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Volume 9 No. 2 Summer 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 * Stan Booth 184 Andrewes House 07985 319849 Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


Chris Punter John Bailey


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


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Contents


Features 6


A Walk in London Garth Leder explores a website which gives


directions for walking routes across London and makes his intrepid way from the Barbican to the South Bank finding numerous points of interest along the suggested route


8 Bedlam


Gillian Laidlaw looks into the history of the hospital for the mentally unstable which for much of its history was only a stone’s throw away from the Barbican


10 60 Years of Change


In the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year Sreela Banerjee considers just ten of the myriad new phrases which Queen Elizabeth (along with all her subjects) has had to learn in her 60 years of reign and marvels at the amazing changes in Britain since 1952


16 A Greener City


543 Ben Jonson House 8 Brandon Mews


Paul Bowers Isaacson 62 Breton House Eileen Campbell Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Matt Collins


102 Bryer Court 312 Bunyan Court 133 Cromwell Tower 136 Defoe House


211 Gilbert House


Richard Collins Alberto Garciga Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer


Anne Napthine Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


502 Gilbert House


14 John Trundle Court 4 Lambert Jones Mews


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


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151 Lauderdale Tower 07711 068865 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


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272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 110 Speed House


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24 Thomas More House 7638 5453 6 Wallside


501 Willoughby House 7628 6581* 307 Seddon House 7628 9132


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 Sarah Hudson Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw Garth Leder Satu Pitkanen Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Liz Thomas Vivian Van Blerk Kate West


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Sarah Hudson asks Can the Barbican learn from the City’s green roof experience?


18 Still Life in Spain – Naturaleza Muerta


Vivian Van Blerk reviews Barbican resident Mark Maxwell’s latest short film inspired by the role of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year and at the Paris Film Festival this year.


20 Restaurant Reviews


The editor reviews a Farringdon restaurant with a South African touch, Jamie Oliver’s take on an Italian restaurant in a City banking hall and a remarkable low cost option open to Barbican residents while Liz Thomas samples the fare at our newest local which is getting mostly positive comment from residents.


27


Inspiring Individuals – Audrey Ballard Stephanie Ross talks to Audrey about London’s East End in the 1920's and '30's, enjoying life and living in the Barbican.


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


Cover Picture: St. Paul’s taken by Garth Leder on his walk from the Barbican to the South Bank detailed in this issue pp 6-7


Regulars


5 Barbicania 30 Heath and the City 31 Theatre Preview 33 Area News Review 40 Insight 43 View from St Giles 44 Personal Finance 45 BA Discount Scheme 49 Barbican Flatwatch 56 Afterthoughts


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