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Camden Fire

Heard about the fire in Camden last night whilst out in Angel. Initial reports seemed to indicate it was the Lock or Stables market which was on fire. Lucikly (in many ways) it wasn't. It was the much smaller Canal Market which you can access from the footpath on the right just after the bridge walking down from the tube station.

The path has stalls on the right and then leads into a more open area containing more stalls as well as inside areas.

Not the main part of the market set-up and arguably the least important of the markets down there. The downside of it being the Canal Market and not Stables or Lock is that the area is surroudning by residential buildings so people's homes were also put at risk.

Luckily no one was injured or killed.

It is very sad, but a large part of me is relieved that it was *only* the Canal Market and not somewhere else in Camden. Although it does sound like the Hawley Arms suffered a fair amount of damage.

Anyway, the bands last night were shit. I think it'll be a hard job to see worse bands this year but anything is possible. I knew Christian Death weren't good live but was sad to see that the new Sketeal Family line-up is also pretty dire. Music - even goth music - has come along quite a way since these two bands were treading the boards and also - in many cases - lead singers can actually sing and be in tune which is obviously an advancement and a plus.


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Feb. 10th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
One of the main reasons I visit London is for Camden, I hope as you say the damage isn't too bad. In a conspiratorial manner I blame property developers for the fire...We had a big fire in Edinburgh and it's still not been built on because it's part of an World Heritage Site; council is happy to get back-handers from large corporations to build some glass and steel monstrosity while everyone else would prefer something more in keeping with the 17th century area. Hopefully this area of Camden won't have a similar fate.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think I can safely say that your enjoyment of Camden Market won't have changed due to this fire. The area it hit was not one of the 'regular' walkways.

(Camden Market is comprised of six different markets across a variety of locations along Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road. Saying Camden Market was on fire was very misleading of the news services as people immediately thought of the more Lock/Stables area or the market next to the Electric Ballroom. Canal Market is certainly not amongst the most prominent of them)
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
deeply cynical about the fire - whatever bit was got... glad no-one was hurt thought... i was in angel too last night- should have come to see polysic at the N1 centre instead with us - although it did kick out before 10pm......

so the kids could go home.....
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
**should have come to see polysic at the N1 centre instead with us**

Should have pretty much done anything else at all to be honest - it would have to have been more enjoyable or atleast somekind of experience!

Don't think I know Polysic - what are they like?
Feb. 11th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
japanese mad punk rock http://www.polysics.com/en/
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Canal Market is (or was) the area of Camden that seemed most in need of refurbishment, though I remember searching for hard-to-find clothes there with various people in the past.

And I know of the current state of Christian Death, so kept well clear. I'm looking forward to gigs by ASP, Unheilig and also Gotham (Star Industry and Gothminister topping the bill), all of whom seem to have a better idea about what modern-day gothic rock should sound like.
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