Monday, 24 October 2016

Get Le Carre'

A few more evenings over at Northern and Shellac towers. Queue a photo report. 

   Higher and higher

   Vinyl Bar near St Paul's

I'm turnig into a John Le Carre' character

As they say in the music industry "Build them up and knock them down" which also seems to apply to a lot buildings in the city of London

    Bank Station: I love the sign below the subway sign, with Bow Lane getting bottom billing but full   capitals

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Glamourous 'stow

Greetings from Walthamstow.  I've noticed a few more boutiques on the horizon on Hoe Street and we look forward to seeing some more glitz and glamour hitting the streets. I've heard rumours of a cocktail bar opening. A photo update on these when they're up and ready but for now here's a few shots taken on Hoe Street. 

Tattoos. This could be one fo rmy Walthamstow/Waltham Forest Pictorial book project

 Heraldry in Walthamstow. I'll look these up one day.

Central Parade Walthamstow, looking rather elegant after a lick of paint.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Savage Gardens not to be confused with the band, Savage Garden

From strolling around the Savage Gardens area, I later looked it up on the good ol' Internet and it turned out that there was an actual Sir Thomas Savage. Thomas, was awarded the title of Viscount Savage in 1626 with his wife Elizabeth, picking up the title Earl Rivers. Sadly for Thomas, he died in 1635 before inheriting these titles and his son John Savage, inherited them. Meanwhile the Savage daughters, Dorothy and Elizabeth, were a pair of babes (according to Wikipedia) and were even painted by Anthony van Dyck. Imagine, they would have been the Vanity Fair darlings of their day but, the Savage viscountcy and baronetcy and Rivers dynasty died out by 1739. 

   Signs of the time, Savage Gardens E.C.3.

It's a Vanity affair. Dorothy and Elizabeth painted by Anthony van Dyck which can be viewed at the National gallery 

Strolling along and hidden away is Star Alley, which has a nice independent deli

    Back to the future. Looking up at the Lloyd's building

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Echo and the pun men, and women too.

Over at towers we wished godspeed to a colleague off to new adventures. On route to the pub I noticed that the building had an uncanny resemblance to a certain robot.  

   Northern and Shell building, EC3. From this angle it reminds me of Marvin, the paranoid android    from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

42 the answer to life the universe and everything - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

   Cio amigo, with goodspeed.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Turning 30 at the Well and Bucket

Had the pleasure of attending a 30th on Saturday, down at the Well and Bucket pub, Bethnal Green. Seems like I cant keep away from the area.  

   Art laundering on Bethnal Green road

    Cocktail club, down stairs at the Well and Bucket

    The Dob-myster, double fisting as they say in America.

Matt le Umbrella impressing us with his Bloods and Crips gang sign language. More news on the   new issue of Umbrella to follow. So don't go changing that dial folks.

Monday, 17 October 2016

shirley birley early

Newspaper shift work, this time covering the early shift. Like twilight, dawn is also a strange time to be pootling around in. Night buses are still running with party people heading home. You look and think - yeah, that was me once. I passed a man with one leg (not pictured) using a cash machine, scenes like this just look a little more odd at this time in the morning. It makes you think that the 9-5'er is missing out.                                                  

   Pulling into Liverpool Street 6:40am

   The Thames  6:55 am

   City of London 6:55 am

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Ten Bells pub - cockney bucket list

Another one for the cockney bucket list is The Ten Bells pub. You will find this delightful Dickensian drinking hole situated not too far from old Spitalfields market, Liverpool street. The Ten Bells is well known for its punters from the ye-old days of Jack the Ripper  and with my recent visit they now dish-up some fruity cocktails and hats off to the staff for serving you pretty quick. I'm also quite fond of this pub as my Great great, great relatives ran the Chain Locker (I believe it was called this, I'll have to double check, sadly it's now a block of flats) in Stepney Green/Lime house area. I would imagine that they would have popped in here as publicans do. Hey, they could have even have met Jack himself...  

    A room with a view. Ten Bells pub

   Hammer house of horror at the Ten Bells

    Under electric candle light