London Events: Rebel Bingo World Championship

Everybody loves a good secret, and by the looks of the photos on their website, Rebel Bingo is one that you’ll want to spread. It’s not really just bingo, you see; it’s a night of chaos. It’s a growing phenomenon in London, Bristol, Manchester, Brighton. It’s even headed over to New York pretty soon. 

The Underground Rebel Bingo Club founders claim it’s better than sex, so I got in touch with rebel Freddie Fortune to give us all the juicy details.

LLO: So, what exactly is “rebel bingo” then? 
FF: It’s the most hardcore form of bingo. It’s addictive. It’s in your face. It makes your heart beat faster; it sets off explosions in your brain; it makes your ears bleed and your eyes pop out… but you’ll like it.

LLO: How did you get involved?
FF: A year ago we were throwing parties in a church hall. At the end of the night we would hang out in the basement. We found a bingo kit stored there, and one night we started messing around with it. We knew it was wrong, but it felt good. Things got out of control, and it ended up as a mental bingo party. We called it The Underground Rebel Bingo Club.

We wanted more people to feel the way we were feeling. We moved the club upstairs to the church hall. It went mental. People were dancing on tables, screaming and drawing on each other. Hundreds of people started turning up every week, but we still had to hide what we were doing from the church the whole time. Eventually we got rumbled by the church warden and we got kicked out of the hall. But we couldn’t let it stop. So we didn’t.

LLO: You say it’s “better than sex” and “better than real life”. Would you give up a lifetime of sex for a lifetime of rebel bingo?
FF: Yeah, but even if we agreed to that we’d still have sex and not tell you because we’re rebels and that’s the kinda stuff rebels do.

LLO: Why so super-secret?
FF: Because it’s dangerous and addictive and authorities are after us and you can’t just have any old people experimenting with rebel bingo because not everyone can handle it.

LLO: Give us one last bit of tweet-sized persuasion to show up on the 31st.
FF: One person will walk away a World Champion and become an underground legend; everyone else will have the night of their lives.

The Underground Rebel Bingo World Championships are happening on 31st July under the super secret guise of Global Banking & Finance Convention. Pop over to www.rebelbingo.com to snap up your tickets.

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Guest Post: Boutique Run in Battersea Park

Claire Watson got in touch last week to offer us (well, the female half of us, anyway – sorry guys!) a discount on a great event coming up in July. It involves running in the park, massage, goodie bags and champagne to keep the spirit up at an after-party. Plus, it’s for a good cause, so I asked her to share the details here….

 

Any London ladies who love running will know that the Sunday morning runs can be a bit of a bind on your Saturday night social life, but there’s a new run that’s happening this summer which will let you lovely ladies enjoy your running whilst spending quality time with your girlfriends.

Boutique Run is a unique night out for the girls: a scenic 5km or 10km followed by entertainment and pampering.  We’re talking free champagne, hot showers, massage, a fabulous after-party and most importantly a special ‘Bouti’ bag full of goodies.

The evening’s festivities will be taking place in Battersea Park, 6pm on 10th July 2010.

And if you fancy an even more guilt free night out why not do something good for charity? Boutique Run is supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a pioneering charity saving lives and changing futures, through research campaigning and education – removing the fear of breast cancer for good.

What’s more, we have secured a 25% discount off the entry fee for you all.  To claim the discount register online and enter code: OBS2.

Boutique Run will be best enjoyed with your girlfriends and you can sign them up for 25% off too, so why not guarantee them a place as well and enjoy this great night out together.

Sign up here; www.boutiquerun.com

Photography Contest! Win a pair of Tickets to Globe Media Gala

I’ve got a pair of hot tickets to give away. They are for the exclusive, invite-only, international fashion show and launch party for a Globe Media pop-up exhibition at the newly re-opened Assembly Hall in Islington on April 1.

Who wants them?  

Since you know I love photos of London, the tickets will be given away to the winner of a photography contest. As you can read in the press release below, this four-day event is about celebrating the cultural voices of countries seen in a negative light through the arts. This contest will show off London, of course.

To enter: submit one photo (.jpeg) of London showing a unappealing aspect of life or a part of the city itself that is usually seen in a negative light photographed in a positive way. Along with the photo, send a 3-4 sentence explanation of your choice and your full name.  Photographs must be your own.

Send your submission to littlelondonobservationist@hotmail.co.uk.

DEADLINE: March 30, 2010, 8pm GMT

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the event below and the top five photos will be featured in a post at the beginning of April on this blog.

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CHARITY POP-UP EXHIBITION/FILM WEEKEND/LUXURY RAFFLE & FASHION SHOW for GLOBE MEDIA.
LAUNCH PARTY on 1st APRIL, 6-9pm, with FASHION SHOW, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & REFRESHMENTS for pop-up exhibition and film screenings courtesy of ICA Films, April 2nd-4th
WHERE: The newly re-opened ASSEMBLY HALL, UPPER STREET, ISLINGTON, N1 2UD

Live dance, music & high end fashion show (stylist from Italian Vogue); participating designers include: Kali Arulpragasa of Superfertile (UK/Sri Lanka) – that’s M.I.A.’s sister, Denny Wirawan (Indonesia), Stephen Pelger (Romania), Ananya (London-based Indian), Akosua (London-based South African), Osman Yousefzada (London-based with Afghani heritage), Telfar, Turkmen Gallery, Erickson Beamon, Pippa Small…and more.

