Day 233: Achievement 65. Try to find the Big Breakfast house.

Hello again.

Keen readers will know I recently took up a new job. Before I did that, though, I had to use up a fair whack of my shift worker’s holiday allowance. Accordingly, March consisted of some long weekends, a trip to Berlin, and hanging out at Claire’s house a fair bit. Usefully, she lives out in east London and goes to work very early. Essentially, this meant I had a handy base to explore some of the things that happen over on the other side of the town.

One place I needed to visit was the Old Ford Lock, on the River Lee Navigation, in Bow. The lock keepers’ cottages will have a special place in the hearts, minds and early morning memories of a generation: they were, of course, home to Channel 4’s Big Breakfast. These are the cottages in which Chris Evans fell over a table, where Paula Yates met Micheal Hutchence, and where Richard Bacon and Amanda Byram managed to get everybody watching GMTV instead.

So. It was an overcast and glum morning when I joined The Regent’s Canal, just where it meets Mare Street. The towpath hugs the southern boundary of Victoria Park for quite a distance, heading south-east before heading north-east to meet the East Cross Route. To those with a cartographic tool at their disposal (like the A-Z I was carrying, or the Google Maps on my phone) it should be obvious that this, perhaps, isn’t the most direct way of doing things. Have a look and see what I mean.
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When the destination is north east of the starting point, walking several hundred metres to the south unnecessarily lengthens the journey and uses valuable time that could be better spent burning parsnips or failing to eradicate a colony of ants. Just so you know. I am now, in Hackney parlance, ‘proper well schooled’ on the matter.

So, jolly amounts of over-walking aside, Old Ford Lock is accessed from the end of Dace Road. It’s possible to walk over the lock to the cottages, but it’s not possible to walk far down the Lee from here. Something about a development that’s costing us about the same as a Walnut Whip (although I don’t have the precise details). Here’s a view of the cottages from the middle of the lock:

Lock Keeper's Cottages

There’s another picture on Flickr, too, but it’s just of sign. You can still go look at it, though.

There’s not much else to say, really.  Not much can be seen through the security fence, the  bricks are painted on and there’s a mobile telephone number on the gatepost in case of deliveries.

More soon. x

Meta: A seven month update

Hello, Things Fan!

Updates have been a little thin on the ground recently.  Apologies for that but, as you might expect, I’ve got a few excuses up my sleeve (always handy when you’re as disorganised and lazy as me).  Firstly, the impetus to do the Hundred Things within a year is gone.  I’ve accepted the offer of a new job that’s based in London, so I’m going to be knocking around the south east for the foreseeable.  Secondly, I’m sure you remember Claire from the Winter Wonderland post.  Well, we’ve been hanging out a fair bit and that, along with working at Stupid O’Clock, has left me with precious little time to do Things.  But there’s precious few Stupid O’Clock shifts left to do before I join the leagues of nine-to-five desk jockeys and generally have a more sensible life.  Good news there, then.

Be assured, though, that although there’s been a drought of updates, there’s been a veritable feast of Things that are just waiting to be written about.  From an utterly disappointing two hours in the IMAX (Tron Legacy) to a mooch around St. Paul’s Cathedral (no road to Damascus moment), via the delights of the Crystal Palace maze (took far too long, especially as I’m taller than the hedge).  That, and more, is still to come — including the bizarre tale of how I spent two months at the Old Bailey but didn’t manage to see anyone get sent down.

In sad news, Konstam, the restaurant that sourced all its ingredients from around the M25, has joined Woolworths in the great big High Street in the sky.  The Terrace Garden at The Langham has probably shut, too, it being last summer’s pop-up champagne bar.  If you’ve got any idea about what could replace these Things, stick your thoughts down in the comments.  I promise to read each one of them.

Think that’s about it for now.  Stay tuned for an actual update… soon. Ish.