End Film Festival. As Bob commented in the Q&A,...
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The Essex Way – Epping to Ongar

A September walk along the Essex Way from Epping to Ongar taking in Toot Hill and Greensted. The Essex Way is an 82-mile long distance path from Epping to Harwich that I’ve been planning to walk for a few years now, but never quite made the time to do it. So one Sunday in mid-September...
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Iain Sinclair & Edith Walks at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema

I had to photograph Iain Sinclair in front of Leytonstone’s Olympic Fish Bar in Church Lane. The great London writer had come to introduce his film collaboration with Andrew Kötting, Edith Walks at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema in Leytonstone Library. Iain had been a prominent critic of the London 2012 Olympics, resulting in Hackney Council temporarily...
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Across the Marshes from Leyton Filter Beds to Walthamstow Wetlands

This is the second in my series of walks for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. We start at the Leyton WaterWorks Centre, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park. I find the Essex Filter Beds one of the most beguiling locations in East London – for its role in providing the booming population...
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‘Winter Time’ Walk in Epping Forest

The clocks went back and I awoke to a clear blue sky calling me out to walk. I headed for Chingford and up along the edge of Bury Wood, crossed Bury Road and through the beautiful Hawk Wood on the edge of Epping Forest. I’ve been intrigued about the name for a while and was...
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In the footsteps of W.G Sebald – The Rings of Saturn walk Southwold to Dunwich

A walk along the Suffolk coast from Southwold to Dunwich While on holiday in Southwold in August, I was determined to complete the walk from Southwold to ‘the lost city’ of Dunwich described in W.G. Sebald’s hugely influential book, The Rings of Saturn The book is based around a journey on foot along the Suffolk...
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Rural edgeland wander in the rain

My friend joked that he wondered what kind of Wycombe edgelands I’d be leading him round when we met at the station. ‘Let’s head down to Wooburn instead’, I reassured him, far more scenic for his enormous dog, and the woods above the village would give us some partial cover from the persistant rain. We...
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A walk along Leytonstone’s Lost River – the Philley Brook (Fillebrook)

A walk along Leytonstone’s Lost River – the Philley Brook (or Fillebrook) – part of a series of walks for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. The route of the walk in the video is as follows: Fillebrook Route Start at St. Andrew’s Church – go behind to patch of land beside St. James...
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Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema at Leytonstone Loves Film

Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema’s programme of Films of East London was a great success at Leytonstone Loves Film on Saturday. There were big audiences and fascinating director Q&As. Let’s hope that Leytonstone Loves Film – produced by the Barbican – becomes an annual event.   Q&A with Adam Kossoff covered the importance of cultural memory, Jewish radicalism,...
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Films of East London at Leytonstone Loves Film

We’re really excited to be able to present this fantastic programme of Films of East London for Leytonstone Loves Film on Saturday 28th September, 12-3pm at Leytonstone Library, Church Lane E11 Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema Presents 12.00 The Anarchist Rabbi + Q&A with Adam Kossoff
 Leytonstone-based film-maker Adam Kossoff’s documentary, narrated by Stephen Berkoff, tells the...
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Come for a walk along the Dagenham Brook & Over Pole Hill

New tickets announced for my walks along The Dagenham Brook and Over Pole Hill It’s been a fantastic summer of walks for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture as ‘psychogeographer-in-residence’. And now the final two walks have just been announced: The Dagenham Brook, 22nd September 2pm –  book here Waltham Forest Tours presents The Dagenham Brook...
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Lea Valley Walk from Walthamstow to Waltham Abbey

This Lea Valley walk from Walthamstow to Waltham Abbey is surely one of my favourites. I’d finished leading a walk across the marshlands from Leyton Water Works to Walthamstow Wetlands and had the desire to push on into the evening. I headed up along Blackhorse Lane then turned into Folly Lane which opens up the...
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Westminster Protest against Suspension of Parliament

A spontaneous protest was called after the news broke in the afternoon that the Queen had agreed to Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament for five weeks, preventing MPs from debating Brexit in the run-up to 31st October deadline. ‘Stop the Coup’ was the dominant chant from the crowds in Parliament Square and on Whitehall...
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An expedition to Devil’s Dyke & the Lea Valley Walk

This was a walk inspired by a comment on this blog by Philip Avery that I discovered 7 months after it had been posted.  It was on my video about the walk to Boudicca’s obelisk in the Epping Uplands and Philip’s research had suggested that the British king Cassivellaunus had been defeated by Julis Caesar...
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The view from the hill – a walk to Wooburn

