Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

This garage costs �300,000

garage.jpgThis 20′ x 9′ garage in Chelsea is on the market for �300,000. Well worth it, if you ask me.

Nice building, but don’t think much of the neighbours

I’ve been able to see the top of this building for ages from work and always wondered what it was. Well today I popped over Vauxhall bridge to the ‘other’ side of the river to get something and ended up going straight past it.

Apparently it’s St George Wharf, some really nice looking apartments (with a price tag to match?).

Nice building, shame about the neighbours though.

(as a side note I just thought I’d mention that my blogging seems to be taking on a public transport type quality to it – nothing for ages then three come along at once)

The Smallest Flat in London

mousehouse.jpgNewspapers are gleefully reporting the smallest flat in London—62 square feet (counting 3 foot bed loft) and

But There’s No Shower…

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Reading on The Londonist this morning that Ken Livingston is now allowing caravans onto Trafalgar Square, I hopped on my bike during lunch and took London Cyclist (ghetto) Network Route 4 to Trafalgar Square. The Caravan is an arts project entitled ‘Our Little Corner Of Earth’ created by a group of nine artists called ‘Little Death’. I looked around inside the caravan with two other women. They had experience of caravanning and pointed out the lack of shower as an issue. But, like me, they were also intrigued by the graphic details that are hidden all over the caravan. Again expressing the practicalities of this particular caravan one of them said the jar of dead crickets would have to go.

The artists are a friendly bunch and happy to discuss their work. The caravan is parked on Trafalgar Square until Saturday and then is touring the country. There are other installations planned for this series including a series of life-sized portraits of the soul by a former Tibetan Buddist Monk.

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Outside – 100 doors

I watched a programme on TV last night that really got to me.
It was in one of these short film thingies that channel four does, about a teenage girl homeless in london.
I generally dont get on with these kinda things but this one was particularily good, The women was all grown up now and looking back on that period of her life. It had a lot of the people that she knew then talking about how she was, how she kept the fact she was homeless a secret and how they coped on the streets of London.

It struck a big chord with me because when I was 16 I lived on the street too, and like the girl I also had a working class upbringing and a family in London,and despite how hard it got and how much danger I was in, I never felt able to go home. There were lots of comments on the programme that I really agreed with and not many that I didnt, what struck me with this particular story though was that the girl involved, never really got sucked into that life, and destroyed by it, and that she got out, relatively unscathed. Unlike her I got sucked into it pretty bad and it took me a long time to get myself a way out.

I watch a lot of stuff on the telly about the homeless people in London and as someone who has been there, not for a day or a week, but for two years of my life, a lot of what is said is wrong, not every person out there is a junkie, but all of them are pretty stuck in the cycle of trying to survive, and stay alive. A lot of the homeless people I knew are still out there, trying to stay alive, with and without drug habits. It isnt hard to become homeless, and it definately isnt easy to get a home.

Its probably a unpopular veiw, but I think that the street people of London deserve ‘normal’ peoples respect and understanding rather than disdain and disgust. I lived on the street because like the girl in the documentry I had too, and also like her I got off them too.

I lot of what I saw last night reminded me of how lonely life can get, and hopeless and how easy it is to get used to a crappy way of living. As it gets colder this winter I think I will be a little bit more grateful for what I’ve got, and remember how hard it was to get it all back.

Property; prices; poofs and previews

It has been a good weekend! Saturday Vicky and I took a wander round Notting Hill and Portobello Market; there is something so great about Notting Hill, something so inviting and ornate. Just walking round, looking through shops and stalls can fill a whole day and be totally enjoyable.
Notting Hill is comprised of so many gorgeous houses and flats and as we looked in the windows of estate agents there were 2 bedroom flats ranging from £250 a week all the way up to £700 a week. Next to these million pound homes it is quite common to find the famous 1980’s high-rise – a concept I don’t think the British have ever entirely embraced. 10 years ago all anyone wanted to do was blow them up now however people are opting to live in these ex-local authority homes, as they are normally bigger than Victorian conversion flats and cheaper.
The other day I was searching online for property (something I do when bored because the price variations interest me) and found some ex-local authority apartments in EC3 for £70 a week! This is amazing!!!! SO cheap!!! However I do fall into the category of thinking these buildings look unbelievably ugly – the designs are terrible. Although some I have seen are nice the majority I do find TERRIBLE! I remember when Madonna made a comment about how she disliked the local authority high rises in London and everyone slagged her off. Can anyone actually say they find them attractive though? However for such amazing prices in such fantastic locations could anyone really turn this down?
After returning home from Notting Hill having walked for miles and with feet aching terribly I set about my evening which was supposed to be watching videos – BORING! In fact I was so bored I couldn’t bear to do that and after much discussion my friends and I decided it was time to hit the town. We went to Heaven and I drank £60 worth of Smirnoff ice (I don’t even drink Smirnoff Ice!) and enjoyed some music, dancing and chatting. We especially enjoyed the Orlando Bloom look a like on bar. I love Heaven, the layout is fantastic and I like the old-warehouse thing that’s going on. It makes me laugh that when queuing it looks as though it will be the smallest club ever but once inside you see that it is not, it is pretty darn huge! http://www.heaven-london.com
Last night the Ritzy in Brixton was previewing Fahrenheit 9/11 which now happens to be one of the best films I have ever seen. At the end the whole cinema was stood clapping – it truly is excellent. Michael Moore has a way of presenting these amazing facts in an entertaining way, some of what he is saying is so shocking however told in a light hearted way. A truly great film, I won’t go into it in detail as I am sure many people want to see it un-spoiled, however two bits totally got me:
1. When Bush was informed re: 9/11 he was on a school visit. When the first plane hit he decided to carry on with his visit and talk to a class full of children, whilst he was talking with the children he was told the second plane had hit and America was under attack. The look on his face was pure panic – he looked as though he had no idea what to do at all, he picked up the children’s book and continued to read. For 11 minutes (I think or maybe 15) nothing was done! He read the book and everyone waited for his response.
2. Bush explains in an interview that when in his office thinking of solutions to problems he always has war in the back of his mind! This sickened me!
Watch the film immediately it’s amazing.

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