Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Cultural Parish Notices

A few events in the coming weeks people may be interested in going along to.

First a couple of 'big-ups' (as The Kids say) for London's two Roller Derby Leagues. This Friday sees The London Rockin'Rollers present:

Saturday sees another social, this time by The London Roller Girls:

I hope to get along to both. I keep meaning to get along to a match or two, but they keep falling when I'm working, out of London etc. There are a couple in the next few weeks, but I'm working. One of my Resolutions for 2010: watch more Roller Derby! There is a film out, which may hit these shores by the Spring of 2010, about Roller Derby, Whip It, which should help increase its popularity this side of The Pond.

My final Roller Derby plug before moving on...I must mention Vancouver's Terminal City Roller Girls, without which the whole Roller Derby experience would have passed me by:

Hat-tip: Suzy Shameless!

Still with things Vancouverish, my Coova friend and all round clever person Sara Bynoe will be back in Olde Londone Towne next month, for a night of Teenage Angst. I started typing this post having flashbacks remembering writing really bad poetry about the possiblity of nuclear war when I was 13-14, which I was glad to get rid of! Looking back, it could have come in handy for the following. (To make it really Teen Angstist I'm also listening to Simple Minds as I type this- 'Don't you forget about meee....'):

Teen Angst: A Celebration of Inadvertantly Hilarious Adolescent Writing
The London Version

Tuesday, 08 December 2009, 19:00 - 23:00
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club - BASEMENT
42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
London, United Kingdom

Teen Angst is an open mic comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more), in front of an audience.

Part stand-up comedy, part poetry reading, part karaoke (in the way you go to watch people embarrass themselves).

The night started in Canada in 2000 to launch the website - Teen Angst has since gone on to publish an anthology Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry (St. Martin's Press, 2005), performed at the LATITUDE FESTIVAL (UK), BUMBERSHOOT (Seattle), THE KGB BAR (New York City), THE INTERNATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO (Calgary) and at London's BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE.

Guest readers include: Tim Clare, Rhian Edwards, Angry Sam, Cath Drake, and Sophia Blackwell.

Sara Bynoe, creator of Teen Angst and Michelle Madsen from the Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam.

PLUS ...WIERD AND WONDERFUL foodstuffs and drinkables to plant you firmly back in the heady days of your adolesence.

Contact sarabynoe(at)


Finally, the Staffordshire Hoard
exhibition is on at the British Museum. The hoard was discovered not far from where my parents live, very near Lichfield. Hopefully it should be an eyeopener for those who think there was no English history, just The Dark Ages, between the Romans leaving in 410 and the Normans imposing their Yoke in 1066. So that's another event in London to go along and see! (For those who cannot, this may be of interest.)


Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze me!

Anglonoel said...

I'd hate to be TOO predictable! :-)