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Welcome to London Life! Enjoy your visit and come back soon!

Welcome to London Life!                                      Enjoy your visit and come back soon! | London Life | Scoop.it

I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life ...past, present and yet to happen. It gets ripped apart and sewn afresh most days. Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river.

 

I love this city, in its various guises. Curating this online magazine makes me love it even more. It's always going to be a voyage of discovery as I keep unearthing more interesting finds, while digging over the familiar. Join me on the journey! You'd be SO  welcome!

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Sit right down. Stay as long as you like and help yourself to refreshments. Have a good browse and let us know what you think. Email is probably best, if you don't want to sign up and leave a comment below any of the posts.

 

Either way I'd love to hear from you!

 

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

 

 

          

 

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Decorwise's curator insight, November 1, 2013 10:01 AM

"I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life [...] Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river."

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September @ Somerset House ~ A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts, 1981 - 2013

September @ Somerset House ~ A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts, 1981 - 2013 | London Life | Scoop.it
3 – 28 September 2014. An exhibition of photographs by Bleddyn Butcher, tracking Nick Cave’s creative career from The Birthday Party to the calmer disquiet of 2013’s Push The Sky Away
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Nick Cave was my Thursday Music choice in early August  http://sco.lt/4vJNfF

before I knew about this exhibition 

call it female intuition :)

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The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune | London Life | Scoop.it

"Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed."

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Eel Pie Island, anyone?

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Sketching City Stories: Covent Garden

Sketching City Stories: Covent Garden | London Life | Scoop.it

Saturday 6th September 2014

 

11:30 – 17:30


Covent Garden, London

 

LIVE SKETCH EVENT

 

"Be part of an urban movement: sketch the streets.
Join global artist collective Urban Sketchers to take ownership of your city."

 

 

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The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face - Shunt

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face - Shunt | London Life | Scoop.it

Thursday 14 August until Sunday 28 September

 

In this new work, commissioned by The Jetty, shunt are creating a temporary space out of shipping containers, into which 30 people disappear every 10 minutes and are spat out 45 minutes later.

Where was I? Who was that strange man? What was wrong with his face?

 

 

 

 

 

I will take you up the back stairs, but I must bandage your eyes first, for I never allow people to see those back stairs of mine.
Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies

 

The last word he pronounced was – your name.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

 

Please note that audience members will be required to remove their shoes and socks on entry.

There will be some confined and dark spaces.
Those people who experience panic attacks and phobias should be aware.

Suitable for people over 16 years.

 

 

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Books about Town | National Literary Trust

Books about Town | National Literary Trust | London Life | Scoop.it
"Books about Town is coming to London this summer! Find all 50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment."  
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Angel In The Attic Studio, Portobello

Angel In The Attic Studio, Portobello | London Life | Scoop.it

"Natalie’s imagination has always been that of complex vision, She has spent most of her life on a set, working as Standby Props and progressing to Standby Art Director on prestigious National and International films. From Art Directing on a ship with Lauren Bacall in Norway, to making sweets for Harry Potter, she's worked alongside many creative and truly influential people and institutions, including major film studios Vue Entertainment and Warner Bros.


After years of creating the extraordinary visuals for others, the spotlight has finally fallen on her and her work as she opens her own

Studio/Gallery on London's world famous Portobello Road.

 

Angel in the Attic Studio is a hidden gem, in the vibrant creative hub of Notting Hill. It’s definitely worth a trip to see her and imerse yourself in a truly imaginative bubble." 

 

 

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@ The Camden Fringe 2014

@ The Camden Fringe 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it

"It's (nearly) here! The 9th Camden Fringe will take place this summer and it's our biggest festival yet with over 200 different productions being performed in 24 venues in and around the borough of Camden.

 

The full programme is now available and tickets are on sale. See you in Camden soon!"

 

http://www.camdenfringe.com/?id=3

 

 "A dizzying alternative to the Edinburgh Festival extravaganza - frequently weird, sometimes wonderful and always unpredictable". Metro

 

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Exhibition Choice: Summer Show @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

Exhibition Choice: Summer Show @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it

MIX: Summer Group Show

 

18 July 2014 - 13 September 2014

 

"Our forthcoming exhibition is called MIX and forms part of the gallery’s biannual group show programme, which showcases and introduces the breadth of artists that are associated with the gallery.

