I was in Wanstead, being an author, doing a double act with fellow drifter and
psychogeographer Travis Elborough, at a great venue in a railway arch, The Wanstead Tap.
So of course I tried to have a short exploratory walk on the way there:
Wanstead is on my mental map of London, but only just – in the past I’ve walked across Wanstead Flats but it was some time ago. And it seems to me the topographical delineations get a bit convoluted out in those parts. You don’t have to walk very far to may be in East Ham, West Ham, Forest Gate, Newham, and at times you may be in at least two of these places at once.
I’m always fascinated by the hows and whys of the naming of streets and getting to the venue involved walking up Dames Road, from which Anna Neagle Close and Vera Lynn Close, named after a couple of great dames and local lasses. Anna Neagle was born in Forest Gate, Vera Lynn was born in East Ham.
Parked in Anna Neagle Close was this very cool Ford Capri. You know, if there’s one thing brightens up the average urban drift, it’s the presence cool classic cars. I wish there were more of them:
There was also a bit of leaseable ruin:
And a cat - which I think always adds to the tone of a place:
Come the Q and A at the event, an audience member (Fiona, if I remember correctly) mention Dubai, where the two side of the street looked like a mirror images of each other.
I promised to look this up when I got home and I have done, and although I’m not 100% sure that I’ve found the place she was talking about, I did find this, Sheik Zayed Road:
I certainly doesn’t look pedestrian-friendly though it seems that parts of it are walkable (there are Youtube videos if you want to see them).
This was Sheik Zayed (I think I’ve got the right one):
I mean, he had his moments, but he was no Vera Lynn.