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East London street art – RAE exhibition @ Signal Gallery

RAE – the Brooklyn street artist – is always playful, always fun; there’s a zest and sense of light-heartedness to his work. He’s even been quoted as saying he takes his cues from “the person who makes the misspelled signs at the corner deli, people who produce really bad local TV commercials [and] fashionable homeless men”. Not a bad starting point.

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Forza Win(ter)

So it’s definitely really cold outside at the moment. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I’ve been out raving much of late, due to a strong desire to just sit in bed and do absolutely nothing. What I have done, however, is sit on a rooftop for several hours, at night, having dinner. Not as barmy as it sounds, my friends: for this was a night at Forza Win(ter), and it was a rooftop full of hot cocktails, blankets, music, incredible food, a whole load of very happy, chatting (and singing) people and, most importantly- big-ass heaters.

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Street Art…. Mushrooms

Mushrooms. Street art. Know what I mean? Chances are, if you’ve spent any time walking round East London and looked heavenwards for inspiration, you will have been greeted by… mushrooms. Christiaan Nagel is the man behind them, on a one-man mushroom, sorry mission, __to ‘cover the world in mushrooms’.

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High Line

You may have noticed a petition doing the rounds to open up London’s disused underground railways (we’ve certainly been tweeting it like mad). It might surprise you to learn that there are no less than twenty-six disused stations underneath London: that’s a whole lotta disused space for a cramped city. (Who’s betting you’ll grumble about this fact the next time you’re crushed to within an inch of your life on a busy tube platform).

But, encouragingly, there are some plans in the pipeline (very weak, I know) to take on some of these disused railways. These are the Rail Mail tunnels. Originally a pneumatic railway (for those of you who, like me, didn’t know, pneumatic basically means propelling things around with compressed air), the tunnels were used to whiz around post for the Royal Mail. Unfortunately the rail was closed in 2002, after the Mail announced it was making some rather gigantic losses of £1.2m a day.

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