Swing if you're winning
Although something of a golfing traditionalist, Astragal did doff his cap recently at the passing of architect and ‘urban golf’ pioneer Jez Feakes. It is surely a fitting tribute to Feakes that the sport he pioneered, which uses a leather ball to minimise damage and ‘holes’ such as mains water valves, is all the rage in east London. But friends of Jezza have organised a more mainstream memorial, mounting a blue plaque on the Hackney block where Feakes lived. ‘You wouldn’t believe how much hassle it is just to get a bit of metal fixed to a wall’, said one of the installers, who tells Astragal how he had to find a plaque-maker, agree the wording, borrow a ladder, AND THEN, at the last minute, the freeholder of the block tried to get him to place the plaque on the inside of the building. Hmm. Fortunately, as readers can see, Hackney now has a new tribute to one of its most creative sons.