A cool, and somewhat productive, tip to Greenwich

It is odd how things turn out sometimes, and how one’s words can often be strangely prophetic. In my last entry, I wrote about how London could be seen as a chaotic maelstrom where you never quite knew what was going to happen. Soon after posting that entry, I decided to go for a roll. First I decided to go see chopper, as he and I had things to discuss, but he wasn’t in, so I decided to go over to Greenwich. I’d heard there was a fair on there, and I wanted to check it out.

When I got there, I saw that there was indeed some sort of festival, but to be honest it seemed pretty mundane. I was going through the indoor market, thinking about returning home, when I suddenly saw a familiar face, then another. Hugh and his friends were there. At first I didn’t quite believe it was him, but sure enough it was. We talked a bit, and decided to go see an acrobatic performance together. Now, at this point I should point out that this performance in itself was blog worthy: it was a mix of contortion, balance and rope tricks, but the performers were a mixture of able-bodied and disabled people. There was a guy in a chair, for example, with incredible strength, who could hold two women over his head with one hand; another woman, of limited growth, climbed a rope and did amazing tricks. It was very cool.

After this performance it was time to head home, but before we parted, Hugh mentioned he had a gig in Deptford the next day – yesterday – and invited me along. I thought it would be something Lyn would be into too, so I mentioned it to her when I got home. We went, of course, and I’m now very pleased we did. Hugh plays an interesting type of electronic music, where he samples sounds on stage and builds up rhythms from them. He also has a very impressive singer who he performs with. Hugh’s type of music is, of course, right up Lyn’s street. She has recently started experimenting with sampling herself, so I think she was rather enthralled. It was an amazing performance, and I must say I found both performers incredible. I also think getting Hugh and Lyn collaborating on something is now a priority, although I suspect they might now organise such a thing theirselves.

After the show, we went to a nearby pub. Jodie, Hugh’s girlfriend and an old university friend of mine, was there, as was Tom, Hugh’s film-making friend with whom I really want to talk sometime. It turned out to be a great day, with Hugh talking to Lyn about music and computer stuff. I was really pleased how things had turned out; perhaps I should go to Greenwich more often.

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