From Cripplegate to Agar Town: inside London's vanished neighbourhoods
The neighbourhood grew around a gate in the Roman London Wall, and became a place of religious dissent. During the mid-17th century it was home to Oliver Cromwell, and fomented the violent Fifth Monarchist uprising in 1661. Later, Cripplegate became ...
June 24, 2015
Where the Bodies Are Buried
“The soldiers getting men against the wall, kicking their legs spread-eagle. That's what put the seed . It was two o'clock. Officials at the Times reported the call to the police while several reporters headed toward the closest bomb, which ...
March 9, 2015
Calling All San Franciscans: Help Homeless Stay Dry in the Super-Storm
School kids have the day off and some employers are letting employees work from home (ahem). The pending storm has everyone preparing for the worst. But what about the homeless — you know the people who have no way of preparing for this storm that's ...
December 11, 2014
General Election 2015: Attacks on Ed Miliband 'low rent and laughable' says ...
He says full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, which Nicola Sturgeon says is her aim, would leave a £7.6 billion gap in the public finances north in the border. He's also having a go at "austerity," not language you usually hear from him south of Hadrian's ...
April 10, 2015
What's It Like Spending 19 Hours On The Tube?
Instead, it's like you're in some immersive computer game, where you've got to blank out all the different coloured lines before the clock winds down. Half the time it's such a blur, you don't even know where you are. When you're being led at speed by ...
April 14, 2015
The National AIDS Memorial Grove Has Been Vandalized: Director John D ...
Especially in the eastern part of Golden Gate Park (where there is the most significant investment in infrastructure, in the billions of dollars associated with the deYoung Museum and the Academy of Sciences) that we are able to ensure there's a ...
September 11, 2014
London's Rumoured Secret Tunnels
Two very old east London pubs, the former in Plaistow, the latter (sadly long-closed) in Forest Gate. An old smugglers' tunnel is said to link them together, and possibly run further into the area. It's said to date from a time when all this was ...
April 21, 2015
Contemporary London is a sometimes bizarre, often remarkable combination of past versions of itself: a Romano-medieval heart, Georgian estates, Victorian inner suburbs, mid-20th-century outer suburbs. This process of vanishing continues all around us. To understand the change that is happening in London right now, it helps to place it in the context of the past. By taking a closer look at vanished London, we can see how we are reshaping the city today – and maybe take a better guess at whether future generations of Londoners will approve. Agar Town Agar Town, built in the 1840s behind what is now St Pancras Station, sounded like a respectable Victorian suburb – with streets called Canterbury Place, Durham Street, Oxford Crescent – but, in fact, conditions were terrible. The local vestry failed to provide “Ague Town”, as it became known, with street lighting or cleaning, there was no sewerage, and it quickly became synonymous with mud and disease. When the Midland Railway company came calling in 1866, Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the landlords of Agar Town, sold the entire place and it was entirely demolished within the.
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king. Fantastically (and ironically), composer/performer Terry Riley's 80th birthday fête — a celebration of the musician often recognized as the "Father of Minimalism" — is a three-day, monumental extravaganza. San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association will host the birthday bash at SFJAZZ Center June 26-28. The festivities include a selection of Riley's first or one-of-a-kind compositions, a new work by Yoko... The heady concoction of reconstructions, commissions, and collaborations culminates in a final performance by Kronos of Riley's two-hour, five-part Salome Dances for Peace, a work the group hasn't performed in over 20 years. If Riley's music is, at its core, a tiny, perfectly formed circle, the concentric circles resulting from his influence on generations of musicians are enormous.
Last Friday, Londonist turfed itself out of bed at stupid o’clock, caught a string of night buses to west London and joined in with an attempt to visit all 270 Underground stations in a day. Even though you’ve got to have a route planned, you can count on that route going out of the window almost immediately. One second you’re dozing off on the District line, the next you’re sleep-jogging through the backstreets of west Kensington. The organisers of Walk the Tube have the improvisational skills of Dizzy Gillespie: they can riff off any given signal failure, line closure, engine breakdown, driver shortage, person under a train or anything else the network hurls at them. There’s no point pretending you know anything about the tube, not considering present company: Geoff is a two-time world record holder for getting round the network in the fastest time. Jack has a walkie-talkie with a direct line to TfL’s CentreCom and knows everything that’s going on 10 minutes before it’s announced to the hoi polloi. When you’re trying to cover the entire tube map, you forget you’re in London altogether. Instead, it’s like you’re in some immersive computer game, where you’ve got to blank out all the different coloured lines before the clock winds down. Half the time it’s such a blur, you don’t even know where you are. When you’re being led at speed by experts, you essentially assume the role of lemming.
A First Look At The New Tube Map
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Tube map to hit dispensing racks at all the tube stations — now only a few days away. But — hang on! It is already out in one printed form, but not in another. Firstly on Twitter, Ben Mathis ...
May 20, 2015
Can I use Golden Gate Quartzite for a backs plash in a kitchen?
I have black granite counter tops and my Island has black and gold swirls. Dark cabinets--I love the fireplace so I am wondering if I can use it as a back splash and how you think it would look with a black granite countertop? Thank you
October 10, 2013