The Fortune Theatre

Too good to wait for the next magazine, Peter Savage has been strolling the streets of EC2 exploring the Barbican's by-ways. Enjoy and explore on your daily lockdown exercise? BARBICAN BY-WAYS Peter Savage strolls the streets of EC2 One enjoyment of being a pedestrian in London is that a leisurely walk gives one time to look around. I The Fortune Theatre Wandering through Fortune Park on the way to Waitrose a slight deviation north into Fortune Street will reveal a plaque. This records the site of the Fortune Theatre built in 1597 by Edward Alleyn and his partner Philip … [Read more...]

Agony Aunts through the ages

The Barbican area has had Agony Aunts through the ages (all called Ann oddly enough).  Our own Ann Drewes has been going through the archives. 1625 - Dear Auntie Ann I  do regularly worshippe at St Gyles, Crypple Gate. In fact I was wed there. However there is a new Rector and I have noticed that there are now more icons and statues than before and there is talk of decorations at Christmastide. I have a strong desire to rid the church of these turbulent chattels. Indeed my mood is not helped by that Royalist, the King, with his preference for proroguing Parliament, and Catholicism is … [Read more...]

Investments and Pensions

My regular readers will be aware enough of the emphasis I place on estate planning. The reason for this is straightforward enough: having spent a lifetime building up family wealth, you are loath to see nearly half of it go into the government’s coffers to be spent on not always deserving causes. Given the choice you’d be rather more comforted by the thought that your children and grandchildren will benefit from the careful husbandry of your wealth. Financial planning also involves other basic motivations however. If for example you have a capital sum to your name it is only natural you … [Read more...]

Unsettled markets and planning for the future

With the general election just having been called for the 12th December by Parliament as I write, you may by the time you are reading this be fully up to date on what on earth is going on. This of course depends on the precise date on which the magazine lands on your doormat and on when you are around to be able to stoop down and pick it up! However it’s not certain that even with the election results in you or I are any the wiser. A hung parliament doesn’t bear thinking about! One of the arguments I occasionally hear regarding the timing of a planning review is that it’s best to wait for … [Read more...]

Theatre Previews Winter 2020

Hello! Can you believe that we are approaching the festive season already? It’s good to know that the Barbican Centre’s entertainment schedule has something for everyone to enjoy in the weeks ahead. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s season continues at the Barbican Theatre. “As You Like It”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Measure for Measure” are running in repertory, playing until January 18. In “As You Like It”, Kimberley Sykes blends physical comedy, music and storytelling in an imaginative take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy. Rosalind is banished to a world of exile, but not before … [Read more...]

Tech Talk

Our own local IT guru, Ian Posner, gives us advice on home technology These days people have various tech products and services from different vendors in their homes: You may have an Apple iPhone, a Windows laptop and an Amazon Alexa smart speaker device. Perhaps your email is hosted by Google’s GMail or Microsoft’s Outlook.com? Getting all these devices to work together can be challenging, when the contact information held on your phone doesn’t align with your email address book and your photos are stored on a cloud different to that of your email provider. So what can you do to ease … [Read more...]

Barbican writers

The artistic community abounds in the Barbican, among which are a number of residents who are writers of novels, nonfiction publications or for the media.  Joanna Lyall from Bunyan Court introduces us to three of several resident book writers all of whom have fascinating histories and are still writing and publishing their works today. Peter Fraenkel, who celebrates his 93rd birthday this month (December 7th) vividly remembers the aftermath of Kristallnacht in his home town of Breslau, Germany, (now Wroclaw, Poland) in November 1938.  He saw the synagogue burning and a protester being … [Read more...]

INSIGHT Exhibition Review

Janet Wells’ quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene. Barbican Library Exhibitions Tamara Tolley: At Home in the Barbican – October Starts Wednesday 2nd October with a private view at 6 – 8.30pm accompanied by two lunchtime lectures Tamara Tolley is a resident artist working from the balcony of her flat on the corner of Frobisher Crescent above the Barbican Centre.  Employing a range of mixed media, Tamara’s vibrant, fresh and intuitive landscapes of the Barbican reflect her deep love for the Estate, as well as her intimate knowledge of its majesty and an … [Read more...]

100 Years of Bauhaus

We celebrate the 50th Birthday of the first Residents moving into our Estate this year - but this year Barnebys (the global auction house portal) highlights that it is also the centennial of the Bauhaus movement, an influential school that ushered in a modern and integrated approach to art, architecture and design. Upon its founding in 1919, the Bauhaus movement revolutionised international modern art and design in the 20th century, from architectural achievements and furniture innovations to developments in fine art and craft textiles. Bauhaus defined a modern style that merged tenets of … [Read more...]

Not just summer’s lease with too short a date!

The last issue of the magazine celebrated the Barbican at 50. The excellent opening article gave me pause to reminisce on the many happy years we spent in Willoughby and Speed. As I frequently visit the Barbican, happily wandering down memory lane on the highwalks, I don’t actually feel as though I’ve left. In fact the entrance buzzer in Speed still bears our name! Among the highlights of our time in the Barbican was my wife, Nina’s birthday party held on Speed Lawn with some 80 or so friends, family members and neighbours in attendance. Kebabs were delivered by the Mangal in Dalston, the … [Read more...]