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[ SE1 Direct ]    Issue 290

Wednesday 31 May 2006                         ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Alexander Technique in the workplace
* What's on this week
* June 2006 issue of 'in SE1'
* London Architecture Biennale - book now
* Reader offer: SE1 resident launches Socialite-London
* Local business news from the London SE1 website
* Features from the London SE1 website
* Arts reviews from the London SE1 website
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum


[ 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. You can also see
that news on a map:

* Putting Bermondsey on the map
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* Festival of Britain memories wanted for living archive
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* Trees and piazzas to improve The Cut
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* Westminster Bridge eyesore: demolition begins
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* Bermondsey councillor is Mayor of Southwark
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* Solar panels and wind turbines for Palestra
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* Tate Modern unveils revamped collection displays
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* IceSpace dream melts as company ceases trading
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[ Advert: South Bank Alexander Centre ]

Alexander Technique in the workplace

We can help you and your staff with:
* Presentation skills
* Ergonomic workstation advice and training
* Lifting skills
* Stress management

Lighten your life with the Alexander Technique.

South Bank Alexander Centre, 27a Blackfriars Rd, SE1
020 7928 6378
[email protected]

Get your ad here:
Now booking for OCTOBER - get in quick while there's space!

[ 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 comprehensive what's on guide visit or pick up a copy of
our free monthly printed publication, 'in SE1'.

Wednesday 31 May
2pm-5pm in Spa Gardens, Grange Road
Kids of all ages can enjoy hourly Magician Shows at 2.30pm,
3.30pm and 4.30pm, or have their face painted and make their
own badges. The more energetic can test their sporting
skills with prizes for the winner, or just go wild on the
bouncy castle. While the kids are being entertained parents
can seek help and advice about local employment, benefit and
housing services. The event coincides with the first
anniversary of the Bermondsey One Stop Shop and Southwark's
Customer Service Centre.

Wednesday 31 May
3.30pm on BBC Two
To coincide with Museums & Galleries Month the BBC has
searched through thousands of museums and galleries to find
a selection of the UK's most treasured items - twenty of
which will be voted by viewers into the virtual People's
Museum. The Museum of Garden History will be on today's
programme when the tomb of the two John Tradescants will be
one of the items eligible to be voted in to the virtual

Wednesday 31 May
7pm-8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios, St George's Road
Siobhan Davies Dance are offering an opportunity to see
their new studios and to try out some different body-mind
movement techniques in a series of free taster classes (for
adults). These taster sessions are intended for non dancers
and will be run on a first come first served basis, so
arrive on time to secure a place.

Thursday 1 June
5pm-7.30pm at Red Cross Garden, Redcross Way
Young and old are welcome to join in with horse and cart
rides, music, cakes, games, Victorian hat workshops, and
some rather scary traditional puppet shows.
The event on a peaceful June evening will be a chance to
meet those involved in the restoration of Red Cross Garden,
and to find out more about the garden, Octavia Hill who
created it in 1887, and Bankside Open Spaces Trust, who have
fostered it through its restoration in spirit in 2006.

Saturday 3 June
11am-4pm at St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road
Here is your chance to get behind the scenes of this famous
hospital and enjoy a great family day out too. Explore
various zones - everything from history, to jobs, to how to
stay fit and healthy. Enter a free raffle with a chance to
win great prizes. Sample food from around the world. Find
out how to get involved with your local hospital Lots of
entertainment throughout the day, including a circus skills
workshop, magicians, stilt walkers, live music and much

Saturday 3 June
2pm-5.30pm at Lambeth Palace Garden; £3 (child £1, conc £2)
Lambeth Palace garden is one of the oldest and largest
private gardens in London. Formal courtyards with historic
white fig (originally planted 1555). Parkland-style garden
with mature trees, woodland and native planting, pond,
hornbeam allˇe. Also formal rose terrace, new summer gravel
border, herb garden and beehives.
Home-made teas.

Saturday 3 June
2pm-7pm at Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground; free
First event of the 2006 Coin Street Festival. If you've been
inspired by the BBC's Springwatch with Bill Oddie, come to
London's first ever BBC Springwatch festival. This brand new
event opens your eyes to the wonders of nature in our great
city. Be inspired by the environment around you with a range
of hands-on activities for families and children, foreshore
exploration with Thames 21 and bird spotting with the RSPB.
Enjoy live jazz and street theatre along the riverside
walkway plus stalls selling fresh produce and cooking
demonstrations. Find out about BBC Breathing Places and how
you can transform a space for wildlife where you live. Join
expert guides for 'behind the scenes' talks, have a go at
being a natural history TV presenter, and hear film-makers
explain how the BBC's acclaimed Planet Earth series was

Running an event?

[ June 2006 issue of 'in SE1' ]

The June issue of 'in SE1', our monthly printed what's on
guide, is out now and will be available over the next couple
of days at the usual 70+ distribution points around the

To find your nearest distribution point or to download a PDF
version, visit


[ London Architecture Biennale - book now ]

The London Architecture Biennale runs from 17 to 25 June and
there are lots of events in SE1, including

- a 'sermon' by Renzo Piano in Southwark Cathedral
- a talk by Peter Ackroyd at Tate Modern
- guided walks around Bankside and Bermondsey
- guided bike tours in association with Southwark Cyclists

Book your tickets now via:


[ Reader offer: SE1 resident launches Socialite-London ]

Local resident Michelle Peers writes:

"I am about to launch Socialite-London which is a members
club for people who are passionate about socialising and
dining out.

"The launch is at Taste of London, 15-18 June in Regents
Park [ ]. I would be
delighted to offer my fellow SE1ers discount admission to
Taste of London which is fabulous anyway, a glass of fizz if
you say hello to us at the Socialite London Stand [Ladies:
the Socialite London Stand is next to Jean Christophe
Novelli's stand...] and a super-special SE1 discount if you
want to join as a founder member which includes an exclusive
invitation to the Socialite Champagne & Cocktails launch
party at the spectacular London Aquarium on Thursday 7

"If you are interested then please drop me an email
referencing SE1 and I will happily send you all the info and
those all important discount codes!"

Contact [email protected]


[ Local business news from the London SE1 website ]

News for and about local businesses big and small

* Chamber of Commerce hosts Langenhagen visitors
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[ Features from the London SE1 website ]

Stories about SE1 people and places

* Southwark manhole covers in Brighton show
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* EXTRA! EXTRA! - about the SE1-based theatrical newsletter
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* City beats Southwark boundary
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* Local art dealer's Tour de Force challenge
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[ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website ]

Hamlet, The Outsider at Southwark Playhouse
* Read more at:

Malvolio and His Masters at Southwark Playhouse
* Read more at:


[ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum ]

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at

- Serious Assault on Trinity Street?
- SE1 Postboxes - New, Earlier 'Last Collection'
- Demolition of 1 Westminster Bridge
- All Hallows Church, Copperfield Street
- Crossbones Graveyard
- Window cleaning
- Conservation Area Planning
- Berkeley Homes development roof gardens?
- Attack? on Prioress Street
- Traffic on Tower Bridge Road
- Derelict Building on Long Lane
- Borough Road "improvement"?
- Bermondsey Square development
- Can anyone recommend a good locksmith in Waterloo/SE1?
- Local cricket clubs?
- Steam engine in Stamford Street
- Rats in Laurie House, Princess St, Gaywood Street

To read and respond to these discussions and more, go to:


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Editor: James Hatts - [email protected]

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