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Hackney Wick:

Work took me to Hackney Wick recently.  A shower of hail had just passed as we arrived at the station, leaving the ground dusted with perfect pearls of snow, crunching to powder underfoot.

The world bleached to shades of grey and beige by a snow sky, except for moments of brilliant leaping colour from the local graffiti:

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Hackney is one of those places in the East End undergoing gentrification.  It's not all tidied up yet, so there is, to me, an uncomfortable blending of the hip and the broken.  I question who a lot of it is getting cleaned up for?  Eventually, when all the grubby poor people will have been forced out from Brixton to Shoreditch, so that media types can have their fancy warehouse conversions in once-edgy places, where will those of us without banker-level salaries actaully live?  Where will the office cleaners live?

However, it's not all Hoxton groovsters; we are here for the opening of a new community centre at the old Public Baths - this is a project driven by locals to provide a space for sports and art, designed to be part of a real Olympic legacy.  More about it here: http://www.cre8lifestyle.org.uk/ .  There was the most incredible energy buzzing around the place, which comes from a genuine engagement with what people want and need rather than the more usual sop to 'community' that gets thrown into developments at the last minute.  I really hope to be able to get back here and run some workshops.  I scoffed sarnies with famous athletes...

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Ah, nearly forgot obligatory station signage shot:
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I'm here for work, so clothes have to be vaguely professional, so am wearing vintage Women's Land Army breeches and tweed...

Under the cut, more images of the local environment.  Wabi sabi in blues and greys...
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Apr. 1st, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hello! Have missed you, was just telling someone about tubewhore the other day. And you will be pleased to know I'm getting into a little yarnbombing, courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/purlqueens :-)

Love the scarf!
Apr. 4th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
welcome back!
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