I feel Old old Wooburn more and more every day – the village where I grew up and where a recent family history binge showed roots running deep through the chalk and flint. The sense of it was almost overpowering as I crested the hill marked by Hard-to-Find Farm and approached Bloom Wood. ‘Always was...
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A Walk through the ancient borough of East Ham

It was two months ago now, on the 11th June, that I set off across Wanstead Flats for a long planned walk through the ancient Borough of East Ham. The regrowth from last year’s fire was evident (as noted before on this blog) and I exited the flats near Manor Park Station. I passed the...
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Woolwich Loop via Lesnes Abbey – Green Chain Walk

Woolwich South London Loop walk This was a return of sorts, rooted in a pang to partly retrace the steps of my 2012 walk for This Other London from Woolwich to the Dartford Salt Marshes. Back in early June of this year I headed out of Woolwich Town Centre up across Plumstead Common, picking up...
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Sunday Walk – Wanstead Flats, North Circular and Hollow Ponds

Wanstead Flats The desire was stay local – within the gravitational field of home but still get in a decent walk. My instinct was to head to the far side of Wanstead Flats and take it from there. The area of Wanstead Flats burnt so badly last summer gives off a glorious smell of resurgent...
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Video Strolls at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema

On the 3rd July we hosted the fantastic Video Strolls at Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema with a programme of artists films related to ‘Quiet Spaces’. Andy Howlett and Liberty Rowley of Video Strolls suggested we start the event with a short wander around some of the quiet spaces of Leytonstone to set the tone. They were...
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Along the Thames Path from Putney to Richmond

Beautiful walk along the Thames Path from Putney to Richmond, taking in Barnes, Mortlake, and Kew, filmed on the 14th May.   Here are Turner’s drawings of Syon Park Zion House, Isleworth 1802-10 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-zion-house-isleworth-d08269 Castle Seen from River, with Punt and Row of Trees in Foreground. ?Zion House, Isleworth c.1815–17 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-castle-seen-from-river-with-punt-and-row-of-trees-in-foreground-zion-house-d10770...
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Walking the London Loop – Hayes to Kingston

It was great to be back out on the London Loop – picking up in Hayes on the May Bank Holiday Monday (6th May), where I’d finished back in March on the section that I’d followed down from Uxbridge. The first part of section 10 continues along the canal a short distance, past the rubble...
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London Forest Buses Badge

What a majestic object – a London Forest Buses Driver’s/Conductor’s enamel badge. According to Wikipedia, London Forest was a short-lived subsidary of London buses that operated between 1989 – 1991 when industrial action in response to proposed pay cuts led to the newly awarded private franchise being transfered to a rival bus operator. The strike...
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Waltham Forest Borough of Culture Walks – new dates announced

Delighted to announced some new dates for my walks in Waltham Forest Borough of Culture as part of Waltham Forest Tours curated by William Gallinsky. The last batch of tickets sold out in 2 days, thank you so much to everyone who booked, shared the links and expressed an interest.   Here are the new...
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10th Annual Walthamstow International Film Festival

10th Annual Walthamstow International Film Festival – 15th & 16th June Book FREE Tickets There  will be a programme of 5 minute short films all day at Vestry House Museum on Saturday 15 June from 12 Noon to 5pm and the shortlist on Sunday 16 June at The Empire Cinema   Follow E17 Film Festival...
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A walk along the River Crouch

I scribble some notes down at Althorne Station, 8.15pm with ten minutes till the train comes along the single track Wickford to Southminster Line. It’s Monday 29th April, and the last light is fading. I’m parched and hungry at the end of a 17-mile walk from South Woodham Ferrers. I’d intended to start further along...
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Chilterns Walk from Bulstrode Camp to Wooburn Green

The Queen and Albert pub in Wooburn Green wasn’t were I expected to end up when I boarded the 3.15pm train from from Marylebone to Gerrards Cross the week before Easter. Notre Dame was burning down on the TV on the pub wall, an event that had been unfolding whilst I’d been walking over the...
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Vincent Van Gogh in Brixton – with Iain Sinclair

“I enjoy the walk from home to the office and in the evening from the office back home. It takes about three-quarters of an hour.” – Vincent Van Gogh, 30th April 1874 A chilly December day and an invitation from Iain Sinclair to look inside the Brixton residence of Vincent Van Gogh, where the Dutch...
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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. This was a glorious section of the London taking in the Grand Union Canal, River Colne, and Stockley Park on the route. One of my favourites so far. This western edge of the London Loop is characterised by watercourses –...
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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.” Unearthing The event started with a screening...
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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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