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[ SE1 Direct ]    Issue 268       http://www.SE1direct.co.uk

Wednesday 28 December 2005                    ISSN 1750-0656

* * *  Happy New Year from everyone at Bankside Press  * * *

The next SE1 Direct will be sent on Tuesday 3 January.

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>> IN THIS BULLETIN
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* New features on the London SE1 website
* What's on this week
* Local news from the London SE1 website
* Reader offer: 20 per cent discount at Strada More London
* Local business news from the London SE1 website
* Features from the London SE1 website
* Arts reviews from the London SE1 website
* January 2005 issue of 'in SE1'
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum

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[ New features on the London SE1 website ]

The London SE1 community website team has been working hard
to freshen up the site ready for 2006. 

One particularly exciting new feature is the NEWS MAP; now
you can view the latest local news, features and reviews
plotted on a map so you can see at-a-glance what's been
happening near where you live and work:
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/map.php

We're keen to hear what you'd like from *your* community
website in 2006; visit
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/suggestionbox.php to give us
your comments.

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[ What's on this week ]

Each week we select a few highlights from the community
and cultural events taking place over the next seven
days. For a more comprehensive what's on guide check
out 'in SE1' - our monthly printed publication - see
http://www.inSE1.co.uk for details. 


TUBE AND BUS FARES GO UP ON MONDAY - BEAT THE RISE
http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1085


BOROUGH MARKET: RETAIL FOOD MARKET OPENING TIMES 
Thursday 29 to Saturday 21 December
Thu 11am-6pm; Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-3pm
http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk


CRISIS WINTER WALKABOUT
Thursday 29 December
Registration from 1.45pm at Hay's Galleria, Tooley Street;
£10 (children £5, families £25)
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=819
Crisis are holding the Winter Walkabout, a sponsored walk
with a difference for all the family.  ItÕs a 6km voyage of
discovery along the Thames and through the City of London
(there's also a 3km option). Everyone taking part will
receive their own personal tour guide packed with quizzes
and information on the sights on the route, which include
Tower Bridge, the Globe and St PaulÕs Cathedral. The charity
has also negotiated discounts to attractions on or near the
route, so why not make a day of it and burn off some of
those Christmas calories?
We're hoping to raise £30,000 for our vital work with
homeless people.  It's a particularly important time of year
for Crisis, when they welcome over 1,000 homeless people to
the Open Christmas shelters. Guests are provided with
warmth, shelter, food, vital health services and, above all,
companionship at what can be a very lonely time of year for
those without a home or family.
http://www.crisis.org.uk/winterwalkabout


WATCHNIGHT SERVICE AT ST JOHN'S WATERLOO
Saturday 31 December 
7pm at St John's Waterloo Road
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=855
Service to prepare for the New Year. 
http://www.stjohnswaterloo.co.uk


LONDON'S NEW YEAR FIREWORKS AT THE LONDON EYE
Saturday 31 December/Sunday 1 January
12 midnight at the British Airways London Eye; free
There will be a rolling programme of lighting and large
scale projection effects beginning at 8pm. Images of unsung
London heroes, as well as celebrities who have contributed
to the life of the capital during the past year will be
projected on to the Shell Building.
From 11.55pm the countdown to midnight will commence.
Following the chimes of Big Ben, a spectacular ten-minute
fireworks display will be fired from the London Eye and from
the river. The display will be visible from wherever you can
see the Eye, and will also be broadcast live on BBC1.
 The chimes of Big Ben will be relayed to Belvedere Road.
Roads in and around central London (including Waterloo
Bridge, York Road, Westminster Bridge and Westminster Bridge
Road as far as Baylis Road) will close at 8pm on 31
December. A number of parking bays will be suspended. This
is to facilitate the celebrations and crowds that will
gather. Police advise motorists not to drive into town.
Closure map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1086
 Golden Jubilee Bridges - access to the west side of
Hungerford Bridge will be restricted throughout the event.
From 8pm the east side will be open one-way from south to
north until 11.30pm, from 12.10pm the flow will be reversed
from north to south. No viewing of the fireworks is
permitted from either side of the Golden Jubilee Bridges.
Low water is at 8.20pm on New Year's Eve and the beach will
be exposed. Police advise that anyone standing on the
foreshore  puts themselves at risk. The life expectancy of
anyone falling or jumping into the River is very short.
Officers from the Marine Support Unit will be out on patrol
in support of land-based officers. They will be working in
partnership with colleagues from the RNLI and Port of London
Authority to keep the Thames as safe as the streets.
http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/newyearseve/