 

Running throughout the summer, on display you’ll find new original works from our roster of contemporary and street artists alongside iconic pieces from world renowned names. Expect to see everything from classic oil on canvas, through to neon/light sculpture and even latex.

To register your interest in the show or to add your name to the guest list for the evening, please email: gallery@lawrencealkingallery.com

 

Expect to see works from the following:

 

Chapman Brothers, Andy Picci, Noah Taylor, Ross Ryan, Jake Wood-Evans, Michelle Mildenhall, Jessica Albarn, Sara Pope, Shuby, Anna Kyriacou, Russell Marshall, David Walker, Miss Bugs, Andy Doig, Dan Baldwin, Magnus Gjoen, Banksy, Dave Ross, Dave White, Ryan Callanan, Peter Blake, Sarah Shaw, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Geraldine Swayne, Tom French, Carne Griffiths, Sepe, Nick Smith, Bonnie and Clyde, Maria Rivans, Gedvile Bunikyte, Thomas Brothers, Mr Brainwash, Damien Hirst, Ben Eine "

 

 

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:

 

I have been an admirer of Carne Griffiths' work (pictured above) for some time .As stated, an interesting mix at this summer show!

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Matisse @ Tate Modern

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It's Back! The Floating Cinema

It's Back!  The Floating Cinema | London Life | Scoop.it
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Booking now open for eclectic events on London canals that are sure to float your boat.

http://www.floatingcinema.info/events

 

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What’s on @ Trinity Buoy Wharf

What’s on @ Trinity Buoy Wharf | London Life | Scoop.it
Docklands' most exciting arts quarter
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Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London

Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London | London Life | Scoop.it
Artist Paul Cummins has planted a sea of 88,246 red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centennial of Britain's entrance into WWI.
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This week's Poetry Choice : The Underground

This week's Poetry Choice : The Underground | London Life | Scoop.it
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Seamus Heaney, with thanks.

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Totally Thames

Totally Thames | London Life | Scoop.it
An annual September-long celebration of London’s Thames featuring amazing art, performances, music, foreshore treasure hunts and get-on-the-river fun.
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This is the information for 

Zone 3 – The River from Battersea to Tower Bridge

my best known stretch

 

but there's lots going on all along the River Thames!

check out the Totally Thames website for more details.

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Theatre Choice : PEDAL PUSHER by Theatre Delicatessen

Theatre Choice : PEDAL PUSHER by Theatre Delicatessen | London Life | Scoop.it

Theatre Delicatessen's play exploring doping in cycling

 

'Five years since its first performance, Theatre Delicatessen's Pedal Pusher has been reworked and re-imagined in response to the explosive admissions by Lance Armstrong.

Combining docudrama and high octane physical performance, Pedal Pusher tells the true story of Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich's battle to become champion of the Tour de France. 

From Armstrong's battle with cancer to Pantani's tragic crash, as well as the allegations of drug abuse that blighted the Tours - Pedal Pusher charts five years that changed the sporting world for ever.

First staged in a in a disused London workshop in 2009, Pedal Pusher was selected as a Time Out Critics' Choice of the year, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where The List included it in their 'Top 20 Unmissable Shows' describing it as 'a muscular production, nothing short of ingenious".'

Cast includes: Gergo Danka, Tom Daplyn, Christopher Tester & Gareth Kennerley

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, LONDON EC1R 3DA

 

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Opens Sept 17

closes Oct 17

 

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Open City - Event Listings

Open City - Event Listings | London Life | Scoop.it

The vast majority of buildings are on a first come basis, in line with our mission as an organisation to make architecture accessible to all.

 

However, a few of the properties will require you to book in advance through them and contact details are given in the building entry.

 

 

This year there are no bookings administered by Open House as we go back to the true ethos of the event.

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London Life Music Festival Choice September 2014

London Life Music Festival Choice September 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it
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The 12 th London African Music Festival will be held over 10 days in various venues around the city. The line up looks amazing and the venues are among my favourites. A festival well worth seeking out. I defy anyone to sit still!

 

Programme details here  http://www.joyfulnoise.co.uk/

FB page  https://www.facebook.com/LondonAfricanMusicFestival

Youtube Playlist  https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKiKXgSYHHIACZE95e9qrxardW97iOakK

 

 

 See you there!

