Friday, 15 July 2016

Plumstead Live! 2016

The aroma of anticipation is in the air as the good folk o' the Shire plan their picnics, for Sunday is Plumstead Live! day.

For those who have recently moved to this green and pleasant village of Plumsteadshire, Plumstead Live is like Glyndebourne without the champagne and stuffiness. Here, the music is relaxed and it's an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours. It's always a lovely atmosphere at this event so come and enjoy.

Fingers crossed that it may not rain for one day this Summer.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

We could win, but it's up to us

I first happened across the Britain Has Spirit website by mistake as I was on the look out for a bottle of non-alcoholic absinthe. As if by some freak coincidence, The Plumstead Make Merry was in a slow motion race with a small handful of other hopefuls. This race has turned out to be mildly gripping as our festival lagged far behind the leader and within a week, have now taken pole position. Staying in front is another kettle of fish as no doubt, some voters will forget to vote, others may spoil their ballot papers and a few more will move on to the next new thing¹.

Good people of The Shire, vote every day. Borrow your neighbour's smart phone and vote on their behalf, but do not be tempted to look through their photos, for fear of potential fruity² images.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, the organisers may have to cancel George Clooney's personal appearance. I believe he was delighted to have been asked to cut the ribbon. Still, professional George look-a-like, Sadiq Khan might have to do.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, there are many ways of making it a fun packed day. Some low rent theme parks have a 'panning for gold' activity whereby you assume a character from the gold prospecting days. You swish around with a sieve and find gold nuggets in the sand or water. We don't have gold, but we have cats.

The people of The Shire LOVE cats.

So 10 or 12 people could bring their cat litter trays to the Common et voila, panning for gold Plumstead style. It's fun for everyone from 7 to 77.

1 - One of my gripes of modern life is the throw-away culture. In this instance, information on social media flashes past us before we can digest it. Information indigestion - quite a mouthful in itself.
2 - Not meaning apples and oranges.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Now is the time to vote

Forget Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan is so last month.

We vote because we believe in what's right. We vote because we want a better future. We vote because our children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

The Plumstead Make Merry (a high point in The Shire's social calendar), is on the edge of winning a much needed wad of cash and it is all down to you to vote. Yes dear listener, YOU can make it happen.

Click this link and vote, preferably for The Plumstead Make Merry. Tell your friends, tell your family and vote every day.

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.