Everyone deserves a Second Shot

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Coffee, black gold or the bean that stops me from committing GBH every morning is now doing more than merely waking up the masses, it’s combating homelessness in the capital too.

The Second Shot Cafe in Bethnal Green has combined London’s coffee culture with the fight to eradicated homelessness by hiring former rough sleepers, providing training & one-to-one support, food drives, community support activities, a pay-it-forward scheme where customers can prepay for items that can be claimed later by a person in need (loving that idea!), as well as a number of other initiatives that aim to help people reintegrate back into full time employment and ultimately a stable live style.

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By using local vendors and working with Cafe by CrisisThe Connection at St Martins in the Fields Second Shot is doing it’s part for the cause one Espresso at a  time.

 

…I’m coming for a coffee and cake soon guys!

 

  • The Place:  Second Shot Cafe 475 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 9QH
  • The Time:  7am-6pm Mon to Fri & 9am-7pm Sat & Sun
  • Contact:  For more information regarding Second Shot and their mission contact them at their Twitter page @Secondshotcafe or go to their website Second Shot

 

 

 

 

*Info used from the good people at Second Shot

*Images used from Twitter.com/secondshotcafe & instagram.com/secondshotcoffee

 

Toast of the Town

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Toast, the breakfast of gods, champion of the morning and now legend of the rave.

House of Toast is a party and building competition in one, except instead of bricks you’ll build with bread.

Starting from 7pm At Drink Shop Do teams of up to 10 will have 2 hours to create whatever their hearts desire, the more elaborate the better, the best of the brunch  (see what I did there) will win fabulous prizes not to mention the title ‘ The Toast of London’.

To enter click here

 

 

  • The Time:  Friday 15th July from 7pm
  • The Place:  Drink, Shop, Do 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX
  • Tickets:  £10 each, £90 for a team of 10, £150 for an exclusive team ticket
  • Contact:  For more info click here, For ticket info click here

 

 

 

 

Barking Good Movies

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Oscar & Rupert based in East London are a Doggie-centric events company, because let’s be honest who doesn’t like dogs…oh you don’t, you’re a monster!

People also like going to the cinema when they have a bit of free time, well these geniuses have combined the two. Doggie Friendly Cinema does exactly what it say on the tin, watching movies with your 4 legged best friend in a welcoming environment with others who who don’t mind the odd woof every now and then.

On the 15th May Oscar & Rupert will be showing Paris Texas at Wringer + Mangle in London Fields East London, so if you and your canine companion are in the mood to get your movie on then click here.

Tickets also entitle you to 20% off food and drink in Wringer + Mangle, click here to book your table.

 

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  • The Time:  Sunday 15th May, doors open at 2pm movie starts at 3pm
  • The Place:  The basement at Wringer & Mangle, Sidworth Street, Hackney, E8 3SD
  • Tickets:  £18.50 per human, dogs go free
  • Contact:  For more info click here, for tickets click here, for info regarding Wringer & Mangle click here

 

 

Happy Watching

 

 

Hotel Elephant

Nope it’s not a hotel for elephants, sorry that was a little click baity.

 

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Hotel Elephant Gallery is an affordable creative work & exhibition space for artists in and around Southwark. A non profit organisation offering educational projects, events and screenings funded by the charity Artcore Int.

Support for graduates and makers alike, all are welcome to exhibit and perform in the space, or just checkout the art if you so wish.

 

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For more info regarding the monthly exhibitions, workspaces or after school clubs check below.

 

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The Place: Hotel Elephant Artist Studio Space, 23 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AW

The Time: Varies, contact venue for more info

Price: Entry is free, but double check just encase!

Contact Details: General Enquires info@hotelelephant.co.uk

 

 

 

Sweat is just fat spitting as it swears at you

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The Yuletide festivities have come & gone and you’re fulfilling your New Years resolution of going to the gym, but you’re lagging, you feel your resolve starting to waiver, the enthusiasm you felt on the 4th Jan seems to have buggered off by the 14th, what to do???

You could stick with it, push through the ‘wall’ and battle on. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact ‘Big Up’ to you for persevering.

If you’re REALLY struggling you could consider joining an independent gym / Personal Trainer who might offer a personalised approach to training and keep you interested in the sweaty world of fitness.  If this sounds more like it then take a goosey gander at the suggestions below.

