Thursday, 26 November 2015

An Autumn Walk in the sunshine

Autumn, it's starting to feel like a very long time ago, as was this walk - in early November no less! Apologies for the delay. Now I adore autumn light when there is still colour in the trees, the sun is shining and the sky is such a vibrant blue. OH has bitten the bullet and move in with me down south so we trekked back up to his beloved North London to Finsbury Park for one of our favourite walks along a disused railway line. Here are a few pics from the day:

Monday, 2 November 2015

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run travels through Brixton

So Sunday morning I rose at the crack of dawn to take photos of the fog but completely forgot that the London to Brighton Veteran Car run would also be travelling through Brixton that morning - double bonus! Not only did I get to snap away to my hearts content views of fog that had descended but also some amazing cars, buses, lorries and even a penny farthing went past me. I should add that the pollution levels on Brixton Hill, which aren't great at the best of times, was probably doubled that morning. All the cars date before 1905 and celebrates the emancipation run in 1896 which celebrated the increase of the speed limit from 4mph to a giddy 14! But the smell from some of these fine vehicles was pretty epic! Anyway enjoy the photos of a lot of either brave or crazy people who must have been freezing in the fog and had another 60 miles to go!


I think this guy impressed me the most - 60 miles on a penny farthing! Bonkers! I really hope he made it all the way! And the icing on the cake, on my home after my early morning wander I bumped into a group of neighbours who had come out to watch the run go past our block. Perfect end to a suprisingly busy Sunday morning though I must admit I had a cup of coffee and went back to bed for a bit! Well it was Sunday after all!

Launch of Railton Road Icons at the Brixton Advice Centre

On Saturday I was privileged to be invited to the launch of  the Brixton Advice Centre's new visual arts installation by my wonderfully talented friend Jon Daniel. Jon's work was part of the centre's recent building refurbishment and visual re branding. As you can see the vinyl window display spans the full length of the building and pays tribute to the building's cultural heritage depicting a special selection of local heroes who have had historical links with the building as well as Railton Road and the surrounding community.

Amoungst the icons depicted are C.L.R.James (who also lived and died in the building) and Winifred Atwell 
 I loved the use of the door to create the I in BrIxton
Also depicted are Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Farrukh Dhondy
 and  Olive Morris
Here you can see the montage of the windows spelling out Brixton

 Here is Jon (right) with another familar face around Brixton Rashid Nix

 And here is Jon with photographer Adrian Boot who took the original photo of Linton Kwesi Johnson - no pressure then taking a photo of a professional photographer then.... Still seems to have come out ok! 

 Here you can see the magic from the inside - this is behind the window depicting Winifred Atwell and as you can see the window is transparent from the inside! Using a special printing technique you could see out if you were in the centre. Amazing! 
 On display were copies of covers of Race Today which was produced in the Centre By Linton Kwesi Johnson. Darcus Howe was also the editor. 

 Of course there were speeches and what inspirational speeches! Above is Patrick Torsney, the Centre's Director (and catalyst behind the dramatic transformation). 
and Councillor Michelle Agdoma
BUT the high lights were moving speeches by  Darcus Howe 
 and his wife Leila Hassan Howe, both key British Civil Rights campaigners and I must admit both speeches were incredibly emotional
The day of the launch was Halloween so it was only appropriate to have one of Jon's Black Panthers newspaper on display 
 While below local youngsters went past the building trick or treating. 

It was amazing to be invited to this launch where I met a wide range of interesting people. And the  building looks stunning. I hope it's able to continue it's inspirational work for many, many years to come. 

For more on how I know Jon and his work click here