Saturday, 26 December 2009

All the small things... 2. Shepherd's Bush Market

Shepherd's Bush Market is for me a little concentrated part of a forgotten London, or rather the London that many choose to forget. It's not a pretty market and doesn't have the over-priced vintage/antique/crafty stalls that many East London counterparts now have. It's a real market with stalls selling produce, fabric, household goods, knock-off CDs/DVDs and dodgy women's nighties.

Stretching from Goldhawk Road to Uxbridge Road parallel with the Hammersmith and City Underground line the rattling along of tubes adds to the many languages that fill your ears as you dodge puddles and rubbish underfoot and breathe in the not always pleasant smells of market trading.

As a budding beginner seamstress (I wanted to put sewer, but that is wrong, right?!) I love the many haberdashery shops that feature and as a lover (not buyer) of tack I marvel at the stalls of useless plastic household items and ornaments. You can also find cobblers, hairdressers, kebab shops and leather goods tucked away under the arches. Be prepared to find some of the best banter too from the green grocers at the Goldhawk Road entrance - when recently buying mistletoe there I was charged "50p and a kiss". I paid his charming toothless self £1.

They recently changed the opening arch sign for the market to a character deprived shiny new colourful one. I look forward to it fading and becoming a bit battered and bruised.

Shepherd's Bush Market is essential to Shepherd's Bush and not just economically. It (literally) feeds the diversity, mess and oddities I love the area for. It also provides the rest of us with cheap goods, a few laughs and occasionally something we need.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Picture This - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It is currently snowing in the Bush.

I actually missed February's famous snowy week as I was in Dublin for work and the snow only reached Ireland as I made my way to the airport and rather than being home in time for tea I had tea, supper, a number of midnight snacks and 7 bottles of Magners waiting for a flight.

I've just been tweeted a lovely picture of Shepherd's Bush Green by a Bush Bloke after the snowfall in February and I thought I'd post it just in case we are disappointed by tonight's efforts.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Picture This - All I want is a room with a view...

This isn't the best picture in the world and in fact the cleverest thing about it is that I can quote another line from one of my favourite Blondie songs, however for me this picture represents a lot of what I love about Shepherd's Bush and it also happens to be my very own view from my own (rented) room.

This picture is colourful and scenic yet not necessarily beautiful, it is inclusive of many different things and is bright, but is certainly not everyone's favourite view of London.

P.S. Can you spot Wembley?

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Picture This - a day in December...

I've long been meaning to start a series of posts with pictures of Shepherd's Bush because so much of what I love about the area is visual. However, I'm crap at taking pictures so have been putting off posting my own poor attempts at capturing the bright lights, odd sights and wonderfully unique juxtapositions I see in Shepherd's Bush every day.

Today I tweeted some cool pictures of Shepherd's Bush by @dadge (who isn't local but seemed to "get" the Bush well) and so I thought it was the perfect excuse to get this photo party started:

P.S.  If anyone else wants to send me some Bush Snaps for more "Picture This" posts then please do.