Something for the Weekend Highlights & Links

Here you can view films, photographs and artwork and read poems showcased on Something for the Weekend, and find links to websites and online events mentioned on the show. (You can watch the whole shows here). The content is usually listed in the order it appears on the show. This page is updated on Friday afternoons and should be complete by 6pm.  We’d love to see any poems, arts and crafts you have created at home using the same themes or activities:

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14 October 2021

Screenshot of hostsDressing Up to Go Out to Stay In Ju dressed up to sing sea shanties in New York; Julie dressed up to visit the Repair Shop with some of the things the cats have broken since the pandemic began; and Tracy dressed up to play Project Makeover on her phone (see The Week Ahead below). Robin dressed up for an imaginary Easy Rider convention at the National Association of Disabled Bikers

Poems from the Together! 2012 Pop-Up Poetry Club Theme: an imaginary character. Plastic waste. Next week’s theme is ‘Self-Portrait: A Poem About Me’. Find out more here about how to join the Club, which takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am-12 noon by phone (we call you and pay the costs). Or join in from home – we’d love to see your poems if you do:

Crystal Peasy: The Olden Days

The olden days were old-fashioned
In the olden days, there was a lady whose husband was in the army
And in the olden days there was no phone to call him
So she wrote and signed a letter
And the letter took ages to reach him
She was checking the post every morning
And she asked the postman or postlady if they had a letter for her
Her husband replied one year later to the letter he received from his wife
He said I am well and healthy
And the lady was very happy
To have a reply to her letter.

Glory Sengo: The People From Yorkshire

When I was at the seaside
I was swimming in the water
And I was speaking to friends from Yorkshire
And the water in the sea was cold
And we came out of the water
We were wiping ourselves
And were sitting down
And we were talking to each other
And I was greeting my friends from Yorkshire
And we had chicken strips with chips.

Dwain Bryan: The Bird Man

The bird man flies up and down in my mind
Hoovers and glides through the town
Constantly recurring in my dreams
In my mind so free
So beautifully he floats
Through the air
Without a care
Seems like he will never stop
To me he will never not
Why does the bird man always appear in my dreams
Sometimes I wonder what does it all mean?
Is it a sign of freedom?
But still it’s a beautiful dream.

Dawn Barber: I’m Here For You

The rose says to the sunflower
Are you ok
Yes I’m very happy today
How are you
I feel a bit blue
Is that so, that’s a shame
You smell divine and you look beautiful
Please don’t feel sad
I’m here to keep you company
And we will stand together
In a friendship forever.

Alison Marchant: My Name is Alice

My name is Alice
I live in a Lancashire stone terrace
The back window looks onto the now disused
Cotton mill where I once worked.
I started work at fourteen
If you were clever
Or whatever
You had to work there.
It was a bit of a shock the first time I went in
The noise and the dirt and the fluff
We had to lie on the floor to sweep under the looms
And the fluff was deep, deep
Everywhere was covered in fluff
And it stuck to your clothes
I became a weaver amidst
The thundering sound of looms in motion
We learnt sign language
So we could speak to each other
Across the factory floor
I worked for years and luckily am
Very healthy
And the cotton mill closed
But I still live in my terraced house.

Julie Newman: Rumble in the Forest

Mary the elephant thought she was tough.
She stomped as she walked and looked really rough.

Her hair hung in locks, died purple and red,
She had lots of chains draped over her head.

Bright green were her nails, her lips they were black,
A torn denim jacket sat on her back.

The creatures would scatter as she crashed by.
The trees would shudder and birds filled the sky.

The other elephants were embarrassed,
They shrank away and hid in the forest.

No-one would chat, or share cups of tea.
Monkeys would run or cower in a tree.

Jaguars so proud, would stay out of the way,
Nobody liked her or wanted to play.

Mary wandered around, alone and blue.
Then one day a kitten gave out a mew.

The elephant paused, with her foot held high.
What creature was this, what noise was its cry?

The kitten, called Ruth, said, “Please will you help?
I’m lost and alone,” and it gave a big gulp.

Mary looked down and thought, What should I do?
Then smiled and asked, “What creature are you?”

“I’m me,” said the kitten, “Just little me,
But cold and hungry and ready for tea.”

“Hop up,” said Mary, “And we’ll go and see,
Let’s find the cafe that’s based by that tree.”

So up jumped the kitten and held on tight,
While they went to the tree and what a sight!

The tables were laid, food ready to eat.
The plates piled high. Oh what a treat!

So the pair sat down, and eagerly ate.
Sandwiches, cakes, and no crumbs on the plate.

“I loved that,” said Mary, “My, what a feast.
In the whole forest there’s no happier beast.”