The 12th London African Music Festival

Dates: 19 – 28 September 2014

 

#musicforalondonlife  http://sco.lt/5vx6yP


 

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At Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Corner Shop

At Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Corner Shop | London Life | Scoop.it

 

"In 1993, there was Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ sculpture in Grove Rd, then Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas’‘Shop’ in Bethnal Green Rd and now Lucy Sparrow’s ‘Corner Shop’ in Wellington Row. Each of these endeavours has succeeded in capturing the public imagination in different ways, as reflections upon the traditional East End landscape of terraced housing and small independently-run shops – and, in her witty and deceptively-ambitious creation, Lucy Sparrow proves herself a worthy successor to her illustrious predecessors."

 

Spitalfields Life

 

The Corner Shop is open at 19 Wellington Row E2 7BB, until 31st August from 10am – 7pm

 

Lucy Sparrow website  http://sewyoursoul.co.uk/page/2/

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Read textile designer Kate Marsden's blog post here

http://madebymrsm.co.uk/2014/08/20/the-felt-cornershop/

 

 

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Wildlife islands on the Regents Canal ~ London Wildlife Trust

Wildlife islands on the Regents Canal ~ London Wildlife Trust | London Life | Scoop.it
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Last few days ~GRAD Gallery ~Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain

Last few days ~GRAD Gallery ~Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain | London Life | Scoop.it

GRAD’s exhibition examines daily life in the new builds through the resulting boom in Soviet design, which saw the development of many beloved staple items of the Eastern Bloc: from the Chaika vacuum cleaner and the Vyatka scooter to Alenka chocolate and Nevalyashka roly-poly dolls. Bringing together domestic appliances, food and cosmetics packaging, electronic devices, toys and sporting equipment, the display reveals a lesser known side of Soviet society: consumerism and popular culture. Underground culture is hinted at through bootleg copies of vinyl records featuring banned Russian and Western music. Ingeniously made using illegally obtained medical X-ray sheets, they featured fragmented images of human skeletons and were circulated secretly up to the mid 1960s. 

 

This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to examine every day life, work and play in the Soviet Union, through the prism of its quirky, yet iconic designs, be they quotidian items such as the avoska string shopping bag or the model of luxurious limousine made especially for Stalin. 

 

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London Life intends to visit this exhibition!

It's on until 31 August

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Museum Choice: Prefab Museum pops up in Catford ..and stays until September ...

Museum Choice: Prefab Museum pops up in Catford ..and stays until September ... | London Life | Scoop.it

Excalibur in the news:

http://londonist.com/2014/02/prefab-museum-coming-to-catford.php

 

Previous coverage:

 

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jan/06/excalibur-castles-prefab-post-war-demolished

 

http://www.ribajournal.com/pages/excalibur__pamela_buxton_jan13_202495.cfm

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sonia-zhuravlyova/the-end-is-close-for-pala_b_1992269.html?just_reloaded=1

 

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check out this video http://vimeo.com/91704751

 

 

Latest 

http://dirtymodernscoundrel.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/prefab-post-fab-and-just-fab.html?m=1

 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/25/prefab-museum-extended-until-the-end-of-summer/

 

http://blog.zealous.co/blog/insights/zealous-story-elizabeth-blanchet-prefab-museum/

 

Update

The Prefab Museum is now open until September

 Saturdays. Get along! Before it's too late!

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Elisabeth Blanchet www.elisabethblanchet.com is the curator of this prefab museum which opens in Catford in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience 'prefab life' in an actual prefab, as it would have been in the 1940s.


It will be both a celebration and a farewell as most of these Catford bungalows will be demolished later this year. That they continued to survive for so long is nothing short of a miracle. Built by German POWs in 1945/6, they were erected to provide post-war temporary housing for returning servicemen and their families. Intended to last a decade, those who lived in them for most of their lives lovingly considered them as palaces, because of the 'mod cons' they offered.
I have not yet visited the estate but by all accounts it is no longer the thriving community it once was. In the past few years, most of the residents have reluctantly left their dilapidating homes, in advance of the bulldozers. The homes might be lost but the memories will linger on, thanks to the determination of people like Elizabeth who,over the past decade has carefully documented the social history of the Excalibur estate through photograph and documentary film.


