Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
These will include Plasticiens Volants with giant floating sea creatures inspired by underwater imagery towering over the heads of audiences; French company Aeroplume who create stunning spectacle with their helium filled zeppelin; a new heart stopping bungee dance commission from a young and exciting UK based company Wired Aerial Theatre, choreographed by Wendy Hesketh (formerly of De La Guarda); and Zia Azazi, virtuoso exponents of the ancient Sufi Whirling Dervish dance tradition, whose contemporary interpretation has captivated audiences at outdoor festivals across Europe. Plus Osadia, The Dream Engine, Scarabeus, Sarruga, Strange Fruit, Factoria Mascara and many more!
- Lunchtime Recital: Free performance by 'Bailo!', a group of Trinity College of Music Students. The programme will include music for clarinet, voice, guitar and piano from Spain and Latin America, including de Falla's '7 Folk Songs', Rodrigo's '4 madrigales amatorios', and traditional flamenco music. St Alfege Church, at 13:10pm. Free event.
- Live Jazz and market Arts Event, Greenwich undercover market, 18:00-22:00pm.
- (21-24 June) Art Exhibition by local artists: Exhibition by artists from Greenwich Open Studios and others at St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church St, SE10, 11:00-16:00pm. Free event.
- Festival Fanfare: Performances and fireworks. Opening night of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (G+DIF). This opening night has been designed as a high profile launch to the 2007 Festival with an array of London premiers from leading companies. These include Fanfare Jo Bithume, one of France's most acclaimed theatrical 'fanfares', the Dutch stilt performance 'White Wings' and the Australian Festival favourites Strange Fruit who return with a new lyrical and highly romantic show entitled 'Absolute Pearl' presented by performers on 4.5 metre flexible sway poles. The programme will also feature theatrical pyrotechnic effects at intervals throughout the evening. 7pm. Free. Royal Arsenal, Beresford Square, Woolwich, SE18
- 'Open Mic' evening: Community talent opportunity. 9-11pm. Free. Morden Arms, 1 Brand St, Greenwich, SE10 (http://firstname.lastname@example.org/)
Not really Greenwich, but here it is because we think it's cool: A Taste of Fame (June 21- 24) : The only chance to eat dishes straight from London's top restaurants without waiting to book a table. Forty of London's top eateries serve samples of their signature dishes in Regent's Park. Celebrity chefs will be giving tutorials and having cook offs, plus wine tasting and the World Cheese Awards.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
As soon as you step inside, you are warmly greeted by a very attentive, cheerful staff who are genuinely happy to help. You are guided through the treatments on offer with a professional who gives you a thorough assessment (and estimate) and walks you through the details of the procedure (great for first timers). If you are in for facial treatments, you are offered a complimentary skin analysis. The salon offers hair, body and beauty treatments with a wide range of products that include Dermalogica (for all skin treatments), Paul Mitchell, Tigi and others for hair.
Monday, 18 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Thursday, 14 June 2007
12 Eliot Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0UW: Designed for disabled with slopes and space for wheelchairs; high-level pond; shaped beds with a variety of plants including roses, bamboo, succulents and miniature box hedging. Contemporary sculpture. Surprising L-shaped garden combining open visibility with a few 'hidden' discoveries. Adm £3.50, Evening Opening £3.50 (share to Ataxia Telangiectasia Society), wine, (6pm-9pm). Note that no dogs are allowed.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
The Fan Museum in Greenwich has come up with yet another fascinating exhibition. This time round it's all about the parallels between fans and perfume. It may seem all too obvious for visitors of this quiet Greenwich treasure (the only one of its kind in the world) that fans would actually be the main attraction but trust me you're in for as much a surprise as I was. It was all about bottles. Perfume bottles that is.
It was fascinating to see not only the bottles of some of the most famous Perfume Houses (Christian Dior, Bourjois, Penhaligon's, Guerlain, Roger & Gallet, Floris, and Angela Flanders) dating back to 1900 but also how these bottles of scent had much in common with fans. It was striking for me to know from the museum curator that at the beginning of the 20th century perfumers very often used fans as advertising giveaways to present a new fragrance to the press or to their best clients. Samples of these are beautifully displayed in the exhibition and I couldn't have enough of them, myself an avid collector of scent bottles for so long.