Ruth, looked up and smiled, and said, “Me too.
Let’s go home together, just me and you.”

And all of the creatures heaved a big sigh.
Monkeys played in the trees, and birds flew by.

No longer afraid, they relished the sight
Of Ruth so small, sat on Mary’s great height.

Blake Gibbons: Who Is This?

A dreamt-up character, okay this isn’t my own but is a favourite of mine, along with many others from the same place.

Let’s see who can guess who it is first. If it’s not the one and only… Wait, hang on, who are you? You seem to have varying jobs and you work hard but also from time to
time get it very wrong. 

Sometimes your stuff is legit, other times it’s far from perfect. Items can vary from suitcases and blow-up dolls to a chandelier-cleaning service. 

You have another brother; you also live with your grandfather who somehow lived and served in the war. Your wife drives a green Ford Capri with pink windscreen wipers. You’ve driven a yellow 3-wheel van for many years.

You were written up, just for a bit of fun, but ended up being involved in many hours of giggles in my life and millions of others too. You live south of the river Thames, yet the block you live in is actually north of the Thames. 

“Careful Rodders”, you said to your grandfather before, “if you say ‘during the war’ one more time. “Grandad, I wasn’t going to say ‘during the war’, during the 1939-1945 conflict with Germany.” Oh no you didn’t have a happy face on that scene. However, winning against Boyce in poker: “Where did you get them 4 bloody aces from?”
So who have I written about? 

If you’ve not guessed already, Derek Trotter aka Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.

Together! 2012 Art Club The Art Club runs a still-life session on Zoom from 11-12 every Friday morning: click on the photo to view a larger version and join in from home. We’d love to see your pictures: send them to Click here to find out how to join the Art Club. 

A leopard-patterned peak cap is sitting on top of a pair of grey gloves against a white background

The Art Club also runs a Make and Natter session on Zoom from 11-12 every Tuesday morning. Bring along your own work, or join in with inclusive recycled craft activities. Click here to find out how to join the Art Club. 

Ellen Goodey is creating collages from drawing round kitchen implements, colouring them and cutting them out and mounting them again. This week she also showed her friend Allan how to do it.Two collages of coloured spoon shapes are being held up, the left on yellow paper and the right on red paper.Join in with Sterre Spell your name with your body and create art from it.

The Clockwork Paralimpics To join in at home, pick the toy on the right side or the left side of the screen to support before you start the video.

The Week Ahead

Ju recommends

Virtual Sea Shanty Sessions. 7-9pm Sunday 17 October. Online. Free. Sea shanties are favourites at Together! 2012 in recognition of the role that shipbuilding and the Docks played in the development of Newham. Organised by the Noble Maritime Collection and the Folk Music Society of New York, this event is limited to the first 100 people to register on Zoom but will also be streamed to Facebook. Further details and booking link here:

Uncovering the History of Black British Mariners. 6.30-7.30pm Tuesday 19 October. Online. Free. From enslaved crewmen to petty officers and even a ship’s captain, Black seamen were a constant presence on Royal Navy ships throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Join author S.I. Martin to find out why their labour was needed, their diverse origins and how their impact on Black culture and politics resonates to this day. Organised by Brent Cultural Service. Further details and booking link here:

An evening with author Claire Fuller discussing her book ‘Unsettled Ground’. 7-8pm Wednesday 20 October. Online. Free. Inclusion Barnet and Barnet Libraries presents award-winning author Claire Fuller in conversation with South Friern Library manager Nick Black about her latest novel, including a 15-minute Q&A session with a prize for the best question. ‘Her strongest yet… a powerful, beautiful novel that shows us our land as it really is: a place of shelter and cruelty, innocence and experience’ THE TIMES. Further details and booking link here:  

Julie recommends…

The Repair Shop. 8pm on Wednesdays on BBC 1 or on BBC iPlayer anytime. Free with Licence Fee. Set in the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex, the BBC show features a team of expert repairers who rescue vintage items that are brought in by the public. These items hold some value to the owners, very often nostalgic and relating to childhood memories:

The Natural History Museum have an exhibition on the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021. As part of the exhibition they have a lot of information on the website about wildlife photography, plus some additional resources on topics associated with this year’s competition. The link to Women Wildlife Photographers is especially interesting:

The Museum of the City of New York has ongoing resources and exhibitions about the history of New York and contemporary issues. The have a link to an online resource about Black History Month:

Historic England have created a free online resource which has mapped the archeological sites in England and give the history of those sites as well as contemporary mapping tools:

