Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Dancing to the sound of silence

Being 256 years old, I sometimes struggle to keep up with the latest trends. Steam locomotives were quite go-ahead, shooting rockets in to space seemed rather a novel idea but it happens all the time now, and I hoped that flared trousers could stay forever.

Something I simply don't understand is the idea of a discotheque, not any old discotheque, but one where one listens to popular music whilst wearing headphones. I thought a discotheque was to enjoy dancing with other people? Look at these swingers having a gay time.

This new fangled headphone discotheque is called a Silent Disco (I am getting more confused), it is real and happening in neighbouring Greenwich. Thank the Lord God not in The Shire. It is happening on Friday 2nd October 2015 at The Cutty Sark. I don't think you'll need to bring your own wax cylinders, but do contact the organisers if you should so need.

Click here to buy your tickets.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

How does this thing work again?

I have actually forgotten how this blogging thing works. I thought it'd be like riding a bicycle. I know how to sit on my 'bicycle' but I don't know how to make my legs go round.

Cup of tea. That's the answer to everything, then it'll slowly come back to me.


Ah yes. Getting there.

It's certainly been a long time and I was enjoying my retirement, but over the months and years, people had asked me to start blogging again. "Gadzooks man, do you not know how time consuming blogging is?", say I.

Since I last picked up my virtual pen, The Shire has changed. Not by much, but this oil tanker takes a lot of steering.

  • A couple of local social media groups have started up and have become the soap boxes for Plumstead folk which is great as most people have something to say, but don't say it or are too shy, or think their view isn't valid. Plumstead People is an amazing source of local history and local banter.
  • The dining-out experience has exploded ¹. The Plumstead Pantry is a real treat for an evening supper and The Star public house is so much more than a public house.
  • New folk have started moving in to The Shire. Folk who have moved from very smart parts of London. In the many years I've lived here, this is a new phenomena to me. Maybe they're here for the Crossrail effect and sell up and move on once Crossrail opens, I don't know, but the ones I've chatted to are very nice folk, so that's fine by me.
I'd like to paste a photo or two, but can't remember how. It'll give me an incentive to write something else before Halley's Comet comes round again.

1 - People read this from all corners of the World, so if we don't 'big it up', no one will.

Monday, 13 April 2015

The London Symphony Orchestra is simply world class and they are here, right on our doorstep, in London. In all the years they've been performing, one of their latest works may be the one which reaches out to more audience members ever. I don't mind whether or not Candy Crush Soda Saga is a low brow introduction to orchestral music, but the music in this game is wonderfully lush - rather lost on tiny speakers in an iPhone, but you get the idea.

Here's an article on Johan Holmströmthe composer.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Plumstead Live

Unfortunately for us, The Plumstead Common Colliery Band had to pull out of the Plumstead Live Festival today at the last minute. Such a shame, but it was an excellent day nonetheless.

In its' short existence, Plumstead Live has already taken root in the local cultural calendar and this primarily comes down to the strength of the organisers, but it also shows the strength of the community, that this event helps make The Shire a special corner of London.

I want Plumstead Live to grow, but actually I want it to grow really slowly as I think it should be about the music and not about convoys of food vans¹.



1 - I am only assuming that attracting commercial businesses brings in a little money to help fund the event.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Live entertainment

There's something really special happening this weekend (14th, 15th & 16th December). If you want to have an amazing time and just want to stay local to The Shire, you must go to the Greenwich Circus Festival down by the Thames Barrier.

If you do anything this weekend, go to this festival. It's a must-see event, in fact it's a must-do event as there are circus skills to try out too. On Saturday evening, there's a cabaret show called Midnight Circus which sounds intriguing followed by live music, drink, food, drink.... Man alive, I'm booking up now.

Click here to book online

Hangar Arts Trust
Unit 7a, Mellish House
Harrington Way
SE18 5NR

Friday, 26 October 2012

Plumstead Community Market

Are you :-
  1. In the Plumstead area on Saturday 27th October 2012 between 10am - 2pm?
  2. Looking for a gift?
  3. Feeling the need for a gorgeous slice of cake?
  4. Looking for a craft activity so your children don't smear Pritt Stick¹ all over your antimacassars at home?
  5. Wanting to meet decent up-standing members of The Shire?
Well, why not pop up to St Mark's Hall on Plumstead Common and discover the newly (and perfectly formed), Plumstead Community Market?

This will be the second community market event and by jove, I'm sure there will be more, but why wait? "Come on down, the price is right", as Lesley Crowther used to say.

St Mark's Church is located in a picturesque corner of Old Mill Road. Look out for this building.

1 - Other adhesives are also available

Thursday, 21 June 2012

It's an exciting Summer full of culture and it's started.

The excellent Greenwich & Docklands International Festival starts today and runs until 30th June. There's far too much to list here, but Prometheus Awakes looks like a very exciting free theatrical event. Check your diaries quick because it's happening tomorrow night by the Queen's House in Greenwich Park. It doesn't start until 10pm so too late for young children which is a shame as it looks pretty stunning.

This weekend, continue to bombard yourself with culture and entertainment and more Greenwichness as it's the Greenwich Fair. Every nook and cranny of the town centre will be taken over by street theatre and quirky performances. Should be great whether it rains or shines. Not sure which shows I'd pick out, but The Pig looks intriguing and worrying at the same time.

As if that's not enough, the Laban Dance Centre in Deptfordshire is hosting The Big Dance Picnic on 23rd June from 12pm. It's more about dance, circus arts and performance than picnic, but there should be enough movement for everyone's appetite. There will alos be a multi-sensory tent which sounds like a must-do.