Celebrating the cultural voices of countries often seen in negative light (everywhere from Somalia to Poland, Eritrea to Iraq), Globe Media is showcasing stories about the good things left behind all made by a multi-faceted, creative group of refugees and first generation British citizens. This pop-up exhibition holds a magazine, short films, pictures, crafts, exhibits and audio. Films screening on rotation include I is for India and Gypsy Caravan, courtesy of ICA Films.

The project is called Globe Media, a product of Springboard Media, a London-based charity which sits under the umbrella of long-established and respected not-for-profit organisation, CSV. The Globe Media project is funded by the Transformation Fund. The aim has been to give education in media to those either with backgrounds as journalists or creatives internationally, or to those wishing to be empowered by storytelling and looking for ways forward through their transit in life. A charity raffle (donations wilfully accepted!!!) has some great prizes, and proceeds are going to Broken Silence, helping sickle cell.

Country Living Spring Fair: Guy Foreman

Following on from my interviews with Eli Ofir and Alexandra Woods earlier this week, I’ve had an opportunity to ask Country Living Magazine’s Head of Shows a few questions. Guy Foreman gives a heads up on what not to miss if you’re planning to head over to Islington for the Spring Fair next week.

LLO: As the Head of Show with all of the insider info on the Country Living Spring Fair, which five exhibitors, theatre, workshops events, etc would you say are definitely not to be missed?
GF:
There’s loads going on, covering a huge variety of different subject matter, from biscuit decorating to beadwork and everything inbetween. After the success of our craft theatre at our Christmas Fair last year in Scotland, we’ve introduced an area specifically for craft demonstrations where visitors can follow experts as they make things by hand, and then take home a little piece of the fair with them.  

There’s two theatres full of great stuff to see and do.  It’s very difficult to choose, but two of the five talks I’ll definitely be down the front for are the two that our editorial team are running: Hester Page, our Houses Editor, will be talking about Creating the Country Living Style on Thursday at 2pm and Alison Walker, our Food Editor, will be running a workshop on Easter gifts on Wednesday at 1pm.  Both Hester and Alison are instrumental in creating the fantastic editorial that makes the mag so beautiful, and I’m sure visitors will be flocking to each talk.  

As for the other three I would choose, as I’m in the process of trying to build my own house, I’ll be interested to hear Hugo House of Green Energy talking about “How to go off Grid” on Friday at 10.45am, and for some Saturday afternoon entertainment, I’ll be watching our Charity of the Year – the Woodland Trust, run their take on “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” – “Who wants to be a Treeillionaire.”

Finally, just for some Easter inspiration, I’ll be looking for plenty of samples from the Auberge du Chocolat as they talk about Easter chocolate ideas – something that’s running everyday.  

LLO: What is the most unique aspect of this year’s show?
GF:
Every year the show is different – with plenty of new exhibitors to see. For me, it marks the passing of winter and the start of days getting longer and lighter. This year, I’m particularly excited about the magazine’s Silver Jubilee. We launched in 1985 and our June issue marks our 25th birthday, but celebrations are in full swing already; our main campaign is entitled “Your Countryside Needs You”, and is all about how people can get involved in local projects and initiatives that support communities on a local level.  We’ll be talking about that a lot at the Spring Fair.

LLO: How about lunch? What’s on offer at the food hall this year?
GF:
Loads.  Plenty to try and sample, and far too many to list, but my recommendations would be the Handmade Scotch Egg company – a brilliant take on a British deli staple, biscuits and cakes from the Little Rose Bakery, washed down with a tipple from Chase Distillery – vodka from Herefordshire.

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Country Living Spring Fair: Alexandra Woods

In case you missed yesterday morning’s post, I’ve been given a cool opportunity to contact a few people involved with this year’s Country Living Spring Fair, happening in Islington from March 24-28. 

This is Alexandra Woods: illustrator, painter and designer. Her work has a real country living flair that fits in perfectly with next week’s exhibition. She’s given us a bit of insight into her inspiration, let us know what to expect from a visit to her booth and shared a few photos of her work.

LLO: Tell us a bit about your contribution to the Country Living Spring Fair; what sort of products will you have on sale?
AW:
 A selection of my art, design and illustration range is showing at the Country Living Spring Fair 2010 including a new collection of designs printed onto household items. With a continued interest in good food and sound husbandry with a love of the countryside, I specialise in portraits of British farm animals, capturing the essence of their spirit. Combining skills sharpened through successful completion of Bachelor and Masters degrees in Textile Design and Illustration, I also transform observations of everyday objects into striking designs printed onto household items.

LLO: Your work is inspired by the British countryside and farm animals. Where is the best place to go for a taste of that lifestyle while still in London?
AW:
Early studies for the bovine portraits were made at Petersham Meadows, nestled between the foot of Richmond Hill and the Thames towpath.

LLO: Are there any other artists exhibiting at the fair you are especially looking forward to seeing?
AW:
As a new exhibitor to the fair, I am looking forward to seeing the wide range of art created under the shared theme of the countryside.

For more of Alexandra’s work, see her website: www.alexandrawoods.com
For more information on what to expect the Country Living Spring Fair, click here and watch this space.

If you’re interested in checking out the fair, Little London Observationist readers have been offered a special ticket price of £10.50 (instead of £15 at the door). Just ring up the ticket line no later than 1pm the day before heading down and quote “CL134″. 

Tel: 08448480160

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