TWELFTH NIGHT (ON THE NEAREST HOLIDAY): THE LION'S PART
Monday 2 January
2.30pm on Bankside by Shakespeare's Globe
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=888
* A celebration of the New Year mixing ancient seasonal
customs with contemporary festivity. To herald the
celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man, the Winter guise
of the GREEN MAN (from our pub signs, pagan myths and
folklore), decked in fantastic green garb and evergreen
foliage, appears from the River Thames brought by the Thames
Cutter, Master Shipbroker. 
* With the crowd, led by the BANKSIDE MUMMERS, the HOLLY MAN
will 'bring in the green' and  'WASSAIL' or toast the people
and the River Thames (an old tradition encouraging good
growth). The Globe will be wassailed in like fashion.
* The Mummers will then process to the BANKSIDE JETTY, and
perform the traditional 'freestyle' FOLK COMBAT PLAY of St.
George, featuring the Turkey Sniper, Clever Legs, the Old
'Oss and many others, dressed in their spectacular 'guizes'.
The play is full of wild verse and boisterous action, a
time-honoured part of the season recorded from the Crusades.
* KING BEAN AND QUEEN PEA CAKES distributed at the end of
the play have a BEAN and a PEA hidden in two of them. Those
who find them are hailed KING and QUEEN for the day and
crowned with ceremony. They then lead the people through the
streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street
for a fine warming up with STORYTELLING, the Kissing Wishing
Tree and more dancing.
http://www.thelionspart.co.uk

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[ Local news from the London SE1 website ]

Remember you don't have to wait till SE1 Direct drops
into your mailbox to get a local news fix. The London
SE1 website offers the latest news throughout the week.

SHOCK ARTIST TO CRAWL FROM SOUTHWARK TO CANTERBURY
Controversial artist Mark McGowan sets off on Boxing Day
from the site of the Tabard Inn off Borough High Street to
crawl to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1926


RECOGNISING THE HEROES OF 7 JULY 2005
Emergency services and hospital staff based in SE1 have been
honoured by the Mayor of London for their outstanding work
carried out after the 7 July terrorist attack.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1925


LONDON EYE TURNS PINK TO CELEBRATE CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
The London Eye turned pink this week as the observation
wheel hosted its first civil partnership ceremony.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1924

NATIONAL FILM THEATRE TO BE OVERHAULED
Six years after the closure of the Museum of the Moving
Image, the BFI has announced plans to use the space for an
improved National Film Theatre.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1922


GBP 30,000 FUND FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Borough and Bankside and Bermondsey community councils each
have GBP 15,000 up for grabs for community groups to spend
on projects or events that will benefit local residents.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1918

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[ Reader offer: 20 per cent discount at Strada More London ]

To celebrate the opening of Strada in More London we would
like to offer you 20 per cent off your total bill when
dining on production of the special voucher available at
this address: http://www.SE1direct.co.uk/strada.pdf

Valid until 31 December 2005 at Strada in More London only.
See voucher for full terms and conditions.

Strada, 2 More London Riverside, SE1 2JP
T: 020 7403 8321
http://www.strada.co.uk

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If your business would like to run a special promotion for
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[ Local business news from the London SE1 website ]

Our business section offers news for and about local
companies big and small.

CROCKATT & POWELL BOOKSHOP OPENS IN LOWER MARSH
Booksellers Matthew Crockatt and Adam Powell have opened a
bookshop at 119 Lower Marsh. The new shop is near Iceland
and Waterloo Library.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1920

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[ Features from the London SE1 website ]

THE WORLD IN SE1 AT BLACKFRIARS SETTLEMENT
Simon Hughes was on hand to switch on the Christmas tree
lights as Blackfriars Settlement hosted 'The World in SE1' -
a celebration of the diversity of our community.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1923


CELEBRATING 1,000 YEARS OF SERVICE IN OUR HOSPITALS
Nearly 1,000 years of loyal service to Guy's and St Thomas'
hospitals were celebrated at the NHS trust's Long Service
Awards ceremony.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1921


GMTV CHRISTMAS SURPRISE FOR ST THOMAS' NURSES
GMTV presenter Richard Arnold surprised a group of nurses at
St Thomas' Hospital with a special festive present from
Lorraine Kelly.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1917

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[ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website ]

TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN AT THE UNICORN THEATRE
The wonderful newly built Unicorn Theatre for children has
opened with a truly memorable production.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1927
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[ January 2006 issue of 'in SE1' ]

The next issue of our monthly printed what's on guide will
be published during the first week of January.

If you're organising an event, exhibition, lecture, meeting
or play during January, be sure to send the details ASAP to
listings@inSE1.co.uk - there's no charge for inclusion.

http://www.inSE1.co.uk

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[ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum ]

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/

- NYE fireworks in SE1
- Pubs opening NY Eve
- Brindisa
- Removals companies - recommendations please!
- Buses 78 and 42
- Looking for a flat to buy in Devon Mansions
- Scaffolding near St Georges Circus
- Postal Service- again.....
- Borough Market Mystery
- Driscoll House, New Kent Road
- Racial Equality at the E&C
- Looking for a Guitar Tutor
- Dance lessons
- What is that big silver box structure in the middle of the
Elephant and Castle roundabout?
- Tall House Southwark Street

To read and respond to these discussions and more, go to:
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/

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