Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by 5t3IIa, Nov 20, 2007.
It feels a bit trivial compared to yet another black man dying at the hands of the police, but has anyone else noticed that a large chunk of London Fields is being taken over for an adult playground this weekend? It's for a ticketed event to promote the manufacturers of a health snack. Commercial activity in London parks is going a bit mental at the moment. Victoria Park has a farmers market every Sunday now, as well as large festivals for much of the summer. The GLA published some paper on using this sort of activity to plug the funding gap, since local authorities have no statutory obligation to pay for parks and are having their budgets slashed.
It's yet another form of enclosure emerging from austerity, which might seem relatively benign, but is continuing to erode public space. More importantly it will also increase the gap between the wealthiest boroughs (which can afford not to do this), boroughs with enough wealthy inhabitants (which can monetise these assets) and those parts of the country where such activity won't prove so lucrative.
yeh, I've noticed that. And it is a very big area indeed. Swings etc, ffs.
Stand off in Kingsland Rd. People have put bins and rubbish across the road outside the shop where that young man died last week. Road's closed (by the police) from quite a bit further down all the way up to Dalston Junction. Lots of people hanging about.
Row of police across the road about a hundred metres from the shop, lots of youths with scarves covering their faces heading towards it from Dalston. It's just started raining which might cool things down, otherwise, it's not looking v good.
The police have been very lucky this didn't happen a couple of weeks back
Yep, few weeks ago it felt like it really could've kicked off over Grenfell Tower and it still could, especially with incidents like this death.
When I went past the shop this morning, noticed it was closed which is very unusual. Sign up saying it was closed today as a 'mark of respect'. Wonder if they knew this was planned/likely to happen.
I think it will all kick off in a week or two
Aggro tonight. I left my poncey avant garde jazz gig to find Dalston awash with riot cops and the odd smattering of hooded youth.
The helicopters are certainly out in force.
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I remember Totem, can't remember the Born place, and have been to Sapid Coffee.
I liked Totem, 20 years though
Sapid Coffee doesn’t sound very appealing...
crap name, it's ok, bit hipsterish but ok
Have you finally gone full hipster marty21..?
I just wanted some coffee
Totem was OK, I thought at the time it was a bit overpriced and the French guy who ran it was a bit grumpy. In retrospect it was of course an amazing place to hang out, particularly compared to what followed it. I remember wheeling my daughter in there in her pushchair once and her jigging about to some ragga they were playing...
"Born" was really expensive baby clothes (like so expensive that I wouldn't even go in there to buy presents for people I really like who had just had a baby).
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