Greenwich, SE10 8ER
Tel: 020 8305 1441
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
The festival's schedule and other details can be obtained from the Greenwich Alive website (http://www.greenwichalive.com).
Monday, 11 June 2007
The East London Brass Band played beautifully yesterday at Greenwich Park. People were obviously having a great time going about their picnic to the tunes that started at 2pm. It was lovely. And the kids had a great time mastering the act of trying to climb up the rails of the bandstand. So it was again fun for all at Greenwich Park. However, maybe next time amplifiers could be used to make the sound reach further out???? Just a thought.
Friday, 8 June 2007
Monday, 4 June 2007
It's so annoying how lazy some people are. Look closely: A litter box right next to the benches and still some of us choose to litter the ground and benches. Shameful really!
Whimsy ChiChi always in search of a good cause, set out with the volunteers. We all do different things for different reasons. My reason was to find out what all this was about, have fun, meet new people and just do something good on a Sunday morning (oh, and come back with something for my blog). After some delays with registration, the heath talk and signing up, we were told to rummage through the boxes of Wellies that the Thames21 supplied along with gloves.
According to their website (http://www.thames21.org.uk), this charity has managed to remove hundreds of tonnes of litter from London's rivers and canals. Matthew Loveday, River Programmes Coordinator has said about the foreshore we cleaned up yesterday, 'This is one of London's dirtiest Thames beaches and last year, Thames21 kicked off a campaign to clean up Thames grot spots with a five day clean up. We removed 10 tonnes of litter, including around 25,000 plastic bags. We are now running regular clean ups on this site and levels of litter are gradually decreasing, although more work needs to be done. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like the Museum, we are making real progress in the bid to restore this Thames beach to health".
We were there for two and a half hours. By then I was sweating, tired, covered in grit and grime and totally happy and proud of myself. I had learnt a lot and watched what people can do when they come together for a cause. The atmosphere was friendly, organized, upbeat and everyone was there to make a day of it. Something more of us should do. Unfortunately, I can't report unearthing any treasures on the day (although one group did report two handguns that they'd found) but I did end up with part of an old clay pipe and a piece of China. Not bad for a beginner I think.
Friday, 1 June 2007
I am not the sensitive kind who gets irritated by other quirky people on the tube, but there are two types of commuters who really get on my nerves. It’s not the guy blasting music from his phone I Pod, or the two travelling together who decide to sit on either side of the carriage and carry out a conversation through two dozen people. It’s the 3 ton Backpacks and the chocolate eaters.
I just can’t get anyone who is on a crowded train and does not actually realize that they are carrying a backpack that takes up the place of three people. Why can’t they just take it off their back and place it between their legs while on the train. I always get the urge to unzip their bag and let them collect their stuff from the beginning to the end of the Central Line. Let’s see how oblivious they would be to their surroundings then. They are really irritating!!!
The other type is the ‘can't wait must have chocolate bar on crowded train’ people. I saw a woman who took out a Kit Kat stick on a train with one hand, put it in the other and held the pole with the first! Now we know air-conditioning is coming to the tube but the heat in there is not ideal for storing chocolate. So you can imagine the state of the pole and the next poor sod who is going to hang on to it on the way home and find Kit Kat on his 100 pound shirt. You might say if he can afford a 100 pound shirt it’s quite OK. I might agree, but no mercy for the chocolate monster.
To make it worse, when the train came to a stop the Kit Kat and owner pumped into the next person leaving even a better mark than the one on the pole. Luckily the victim was the chocolate lady’s friend. So there is justice. But imagine if it was your taking the full brunt of a flying kit Kat bar!! How long is her journey than she can’t wait to stuff her face with a kit Kat?? It’s not even Flake!!
“Keep it between your thighs” (it goes for backpacks and Kit Kat). This will be my next slogan when I run for Mayor of London.