GN @ Opificio JM (Franco’s 2nd book)

547038_395766790499831_1882940021_n.jpgDomani sera, dalle 21.30 circa in poi, quelli del GN entreranno nel campo della spudorata vipperia della Prato anni 80 che non esiste più (la Prato da bere), recandosi in pompa magna e dandosi delle arie all’Opificio JM, where Billy Manicomio rulez. Parteciperemo alla presentazione del 2° manoscritto di Franco, in attesa di avere tempo e voglia di leggere il primo. Sarà certa la presenza di critici letterari di grido e tanta passera da urlo (alcune le porterò io personalmente…), oltre a soggetti di incerta fermità mentale. Access All Areas for GN boys & girls. Io ti ringrazio… Nichi Moretti.

Diabolik 50 or sono

il re del terrore.jpgEra il 1° Novembre del 1962, un giovedì, e dalle penne di Angela e Luciana Giussani nasce Diabòlik (questa è la pronuncia), precursore del fenomeno dei “fumetti neri”. Il suo particolare ed innovativo formato tascabile 12 x 17, al costo di 150 lire era comodo da portare in giro e quindi perfetto per i pendolari. Bimestrale sino al 1965, diventa prima quattordicinale, poi, dal 1978, quindicinale (e c’è differenza..), periodicità che manterrà sino al 1981, quando diventerà mensile. Per celebrare i 50 anni (or sono), 2 belle mostre: Una a Lucca (Ghenf)al MUF Museo del fumetto fino al 31 dicembre, l’altra a Milano (Clerville) dal 10 al 21 Novembre al Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci . “Nessuna cosa al mondo potrebbe darmi l’esaltazione che mi dà l’idea di combattere contro il mondo intero..” 

New Libraries For Dalston, Deptford And Canada Water

CLRJameslibrary1.jpgA new library opens its doors on 23 January in Hackney, which the council says is one of the largest in the UK. Dalston C.L.R. James library is twice the size of the one it’s replacing, covering three floors and with 32,000 items to read, watch or listen to. There are also 57 computers and free wifi throughout, so you could take your own laptop while drinking a coffee in the cafe. It all sounds tres metropolitan and makes a nice bloody change from libraries being closed down.

Opening hours are 9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 1pm-5pm Sunday, which Hackney Council says are some of the longest in London; however, they’ve already been trumped by the library at the newly opened Deptford Lounge, open 7am-10pm Monday-Friday and 7am-7pm on weekends.

Transpontine and Deptford Dame have already paid visits to browse the 36,000 items on offer and taste the goodies at its cafe. Lewisham Council wants the building to be ‘a living room in a city‘ (though, with a sports court on the roof, they’re not coming round our place any time soon) and it’s part of the Deptford regeneration scheme. The new library is a mixed blessing for Lewisham residents, where the council transferred five libraries to external control last year, a move that’s experienced some technical hitches.

Southwark, however, doesn’t seem troubled by any of this ‘closing libraries down’ nonsense and has just opened a new ‘super library‘ at Canada Water. Again, huge and with a cafe and wifi, maybe the best time to make a trip is 23 January when Michael Rosen and Mark Haddon will be explaining why reading is good for you.

Photos of C.L.R. James library from Hackney Council, copyright Dominic French; photos of the Deptford Lounge by @bitoclass; photos of Canada Water library by Laurabot_ and from the Londonist Flickr pool

Beer@Hand, in Christmas, for Christmas, with Christmas

fancy.jpgIf one of our friends asks us to pick a pub to meet in a bit of town we’re not familiiar with one of us first thoughts is to check out Fancy A Pint. Containing listings and personal reviews about pretty much every pub in the UK, the people behind the site have now issued a book ‘Fancyapint? In London’. Containing details of over 620 pubs organised by nearest tube station, you’ll be able to get the lowdown with photos of each pub, review, maps, and pub facilities For £14, Fancy A Pint will also throw in a copy of ‘Man Walks Into A Pub’ by Pete Brown, which tells the story of beer from it’s Egyptian roots to what we know today.

Charles John Huffam Dickens 200 OrSono

charles_dickens_467505.jpgTo mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth, the Museum of London will be holding an exhibition celebrating his work. London was Dickens’ ‘magic lantern’ providing the setting and inspiration for some of his greatest works. This atmospheric and multi-sensory exhibition will explore his love/hate relationship with the city and will examine London life through his words and the contemporary social issues he threw under the spotlight. It will include manuscripts of some of his most famous novels, his writing desk and chair, artefacts, paintings and audiovisual effects to create an immersive and exciting journey through Dickens’ imagination. The exhibition will support and enrich the study of Dickens for English Literature from Key Stage 3 upwards as well as 19th century social history. Dickensmuseum , then a gift for all of you DickensMap .