Northumberland Long Sword and Rapper Dancing in Leytonstone

Northumberland Long Sword and Rapper Dancing in Leytonstone from fugueur on Vimeo.

Went along to this performance by Hawksword dance side at Holy Trinity Church Leytonstone last night. It was part of the Leytonstone Festival. The doors of the newly-built church were open to the summer evening coming in off the estate (where the Hollydown Estate tower blocks once stood). My 7-year-old son was reticent about going in at first – you can imagine he wouldn’t have ever seen anything like this before, but he soon bought into the spectacle.


Perambulating to Curzon Soho

The London Perambulator rambles on with a screening at Curzon Soho on Wednesday 14th July at 7.45pm. What a life the film is having after we let it loose last April.
I’m writing this now sat on a sofa in the lobby of a hotel in New York – I’ll arrive back in London the morning of the screening so be interesting to see how I handle the Q&A with jet-lag.
Bizarrely I’ve had to go away for work before almost every screening of the film. I don’t even go away that much but whenever a screening looms I get the call to fly off somewhere to work for a week, or this case 4 days.
I can’t help thinking there’s a message in this – lord knows what it is and considering that travel stopped me from attending the Brighton Film Festival and Bethnal Green Working Mens Club screenings maybe the message is to leave Nick Papadimitriou alone to do the Q&A (I know that’s what Nick thinks).
Hopefully some of you reading this will be able to make it along Wednesday – and if you do you’ll know why I’m yawning.

Info and tickets here



1989 peter marshall

I saw some of the brilliant photos from this book when Peter Marshall did a presentation at Invisible Cities. They really resonated with me as that was the year I first moved to London as a scruff-bag student.
Here’s the blurb for the book:
‘1989’ claims to be Chapter 1 of a book based on the notes made by the photographer on a walk through the streets of northeast London with a well-known author of ‘psycho-geographical’ works.
But the author is entirely fictional, and the notes, written in 2005, after his death and sixteen years after the pictures were taken are in part a gentle spoof on psycho-geography but more importantly a reflection on photography and the documentary process.
Peter Marshall has been photographing London since the 1970s and had his first one-person museum show more than 25 years ago. His work is in various collections including the Museum of London.
From 1999-2007 he became known around the world for his critical writing about photography as the ‘’ Photography guide.
He set up his first web site in 1995 and has continued to have a high profile with web sites of his work on the ‘Lea Valley’, ‘London’s Industrial Heritage’, ‘The Buildings of London’ and ‘My London Diary’ as well as the ‘>Re:PHOTO’ blog.


Barrage Balloons on Wanstead Flats

I almost literally stumbled upon these curious posts when walking back across Wanstead Flats the other week. I’m fairly certain that they were used to tether the barrage balloons that were part of the air defences based on the Flats during the Second World War. The foundations of the communications hut can still be seen in Long Wood.