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The Last Tuesday Society’s Hendrick’s Spring Lecture Series

Going to be slightly lazy today because it’s such a beautiful day and I want to be outside…. so thought I would post The Last Tuesday Society’s email verbatim, which lists their lectures for the year. I’ve only visited once – it’s a funny little shop on Mare Street – and got a bit spooked by the basement ‘museum’, which has scientific specimens of deformed baby skeletons, old fur coats, creepy dolls, coffins, that sort of thing, but I’ve been on their mailing list for a while and always feel a bit smarter just by reading the lecture timetable, let alone attending. I’ve also been meaning to go along to one of their quarterly seances, but these seem to get booked out rather quickly. Anyway, have a read and drop in to visit them soon. All lectures are held at the Mare Street shop.

Thanks to Free Art London for the image.

19th April 2011
In Search of the English Eccentric with Henry Hemming
The English eccentric is under threat. In our increasingly homogenised society, these celebrated parts of our national identity are anomalies that may soon no longer fit. Or so it seems. Henry Hemming will describe his  thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, unearthing a surprisingly large array of playfully outspoken, original and inspiring characters. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

27th April 2011
Mask Making Workshop
The Last Tuesday Society are now offering the abridged version of their popular mask making course in preparation for their May Masked Ball. Within a two hour workshop you will be led through the process of creating your own masks using a variety of mediums from papier mache bases to lace and resin. All materials are included. Tickets £12

28th April 2011
Billionaires, Buddhists, and the Sex Life of Peacocks with Dr Peter
What connects Roman Abramovich in his super yacht and the Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo who spent years living in a small cave in the Himalayas? When we gaze in reverence at the generosity of a bodhisattva, why can we see the shadow of the Marquis de Sade at the gate to enlightenment? And when Freud ‘discovered’ the link between the female nose and clitoris, what was it that he was struggling to protect and what does that tell us about the sex life of peacocks and narcissistic disturbance in childhood? In a journey that moves from meditation to murder and ends in the pleasures of Tantric sensuality, Dr. Peter explores the psychology of sex, power and human gullibility to give us a disturbing glimpse into what our future as a species might bring, from what places we can draw hope, and why we should burn the bestselling book ‘The Secret’. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.  Continue reading

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Cheeky kebabs at Anatolya in Hackney

anatolyaWhat Mare Street lacks in superficial charm it more than makes up for in variety. From Hackney Empire to the Green Papaya, to a candle factory and the picturesque town square, not to mention that rarest of East London beasts, a cash point that doesn’t charge you to access your own money… it’s a unique street, and not a Starbucks in sight, either.

But the main reason I go to Mare Street is for a Turkish dinner at Anatolya. This restaurant – like the nearby library – seems busier than ever since the British economy keeled over. You can get takeaway, but it’s worth hanging around and eating in, especially in winter when the huge ocakbasi barbecue warms up the room.

The service is reliably good – it’s one of those restaurants where they know people are going to leave happy so they don’t panic at the sight of customers – and it’s especially good on Friday nights when it seems half of Hackney decides to go out for a cheeky kebab. And unlike some other restaurants/pubs around here the prices are honest and there’s no fashion police, so you get all types, colours and ages, from fashion students and artists to local families celebrating birthdays. 

Anyway, enough about the ambience, what about the food? Well, start with the lahmacun, or Turkish pizza, which comes with salad. Then go onto a kebab or grilled fish – the mackerel is really good, and popular, too, so it’s always fresh. You can get yogurtli adana, which is a kebab cooked in yogurt with pita and caramelised butter (the kind of thing you get at Moro, but without the three-week waiting list) and everything comes with salad and rice.

All the meat is cooked by one chef, just pictured above, who mans the ocakbasi with skill – his kebabs are always perfectly cooked. To drink there’s a good range of Turkish wines and Efe beer by the glass, or ayran yogurt drink or apple tea. I’ve never tried the desserts as I’m always too stuffed but they look good. And the bill (which is around twelve quid a head, including drinks) always comes with a couple of cubes of Turkish delight. Well, apart from last Friday night when only the icing sugar remained – as I said, this place is getting popular.

 253 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3NS, Tel: 020 8986 2223

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