Sunday, 30 October 2016

Werewolves of Walthamstow

 A spooky weekend in Walthamstow. Queue a photo report.  

   Mirth Marvel and Maud aka the Granada Cinema. A sneak peek into one of the screening rooms

I think I might have watched Dune or Break Dance 2 in this room

     The Granada cinema how it is today with Mirth Marvel and Maud running the show. It does remind me of the Keith Moon bar that was at the Astoria.

   Werewolves of Walthamstow. Halloween in the Chequers

There's a ghost in my house. The Chequers pub Walthamstow

New kids on the block: Cove E17 opening night.

   Cove E17 opens on Hoe Street.

Crow road. One of Waltham Forest's signature crows in Lloyd Park


Friday, 28 October 2016

I live by the river

This tent has popped up near the Daily Star HQ or Northern and Shellac towers (if you're really bored then here was Department S). A river view is not to be sniffed at in central London so let's see if it is there next week. 

    Could this be the winter of discount tents

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Danke Schoen Retna

Photosht to be liquidated.
It's never a good thing to see a photo agency close, especially with the uncertainness of jobs in our current climate. Retna (the UK branch), became part of the Photoshot agency, so I guess this really is goodbye to the ye-old Retna. You can find out more about Photoshot being liquidated here and I hear that from the ashes a new agency will be starting called Avalon. Good luck to all involved with that project. And as for us fellow Retna rogues, I guess we can never go back to the dupe room. Danke schoen 

Photoshot is to go into liquidation a farewell to Retna

Monday, 24 October 2016

Get Le Carre'

A few more evenings over at Northern and Shellac towers. Queue a photo report. 

   Higher and higher

   Vinyl Bar near St Paul's

I'm turning into a John Le Carre' character

As they say in the music industry "Build them up and knock them down" which also seems to apply to a lot buildings in the city of London

    Bank Station: I love the sign below the subway sign, with Bow Lane getting bottom billing but full   capitals

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Glamourous 'stow

Greetings from Walthamstow.  I've noticed a few more boutiques on the horizon on Hoe Street and we look forward to seeing some more glitz and glamour hitting the streets. I've heard rumours of a cocktail bar opening. A photo update on these when they're up and ready but for now here's a few shots taken on Hoe Street. 

Tattoos. This could be one fo rmy Walthamstow/Waltham Forest Pictorial book project

 Heraldry in Walthamstow. I'll look these up one day.

Central Parade Walthamstow, looking rather elegant after a lick of paint.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Savage Gardens not to be confused with the band, Savage Garden

From strolling around the Savage Gardens area, I later looked it up on the good ol' Internet and it turned out that there was an actual Sir Thomas Savage. Thomas, was awarded the title of Viscount Savage in 1626 with his wife Elizabeth, picking up the title Earl Rivers. Sadly for Thomas, he died in 1635 before inheriting these titles and his son John Savage, inherited them. Meanwhile the Savage daughters, Dorothy and Elizabeth, were a pair of babes (according to Wikipedia) and were even painted by Anthony van Dyck. Imagine, they would have been the Vanity Fair darlings of their day but, the Savage viscountcy and baronetcy and Rivers dynasty died out by 1739. 

   Signs of the time, Savage Gardens E.C.3.

It's a Vanity affair. Dorothy and Elizabeth painted by Anthony van Dyck which can be viewed at the National gallery 

Strolling along and hidden away is Star Alley, which has a nice independent deli

    Back to the future. Looking up at the Lloyd's building

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Echo and the pun men, and women too.

Over at towers we wished godspeed to a colleague off to new adventures. On route to the pub I noticed that the building had an uncanny resemblance to a certain robot.  

   Northern and Shell building, EC3. From this angle it reminds me of Marvin, the paranoid android    from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

42 the answer to life the universe and everything - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

   Cio amigo, with godspeed.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Turning 30 at the Well and Bucket

Had the pleasure of attending a 30th on Saturday, down at the Well and Bucket pub, Bethnal Green. Seems like I cant keep away from the area.  

   Art laundering on Bethnal Green road

    Cocktail club, down stairs at the Well and Bucket

    The Dob-myster, double fisting as they say in America.

Matt le Umbrella impressing us with his Bloods and Crips gang sign language. More news on the   new issue of Umbrella to follow. So don't go changing that dial folks.

