Tuesday 20th September 2016

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Music and Beans

O how I hate being old
I hate seeing myself in a mirror
I hate seeing close up pictures of myself
Sideways big and thick and slow
The music never fits my mood
No matter how I try to make it do so

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I feel Stu’s pain
And yet he has excitement available
He walks alone as do we all
Out of the door on grey and sun filled days
I so most people walk in a cloud of loneliness
Yet they are connected in a way
That was beyond my childhood dreams
They all sit at tables with coffee and food
Killing each other softly without hardly a look
He was disturbed and stared at walls
He was lost in an uncomplicated moment
She was intense on the laptop
He only glanced at her just once
She at him not at all
Then an exchange
She pushed the laptop towards him open
He took it without emotion
Then she became animated
She began to talk to him
But he now didn’t see or take notice
He passed her the necessary roll up equipment
She took it still in conversation with herself
A brief snatch at a kiss then with only a whatever
She headed for the door he paid no attention
He continued his solo display
Other café users sat light from laptops illuminating their faces
Alone and yet in couples alone
Food and more coffee
Twitching dancing feet
Sometimes they shared each others screens but that was all
Worrying looks and intensity
I alone with pen and paper noted not a single outward look to the world
I should now leave the set and move out into the street full of music and beans

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Sir Gregory Page, 1st Baronet (c. 1669 – 25 May 1720), was a baronet in the Baronetage of Great Britain and a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain.

He was the eldest son of Gregory Page (died 1693) and his second wife Elizabeth Burton. Page Senior was a wealthy London merchant, shipwright and director of the British East India Company, who owned a brewery in Wapping; he was an Alderman of the City of London in 1687. Elizabeth Burton was a widow from Stepney.

Page Junior followed his father’s footsteps as a brewer and merchant, building a vast fortune in trade with South and East Asia. He was elected to Parliament as Whig member for New Shoreham in West Sussex at a by-election in December 1708. He retained the seat, whose prime industry was shipbuilding, over two parliaments, despite accusations that he had bribed voters for their support. He stood down at the British general election, 1713, and was created a baronet on 3 December 1714.

He returned to Parliament, again for New Shoreham, in the British general election, 1715, and again sat as a Whig, supporting the Hanoverian government until his death.

He married on 21 January 1690 Mary Trotman, the 17-year-old daughter of Thomas and Mary Trotman of London. They had four children: two sons (Gregory and Thomas) and two daughters (Mary and Sophia).

He died on 25 May 1720, and was buried in linen on 2 June 1720 at Greenwich. The baronetcy and his “immense fortune” was inherited by his eldest son, Gregory. His widow died at Greenwich on 4 March 1729 aged 56. She was buried in a vault at Bunhill Fields on the outskirts of the City of London. Her epitaph hinted at a painful illness, which was possibly Meigs’ syndrome. The epitaph reads in part:

In 67 months, she was tap’d [tapped] 66 times, Had taken away 240 gallons of water, without ever repining at her case, or ever fearing the operation.

The first baronet’s second son, Thomas, married a sister of Viscount Howe and was buried, without issue, at Greenwich on 4 November 1763. Gregory, the second baronet, died in 1776, when the baronetcy became extinct. The estate passed to Sir Gregory Turner, 3rd Baronet, who took the name Page-Turner in consequence. He was the grandson of the first baronet’s daughter Mary (buried 18 February 1724 at Greenwich), who had married the first Turner baronet, Edward Turner. The first baronet’s other daughter Sophia was the first wife of Lewis Way (a member of the Inner Temple, director of the South Sea Company and president of Guy’s Hospital). She died without issue on 2 January 1735.

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The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. It also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory. The Barbican Centre is member of the Global Cultural Districts Network.

The London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based in the Centre’s Concert Hall. In 2013, it once again became the London-based venue of the Royal Shakespeare Company following the company’s departure in 2001.

The Barbican Centre is owned, funded, and managed by the City of London Corporation, the third-largest artsfunder in the United Kingdom. It was built as The City’s gift to the nation at a cost of £161 million (equivalent to £480 million in 2014) and was officially opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 March 1982. The Barbican Centre is also known for its brutalist architecture.

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Fabric was a nightclub in Islington, London, England. Founded in 1999, it was controversially closed down by local authorities in 2016. Fabric began a campaign to save the club and the UK’s dance music culture on the 16th September 2016.

Located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market, the club was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs Poll” in 2007 and 2008 and ranked World Number 2 in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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On 7 September 2016, after a review into the supposedly drug-related deaths of two people in the club, Fabric’s licence was revoked and the venue was closed permanently, despite a campaign to secure the club’s future backed and popularized by DJs, musicians, venue-goers and several politicians. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan criticized the decision and placed it in the context of the city having lost 50% of its nightclubs since 2008, a “decline [which] must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife”.

According to The Independent, documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show that the closure was a long term plan orchestrated by the local Islington council long before the two drug-related deaths occurred, “with the police as pawns and drug legislation as a constant, convenient excuse.” A undercover police operation, codenamed “Operation Lenor” (apparently after the fabric softener brand) found some evidence of drug taking inside the venue, witnessing open drug use and drugs being offered for sale. The original undercover police report stated “the general atmosphere of the club was friendly and non-threatening”, but these findings did not make it into the Islington statement. The same police borough had recently referred other London venues’ management to Fabric as a “bastion of good practice”.The Independent linked the local council’s closure decision to austerity-imposed cross-board cost cutting: “Fabric may have made money locally, yet that money never made its way back to the council and police in the area.”

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Legend

French-British crime thriller film written and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film is adapted from John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with the rise and fall of the Kray twins; the relationship that bound them together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969.

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In the 1960s, Reggie Kray is a former boxer who has become an important part of the criminal underground in London. At the start of the film, his twin brother Ron is locked up in psychiatric prison for pathological violence and psychiatric instability. Reggie uses threats to obtain the premature parole of his brother, who is rapidly discharged from psychiatric prison. The two brothers unite their efforts to control a large part of London’s criminal underworld. One of their first efforts is to muscle-in on the control of a local night club, using extortion and brutal violence.

Reggie enters into a relationship with Frances, the sister of his driver, and they ultimately marry; however, he is imprisoned for a previous criminal conviction, which he cannot evade. While Reggie is in prison, Ron’s psychopathic problems and violence lead to severe setbacks at the night club. The club is almost forced to close after Ron scares away most of the customers. When Reggie is finally released from prison, the two brothers have an all-out fist fight on the first night after Reggie’s release, but they manage to partially patch things up.

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The brothers are approached by Angelo Bruno of Philadelphia (USA) on behalf of Meyer Lansky, to try to interest them in a crime syndicate deal. Bruno agrees to a fifty-fifty deal with Reggie to split London’s underground gambling profits in exchange for local protection from the Kray brothers. Initially, this system is highly lucrative for the Kray brothers. However, the results of Ron’s barely concealed psychopathic violence continues to cause problems with Scotland Yard. The police open a full investigation on the Kray brothers.

Reggie beats and rapes Frances and she leaves him. Reggie then approaches her to start afresh offering her a holiday to Ibiza. However, she is soon found dead after committing suicide with an overdose of prescription drugs. The brothers’ criminal activities continue, and they are unable to thwart the escalating Scotland Yard investigation by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read, who soon arrests Ron. The final scene shows a police squad breaking down the door to Reggie’s apartment in order to apprehend him.

The closing captions indicate both brothers receiving criminal convictions for murder. They died five years apart, Ron from a heart attack in 1995, and Reggie from cancer in 2000.

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