Sunday, 19 March 2017

A visual eye on what's been happening in Walthamstow this week

City Knitwear, Lea Bridge Road 

Fullers at work, Walthamstow Village 

Rip it up and start again

Dust rider, Lea Bridge Road  

Wood Street, once home to the silent movies 

Wood Street revival 

Love this tower. All is calm over at Walthamstow reservoirs

Business as usual, Walthamstow market 

New signage work underway at Walthamstow market

Friday, 17 March 2017

River Lea - revisited

 Strolling along the River Lee. Starting at Tottenham Hale, taking in Hackney wick and ending up at Stratford. 

Lea Rowing Club. From my canoeing experiences, these boats can really shift 


The Lea Rowing Club

Record store is open at weekends 

Lee Valley Regional Park. For our older viewers this isn't too far from where OTV used to be 

Paddle boarder riding the river Lea

It's a ducks life

Renoar, Renoar?

Life under the A12

The Captain's table

As East London abstract murals go, I'm a big fan of this one. Not too sure who it's by?

Hackney wick

Beer club

Jumping frogs

The London stadium, aka West Ham's new digs

Billy Bonds and tributes to West Ham fans 

Bobby Moore, the man that nearly ended up playing for Spurs. And as I've walked all the way from Tottenham, this image concludes the River Lea tour

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Beer and Brutalism at the Welbeck Street NCP car park #brutal_architecture

 A fantastic evening was spent courtesy of @brutal_architecture  with a visit to the Welbeck street car park. Yes, this post-war 1970s monument will soon be closing and will also be facing demolition... We took a look around the car park on a Friday evening followed by a talk about Welbeck, discussing it's place in Brutalism and it's possible future. Some interesting points where made, do you try and keep it's facade,  preserve the car park in it's own entirety or move on and pave the way for new architecture.  All in all, it's a Village Green conundrum. 
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Beer and Brutalism at the Welbeck car park 

Henrietta Place W1. Welbeck car park

Steve, founder of Instagram account @brutal_architecture

Instagramer's at the Welbeck car park 

Exit 4 Fire escape

1970s Fonts 

Getting a concrete fix, Inside the Welbeck car park 

Team Umbrella magazine 

Debenhams, viewed from the Welbeck car park

Ticket office

Visited the car park, got the t-shirt and then got the mag. Owen @metasoar 

Barnabas Calder, author of Raw Concrete discusses the merits of Welbeck car park

A room with a view at the Gunmakers Pub

Welbeck Wake. Tribute made by @space.playPicture courtesy of Umbrella magazine


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

West Ham v Chelsea 1 - 2

My second outing at the London Stadium. Third if you count my Olympic visit. 
This time round we came in from Hackney Wick station and met up at the Howling Hops bar, a few minutes walk from Hackney Wick. ** There's about 3 different craft beers places at this location that also sell food. Howling Hops and Craft Brewery, being the main outlets. Pints are about £4.50 and they accept card/tapless. I believe the rules are football colours are allowed pre-match.**
Howling Hops sell 4 pint pitchers and there's a bit of a German beer hall vibe inside the pub. Pre-match, I did notice a few international fans, French, German, American and possibly Dutch. We must be doing something right? If somebody has a mix-tape to one of the pubs on Green Street, then hand it in to this place and we could be onto a winner. 
Speaking of winning, on with the show. I was seated on the Bobby Moore stand, block 247, row 52. Overall, I didn't think we played that bad (I've witnessed worse) now that we're in our Post-Payet world. As mentioned on various West Ham web posts, fans will start leaving early. This starts at around the 70th minute (pictured 5th below), shame as we still had a goal to score. It can be a bit of of a drag getting out of the place, took me well over 25 mins, which I've pretty much accepted and have added on to my leaving time. A few digital displays saying how long until you get to the station, wouldn't go a miss. Brings new meaning to the "West Ham Way " I guess? Roll on the Bournemouth game, which I'll be tuning into via the power of Radio London.

Hipster Hammers at the Howling Hops , Hackney Wick 

Local sight seeing on the way to the game from Hackney Wick station
Pitcher invasion at the Howling Hops, Hackney Wick

Tonights view from the Bobby Moore Stand, block 247, row 52 

This is about 77 mins in, before Lanzini scored