As part the national Big Draw campaign, families are invited to take part in ‘Outlines: The Big Draw at Goldsmiths’ led by PGCE Art & Design and BA (Hons) Education, Culture & Society students on Saturday 27 October from 11am – 4pm.
This year’s event promises to build on last year’s success, which saw children explore a treasure island as well as help ‘shipwrecked’ PGCE students make rafts and build shelters. Other activities included mapping their journey around the hall with poetry and stories – getting their passport stamped as they went – and helping to create an exciting new civilisation out of cardboard boxes.
The free annual family event – which is ideal for children aged 3 to 13 years old – has continued to grow in popularity since Goldsmiths hosted its first Big Draw in 2006, winning several Campaign For Drawing awards along the way.
One parent who visited the 2011 event said: “It was amazing – my little one loved it, thank you so much! The hall was incredible – like going into another world. There are a lot of very talented students at Goldsmiths”
Please visit www.gold.ac.uk/bigdraw for more information or if you have any questions, please contact Peter Austin on 020 7919 7909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
So we haven’t posted anything recently both myself and Auld Uncle Crawler have been very busy with work, Uni, Fifa, girls etc. but we have managed to keep the listings page as up to date as possible which is nice.
Its getting darker earlier, too cold to get out of bed in the mornings and someone on my road constantly has their wood burner on to make it feel like I’m walking through a campsite every evening. This can only mean one thing, winter is coming. I like winter, apart from summer holidays all of the best things happen in winter: Christmas, New Years, the majority of the football season, Bonfire Night, pub roasts by a fire, the majority of the football season and this year we have the end of the world to look forward to so bonus for us!
It all kicks off, this weekend with Halloween, I’m not a big fan of the holiday itself (is it a holiday?) I am a fan of the dressing up part though. Personally I’ll just throw on a jump suit with some aviators and say I’m Top Gun to anyone who asks; but It’s the girls that do it for me, Halloween brings out the vamp in them and its fucking great! So here’s a little of what’s going on, on your doorstep this weekend.
On Friday there’s the Toejam Halloween Trick or Treat with live music from Wild Flowers, Battle of You, Howling Circus and others. Best fancy dress wins as well as £3 Jäger bombs, £1 sidekicks and 20% off all drinks before 8pm. Bargain. As well as Toejam the guys at the Amersham will be throwing their normal Whip It shindig (no doubt Halloween themed)
Saturday at the New Cross Inn is for the punks, a benefit gig for repairs and restoration of the ScumFest PA system to be used for future DIY events. Facebook page here
I suggest looking out for the Venue lot that descend this weekend, it should be an interesting sight. If you are intrigued by going into the place, this weekend and next would be the best time to go, you won’t feel that out of place if you are in enough fancy dress and you’ll still get that ‘Venue’ experience. If you just want to observe the Marquis is the best place for it.
Freshers’ Week has finally arrived and we will are here to bring you the ultimate guide to what’s going on. Each day we will let you know where the parties are in and around New Cross so you don’t miss a thing.
Saturday September 22nd
Most freshers will be arriving throughout the day unloading their boxes into the halls lining the big bad streets around New Cross. No doubt most of you will be wanting to start partying as soon as your parents have departed back down the A2 and your SU along with the various pubs around New Cross have some great things lined up. Goldsmiths SU bar The Stretch will be open throughout the week from 12pm with Wii and Xbox games on the big screens along with giant versions of classic board games for you to settle in and meet your fellow freshers.
At 7pm The Stretch are putting on an Inter Halls Championships, like the Masters but with less golf. I can only imagine lots of drinking games to get you in the party mood. Also at 7pm The Cinema will be showing Howls Moving Castle (great film) for those that want a booze free, chilled out evening.
New-X-ing have a stage outside the Library which you should check out. Some live music and a little speech from the Mayor of Lewisham.
Fresh Prints are returning to The Amersham Arms down by New Cross station for a night of Hip Hop / Indie / 90s / Disco / Pop. You will be spending a lot of your time in this place and this is the perfect night to check it out.
If Punk music is more your thing the New Cross Inn have teamed up with Polite Riot from Glasgow to bring you Fire Exit & guests. Advance tickets are £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door.