Monday, 17 October 2016

shirley birley early

Newspaper shift work, this time covering the early shift. Like twilight, dawn is also a strange time to be pootling around in. Night buses are still running with party people heading home. You look and think - yeah, that was me once. I passed a man with one leg (not pictured) using a cash machine, scenes like this just look a little more odd at this time in the morning. It makes you think that the 9-5'er is missing out.                                                  

   Pulling into Liverpool Street 6:40am

   The Thames  6:55 am

   City of London 6:55 am

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Ten Bells pub - cockney bucket list

Another one for the cockney bucket list is The Ten Bells pub. You will find this delightful Dickensian drinking hole situated not too far from old Spitalfields market, Liverpool street. The Ten Bells is well known for its punters from the ye-old days of Jack the Ripper  and with my recent visit they now dish-up some fruity cocktails and hats off to the staff for serving you pretty quick. I'm also quite fond of this pub as my Great great, great relatives ran the Chain Locker (I believe it was called this, I'll have to double check, sadly it's now a block of flats) in Stepney Green/Lime house area. I would imagine that they would have popped in here as publicans do. Hey, they could have even have met Jack himself...  

    A room with a view. Ten Bells pub

   Hammer house of horror at the Ten Bells

    Under electric candle light


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Beer o'clock rock

A pat on the back to everybody involved with the Walthamstow Beer project. I've was lucky enough to grow my hops via  my allotment but I have seen people growing them in their front gardens and I guess it's these elements that give Walthamstow beer it's unique taste.  On taste night I got to take a few bottles home and the Rose and Crown have a barrel of the stuff so if you're fond of your craft beers then do drop in.

Walthamstow Green Hopped Pale Ale by the barrel

Walthamstow beer night at the E17's Rose and Crown

Walthamstow beer brewed by East London Brewing company

   I think this is what they call beer porn

Wall of beer at The Rose and Crown in Walthamstow

   Yours truely supping a brew. Cheers.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Obituary: photographer and cinematographer Wolf Suschitzky 1912 - 2016

Sad news to hear about the passing of photographer Wolf Suschitzky. Not only was he a great photographer but he also penned his skills to film as a cinematographer. I've found his work inspiring, so here's a breiff introduction to the visual legend and why he holds a special place here at Get-Callaghan towers and yes please do go and check him out. 

Wolf Suschitzky with a TLR 

    Street scene by Wolf Suschitzky. Reminds of my Algeria football fans 

Wolf Suschitzky in film 

The Small World of Sammy Lee 1963 starring Anthony Newly. This film is set in early 1960s Soho and if you want to get an idea of life in Soho pre-cross rail, then check it out. The BFI have wrote an interesting article about the film which you can read here. 

     Anthony Newly running through the streets of Soho in The Small World of Sammy Lee

   Next up it's   Entertaining Mr Sloane 1970. The pink cadillac in this film belonged to Syd Barret, which you'll know   from the   Mick Rock's  iconic Photo shoot   

     Harry Andrews and Peter McEnery with Syd Barret's pink Cadillac in the film Entertaining Mr Sloane 

And just where would we be without Wolf Suschitzky visual skills on Get Carter 1971. Hmm, Get Carter,         Get-Callaghan. Not a lot of people know that, yes, no?  

    Michael Caine somewhere in New Castle for Get Carter, Mike Hodges’s original adaptation of Ted Lewis’s 1970 crime novel Jack’s Return Home  

 You can find out more about Wolf Suschitzky by visiting his website 

Monday, 10 October 2016

Flower power: Columbia Road flower market

If you live in London or just visitng, then Columbia Road Flower Market should be on your Cockney bucket list. Primarily open on Sundays Columbia road has an enjoyable festival feel and will add a shine to a grey day. Saying that, it can get a bit crowded and there's not much worse than a mockney pushing in. If you're looking for house plants (we do like a cheese plant) then you're bound to pick up a bargain, so do take a strong bag with you. Gurtcha...  

Coffee on the go

  Kray Twins. I wonder what they would have made of the genrifiction in the East End

   Plastic fantastic

Songs for Gay Dogs

Hey ho, it's Pinocchio

 But the money's no good, so get a grip on yourself. Alex Gibson busking on Columbia Flower Market

   Eats shoots and leaves. It's all happening down at Columbia Road flower market