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cuppa tee

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I was in crown and anchor the other night and it was like being in an episode of friends uk, surely there is no need for a corporate recreation.
 

OvalhouseDB

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Just to let everyone know that Surrey County Cricket Club (who run The Oval Cricket Ground) will be sharing their proposals for the current Ovalhouse site at Ovalhouse, tomorrow, 1st August, 4pm - 8pm. There will be sketch schemes of their plans, a representative from Rolfe Judd, (local architects), members of SCCC and also someone from Ovalhouse (not me, alas). SCCC are the preferred bidders for our site at the Oval, and the sale of our site will enable our new theatre in Brixton. Local residents and businesses, do drop in, all welcome.
 

colacubes

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I ate there a couple of years ago when it was a Turkish restaurant. Was pretty good but they had a parrot in a cage by the front door which seemed a bit odd for a food place :confused:
 

Gramsci

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Always been intrigued by the dining-pavilion-type building opposite the War Museum. Now this! :eek:


I waited until got home to check but this pavilion building was designed by architect who designed Brixton Rec.


George Finch obituary

Finch’s masterpiece was Lambeth Towers,opposite the Imperial War Museum, London. Photograph: James O Davies/English Heritage

Cotton Gardens in Kennington Lane, completed in 1968, was the most distinctive. Finch's masterpiece was Lambeth Towers, a one-off design opposite the Imperial War Museum, 10 storeys of flats set over a luncheon club and doctor's surgery, inspired by the work of Moshe Safdie and built at the same time as Safdie's Habitat blocks for the Montreal Expo of 1967. Each flat was individually articulated within a cranked concrete frame that maximised the tight site, creating a strong, square patterning that evoked Piet Mondrian's paintings
Disputed Architecture by MA Architectural History 2016

"Designing for everybody"

This sums it up.

Finch design for Brixton Rec has been grade two listed partly as example of socialist architecture.

The restaurant in the block of flats wss originally part of this post war designing for everybody ethos.

Às was Brixton Rec.

Its sad statement on todays Britain that this is now commercial space. Designing for everybody has been replaced by things like Pop Brixton. Which are now seen as cutting edge architecture practice.

In all the argument about gentrification on this forum what is lost is that there was an alternative vision.

Practical socialism.

Its still realisable now with a government prepared to take on the rich.

There is a lot of argument on this forum about gentrification. I'm taking it that people would support a left government that would re introduce the vision post WW,2 to this country?

As practical way to stop "improvements" being just for well off?
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OvalhouseDB

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920F065A-9208-4346-838E-C5DDEB3AC9F8.jpeg 718F6415-B79D-4B9D-8456-49B6461A6E8E.jpeg I went to the unveiling of Brian Barnes new mural at Carey Gardens Estate in Wandsworth. Glorious mural, beautiful
colours, full of wit and history. I was intrigued by the image of Keith Moon as a crossing warden - a story that has the most tragic origins also represented in the mural. Nick Wood, the former GLC architect who designed the estate, made a speech and it was clear from chatting with residents, the people elected to run the residents co-op and the housing manager that his vision for architecture supporting a better society for all was something current residents are proud of. It is all worth seeing and reading about. I had A really rewarding afternoon.

The detail from the top is Stephen Hawking!
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
View attachment 147127 View attachment 147128 I went to the unveiling of Brian Barnes new mural at Carey Gardens Estate in Wandsworth. Glorious mural, beautiful
colours, full of wit and history. I was intrigued by the image of Keith Moon as a crossing warden - a story that has the most tragic origins also represented in the mural. Nick Wood, the former GLC architect who designed the estate, made a speech and it was clear from chatting with residents, the people elected to run the residents co-op and the housing manager that his vision for architecture supporting a better society for all was something current residents are proud of. It is all worth seeing and reading about. I had A really rewarding afternoon.

The detail from the top is Stephen Hawking!
Will there be any possibility of him restoring the much abused Nuclear Dawn mural?
Was on a local history walk today focusing on gay squats/housing co-ops in Railton Road, but we called in on Nuclear Dawn and it is in a sorry state (also the Mansions which are tagged to hell).
 

OvalhouseDB

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Will there be any possibility of him restoring the much abused Nuclear Dawn mural?
Was on a local history walk today focusing on gay squats/housing co-ops in Railton Road, but we called in on Nuclear Dawn and it is in a sorry state (also the Mansions which are tagged to hell).
Yes!
If all goes well work will begin on site in October. I am not sure at which stage the mural re-painting is scheduled for but Brian and his team are very much up for it. He works with colleagues who did the upper parts of the new mural, while he did the lower section.
 

Tricky Skills

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From the Cabinet report [pdf] for this evening:

"The Nuclear Dawn Mural on the side of Carlton Mansions is a central heritage feature of the scheme which will be restored as part of the Phase 1 development.