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Road to Fitness UK

A jack of all trades and master of most Road to Fitness UK offers Personal Training, Martial Arts Tuition, First Aid Courses, Sports Massage and I think they also do stand up comedy…but only if you ask really nicely.  Based in Loughton (but they travel throughout London), the company has been going for 6+ years so can aid in your fitness goals however big or small.

www.roadtofitnessuk.co.uk

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Gemma Ridley Personal Training

Based in Islington North London Gemma Ridley offers Home / Gym PT sessions, outdoor workouts, High Intensity cardio classes and Boxing sessions for all levels of fitness. I would recommend doing her cardio classes but only if you don’t mind being a wee bit wobbly legged afterward.

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krav maga

If Self Defence is more your thing then head over to Apolaki Krav Maga London in Bethnal Green, London’s only full time Krav Maga Academy.

Krav Maga: “a form of self-defence and physical training, first developed by the Israeli army in the 1940s, based on the use of reflexive responses to threatening situations.”*

Specialising in Krav Maga Self Defence, Dirty Boxing and 1 on 1 Self Defence sessions, the school also offers Apolaki SPD – Self Protection for Dwarfs. A bespoke self defence system designed by Eugene Grant and Apolaki Krav Maga Chief Instructor Kelina Cowell, the system is  designed specifically for the body types and threats experienced by people with restricted growth  syndrome.

Trial classes available here

http://www.apolakikravmagalondon.com/

These are just a few suggestions, part 2 coming soon.

 

 

 

Star Man takes it to the streets

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In remembrance and celebration of the legend that is David Bowie, The Ritzy is hosting a street party on the old stomping grounds of the great man this evening from 7pm.

Bring your instruments, speakers, a dish or 2 and most importantly a joyous attitude  to this free impromptu event.

Lets make sure the star man can hear us from the sky.

 

 

Sleep peacefully Mr Bowie,

the music industry and the world won’t be the same without you.

1947 – 2016

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* The Place:  Brixton Square, in front of The Ritzy

The Time:  From 7pm

The Price:  It’s Free Baby!

* What to bring:  Any instruments, Speakers, Food, Umbrellas and Love you have to offer

 

 

 

 

 

2015 can get the f*%@ out

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It’s that time of year again when we say ‘goodnight’ to the old, and ‘leave the curtains closed’ in the morning (afternoon) of the new.

2015 has had it’s ups, downs & horizontals but once more tis the time for new beginnings, so in the words of Bill Keane:

 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.”

 

…that being said, remember when partying over New Years eve that water is your friend, guzzle down a load of the stuff during the night to help avoid a pain-filled spinner beginning to the year, like the people in the pic below. Ouch!

 

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Here’s to 2016

 

 

Festive Greetings Old Chap & Chapettes

Happy Hanukkah,   Happy Bodhi Day,   Happy Saturnalia,   Happy Yule,

Happy Mawlid an Nabi,   Happy Mithras Day,   Happy Christmas,   Happy Kwanzaa,

 Happy Zarathosht Diso

Whichever flips your pancake, have a good one…enjoy these geometrically pleasing London Christmas lights from 1965.

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Enjoy your time off work you crazy muppets!

Boom goes the dynamite – Lighting up London

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It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the thwarted terrorist attack on Parliament by lighting tons of gunpowder all over the Country…Guy Fawkes would be so proud.

So in commemoration of the plot of 1605 we’ve listed a few bonfire events for your viewing pleasure…and yes I know this is late…screw you guys I did my best here!

 

  • North London

*Alexandra Palace – Alexandra Palace/Wood Green: On the 7th Nov enjoy the view, Bonfire and festival at Allie Pallie, from 3pm tuck into some street food and craftbeer, enjoy

– Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

*The Walker Cricket Ground – Enfield: Enjoy a funfair, food stalls and a bar (ears open adults) on 7th Nov from 5pm in Enfield, the fun stuff starts from 5pm and the display begins at 7.30. Adult tickets start from £6, childs tickets from £3

-The Walker Ground, 175 Waterfall Road, Southgate, London, N14 7JZ

*Scout Park – Bounds Green: If you’re a vegetarian or meat-lover head over to Bounds Green for a BBQ and fireworks display on the 7th Nov from 6pm, all the money raised goes towards equipment for the scouts, lets be honest anything that helps keep our little people occupied is a good thing, so don’t be afraid to flash the cash!

