25 April 2013

Learn to swim in a tanked tent

I thought this was a joke when someone told me about it – a temporary 12m swimming pool will be in Euston/Camden from Monday 29th April until Thursday July 11th.
Total Swimming's aim is to teach 1,200 people how to swim through community swimming programmes. Lessons are free of charge, but tickets are, of course, limited. Please see the website for more info.
Additionally (something I noticed in this week's Time Out), the pool is available outside lesson time during the evenings and at weekends for just £2 entrance fee, though you still need to book.
Next stop Southwark.

Top: Hornsey Rd, Kentish Town, Haymarket, Holborn
Middle: Tufnell Pk, Westminster x3
Bottom: Holloway, Parliament Hill, Hoxton, Kentish Town

15 April 2013

Get Britain Writing

Most days I am sat at a computer typing on a keyboard. When I do pick up a pen to write something down in my diary or on a scrap of paper as a note to self it's more often than not a scrawl that I cannot understand when I look at it days later. At school we were taught how to write neatly, with fountain pens using joined up letters. Oh dear. It seems practice really does make perfect. I am sure I am not alone here.
These days it's all texting and touch screens. So I was pleased to read that the art of handwriting is being promoted to coincide with National Stationery Week (April 22 to 28) – Sheaffer, the official partner of NSW, is inviting handwriting enthusiasts in the UK to pen a page of their own longhand which will be analysed by Sheaffer's expert graphologists as part of the campaign to ‘Get Britain Writing’.
Each article of handwriting submitted to Sheaffer will immediately be in with a chance of winning a luxury calligraphy set. 
To enter Sheaffer’s handwriting assignment, simply drop a note in the post to Sheaffer Handwriting Assignment, Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG. For more information visit www.sheaffer.com
National Stationery Week is in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust which carries out a great deal of good work in schools and families across the UK.
Here are some nice pieces of scripts and hand lettering I have discovered in London:
Top: Victoria, Camden, Kings Cross, Covent Garden
Middle: Islington, Leyton, Caledonian Rd, Archway
Bottom: Borough, St Martin's, Charterhouse, Stoke Newington

3 April 2013

Camden's getting crafty

This Friday sees the first of We Make London's twice a month appearances at Camden Lock Market where 30 designer-makers will be selling all sorts of wonderful one-off handmade items including homewares, ceramics, accessories, prints and jewellery.
This hub of creativity can be found in the Middle Yard every first and third Friday from April 5th.
There will also be a farmers market where you can get some great food direct from the makers, plus all the diverse shops and bars in the area. What's not to like?
Hope to see you there (I will be trading myself... plug, plug!).
More info here.
Below is a collection of my photos of details found in and around Camden Lock Market featuring, in particular, Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road.