Free sound & light workshop next Sat in Bow church

Adding this to the Blackheath blog because the 108 bus goes almost all the way to the church.

Sound stuff

I’m blogging on my phone so forgive typos…

Bow church finds itself in the middle of a very busy road that runs from Stratford to Mile End and beyond. It’s also where I sometimes get the 108 to Blackheath and isn’t far from Bow Church DLR and Bow Road tube station.

Next Saturday “Parallel Relay”, a project formed by a couple of artists, is putting on a free sound and light workshop in the afternoon, in the church, followed by an evening performance of the output from that.

Contact for more info and to reserve a place.

Saturday 27 September 2014
Workshop / Experiments with light and sound 2.00 – 6.30pm
Performance / Light window and soundscape 7.30 – 8.30pm
Bow Church, 230 Bow Road



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Bunting, boats and bodging – #TallShips festival at Greenwich, September 2014

The Tall Ships Festival at Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich is ending tomorrow but it has kept me entertained for the last few days while sailing home to Greenwich and Woolwich. I spent Sunday afternoon (7 September 2014) with some friends and their kids in Greenwich and we had a lovely day.

See the full gallery at Maritime Merriment on Flickr. They’re creative commons licensed so help yourself but please credit to Jodiepedia.
Skeins of dyed wool and some bunting
Lovely ships, some in sail, some not. Just to the left of the red-hulled ship is one of the Thames Clippers ferries heading towards Greenwich Pier.
Pole lathe turning aka bodging

Greenwich Regatta
Different angle on the lathe
Painted tent-top. Made me think of mediaeval knights and jousting though they didn’t have that at the festival. I’m guessing boats and horses don’t mix, for a variety of reasons.
Childe Roland to the dark tower came… (link isn’t to the Robert Browning poem but the fairy tale I knew from reading Rosemary Manning’s Green Smoke as a child, with a dragon who’d probably have liked the tent top above).
This impressed me. Someone has had the brilliant idea of setting up a walled pool of water and two large fans to give it a bit of wind. It was permanently surrounded by excited kids (we only saw one fall in) launching these little seemingly-unsinkable boats. The walls were flexible so people were pulling and pushing on them to create waves. It was fantastic!
We also popped in to the beautiful Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. It’s full of tables (it’s a working dining hall) on which sit lots of these lovely candlesticks.


There’s a duck hunt in Blackheath this Saturday – for kids, not the shooting kind

Image from page 151 of "Coloured illustrations of British birds, and their eggs" (1842)

Not this sort of duck 🙂 This is a drawing from 1842.

This Saturday (6 September 2014) there will be a free duck hunt for children, on Blackheath between noon and 2pm.

It looks like everyone gets a voucher for a free ice cream from Black Vanilla in the village and those who manage to find all the ducks will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an iPad mini. Pick up your entry form from Cluttons in the village (details in the link below)

More at

Nearest rail: Blackheath (trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Victoria)

Below is a short film I took (poor quality, best to set your expectations low) of some ducklings on the Blackheath pond (the one on B212-Prince of Wales Road / South Row, we have a few ponds on the heath), they were pretty cute and they made me giggle.