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SE1 Direct 512: Ewan McGregor, Hymn to London Bridge & more

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 512

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Tuesday 31 August 2010                        ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Autumn Language Courses
* What's on this week
* September 2010 issue of 'in SE1' out now
* 1 local job vacancy this week
* Small offices & desk spaces for rent
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum
* Business Forum in association with Better Bankside
* Noticeboard: be part of a music video; business networking


{ Local news & features 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
the news on a map:

* Accomplice: NY theatre/game/tour comes to SE1 streets
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* Man who paralysed seOne DJ jailed for 3.5 years
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* If you want a swimming pool at the Elephant, speak up now
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* Should Blackfriars Station be renamed to include Bankside?
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* Union Street Urban Orchard wins Green Corners award
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* Moma: how a Waterloo breakfast barrow conquered the world
Read more at:

* Magic treatment for children with motor disorders at Guy's
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* Monopoly: 75th birthday celebrations on the South Bank
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* Reader offer: Half price food at Draft House Tower Bridge
Get the details at:


{ Advert: Autumn Language Courses }

French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese

A series of lunchtime language courses will be running from
Thursday 30 September until Thursday 2 December.

The early morning classes will be near Moorgate.

The lunchtime and evening courses will be held in-house at
More London and are open to beginners, intermediate and
advanced speakers of French, Spanish and Italian. 

There are also beginners in Portuguese and German If you
would like to enrol please contact Susan at
[email protected] for further information.

Clients include students from Norton Rose, Linklaters,
Slaughter and May, Addleshaw Goddards, Herbert Smith & GLA.


{ 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 1 September
7.30pm at Southwark Playhouse,  Shipwright Yard; 50
including champagne and canapes
Ewan McGregor will offer insights into his life and work for
a fundraising evening in support of The Factory's
forthcoming production, Boiling Frogs, which opens at
Southwark Playhouse on 14 September. The Factory's artistic
director Alex Hassell will chat with Ewan about acting, the
differences between working for stage and screen and his
career to date. After a short interval the floor will be
opened for questions from the audience. Ewan McGregor is an
acclaimed stage and screen actor, currently filming Salmon
Fishing in the Yemen at locations including Millennium
Bridge and Blue Fin Building. He became a patron and
supporter of The Factory after seeing Hamlet at Southwark
Playhouse in 2008.
Info & map:

Thursday 2 September
midnight-midnight at London Bridge; free
Musician and producer Nick Franglen - one half of
electronica legends Lemon Jelly and subterranean ambient
explorers Blacksand - will collaborate with many thousands
of pedestrians to create a 24-hour piece of improvised music
on London Bridge, starting and ending at midnight. From his
performance space, tucked under the northern arches of the
bridge itself, Franglen will play Theremin through a series
of looping effect and delays to provide long, complex washes
of sound that will be output to speakers around him. The
pedestrians crossing the bridge above will be unwitting
players of the Soundbeam - a sensor device that will cut the
music when the beam is broken by movement.
Info & map:

Thursday 2 September
12.30pm-2.30pm at Waterloo Millennium Green, Waterloo Road;
Mellow blues and swing merge seamlessly with industrial folk
ballads to create melodies which will brighten your day.
Last in a series of three lunchtime concerts on Waterloo
Millennium Green.
Info & map:

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 September
Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12 noon-6pm at Southbank
Centre Square,  Belvedere Road
On the first weekend of each month 40 selected Real Food
Festival producers come to the South Bank bringing Londoners
the opportunity to buy great quality, fresh produce and
ingredients at affordable prices, direct from the producer.
The local community will have a regular place to come and
buy seasonal, nutritionally-dense real food to take home and
cook with.
Info & map:

Saturday 4 September
10.45am at Tooley Street exit, London Bridge Station; 7
(conc 5)
Guided walk led by Kevin Flude.
Info & map:

