I managed to slip out of the house over the weekend to escape the BBC's coverage of Glastonbury. However, now having the festive mood in my blood I checked out a local folk fate happening down the road in Stoneydown Park, E17 of the border. Quite a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Hold the front page. Orient's local the legendary Coach and Horses, gets a fresh lick of paint. I think they painted it a we while ago to be fair. I'm glad that the shop across the road ( It's on Balmoral Road for you sign geeks)has kept its ghost sign . It reads J Girling and Son's auctions. Couldn't find any info about Mr J Girling, so I'll add it to the list.
Is it an age thing, or is vinyl never boring? I kept hold of these 45s from when my Nan moved. I have loads more of them and I find that they’re pretty good fun to play on a rainy day, normally with a glass of vino in hand too. After a while, I decided to keep the quirky tracks and donate the rest to charity. Although having said that, I’m now liking the record label sleeves from the records I don’t like. Perhaps I’ll keep hold them for a bit longer.
This is up in the depths of Walthamstow Village. Vinegar Alley, takes its name from the two plague pits that were once sited here. One was for the Black Death and the other was for the Great Plague, 1665. The locals would surround the pits with vinegar hoping to help prevent the spread of disease, thus creating an alleyway doused in vinegar. The church yard contains numerous war graves from both of the big ones, it also contains a POW too. I’ll try and look into this further at a later date. I did notice a tombstone with the name’s Henry George and Emily Bailey, I’m wondering if they’re related to the David Bailey, what with him being a local to Leytonstone.
This was from a photoshoot with The Rainbow team, circa 2000 and something. I can't remember what magazine it would have been for and I'm guessing I would have probably been freelancing at the time. Still, we both look like we're having a good time though.
I like the fact that this place is still going. So far, it’s survived the the likes of the great plague and Jack the Ripper too. I wonder just how long it can survive against the evil claws of the City?
If you work on magazines, then you tend to go to a lot of leaving do’s. I think I’ve been to about seven this year so far and I have another one to go to, the week after next. This chap’s leaving Front to go to FHM. I guess that’s similar to Harry Rednapp moving from Portsmouth to Southampton. Still, I bumped into a few people who I haven’t seen for a while – which is always a good thing.