A few events are happening this week that a couple of my friends have organised / are participating in. I’m hoping to go to both. And I thought to mention them for anyone who might be interested and near the respective areas.

In London on Wednesday night Douglas Cowie discusses the life and work of writer Nelson Algren at Waterstones Piccadilly. There will also be a screening of the documentary ‘Nelson Algren: The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All’. Doug wrote a great novel, Noon In Paris, Eight In Chicago, about Algren and Simone De Beauvoir’s relationship, which was published last year. You can check out a video where he talks about the novel here, and also read the first chapter.

On Friday, as part of a whole host of events planned in Croydon for Dying Matters Week, there are events running throughout day. It’s been part organised by Debi Roberts who runs a Death Cafe in Croydon, so I’m sure it’ll be a good.

While I’m on the subject of Croydon: attending the Death Café Saturday last at the Croydon Clocktower Café was the first time I’ve been in Croydon for many, many years. It used to be a place with which I was very familiar with, it being somewhere I visited regularly when I was younger, not least because both my Mum and Dad worked there.

It was an odd experience being back, that part of East Croydon, except for the Café, hadn’t changed much at all. Except I noticed more shops were closed up. In fact the general feeling of the area’s emptiness was summed up for me by the Fairfield Halls boarded up and fenced off. Though a quick browse on the web revealed plans are underway for the Fairfield Halls and the surrounding area, so it will be interesting to see how that all works out.

Before leaving on the bus for home I took a photo of this mural dedicated to The Damned (Captain Sensible hails from these parts I discovered). It was on the site just sort of opposite over the road from the Fairfield Halls, near the site of the building that was once the club the Blue Orchid. Thought it looked quite good:


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