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Just out of interest, is this crane on top of the development at 21 Wapping Lane, the only one in London that doesn’t have a red beacon on it’s summit. Judging by the next photo, possibly? So not only has Ballymore constructed the building without proper public consultation of local residents in Wapping, it now […] [...]
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:33:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
In a new episode of the Transporting Awkward Items by Bus series, I found myself yesternight trundling along wrestling a Christmas tree. Some Grinches and Scrooges among you may glance at my tree and with an aloof sneer dismiss it as being far too short to be considered in any sense a tree. I ask you to remember, however, what happens at this time of year to people whose hearts are three sizes too small. Pictured: a tree, no matter the size. This is the first Christmas where I bought a tree myself. Normally I am across the water in the US [...]
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:43:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
1. SAVE Smithfield Market 2. SAVE our Skatepark 3. News International Site The following describes some of the proposals in more detail. All of them either involve huge tower blocks or more unnecessary retail units. All of them threaten to destroy the history and heritage in London. SAVE Smithfield Market PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT – SMITHFIELD […] [...]
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 5:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The London of my imagination is a nighttime city, a city of twinkling lights reflected in the Thames, of old-fashioned lampposts, of warm windows full of laughing people glowing into dim streets.  Sometimes it’s even like that in real life. One night I walk home from seeing a show at the Globe and I feel this could easily be the manner in which I would like all days to end. It is a warm evening and revellers are out reeling merrily from pub to pub. I walk past the Globe’s own bar, the Swan, past the Anchor, the Old Thameside Inn, the [...]
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:09:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
1 bedroom flat for sale in Wapping Lane, London E1W – 30285365 – Zoopla. I am most pleased to announce that the mayor’s policy of building more affordable housing in London seems to be working well. This 1 bedroom property is available for a modest £400k and will appeal to key workers with a family […] [...]
Mon, Sep 09, 2013 11:14:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness– Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!” Quatrain XII, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 5th ed. (trans. Edward FitzGerald) On the first Tuesday of every month, Victualler in Wapping hosts a wine tasting of organic, biodynamic wines.  Now, I must confess that as the majority of my drinking life to date has been framed by the universal postgraduate experience of trying to find the least unpalatable wine at every conference reception or department do, my palate isn’t overly concerned by the niceties of wine’s journey from [...]
Wed, Sep 04, 2013 8:26:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Could this be the new London skyline in a few years time (without the hills and trees on the waterfront of course)? Great news for Tower Hamlets council of course. Lot’s of new luxury flats, lots of overseas investors, lots of new luxury council tax and best of all most of the flats will probably […] [...]
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 12:44:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Don’t seek to build tall for the sake of it, warns City planner | Magazine News | New Civil Engineer. Seems like I’m not the only one who is suspicious of tall buildings in certain places! [...]
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 10:31:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
When I was young, we were forced to read Ethan Frome for school.  I found this novel utterly infuriating because one of the major themes is that the titular character leads a depressed, reduced life because he’d “seen too many New England winters.”  Now, New England winters are tough, but they don’t KILL people.  Okay, actually they do.  But not from sheer ennui.  It takes a tree falling on them or perishing of cold in a snowbank or something.  You don’t just spend your entire adult life in slowly strangulating desperation because of WINTER.  That is not how it works.  [...]
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 3:30:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
As you would expect of a young person at the weekend in a thriving metropolitan city like London, last night I was out with some friends. And then, we got to 11 PM and the little dance started.  The dance of “When do I need to leave here so I don’t end up stranded in Canada Water on the way back to Wapping?” This little dance is predicated on the fact that (absurdly to someone who used to live in New York) the Tube doesn’t run all night.  No, instead, around midnight, like a tired pensioner it switches off all the lights [...]
Sat, Feb 02, 2013 3:35:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
On Tuesday there was a public meeting to discuss some problems in Wapping Woods. There have been instances of mugging and knife crime there lately, so a meeting was called to ‘reassure’ the public. I went, not because I feel unsafe in Wapping, but because I am new to the area and wanted to get a better sense of the neighborhood. The meeting was lively. I was reminded of the scene in ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ where the toffs are all presenting entertainments for an Oddfellows Hall meeting in the East End and through a contrivance of circumstances, all [...]
Sun, Jan 13, 2013 10:07:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Last week appears to have been a week for testing my mettle. The day after Bus Day, I was running an errand in my neighborhood in the middle of the morning. I walked from Shadwell station towards my house; in front of me a couple walked along the road together, laughing. Suddenly he reached out, grabbing her around the waist and spinning her round to the other side in a gesture that seemed at my distance playful. But all was not right. I could see her begin to cry. She crumpled over and moved crabwise, trying to avoid him. I ran [...]
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 8:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
It took no small effort to push myself up from the gutter in which I was lying. I had seen the bus, I had run for it, and indeed I had caught it. But not before catching my foot on a wayward slab of pavement and flying headlong into the street. I hit the ground hard; it was unyielding under my palms and the skin of my knees. I lay there for a moment considering my options. I could set up an almighty wail and commandeer the assistance of kindly passersby. In retrospect that probably would have been [...]
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 8:44:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
We are now installed in the Wapping flat, boxes slowly being unpacked, bubble wrap slowly discarded. Alas we won’t have internet until oh, say, the next millennium, so my missives will be few and far between. But the adventures reign unabated, starting with one that happened while I was still at my friend’s house in Blackheath. My old housemate from Fitzrovia has also been staying there. He, being one of those bright-and-early types, always left the house earlier than me. Thus it was that while I was sleepily making my way out of the house towards work [...]
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 8:44:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
As you already know I’m currently a little wandering nomad, flitting hither and thither until I can roost permanently in my new home in Wapping. I went away for a few days to Stratford-upon-Avon (expect some moony-eyed lyrical blogs about the beauty of the countryside &c, shortly). Following this I made my way to my current demesne, the house of a friend who is at present out of the country. Or at least, I thought I did. Sunday afternoon found me and one rather large heavy suitcase struggling up the walkway of a place bearing the number of my friend’s [...]
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 8:58:00 PM, Continue reading at the source