Saturday 4 September
1.30pm-5.30pm  at Amigo Hall, St George's Cathedral,
Lambeth Road; free
Southwark Council has set up a cross-party Democracy
Commission to examine how Council Assembly could be
improved. Council Assembly is held 7 times a year and is the
only time that Southwark's 63 councillors meet together.
Meetings are held in the chamber at the Town Hall in Peckham
Road, Camberwell. This conference will bring together
Southwark residents, councillors and community leaders. The
council wants residents to tell them how they would like to
get involved in the debates and decisions on issues such as
housing, transport and schools. NB the time of the
conference has been changed so that it no longer clashes
with the funeral of past Southwark Mayor Hilary Wines which
will be held in the Cathedral at 10.30am.
Info & map:

Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 September
12 noon-5pm at The Queen's Walk, Festival Riverside; free
100 Morris dancers from 'sides' across the country -
including The Hammersmith Morris, Eynsham Morris and The
Stone Monkey Sword Dancers - will assemble and dance on
Queen's Walk by the Royal Festival Hall.
Info & map:

Sunday 5 September
Meet 11am at south churchyard at Southwark Cathedral,
London Bridge; 7
Neil Bright leads a walk tracing the story of old Southwark
during the Blitz. Hear some of the tales of heroism and
tragedy of local folk. Duration: 2.5 hours. Finishes at
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. 
Info & map:

Monday 6 September
7pm (meet 6.45pm) at Tabard Street piazza by St George the
Martyr; free
First of three free guided walks around the oldest and
wildest part of London with John Constable, author of Secret
Bankside - Walks In The Outlaw Borough and The Southwark
Mysteries, the epic play recently performed in Southwark
Cathedral. Southwark's first thousand years. Roman roads and
shopping-arcades, a female gladiator, temples to Mars and
Isis, the legend of Mary Overie and how St Olaf once
demolished London Bridge. 
Info & map:


{ September 2010 edition of 'in SE1' }

There's loads happening in SE1 this September, including:

* Bermondsey Street Festival
* The Mayor's Thames Festival
* Open House London
* Free cinema at The Scoop

... and loads more. For a full local what's on guide, pick
up a copy of 'in SE1' or download the PDF version from


{ Local job vacancies }

* Activities Support Worker, Blackfriars Settlement

Details at

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:


{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

* Office space to share with a friendly PR agency, Mandarin

Details at

Why not advertise your office space here? Only 9.99:


{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of new topics started at

* Crime in Grange ward
* SE1 mother and baby groups?
* 30th Birthday Party Venue ideas...
* Curtain maker
* Free London Video Update - SE1 Biased!
* Booths Fruit & Veg Leaving Borough Market?
* Decent Hairdressers in SE1, SE16 or SE8??
* Burglars' Favourite Doors
* Tate modern extension.
* Table tennis in Bermondsey Square
* Hotels near Tower Bridge
* London Bridge Experience harassment
* Changing of Blackfriars station name

To see all the current active forum topics, go to:


{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Desk Space needed
* Business mentors - Princes Trust


{ Noticeboard }

FREE business support for established small and medium sized
enterprises in London SE1
You can attend a FREE networking session plus benefit from
9hrs FREE one to one business support; face to face, over
the phone or by email. Practical examples include; a website
review with recommendations; advice on leveraging capital;
help with completing a tender for a public sector contract;
on site customer service training for retailers /
restaurateurs / hoteliers; business coaching and mentoring
for senior staff. The first introductory networking session
is on 14 September, come along and sign up, to book your
place or find out about future sessions Contact Abigail
Tripp on 07792 471115 or [email protected]

From Geoff:
"Planning to film a music video in Borough SE1 for the band
Sunscreem. Song is called 'Watch U'. Need volunteers to come
along & mime to the song in a stoney face. Sunscreem are
good friends of mine, and may attend the video shoot!"
For more info on the band:
To take part, email [email protected] or contact
@CheekyG on Twitter.


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