Sunday, 5 June 2016

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Nunhead Community Centre Review

From the Guardian.


The thing about public architecture is not only that it is public but also that it is architecture. That is, as well as housing facilities that everyone can use, it arranges them in spaces and with materials that enhance and sustain these uses, and makes connections between the elements and their surroundings that enrich the social experience of being there, rather than simply arranging the functions in a series of task-fulfilling cells. In which it helps that the Green is not considered on its own, but as part of a wider plan that includes Nunhead Green (Pevsner: “a pathetic scrap of grass and asphalt”), an open space that has been renovated to the designs of AOC. The whole project is paid for by new houses for private sale, not yet built, designed by the same architects.

Externally, AOC saw their job as pulling together the multifarious surroundings: a Tudorbethan pub, terraced houses of Georgian proportions. There are the almshouses built in 1852 by the Metropolitan Beer and Wine Trade Society, whose “yellow-brick gothic front of some character” and “oddly angled chimneys” were for Pevsner Nunhead Green’s only redeeming feature. The new building – brick, gabled – has something in common with all of these. It is house-like, but also has a massy, slightly pugnacious quality that comes from making the mortar the same colour as the reddish brick (it makes the building seem hewn from one mass), and has a “lantern”, a projection at the peak of the gable containing high-level windows, that is intended to announce the presence of a public place. A pattern of herringbone bricks borrowed from the pub, but blown up in scale and realised in bas-relief, enliven one wall. The row of new houses alongside, banded and gabled and with a Dutch-Danish flavour, are designed to ease the transition in scale from four storeys on one side of the green to two on the other.
Find the whole thing here....

The comments at the bottom contain a more critical view. Including:-

I've read a lot about this building and no one seems to have noticed or mentioned that the height of the building is excessive. Being on the west side of the green, 'The Green' blocks out the evening sun from the front seating area of the Nun's Head pub, which used to be absolutely lovely until 9pm. 

Now you lose the direct sunlight and the warmth from about 7pm onwards. Clearly nobody involved in the design ever considered that, or they did but didn't care. It's a shame. 

I appreciate it is a wonderful centre in terms of use and community but the unpopular fact I mention above has been swept away and ignored because of that

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Yum Yum

Mikado at the Coliseum yesterday evening, for the last night of the latest (14th!) rerun of Jonathan Miller’s production from the 1980s.
The translation to an England that is all hotel lobby, and the gargantuan, topsy-turvy, creamy white set, still work to show up just how much Gilbert really, really wasn’t talking about Japan.
A small point. I really appreciated the surtitles, as – as with most G&S – it’s important to keep track of the libretto.
So good.

Friday, 5 February 2016


... kiwi fruit and banana

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Another juice

Spinach, a small orange and a hard pear.  A few peanuts.

Monday, 1 February 2016

First Red One

The weekend also saw the first red one.  Raspberries, blueberries and some peanuts.  Nice with yoghurt...

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saturday morning

Two cored pears, banana, a few cashews and some spinach leaves.  It rather overfilled the NutriBullet according to the precise instructions, but it seemed to cope.  It made a lot more than I could consume at one meal.

The resulting flavour was... interesting.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

First attempt

So.  Banana, hard pear and cavolo nero.  Basically whatever was to hand at the time.

The machine certainly seems powerful, I had a drink very quickly.

But what a weird drink...

A Strange Device...

Except it isn't really.  Having unpacked it, it closely resembles the liquidiser we already have.  There is also a rather annoying book about what to put in it (recipes, apparently).  It may be extra powerful, or have other bonuses.

It certainly looks a little more macho than the old white-goods device we make soups with.

We will have to try it and see.

Monday, 25 January 2016

A Demonstration of Seriousness

The Trees around Nunhead have bought a Nutribullet.

Recording D

But how do we assure our reader that this Detox is really happening?  How do we assert seriousness about the enterprise and make sure we are held to account?

Bridget Jones kept a Diary, of course.  Cigarettes, two.  Perhaps that would help.  Food in and how healthy it was.  Salt, sugar and alcohol.

The D Word

We being who we are, the first question that occurs to the Trees around Nunhead is: "What part of speech is this?"

In The Detox Diet, it is clearly an adjective, but if you Go On a Detox it seems a noun.

And we Need to Detox (intransitive verb).


It is happening.