metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk






  THE INTREPID FOX GIVES MAJOR CLUE AS TO IT'S NEW VENUE
11th March 2014

Pin It
Share |


intrepid fox

"On Newgate steps Jack Chance was found, and bred up near St Giles' Pound..."
Old Ballad

To blend historical fact with myth, legend and supposition is an art that enables you to litter clues to the truth along the way. So take my hand and walk with me through history... but always remember to tread carefully.

The Parish of St-Giles-In-The-Fields, where The Intrepid Fox currently stands, is a fascinating place. "For most of it's history St Gile's was a place where the outcasts gathered together to live..."

According to existing records the earliest notice of the district, dated c1118, state that a hospital for lepers was founded here by the wife of the head of the monarchy, Queen Matilda. In almost every ancient town in England the church of St Giles stands outside the walls, an allusion to the arrangements of the Israelites of old who placed their lepers outside the camp. Malcontents, misanthropes and misfits: fuck 'em, let 'em live outside "society". Some things never change...

Article continues below...

   


In 1417 Sir John Oldcastle, the inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff, was burned alive for heresy here. As the flames engulfed him Sir John is said to have cursed the land and surrounding area, the executioner, the King and all his descendants. Perhaps his ghost still lingers: the "Curse of Falstaff", still wreaking havoc...

Before the infamous "Tyburn Tree" was erected in 1571 to hang criminals, situated near the modern Marble Arch; gallows stood near the north-west corner of the hospital in St Giles. Lord Cobham and some of the accomplices of Babington's plot against Queen Elizabeth danced the devil's jig there. This led to the custom of allowing the malefactor in the fatal cart, whilst passing the tavern known as The Angel pub now, to indulge in a 'bowl' of ale before their date with destiny.

For nearly 200 years this practice continued, with the man with his hand on the lever in the 1680's being the notorious Jack Ketch with his sombre cape covering his head...

If you take a good walk about the area you'll notice on the western side of the church, the arch adorned with a beautiful bas-relief of the Day of Judgement. This was formerly the northern gate to the churchyard, dating from the days of Charles II, carefully moved and re-erected "where it will command a prominent position towards the new street that is destined sooner or later to be opened from Tottenham Court Rd to St Martin's Lane".

I sense the perverse stench of the corporate hand again when I hear the words "destined sooner or later to be opened": part of the "Resurrection Gateway" to Covent Garden, methinks. Fuck anyone in the way who isn't protected...

But the area is historically most well-known for being the site of one of the worst slum/ghetto areas in London: the infamous "St Giles rookery"...

In 1666 The Great Fire of London displaced many thousands of people: many of them were "re-housed" in St Giles. Over the next 100 years conditions deteriorated drastically: poorly built dwellings; slime and putrification; lack of sanitation; poverty; squalor; decay and despair. A community with no hope: "a danger and a problem to be eradicated".

A maze of narrow alleyways, shattered buildings, people crammed 10 to a room; with the general perception of the occupants by the authorities of them being "drunken, lazy, criminal and sexually promiscuous..."

Landlords callously profiteering from multiple sub-letting of shoddy tenements. A massive influx of immigrants exploited by greed. Compensation for the owners when their buildings were demolished, but the tenants were simply expected to disperse. To fucking where? "It was as if the authorities simply expected the poor to vanish into thin air".

Thousands coming to the city to find work, marvelling at the magnificent buildings of the rich, but ultimately finding themselves trapped in a London of darkness and desolation. But it was the discovery of gin which really fucked 'em up; the cheapest and quickest road to oblivion: Hogarth's 'Gin Lane'.

Then in 1834 Parliament passed the "Poor Law", one of the most disastrous pieces of legislation ever conceived. Benefits were abolished and applicants had to report to the "workhouse" to walk a treadmill, or the such, for food. Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"... when you need an armed escort to visit someone's house, you know it ain't the most desirable neighbourhood in town...

But by far the strangest stories came out of a ruin of a building on Dyott St: "Rat's Castle". Perhaps inspired by the lurid "penny dreadfuls", cheap pulp fiction aimed at working class adolescents; colourful and implausible rumours of kill-trained rats, revenges from beyond the grave, secret thief and beggar brotherhoods. Sweeney Todd and Varney the Vampire. Black Bess and The String of Pearls. Tales to entertain and thrill...

