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Volume 9 No. 3 Autumn 2012


The Magazine for Barbican Residents THE BARBICAN ASSOCIATION


Officers Chair


Deputy Chair Secretary Treasurer


Membership Secretary Auditor


Sub Committees Planning Licensing


Communications


Barbican Estate Security Sustainability


Roofs and Access, Public lifts, and Walkways


Noise and Pollution


Jane Smith, 307 Seddon House Tim Macer, 603 Willoughby House Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Cliff Paice,142 Cromwell Tower Gaby Robertshaw, 706 Bryer Court Richard Godber, Defoe House.


Randall Anderson, 193 Shakespeare Tower David Graves, 209 Seddon House Angela Starling, 502 Gilbert House David Bradshaw, 143 Cromwell Tower Sarah Hudson, 192 Shakespeare Tower


Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Steve Quilter, 49 Andrewes House


Elected General Council Members Randall Anderson, Bruce Badger, Robert Barker, David Bradshaw, David Graves,


Garth Leder, Tim Macer, Jane Smith, Angela Starling House Group Representatives Andrewes House *


Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


Bunyan Court


Cromwell Tower * Defoe House *


Frobisher Crescent * Gilbert House *


John Trundle Court * Lambert Jones Mews Lauderdale Tower * Mountjoy House * Seddon House *


Shakespeare Tower * Speed House


Thomas More House * Wallside *


Willoughby House*


Recognised Tenants Association Communications Group Angela Starling Jane Smith


Gillian Laidlaw Maggie Urry


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett


Stan Booth Chris Punter John Bailey


John Whitehead John Taysum


Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Matt Collins


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Dianne Vander Cruyssen 824 Frobisher Crescent 07540 885457 Nigel Walmsley Janet Wells


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Richard Collins Alberto Garciga Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer


Brian Parkes


Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


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151 Lauderdale Tower 07711 068865 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


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272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 21 Speed House


24 Thomas More House 7638 5453 6 Wallside


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7638 8201 angela.starling@cityoflondon.gov.uk chairba@btinternet.com


309 Mountjoy House 7638 0069 laidlaw.gillian@btinternet.com 13 Lauderdale Tower 7588 1955 5 Brandon Mews 7588 0898 173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617


maggieurry@gmail.com barbicanlife@aol.com geoffrey@rivett.net


Articles published, and opinions expressed, do not necessarily represent the views of The Barbican Association. Contributed articles are welcome, but insertion depends on space available and editorial needs. © Copyright 2012 The Barbican Association


Editor: Lawrence Williams Email: barbicanlife@gmail.com Tel: 020 7588 0898 Mobile: 07853 836 623


Advertising: Stephanie Ross Stephanie.ross@btinternet.com• Mobile: 07753 603601


Design: Sheldon-Mann Email: sheldonmann@gmail.com Tel: 01322 412157


Print: The Buxton Press, Buxton Contributors/Assistance:


Sreela Banerjee Joe Coten Tony Field Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw


Maxine Kwok Adams Ronald Millar Satu Pitkanen Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Kate West


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Contents Features 6 It’s a wild life in the Barbican


City living seems to suit a number of species of mammal and avian wildlife which choose to make their home in and around the Barbican


9 A Bedlam Postscript Since the article about the history of Bedlam, the


world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, was published in the Summer 2012 edition of Barbican Life, archaeologists have been excavating the site in connection with the Crossrail development. Gillian Laidlaw reports.


11 Musings on Love


Buying art can cause you to lose a morning, demonstrates Sreela Banerjee. She contends that there are two kinds of love, and that Adam Smith defined one, which is complemented perfectly by the other of which the Bard speaks.


16


What we like about living in the Barbican LSO first violinist Maxine Kwok Adams on why she lives in the Barbican and what she really likes about the complex and what life’s like playing for one of the world’s top orchestras.


17


Barbican Life website and Community Partnership


Barbican resident Satu Pitkanene talks us through some of the changes which have been implemented so far on the Barbican Life website to help it serve the Barbican community better.


18 “Getting close” to her piano


Another music related bagatelle from Barbican resident Ronald Millar


20 Restaurant Reviews


The editor reviews a Barbican favourite gastropub, a ‘cool’ bar/restaurant/club and entertainment at a City wine bar .


Cover Picture:


A heron perched on the waterfall on the upper Barbican Lake. Photo by


Lawrence Williams


Regulars


5 Barbicania 23 Heath and the City 26 Area News Review 30 Insight 33 Theatre Preview 36 View from St Giles 37 Personal Finance 39 BA Discount Scheme 43 Barbican Flatwatch 48 Afterthoughts


Barbican Life is published by the Barbican Association for its members. Additional copies are available at £4.00 per copy, including UK postage, from: Barbican Life, 5 Brandon Mews, Barbican, London EC2Y 8BE Tel/Fax 020 7588 0898 Email:


barbicanlife@gmail.com


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