I have a special interest in prefabs. I lived in one in Northern Ireland, up to the age of 6. I have a few memories of that happy time spent in our cosy,  lamplit tin roofed home, with our own hens on a nearby strip of land; but it was a long time ago. I shall be going to some of the Saturday events. I am quite excited by the prospect of reliving some of the experience, and, more importantly, unlocking the door to many more details of a domestic life I once experienced and have forgotten. But most of all, I look forward to meeting fellow prefabbers and hearing their stories. Maybe I'm biased, because we have a connection, but I reckon they will turn out to be very spirited, special people.

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Elisabeth Blanchet www.elisabethblanchet.com is the curator of this prefab museum which opens in Catford in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience 'prefab life' in an actual prefab, as it would have been in the 1940s.


It will be both a celebration and a farewell as most of these Catford bungalows will be demolished later this year. That they continued to survive for so long is nothing short of a miracle. Built by German POWs in 1945/6, they were erected to provide post-war temporary housing for returning servicemen and their families. Intended to last a decade, those who lived in them for most of their lives lovingly considered them as palaces, because of the 'mod cons' they offered.
I have not yet visited the estate but by all accounts it is no longer the thriving community it once was. In the past few years, most of the residents have reluctantly left their dilapidating homes, in advance of the bulldozers. The homes might be lost but the memories will linger on, thanks to the determination of people like Elizabeth who,over the past decade has carefully documented the social history of the Excalibur estate through photograph and documentary film.


I have a special interest in prefabs. I lived in one in Northern Ireland, up to the age of 6. I have a few memories of that happy time spent in our cosy, lamplit, tin roofed home, with our own hens on a nearby strip of land; but it was a long time ago. I shall be going to the museum launch and hopefully to some of the other events. I am quite excited by the prospect of reliving some of the experience, and, more importantly, unlocking the door to many more details of a domestic life I once experienced and have forgotten. But most of all, I look forward to meeting fellow prefabbers and hearing their stories. Maybe I'm biased, because we have a connection, but I reckon they will turn out to be very spirited, special people.

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Gilbert & George SCAPEGOATING PICTURES @ White Cube

Gilbert & George SCAPEGOATING PICTURES @ White Cube | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed here

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/16/gilbert-and-george-scapegoating-pictures-white-cube

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/gilbert--george-scapegoating-pictures-for-london-white-cube--exhibition-review-9614228.html

 

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Do watch this G&G video!

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South London’s Severndroog Castle now open

South London’s Severndroog Castle now open | London Life | Scoop.it

"After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is now open to the public again."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read more here from the excellent London blogger Ian Visits: 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/28/south-londons-severndroog-castle-to-reopen-to-the-public/

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Opening hours and directions: http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/visit-us.html

twitter  feed https://mobile.twitter.com/Severndroog

 

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Two Houses In Spitalfields

Two Houses In Spitalfields | London Life | Scoop.it

"This is the secret door concealed behind the fireplace that connects the dwellings of Jocasta Innes, the Cook, Writer & Paint Specialist, and Richard MacCormac, the Architect, in Heneage St. It was my good fortune to step through this doorway upon my very first visit to Spitalfields, many years ago, and I think the wonder of this experience was instrumental in drawing me to this place.

 

Even then, it was apparent that this extraordinary architectural feature revealed the metaphorical nature of the two different houses it linked, each manifesting their owners’ contrasted sensibilities yet by their connection emblematic of the personal relationship which bound them together. Now Richard MacCormac has published a book entitled Two Houses In Spitalfields with atmospheric photographs by Jan Baldwin that serves as a poignant record of the life he shared there with Jocasta Innes who died last year."

 

 The Gentle Author

 

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What a perfect idea!  No room for marital discord with such a perfect arrangement at home.

 

It's lovely to be allowed through the secret door, through these photographs.  It can't have been easy for the photographer, but what a tribute to his wife and a beautiful way of honouring and remembering their lives together and apart, through these special domestic interiors. A fitting tribute to Jocasta Innes and what a gift to those of us who love beautifully restored characterful old houses. Especially those with secrets.

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What's On @ Shakespeare's Globe

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Shakespeare's Globe offers a theatrical season rich in variety.
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Lest we forget

700 £5 standing tickets available for every performance.

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