Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cafe Rest

Cafe Rest by LoopZilla

Cafe Rest, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

Irish Café-Restaurant

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our aim is to cater for all sides of the Shepherds Bush community and beyond. Builders, office workers, families, young professionals, holiday makers, singles, couples, the elderly and special needs. We provide choice quality home cooked food ranging from breakfast to roast dinners, fresh fish, salads and some of the Cafe Rest all time favourites, such as braised steak and cabbage.

Cafe Rest by LoopZilla
Cafe Rest, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mudlarks on the beach at Shortwall

Work Begins On Ikea “Mini-Venice” By Olympic Park

Insert joke about IKEA flat pack here...

The planners for this mucky development wanted British Waterways to move the tidal limit (at Shortwall) a few hundred metres downstream so that they would see a canal like waterway, rather than the mud at low tide (twice a day). What they do not know is that Prescott Lock and the weir at Shortwall are there for the next few years. But if the Environment Agency give the word, then the £20 million lock and weir will be de-commissioned (if they assess that there is a flood risk). At that point, the waters will be tidal up the Lea Bridge Sluices again. Chew on that, Ikea boys!

Strand means beach, of course.

And those "water taxis"? The Water Chariots scheme is still beached at Limehouse Basin, due to Tower Hamlets Planning rejected the scheme (they applied for a Lawful Development Certificate), requiring that British Waterways go through an Environmental Impact Assessment (consultation). The appeal by British Waterways is still with the Secretary of State.

Application number PA/11/00480
Planning Inspectorate reference number. APP/E5900/
Site address Limehouse Basin, Narrow Street, London
Proposal Screening Opinion as to whether Application for Lawful Development
Certificate in respect of proposed installation of additional moorings for water
taxis and leisure purposes constitutes development requiring an Environmental Impact
Application decision EIA Required
Appeal type
Appeal procedure
Application decision date 2011-05-23 00:0
Appeal received 2011-06-13 00:0
Appeal decision
Appeal decision date

Some delay there....

Perhaps they lost the Allen Key?

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Gonzogeography is a version of psychogeography which is narrated subjectively, often including the participant as part of the journey via a first person narrative. The style tends to blend factual and fictional elements to emphasize an underlying message and engage the reader. The word Gonzo was first used in 1970 to describe an article by Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style. The term has since been applied to other subjective artistic endeavors.

Gonzogeography tends to favor style over accuracy and often uses personal experiences and emotions to provide context for the topic or event being covered. It disregards the 'polished' edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for the gritty factor. Use of quotations, sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and even profanity is common. The use of Gonzogeography portends that geography can be truthful without striving for objectivity and is loosely equivalent to an editorial.

Friday, August 19, 2011


S96 by Metropolitan Police
S96, a photo by Metropolitan Police on Flickr.

Shared with a CC Licence.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

River Lea Vale (begins)

River Lea Vale 2010-07-11 by LoopZilla
River Lea Vale 2010-07-11, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

So it began. Walking. Networking. Netwalking....

After being told by the ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) that we could not walk The Bow Back Rivers, we had to branch out...

The River Lea Vale walk grew out of the Three Mills Loop. It was stimulating to explore further and further North. We passed the edge of the known world, the Media Centre at the top of the Olympic Park. From there we took a stroll in Hackney Downs, through woodland and into the football pitches. North Marsh would become a car park during the Olympics. What after that?

Then we hit Lea Bridge Sluices. There had been the furthest reach of the tidal Thames, up the Lea Valley. But the ODA and British Waterways stopped all that, with a lock and weir back down at Three Mills.

We were now at Walthamstow Marshes. A haven. But this had been threatened, decades ago, when there were plans to turn the area into a gravel pit.

Where next? Coppermill Lane, passing geese and massive reservoirs supplying water to London. The area is a fortress.

We are almost at an end. Back on dry land, we are in Walthamstow Market, closed on Sundays, when we get there. Walthamstow Central supplies buses and trains for our onward journeys.

Can we come back next week?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cyclists Slow Down: The Netwalking Club

Cyclists Slow Down by LoopZilla
Cyclists Slow Down, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

It all changed on 6th July 2005. I was in a cafe in The Roman Road (known locally as “The Roman”) in the East End of London and after the news broke on the radio, the Red Arrows flew overhead towards Central London.

I was not happy. Many people around me seemed to be happy. Including a black cab driver, who now be aware that he would not be able to drive down the priority lanes. One year away and the local population know that driving and transport in general will be difficult during the Olympic Games (in London in 2012). Walking might be the best way to get around.

I had been walking a route called “Walk the Olympic Bid” lead by “The Newham Striders”, which later in 2005 became “Walk the Olympic Park” and then in 2007 it all stopped. The construction site for the games was closed to the public officially on 1st July 2007, but in fact it took a few more weeks to shut down the site completely. Many businesses used to the extra time to save as much as they could. Foreman’s (who made smoked salmon) moved from Marshgate Lane to a new building on “Fish Island”. DROF (Ford Spares) moved to Canning Town.

So, after walking the park (and the Bow Back Rivers, which thread through the Olympic Park), I was left without a Sunday walk. But there was an option. Instead of walking up the towpath, turning right and coming back down the City Mill River, it was possible to turn left and walk back through Bow. Hence the “Three Mills Loop” was born. We started and end at Three Mill Lane (near Three Mills Green). The first walk was on April 6th 2008, and it snowed. Hence the statement… “we walk in all weathers”.

The walks have continued ever since then. We walk most Sundays, and the group is called “The Netwalking Club”. There are some standard walks, and also special walks. We walk most on the towpaths, since this is a level surface. One special walk is “Tesco to Cheshunt” were we walk from Tesco’s branch in Bromley By Bow (which is in Three Mill Lane) to Tesco’s headquarters in Cheshunt. This is an all day walk and takes from 10 am to about 5pm. We stop for lunch at Stonebridge Lock.

More on The Netwalking Club

Last ever Tesco to Cheshunt will be on 30th September 2012. Tesco now opens at 12 noon on Sundays, and we start at 10 am, so we will start somewhere else. And probably end somewhere else too! But we will still be walking in the Lea Valley....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Year Zero in Stratford

Abbey Gardens

Year Zero is 2012 (tm). In Stratford, plans are being set in train to change the environment. Dean, whose family has sold flowers for several generations, is fighting for his pitch outside Statford Station. He told me that he has to bid for a new "unit" and he thinks that he may not be successful. The alternative is a site some distance from the station (and therefore from the entrance to Westfield).

Dean and Nina exchange phone numbers

The London Borough of Newham seems to want to start from 2012 as Year Zero. That is the same London Borough of Newham which does have a single museum in the borough. And the Local Archives have recent had staff reduced.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Three Mills Loop by LoopZilla
Three Mills Loop, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

They got rid of all the scrapyards and junkyards, and all the small industries on Marshgate Lane for the London 2012 Olympics. And they put up.... red junk metal!

Friday, April 15, 2011


11/4/11 by LoopZilla
11/4/11, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

The order is correct (thanks to the symmetry?). Larger units on the left, smaller units on the right..... British style is 11 / 4 which is "wrong". Millions, thousands, hundreds, tens, units, reading left to right. Hence.... year, month, day, hours minutes, seconds.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


E20. The new postcode for the Olympic Park (from 2013)... News today is that they are going to shut down the Twelvetrees Crescent sorting office, less than one kilometre from the Olympic dwellings of the future! I guess they don't see a local demand for letters and parcels...

Monday, February 28, 2011

My First Cube

My First Cube
Originally uploaded by LoopZilla
Starting to think about everything in six planes.... folded.

Compactification for the 21st Century!