Mobile Clubbing – Liverpool Street

I’ve just received an email from Londonmobs (see below) for what is known as a ‘mobile disco’ at Liverpool Street Station tomorrow. I’ve heard it claimed that this synchronised outburst of dancing in a non-defined dancing space is an act of Situationist detournement. I have witnissed (and taken part in) a stunt of sorts in the same place, with my old mucker Russell Brand dressed as the Elephant Man stopping people for a chat (we were making a gonzo comedy terrorist documentary about the degeneration of Old Spitalfields Market). He was moved on by the police eventually. Wonder whether the authorities will feel similarly challenged tomorrow? Guy Debord will be turning in his grave.

“This time it is Mobile Clubbing And it’s another one, this time it is at Liverpool St Station. 19.24pm What to do :Liverpool Street Station – 19.24pm – 11TH OCTOBER 2006 (don’t be early, don’t be late!) Turn up with your personal stereo or MP3 with your favourite tracksloaded up, ARRIVE AT THE STATION AROUND 19.15
At 19.24pm don your headphones and boogie.
Spread out and use all thespace.
DO NOT WORRY YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE, OH NO!!!! YOU ARE NEVER ALONE !AS SOON AS THE CLOCK STRIKES 19.24, DANCE LIKE CRAZY AND DANCE LIKEYOU’VE NEVER DANCED BEFORE
But you ask, why to dance, how to boogie your rhythm?
Do not be failed we have the answer for your moves
http://www.sumo.tv/watch.php?video=54995
(a history of flashmobs i’m holding @
http://www.sumo.tv/flashmob butI’d love more, please send) (or on the londonmobs yahoo grouphttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/londonmobs/ and sign up for the next one)
The moves are here for you to explore and learn!regards, Z
P.S NO DANCING BEFORE 19.24 DANCE FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN ENJOY!I’ll be putting up images & video on my tv channel @
http://www.sumo.tv/flashmob and would love anyone to send me morelinks and video!”

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Catrin Glyndwr memorial

In an attempt to escape the South Bank crowds I headed over Blackfriars Bridge, up along Queen Victoria Street and found solitude. I ended up on Canon Street and drawn into Salters Hall Court. There I found the Catrin Glyndwr – St. Swithin’s Memorial, a small raised garden well kept, tranquil with a curved statue in the corner dedicated to Catrin’s memory. A Corporation of London plaque told the story of Catrin – taken to the Tower of London in 1409 with her children during Owain’s Welsh uprising due to her children’s potential claim to the throne through her marriage to the rebellious Edmund Mortimer. Four years later both her and two of her children were dead and she was buried in St. Swithin’s churchyard. The garden is dedicated not just to Catrin but to all women and children who suffer in war. It was a poignant find on the day when people marched in London calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon. Hundreds of empty children’s shoes were laid in front of 10 Downing Street to symbolise shocking scale of child victims of the conflict.

Jake Arnott short story about St. Swithin’s Churchyard

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Somebody sent me a link to a new site which is like an online Robert Elms phone-in, YourHistoryHere. You know the kind of “What’s that strange hexhagonal building on Amwell Street?” sort of thing. Then people post their comments. The Islington section is looking a bit bare at the moment. I’ve stuck on something on Penton Mound:
http://www.yourhistoryhere.com/comments?176

What I like about this kind of ‘local history’ is that it places as much importance of local mythology as empirical fact.

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