It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford, 1830
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It  focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember friends and family members who have died.  It is a celebration of life and it is an occasion to party.
 In preparation to this day Jamboree and Sonido Chipotle have joined forces to bring you ‘¡Báilele!’ on Saturday 15th October 2011, a night dedicated to the salsa and cumbia sounds of Mexico and Latin America. Mexican-born DJ Señor Priego and guests will be behind the decks playing strictly cumbia and salsa with a Mexican sensibility. 
We will have a special reading by And Other Stories from Juan Pablo Villalobos’ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. The Mexican author’s book is  first of ten choices for the Guardian First Book Award! 
Please bring your mementos for the ofrenda… Other surprises are lined up for the night, but you will have to come to find out for yourselves…
Included in TimeOut Magazine’s “101 Best Things to Do in London” feature – Jamboree was one of the special picks: 
“..tucked under a wedge of artists’ studios, Jamboree Live Music Bar hosts incredible musicians and performers from all over the world. Dance between the tables, visit the resident painter or just look interesting in a darkened corner.”
¡Báilele! will be a unique Mexican cabaret/underground experience. Calacas y luchadores welcome!






Embrujo (Sal y Agua Mexpat Mix)  by Srpriego on  Mixcloud

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It  focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember friends and family members who have died.  It is a celebration of life and it is an occasion to party.

 In preparation to this day Jamboree and Sonido Chipotle have joined forces to bring you ‘¡Báilele!’ on Saturday 15th October 2011, a night dedicated to the salsa and cumbia sounds of Mexico and Latin America. Mexican-born DJ Señor Priego and guests will be behind the decks playing strictly cumbia and salsa with a Mexican sensibility. 

We will have a special reading by And Other Stories from Juan Pablo Villalobos’ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. The Mexican author’s book is  first of ten choices for the Guardian First Book Award!
 

Please bring your mementos for the ofrenda… Other surprises are lined up for the night, but you will have to come to find out for yourselves…

Included in TimeOut Magazine’s “101 Best Things to Do in London” feature – Jamboree was one of the special picks:

“..tucked under a wedge of artists’ studios, Jamboree Live Music Bar hosts incredible musicians and performers from all over the world. Dance between the tables, visit the resident painter or just look interesting in a darkened corner.”

¡Báilele! will be a unique Mexican cabaret/underground experience. Calacas y luchadores welcome!


Embrujo (Sal y Agua Mexpat Mix) by Srpriego on Mixcloud

August in London

Cross's London Guide, originally published in 1837

[The second edition of Cross’s London Guide, originally published in 1837. 

 Copyright © British Library Board. Via Europeana.]

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The past two days I published two editorial pieces on the London/UK riots and a related instalment of my monthly column on London. It goes without saying they’re written from the perspective of a Mexican who lives in London.

They’re an attempt at making sense of the events, their possible causes and consequences, and at trying to offer an outsider-insider’s personal view for my readers in Mexico and Spanish-speaking countries, in their own language.

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There can be no doubt that in England the social war is already being waged. Everyone looks after his own interests and fights only for himself against all comers. Whether in doing so he injures those who are his declared enemies is simply a matter of selfish calculation as to whether such action be to his advantage or not. It no longer occurs to anybody to come to a friendly understanding with his neighbours. All differences of opinion are settled by threats, by invoking the courts, or even by taking the law into one’s own hands. In short, everyone sees in his neighbour a rival to be elbowed aside, or at best a victim to be exploited for his own ends.
Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) via PD Smith

Brief reports from the International Conference on Latin American Cybercultural Studies at the University of Liverpool and “Flash Symposium: Short papers on short fiction" at Birkbeck College, London.

When? Tuesday 24th May 2011 6-9 pm
Where? Birkbeck, School of Arts, Room B03, 43 Gordon Square
 
The papers will be collected for a special issue of postgraduate journal Dandelion, On Brevity, for autumn publication, and the discussion will be recorded for podcasting.
 
Chair for papers: Bianca Leggett (Birkbeck)
Papers - Henderson Downing (Birkbeck); Holly Pester (Birkbeck)Ernesto Priego (UCL)Daniel Rourke (Goldsmiths)Matt Sangster (Royal Holloway)
Chair for panel: Ariel Kahn (Roehampton/London Met Film School)
Speakers - Andy Poyiadgi (film-maker, Schizofredric); Tom Humberstone (comics artist/editor, Solipsistic Pop); Heidi James(writer, Carbon, The Mesmerist’s Daughter); Geoff Ryman253Air).
Organised by: Zara Dinnen and Tony Venezia - Contemporary Fiction Seminar


Here’s a provisional running order for the short papers…

Matthew Sangster:Short Forms and Unalloyed Genre

Henderson Downing: Between the long roll of thunder and the long fine flash: a brief history of a little pamphlet bought from a pop-up shop on Redchurch Street in December 2010 on the shortest day of the year.

Holly Pester: Visual Poetry: Objectness as a Necessary Shortness

Ernesto Priego: Beyond [Adobe] Flash™: Webcomics as Short Digital Narratives

Daniel Rourke: The Doctrine of the Similar(GIF GIF GIF)