Adult tickets start from £5, kids tickets from £4

-Scout Park, Gordon Road, Bounds Green, London, N11 2PB

 

  • South London

*Chislehurst Recreation Ground – Chislehurst: A funfair, hog roast and the dance performance by the Glenlyn Academy Dance Group are on offer on the 7th Nov from 6pm, display begins at 7.30pm.

– Empress Drive, Chislehurst, London, BR7 5BG / Prices start from £6 for adults & from free for kids.

*Carshalton Park – Surrey: Stop by Ruskin Road for some live music, a bonfire and display from 5.15 on the 7th Nov, tickets will be £5 per person if purchased by Friday 6th, tickets bought on the day will cost £7.50 per person, under 5’s go free. All profits raised at the event will be donated to local charities & further local community support.

– Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Surrey, SM5 3DD

*Kingsmeadow Stadium – Kingston upon Thames: Fairground rides, and DJ set and live music to be enjoyed by all on the 6th Nov starting from 6.30, display beginning at 8pm. Tickets from £5 per person, under 5’s go free.

– Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 3PB

*Blackheath Common – Blackheath: funfair fun starts from noon on the 7th Nov, along with food stalls and bars, the display begins at 8pm and its FREE ENTRY baby!…though donations towards the event are welcome.

– Blackheath Common, Blackheath, London, SE3 0RW

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  • West London

*Battersea Park – Wandsworth: Experience a right ‘Royal Night Out’ at this themed bonfire event, on the 7th Nov boogie down to live music, food & drink plus award-winning Jubilee fireworks from 6pm, display begins at 8pm.

Purchase tickets in advance from here, £8 per person until Friday 6th, £10 thereafter, no tickets available on the door.

– Battersea Park, Wandsworth, London, SW11 4NJ

*Ealing Cricket Club – Ealing: Family fun at Ealings Family Entertainment and Bonfire weekender, on the 7th Nov from 6pm enjoy a fantasy themed laser and fireworks show, accompanied by barbecue and mulled wine (for the adults only, sorry kids).

– Corton Road, Ealing, London, W5 2HS

*Ravenscourt Park – Hammersmith: Funfair plus 2 fireworks dos in Hammersmith on the 7th Nov, kiddie display starts at 7.15 while the main event, which’ll be set to music begins at 8.10

– Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, London, W6 0TH

 

  • East London

*Victoria Park – Bow: Victoria Park are getting their fireworks groove back on after 5yrs away, get down over there for 7pm on the 7th Nov to enjoy the renewed fun…and it’s FREE ENTRY baby!

– Victoria Park, Bow, London, E9 7DD

*Clissold Park – Stoke Newington: Superhero is the theme of this year’s event in Clissold Park, from 6pm on the 7th Nov enjoy a “musical extravaganza” and funfair while dressed as your favourite super hero or supervillain (it’s not mandatory to dress up), the display begins at 7. 30, adult tickets start from £7.50, kids tickets from £2.50, tickets must be bought in advance.

– Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, London, N16 9HJ

 

Enjoy, be safe, and please please please leave your pets at home, imagine someone letting off firecrackers next to your ear for 20mins…exactly!

 

 

Bob’s Happy Wheels

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Comedy clubs are so passé, walls and roofs have been done to death, the future of comedy is on the road.

Leading the mobile funny-fest revolution is Bob Slayer, Edinburgh Fringe regular and owner of The BlundaBus, a successfully crowd funded project to convert a double decker bus into a bar & comedy venue.

Launched in mid 2015, the bus has made a number of red carpet appearances at the Croydon Comedy Festival, Livestock Festival in Gloucestershire and the Fringe itself as an independent venue, to name but a few.

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During October you’ll find Bob’s Bus in Hackney East London (except between the 16th-18th as it will be taking a brief musical interlude in Whitby), click HERE to check the event listings.

The bus will be back on the Hackney Road in November after it’s stolen the show at the Nottingham Comedy Festival (grab tickets HERE), it’ll be sticking around till Santa kicks it out in mid December, so caught the bus before it drives off without you.

 

The Time: Between October to December 2015, click HERE

The Place: 459 Hackney Road, E2 9DY by the RE London Shoreditch Hotel (5mins from Cambridge Heath Overground station, & accessible via the 55, 48 & 26 buses)

Contact: Bobslayerakabobs@gmail.com, 07811 200 501, website www.blundabus.com