Rebel World Cup, New Writing, Bubble Rush Runners, Music Festival and ABBA.

Grim News on the Streets

Late last week a cyclist was filmed threatening a driver with an enormous ‘zombie-killer’ knife in Croydon.

Saturday’s Daily Mail reports that two teenagers were rushed to hospital following a suspected acid attack along the District Line at Plaistow tube station. The both received burns from their faces from a corrosive substance, but are OK.

Sunday’s main headline in the Mail says: “…man writhes in agony on the ground ‘after being blasted in the face with a shotgun’…” This was in Peckham.

Removing police from the streets was always going to be a stupid idea. Maybe the culprits in Westminster will learn from what’s just happened in Italy; and in France last year. Long established political parties have been removed from office by angry voters. Gone forever.

CONIFA World Football Cup London

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations represents 16 teams from places not recognised as nations by FIFA. Places such as Northern Cyprus, Tuvalu, and Tamil Eelam, a proposed Tamil state within Sri Lanka.

The qualifying teams are playing at non-league stadiums around London until June 9th. Details here. The next nearest match is on Tuesday afternoon at Enfield Town.

New Writing for Theatre

The Space theatre (269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS) have a new show on until 9th June called DARE TO DO (The Bear Maxim). The Bear, wealthy trader, is a success story – but… This is new writing by Mark Norfolk. More info and booking here.

It’s great to see so much new work coming out and being performed by multi-talented actors. These exhilarating and creative shows require an informed audience able to keep up, and make creative leaps themselves. You’re unlikely to be disappointed by taking a chance on a show in a small theatre. Thanks to mostly to Brighton Fringe, I’ve watched nine performances in the last four weeks. Every one was totally different, and they were all brilliant.

New London Architecture

Every Friday in June New London Architecture are running the Store Street Social at the Building Centre, 26 Store St, WC1E 7BT. Just turn up after 5.30pm for drinks, snacks conversation and live music. This week (8th June) coincides with the London Festival of Architecture’s Open Studios Night in Fitzrovia so the area will be humming with activity.

Bubble Rush Runners Wanted

St Joseph’s Hospice (Mare St, Hackney) are looking for fundraising teams for a 5k walk, jog or dance through 4 colourful bubble stations! Everyone is welcome to take part in this event on Sun 10th June in the QE Olympic Park. Details here.

The Film Bunch 12th June

The Film Bunch are collaborating with Action on Hearing Loss to showcase a fantastic selection of short films that aim to raise awareness of hearing loss to a mainstream audience. Some of the films include deaf / hard-of-hearing characters and some are made by talented filmmakers with hearing loss. The films are at St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road (near Bethnal Green tube). Details and booking.

Music Festival at Southbank Centre

Robert Smith curates the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival from 15-24th June 2018. Details here.

Also on at the Southbank is an unique exhibition: ABBA: Super Troupers. My in-house mystery shopper went with a friend on Saturday and reports that it was great fun. But she did think it was a bit pricy for what it was (they paid £15 each) so you’d need to be an ABBA fan. Sheila said it was great to walk into a room which was straight from the 1970s including a TV showing Ted Heath at the miners’ strike, and the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

The tour lasted an hour and had nine themed rooms. Sheila said it was a very creative way of exhibiting Abba memorabilia. Info and booking.

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