There is talk of a few hall’s parties but I imagine they will be shut down pretty quickly. My advice is to get out of your halls and have a wander, you will definitely find something fun to do. We’ll be out and about watching the whole boozy mess unfold, come and say hello!
One other thing to mention, Millwall FC have a home game against Brighton, KO at 3pm, its expected to be quite a busy one with Brighton selling nearly 3000 tickets! New Cross can get pretty rowdy before and especially after the match, The Marquis and Hob can get pretty busy, but don’t let this put you off going out. If you are already moved in and stuck for something to do during the day, why not get down to The Den to see what it’s all about. They are your local team now after all.
Check back tomorrow for part 2.
So on our way to Deptford for a drink, a friend of mine popped into the Waldron Health Centre at the end of last month to pick up some condoms “extra-large” he tells me (I don’t believe him) “you always have to get an extra size up with NHS johnnys” he continues as he strolls, hood up, into the Centre. Auld Uncle Crawler and I wait in the ‘car park’ discussing what the council should do with the cracked tarmac space outside the practice, we come to the conclusion that one of those mini-Tesco will probably be built taking more money away from local shop owners, I’m confident a permanent late night bouncy castle is a much more sustainable business opportunity. After a bit of people watching ‘Mr Big’ bounces out of the building towards us smiling like he’s just managed to blag 10 quids worth of pick ‘n’ mix from Woolworths. We giggle like school boys at the 12 multi-coloured packs for a while, realise what we are doing and quickly depart for our booze crawl around Deptford.
Two weeks later our good friend ‘extra-large’ returns to the Waldron for some more “I have to top up for freshers week innit!” but on this occasion leaves empty handed. Apparently you can only get 12 free condoms a month from the NHS!? What in the actual fuck? So you can only practice safe sex 3 times a week, the other 4 days you’re cool to do as you please?
If you are single, sex 3 times a week means you are doing something right but 12 condoms isn’t really a lot is it? What about the odd posh one, or the nights where you decide to put one on your head and see how much you can blow it up.
If, for whatever reason, you do need more my advice is to ask your lady friends, girls can get a fuck load just for picking up the pill. If you don’t have any female companions and you’re one of those people that likes to keep thousands of them bulging out of that ‘special’ drawer next to your bed like some sort of weird sexual stamp collector then brag to all your friends about how much action you could get with them all, you can try the other clinics in the area. Links below:
Peckham Walk In
Best remembered for their successful 1982 single “Pass the Dutchie”, which became a number 1 hit across the world, Grammy Award nominees Musical Youth will host an intimate but no doubt packed show at the New Cross Inn this Saturday 8th of September. We are very excited for this one, especially after missing them at London Pleasure Gardens a few months back.
Support from the awesome ChainSka Brassika as well as One Jah plus 20% off drinks until 8pm means this will be a very special night. Facebook event here
Tickets are £10 in advance an can be purchased here otherwise its £15 on the door. Its worth getting them in advance just to save disappointment plus you could go halves on a 10 bit for the show with your savings*
It’s Tuesday which means it’s Open Mic Night tonight at the New Cross Inn.
Last week was a very busy one so get down there for 7pm to make sure you get on the list to play. Entry is absolutely FREE as always.
NEW-X-ING is an ambitious independent programme aiming to integrate New Cross’s Community and Institutions. One of the first ideas of a street amphitheatre is being implemented with two weeks of performances coming up at the end of the summer.
Share the excitement of a street-stage offering free public performances from Sept 21 to Oct 6 2012.
Contributors range from Blue Grass to Experimental Sound-bending, Trinity Laban choreographic Interventions to children’s street-dance, from spoken poetry to political debate.
The area outside Goldsmiths Library (on Lewisham Way just by the main Goldsmiths building) is a natural gathering point which is easily visible to bus passengers, car drivers, pedestrians and students. For 16 days this autumn there will be the perfect excuse to sit on the steps and enjoy some local culture.
New X-ING Relay has been developed by Artmongers (Deptford X) and funded by Awards for All (part of the Big Lottery fund). The program is in partnership with Goldsmiths College and the London Borough of Lewisham as well as numerous community individuals and organisations.
The Relay is part of New X-ING – a program of creative interventions to shake new life into New Cross led by local artists and community activists Artmongers.
Visit http://newxing.wordpress.com/ for program information.