Robin recommends…

Explore The Queens Baton Relay. Free. Online anytime. Last week saw the launch of the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay, and this site allows you to explore the 90,000 mile route the baton will follow, to discover the massive artistic endeavour that went into the design and manufacture of the Baton:

Black History Year – George The Poet. Tuesday 19 October 6.30-7.30pm. Free. Online. Join award winning poet and Podcaster George The Poet as he performs spoken word in his unique style of musical poetry, plus discussion and audience questions.  Sure to be very interesting and challenging and well worth attending online. Further details and booking link here:

How To Write an Album a Year with Ease. Tuesday 19 October 10-11:30am. Free. Online. In this free live webinar, discover four essential tips to songwriting that will change the way you write songs forever and empower you to become the artist you’ve always wanted to be. With over 15,000 songs written using these simple songwriting tips, you will have no more excuses to stay stuck and struggling with songwriting:

Tracy recommends…

Project Makeover. Free. Game for Android or Apple smartphones.

Baking Impossible. Netflix. Anytime with subscription. The first season of this intriguing competitive cooking show is setting us up for some fascinating entertainment as cooking meets arts, science and design.  Each show competitors are asked to create an object or piece of engineering use a combination of baking and mechanical artistry:

The Nevers. Now TV/Sky Atlantic. Anytime with subscription. An epic tale following a gang of Victorian women, labelled as ‘The Touched’ who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.  The main characters are Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor, who become the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces – to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place.”

7 October 2021Screenshot of hostsDressing Up to Go Out to Stay In: Ju dressed up for World Mental Health Day (Sunday 10 October); Julie dressed up for National Hate Crime Awareness Week; Tracy dressed up to have tea with William Shatner in space; and Robin dressed up for a Baywatch convention.

Poems from the Together! 2012 Pop-Up Poetry Club Theme: Plastic waste. Next week’s theme is to write a poem about an imaginary character. Find out more here about how to join the Club, which takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am-12 noon by phone (we call you and pay the costs). Or join in from home – we’d love to see your poems if you do:

Crystal Peasy: Recycling

You can recycle plastic containers and plastic bottles
You can recycle storage boxes with lids
You can recycle takeaway containers
You can recycle paper including newspapers and magazines
You can also recycle glass bottles and jars
You can recycle junk mail
You can recycle juice and milk containers
You can recycle different home goods
Like chairs, tables, beds and computers
You can also recycle bowls and cups
You can recycle cards
Like Christmas, Halloween, Birthday and Easter cards
You can recycle candles and clothes
And different waste materials
And we can look after our environment
I’m the Queen of recycling.

Dawn Barber: Recycle

Come on let’s all recycle and do our bit
Let’s treat our world with respect
Rubbish takes over but we must not let it
Got to keep our world tidy and clean
Let’s put all our rubbish in the right places
So we can have more smiling faces
The arrow is pointing to the bin.

Alison Marchant: Six Recycling Bins

There’s a small blue box
We put glass bottles and jars in.

There’s a big green bin
We put grass cuttings and prunings in.

There’s a small white bag
On top of the big green bin
We put batteries in.

There’s a small green bin
We put food waste in, like orange peels.

There’s a white bag
We put paper, card, tin cans, and plastic bottles in.

There’s a big black bin containing a small bag
For everything else that can’t be recycled.

Most gets recycled.

Dwain Bryan: Recycling

Bottle and cans and plastic plates
Go to waste after you’ve eaten
Once used and been thrown away
Will be recycled for another day
You didn’t know you would be saving the environment
So don’t complain or be silent
We are saving the planet and people’s time
So please be good and keep that in mind
We recycle waste to save money and time
So please be grateful and recycle all the time.

Julie Newman: Recycling

The Government decided recycling
Is mandatory. Traffic needs reducing,
The cars of the poor now sent to be
Made into cars for the rich, by giant jaws
Unmindful of the last dying screams
Of metal that emerge from the crusher.

Giant containers of dead metal travel
Relentlessly across the seas in
Giant ships to lands that are metal hungry.
They plough through small islands of plastic
Invisible to radar. Visible to the naked
Eyes of the sea creatures held captive.

Dead metal, so precious to the makers,
Is brought back to life in furnaces
Melting down the solid forms into a
Molten base, reminiscent of great
Lava lakes spewed out of volcanos,
Now actively scourging life as they flow.

And the hunger for all things new
Outweighs the hunger of the many
Who hold dear the little they have.
Unmindful of age or beauty, their
Precious belongings amount to
What is essential to their lives.

Recycling, now the driving force
Of nations that waste too much,
In their pursuit of luxury, is not
An end in itself. Innovation
Continues to feed the hunger
For the new, the better, the best.

