Free Bike Fix-it

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Calling all Brent residents with broken bikes, get your backsides over to Queens Park Farmers Market at Salusbury Primary School on Sunday 18th Sept for some cycle-TLC.

Dr Bike’s maintenance team will be in Queens Park between 10am-2pm to provide some much appreciated, FREE, bike MOTs and advice on a first-come-first-serve basis…for FREEEeeeeeeeeee.

So if your bikes a wee bit of maintenance loving, them get it over to Salusbury School this Sunday, and while you’re then take a gander at the farmers market, you can find some rather tasty treats.

 

  • The Place:  Queens Park Farmers Market at Salusbury School, Salusbury Road, Queens Park,  NW6 6RG
  • The Time:   18th September 2016 from 10am to 2pm
  • Tickets:  It’s free baby!
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

*Info used from brent.gov.uk

*Image used taken by the Pigeon

The Chief of all Coffees

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In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street and on that dark, dark street lays Chief Coffee.  Well Turnham Green isn’t that dark, and neither is the street Chief sits on (it’s not really a street either, more of a mews), but this was the best opener I could come up with.

Meet Chief Coffee, the caffeine establishment located in a Victorian bottle factory that boasts a pinball lounge in the basement.

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Situated just off Turnham Green Terrace, Chief Coffee servers a variety of artisan coffee drinks with a variety of artisan beans, none of that Btarsucks rubbish, if you know what I mean.

In-house treats like sandwiches and pastries provided by local vendors are made daily, but you want to know about the pinball machines right?

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Grab your Cappuccino, hand-made cinnamon bun and wonder downstairs where you’ll find pinball machines of the Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones and Star Trek variety, to name but a few.

At present there are 9 machines residing in the Chief underground meeting room, which I’ve been told by my band of spies can be hired out for private events, if you’re interested email here.

If you happen to be in West London and are in dyer need of caffeine, I highly recommend popping into Chief. The staff are lovely, the building is stunning and the pinball is awesome…oh and the coffee is pretty OK too :0)

 

  • The Place:  Chief Coffee, Turnham Green Terrace Mews, London W4 1QU
  • The Time:   Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm   Sat 9am-7pm   Sun 10am-5.30pm
  • Contact:  For more information email Chief Coffee here

 

 

 

 

 

Straight out of the Box

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‘Roses are red, Poppies are red, The grass is all red, Shit the garden’s on fire!’ that’s as good as my poetry gets and it’s not even mine, I nicked that from Mock the Week*

Thankfully there are real poets and authors who are willing to share their talent with the world (and silence my rubbish), if you’d like to see a few of those talented individuals read their work live then get your backside over to Pop Brixton.

On Wednesday 13th July Max Porter, Colin Grant and Johny Pitts (plus a number of other highly acclaimed acts) will be performing their work to a crowd of spoken word/music lovers, why don’t you join them it’s not a bad way to see out Hump Day.

 

 

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  • The Place:  Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
  • The Time:  Wednesday 13th July from 7.30pm – 11pm, last entry 8pm
  • Tickets:  Get tickets from here
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

 

* Mock the week: scenes we’d like to see, series 8 episode 4

 

 

My Rubber Duckie

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Everybody loves a rubber duck, whether you’re 6 or 60, male or female everybody loves a rubber duckie…including you, don’t be lying now.

What could make us love these little yellow buggers more, well what if I told you they’ve started doing charity work, yep that would do it.

On 14th July our little duckie friends will be racing to raise money for the redevelopment of the children’s intensive care unit in St Mary’s Hospital. Donate £3.00 to enter and if your duck wins you get to go to Paris  (holy f*** balls).  Regardless of whether you win or not you get the joy of knowing your £3.00 will help children for years to come, that’s the s*** right there.

 

  • The Place:  Paddington Basin, W2 1AF
  • The Time:  Thursday 14th July, race starts at 12.30pm
  • Tickets:  Get tickets from here
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

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Finish him

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Who likes games (raises hand), who likes movies (raises other hand – now typing with my nose), put them both together and what do you have?

Some questionable character choices, unrecognisable storylines and bad green screen effects, in other words 2 hours of f***ing awesomeness and an urge to play Street Fighter into the wee hours, that’s where Joypad steps in.

Joypad bar aims to bring the joyous memories of retro gaming to the Call of Duty generation. On the last Tuesday of the month they host a pop up event called Cinedouken where they screen movies based on a retro games at Trapeze on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, a tournament throughout the evening playing the game the movie is based on will also take place, seeing the last man standing at the end of the night win a £50 bar tab.

On Tuesday 26th July they’ll be showing Doom with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Karl Urban.

So if 90’s beat ’em ups give you warm & fuzzy feelings then get your backside over to Trapeze, fun is guaranteed to ensue…and maybe some free booze.

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  • The Place:  Trapeze Bar 89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HX
  • The Time:  Tuesday 26th July from 7pm
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

 

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.