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[ SE1 Direct ]    

Issue 22 | 21 September 2000

An email update from the Bankside Press team

In this bulletin:

* Car Free Day in Waterloo
* Friday is Faraday
* London Open House
* Great River Race
* Animal Service at Southwark Cathedral
* The Word: London Festival of Literature


[ Car Free Day in Waterloo ]

The Cut is to be traffic free on Friday 22 September as
part of European Car-Free Day. 

Lambeth and Southwark Councils have teamed up to see
that SE1 has one of the 600 streets being closed across
Europe. But Michael Bridgeland of the Lambeth Transport
Group says: "We're not closing the road. We're opening
it up to people!" 

Plans include an authentic French Market selling cheese
and crafts brought by Eurostar from a car free street
in Paris. The Old Vic and Young Vic are planning street
theatre and Evans Cycles will be running a competition
with a chance to win a new bike - cycling will be
allowed on Car-Free Day. 

Restaurants are already planning to put tables outside
for shoppers to enjoy a meal or just a cup of coffee. 

The Cut will be closed to traffic from 7am to 9pm. The
French market will arrive at 9am and remain open until
about 5pm - or when the cheese runs out. 

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will visit The Cut at

See or read the
Lambeth Council press release at 

The European Car Free Day site is d


[ Friday is Faraday ]

"An electric celebration of the people of the Elephant
& Castle past, present and future" is how the week-long
Friday is Faraday festival is being described by the
Southwark Arts Forum. 

The discoverer of electricity Michael Faraday was born
at the Elephant & Castle in 1791 when the Elephant &
Castle Inn was an important coach stop outside London
on the way to Kent and Sussex. Friday is Faraday is
being devised and produced by the Southwark Arts Forum
as an inventive series of arts, heritage and science
projects with the Elephant & Castle community. 

Michael Faraday's birthday is on Friday 22 September
when a public artwork will be unveiled in the
Elephant's shopping centre at 4.30pm.

Saturday is Family Fun Day, in association with Child &
Sound, at both the shopping centre and nearby St Mary's
Newington Butts with bouncy castles, workshops, face
painting, music and puppets. 

For a summary of Faraday events in SE1 see or
see the official website at


[ London Open House ]

The Old Vic is opening its doors for the public to have
look around during London Open House Weekend 23-24

The Georgian theatre, which is keen to re-establish its
close relationship with local residents, will be open
on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. 
Also open will be Southwark Street's Kirkaldy Testing
Museum built in 1873 to house David Kirkaldy's unique
materials testing machine. 

On Sunday spectacular views of the City can be enjoyed
from the roof of West Williamson architects practice in
Tanner Street. The site was once Sarson's Vinegar works
which gave the area a distinctive smell. 

On Saturday and Sunday there will be free admission to
the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret in St Thomas
Street at the Borough. 

For a full SE1 listing see or


[ Great River Race ]

Look out for the Great River Race on Saturday 23
September, when over 275 boats will compete in the
annual Thames 'marathon' between Richmond and Island

Watch out for them on the Livesights ThamesCam as they
pass HMS Belfast at approx. 1.10pm - see


[ Animal Service at Southwark Cathedral ]

Saturday 23 September
Service for animal welfare. Taking part will be three
Bishops who are members of the Society  Richard
Llewellin, Bishop at Lambeth, John Baker, former
Bishop of Salisbury and Dominic Walker, Bishop of



[ The Word: London Festival of Literature ]

Sunday 23 to Saturday 30 September
This year's festival is centred around Shakepeare's
Globe, with a star-studded lineup of participants
including Blake Morrison, JG Ballard, John Walsh, Meera
Syal, Patrick Marber, Joe Penhall, Richard Eyre,Melvyn
Bragg, John Mortimer, Martin Bell, Tom Bower, John
Julius Norwich, Lynda La Plante, Mark Lawson, Jeanette
Winterson, Lisa Jardine, Zadie Smith, Lawrence Marks,
Simon Jenkins, Michael Heseltine, Boris Johnson,
Philippa Gregory, Rose Tremain, Fay Weldon, Howard
Jacobson, Francine Stock, Peter Jay, Charles
Leadbeater, Steve Jones, Sheena MacDonald, Roy Strong,
Terry Jones, Andrew Motion and Michael Frayn.



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