The mural has been vulnerable to vandalism and graffiti for a number of years despite attempts to clear and protect it, however recently the artist has been working to restore some of the damaged parts
.”

Buzz piece.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
I had the pleasure this evening of visiting the opening of The Oscar Wilde Temple exhibition at Studio Voltaire in Nelson Row behind the Clapham High Street Methodist Church. This exhibition is brought over from New York, and has a curiously religious ambience. There are stations of Oscar round the wall - like the Stations of the Cross. There is a triptych like an altar piece which has Oscar's mother to the left, Bosie to the right and the transfigured Oscar in the centre panel.

The venue, which was presumably originally a Victorian church hall seemed very well suited to creating the atmosphere the artists are aiming at. Note this is an exhibition drawing attention to persecution of gays through the ages, so it is serious rather than flippant.

More info here: https://www.oscarwildetemple.org/about/
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Just for fun, here is my favourite poetic evocation of Oscar Wilde's travails, recorded by funky 1974 Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Do any Stockwell locals know anything more about this?
David Bowie’s primary school investigated for teacher cheating and bullying culture
Ignore the spurious Bowie mention!
This school, which is actually in Brixton opposite the skate board park, is federated with Jessop School in Waterloo.

I only say that because I heard tell of a Jessop School dinner lady who got a £30,000 Employment Tribunal award.

The allegations about Stockwell School sound serious. Is this what happens under OFSTED?
 

Cold Harbour

Active Member
This school, which is actually in Brixton opposite the skate board park, is federated with Jessop School in Waterloo
Jessop is actually in Herne Hill, although the Federation may be bigger? Not heard of the dinner lady story. I don't think OFSTED would get involved in tribunals etc, but it calls the grading result into question certainly.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Jessop is actually in Herne Hill, although the Federation may be bigger? Not heard of the dinner lady story. I don't think OFSTED would get involved in tribunals etc, but it calls the grading result into question certainly.
I was getting it mixed up with Johanna School - my apologies.
 

friendofdorothy

Solidarity against neoliberalism!
I had the pleasure this evening of visiting the opening of The Oscar Wilde Temple exhibition at Studio Voltaire in Nelson Row behind the Clapham High Street Methodist Church. This exhibition is brought over from New York, and has a curiously religious ambience. There are stations of Oscar round the wall - like the Stations of the Cross. There is a triptych like an altar piece which has Oscar's mother to the left, Bosie to the right and the transfigured Oscar in the centre panel.

The venue, which was presumably originally a Victorian church hall seemed very well suited to creating the atmosphere the artists are aiming at. Note this is an exhibition drawing attention to persecution of gays through the ages, so it is serious rather than flippant.

More info here: London, 2018-2019
View attachment 148657

Just for fun, here is my favourite poetic evocation of Oscar Wilde's travails, recorded by funky 1974 Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman
Just to let let everyone know this is going on til the end of March next year and the gallery are inviting people to use the space for ceremonies and events. Queer groups without a home are invited to use the space for free.

Brixton Umbrella Circle (a group for queer people over 50) are hoping to do something there next year - we are keen to do something that invites a dialogue between younger and older LGBT+ people. All details yet to be decided If you know anyone who would be interested in being involved please pm me.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
I had the pleasure this evening of visiting the opening of The Oscar Wilde Temple exhibition at Studio Voltaire in Nelson Row behind the Clapham High Street Methodist Church. This exhibition is brought over from New York, and has a curiously religious ambience. There are stations of Oscar round the wall - like the Stations of the Cross. There is a triptych like an altar piece which has Oscar's mother to the left, Bosie to the right and the transfigured Oscar in the centre panel.

The venue, which was presumably originally a Victorian church hall seemed very well suited to creating the atmosphere the artists are aiming at. Note this is an exhibition drawing attention to persecution of gays through the ages, so it is serious rather than flippant.

More info here: London, 2018-2019
View attachment 148657

Just for fun, here is my favourite poetic evocation of Oscar Wilde's travails, recorded by funky 1974 Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman
Intrigued I looked up the artists. Not well known here. They became well known in US in 80s. Living in run down part of the city they recreated a version of early 1900s also living the part dressing with top hats.

There works spans photography, film, painting and themselves. They use popular culture of the last to look at gay identity.

Found this old BBC fifteen minute piece on them. Where two "academics" show us around the house they recreated.


The short films they made are on YouTube. This homo erotic short is clearly influenced by Wilde. ( The mirror). Its also well put together. Example of the slightly off kilter world they have created that is quite affecting in an indefinable way.


I definitely want to catch this exhibition. Thanks CH1 for letting us know its on.
 
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