But still the global drive for a cure
To our dying planet needs attention.
Recycling grips the imaginations of
Our young campaigners. They become
Activists, the conscience of the wastrels
The optimists hoping for a tomorrow.

Together! 2012 Art Club The Art Club runs a still-life session on Zoom from 11-12 every Friday morning: click on the photo to view a larger version and join in from home. We’d love to see your pictures: send them to Click here to find out how to join the Art Club. 

The Art Club also runs a Make and Natter session on Zoom from 11-12 every Tuesday morning. Bring along your own work, or join in with inclusive recycled craft activities. Click here to find out how to join the Art Club. 

Join in with Tracy: Make a picture frame from rolling paper.

The Clockwork Paralimpics To join in at home, pick the toy on the right side or the left side of the screen to support before you start the video.

The Week Ahead

Ju recommends

It’s World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October with the theme of Mental Health in an Unequal World. Find out more here:

Tough Talk. A relaxed informal discussion about men and mental health. Sunday 10 October 7pm. Online. Free. A psychiatrist, counsellor, community activist, expert by experience and student share their thoughts on how men deal with tough situations and how to help each other. Further details and booking link here:

The Hidden Life of Trees. 7-9pm Wednesday 13 October. Online. Free. The Goethe Institute presents this fascinating and often visually stunning film by Jörg Adolph about life in our forests, following Peter Wohlleben, author of the 2015 book The Hidden Life of Trees. In German with English subtitles. Further details and booking link here:

Bristol’s Inconvenient History of Black Musical Theatre. Wednesday 13 October 1-2pm. Online. Free. The authors of a new book discuss their groundbreaking research into the hidden history of Black performers and musicians in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century. In this talk, authors Sean Mayes and Sarah Whitfield will take a focus on Bristol to uncover the special relationship between Black performers and the city: a connection which sits at the intersections of theatre, music, drama, and dance. Further details and booking link here:

Julie recommends….

National Hate Crime Awareness Week starts on Saturday 9 October 2021 and continues until Saturday 16 October. This is a campaign to raise awareness about Hate Crime against someone because of their race or ethnicity, spiritual or religious beliefs, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability. See: and

The Museum of Docklands website has a page linked to Black History Month. There are four films about Black History in Four Objects, which have resources attached for teachers and educators that are interesting for everyone:

Red Rover.  Sunday 10 October. Free. Online. A short puppetry film about a local response to the invasion of Mars by mechanical objects. A cautionary tale. Part of Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival.

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra present a double bill of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George’s and Mozart. Free. Online. Available until 7 January 2022. Chevalier de Saint-George’s was one the earliest African classical composers, being contemporary with Amadeus Mozart. He was the son of a rich plantation owner and an enslaved woman.

Robin recommends…

The Beautiful Octopus Club presents Bake Along with Ono!. Friday 8 October 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Online. Chef Ono is back with another evening filled with baking, dancing, music and laughter! Join her live from the Dirty Apron cafe in Deptford, where she’ll be making a Jamaican ginger cake with Sous Chef Ned. Whilst it bakes, we’ll get the party started with shaker making and a calypso dance session! Bake along with Ono is part of The Beautiful Octopus Club Presents, a season of online events including live music, dance, art, baking, poetry and radio taking place from September – November 2021. Further details and Zoom link here:

Define Your Journey. 4pm Wednesday 13 October. Free. Online on Facebook Live and YouTube. Define Your Journey is a Disabled-led interactive online music experience based upon the themes of Jo-anne Cox’s live stage show Defiant Journey, which was supported by Together! 2012 CIC.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned tour of Jo-anne’s live show was postponed and adapted for audiences to enjoy it digitally.  Hosted by DAO Editor Colin Hambrook, Define Your Journey Lead artist Jo-anne Cox is joined on Zoom by Kate Lovell – Dramaturg / Director, Charles Matthews – Creative Technologist and Joe Strickland – Digital Producer to discuss the ideas and the research and development process that have gone into producing this innovative interactive multimedia work.  Further details including links to the DAO Facebook and YouTube channels here:

Tracy recommends…

Therapeutic Arts Workshop. 4pm Saturday 9 October. Free. Online. This 60-minute creative workshop balances the mind, body & soul through art with Sarah Seranno-Esquilin:

Laugh Train Home: Comedy for The Curious. Online every Sunday, multiple start times. £1-£5. The science of comedy, a chat show with a twist, looking at popular topics through eyes of comedians:

And finally… An interview with Reesha Armstead. 

Stories of Truth and Triumph, including a chapter by Reesha Armstead, is available as follows: Kindle version: Paperback version: All profits go to Megan’s Space, a charity which supports young people with mental health issues and their families.


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