But, as always, there is light at the end of the tunnel. For your entertainment at the Fox this week: Thursday 13th we're proud to be hosting the Breed 77 and Generation Graveyard aftershow party; Friday 14th is club CRISIS and Saturday 15th brand new THE GUN CLUB... if you check out the calendar at www.intrepidfox.com you'll see they're all free for you lovely people...!!!

The Interpid Fox now has three weeks before it's eviction from it's home here on St Giles High Street. Every week we shall be posting a new statement around 5.00pm on the Tuesday. We ask our many friends out there to please share...

Always remember to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Nothing is ever as it seems, but every word holds it's own secret... Some of the correlation between past and present can be seen: some may see a clue to our new venue held within our little trip through history...

Signing off for this week with two messages: to the alternative community Tchatcha-em-Ankh and to the grey motherfuckers of the corporations Khaibitu-em-Betu-Tuf...

(Main references: "Ragged London" by Michael Fitzgerald.)









 
iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE VIDEO GAME BASED ON 'SPEED OF LIGHT'
This is your chance to control Eddie Donkey Kong style...

lemmy MOTORHEAD PULL SALT LAKE CITY CONCERT AFTER FOUR SONGS
A statement on the official Motorhead Facebook page said: "The people are great, but the air is just too thin..."

heavy metal kids HEAVY METAL KIDS ANNOUNCE GARY HOLTON TRIBUTE GIG
The show marks the 30th anniversary of Gary's death. He passed away at the age of 33 due to his excessive rock 'n roll lifestyle...

the sword THE SWORD TO COMMENCE UK TOUR IN SEPTEMBER
The tour is in support of their fifth album 'High Country'...

wolf GENTLEMANS PISTOLS ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW AT THE UNDERWORLD
"We hope you can dust off the Monday blues and join us for a debauched evening of wine, whiskey and song..."

wolf WOLF ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH ENFORCER
"This package is so much Metal that everyone coming to the shows will have a hard time passing airport security and metal detectors for a foreseeable future..."

jared james nichols JARED JAMES NICHOLS TO RELEASE 'HIGHWAYMAN' EP
The EP features the new single 'We're An American Band'...

michael monroe MICHAEL MONROE REVEALS 'BLACKOUT STATES' ARTWORK + CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
"It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock n' roll record - strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés..."

turbowolf TURBOWOLF ANNOUNCE UK, EUROPE & US TOUR DATES
"Seeing all your wonderful faces, staring into those expectant eyes, and giving you all exactly what you're looking for, and maybe a little bit more..."

mike shinoda MIKE SHINODA'S FORT MINOR TO PLAY FIRST LONDON SHOW IN 10 YEARS
Shinoda will fit in these special one man shows around Linkin Park's European tour...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO HEADLINE WEMBLEY ARENA NEXT APRIL
Can't wait till April? Two new live DVD releases have also been confirmed for October release...

cats in space CATS IN SPACE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF DEBUT ALBUM 'TOO MANY GODS' FOR OCTOBER 2015
Welcome to a new brand of Power Pop Rock from a band with a stellar CV...

nightwish NIGHTWISH TO RELEASE 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL' TOUR EDITION
The special edition is released on October 30th and comes with a DVD stuffed to the brim with bonus features...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE MASSIVE 2016 WORLD TOUR
The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet...

glenn hughes BREAKING NEWS: GENE SIMMONS' HOME SEARCHED UNDER WARRANT IN CONNECTION WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION
Police have confirmed that neither the Kiss bass player or any members of his family are considered to be suspects in the investigation...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES UNVEILS OFFICIAL PHOTO OF NEW BAND
Glenn hits the UK for live shows in October. "There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fans..."

gentlemans pistols GENTLEMANS PISTOLS PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'THE SEARCHER' ONLINE
"The song is about becoming apathetic towards things you once enjoyed and searching for where you are going in life..."

vreid NEW ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN METALLERS VREID IS RELEASED IN OCTOBER
"This is the definition of our lives and heritage...the fire burns stronger than ever..."

napalm death NAPALM DEATH JOIN UK LEG OF "DEATHCRUSHER" TOUR
The Deathcrusher tour contains the very best in Grindcore...

blitzkrieg EXCLUSIVE: BLITZKRIEG RELEASE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF 'A TIME OF CHANGES'
The classic album has been completely re-recorded and contains two bonus tracks...

w.a.s.p. W.A.S.P. PREMIERE NEW SONG - 'LAST RUNAWAY'
"The song is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after..."

nervosa NERVOSA UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'INTO MOSHPIT'
The band are currently on tour in the UK...

metal allegiance METAL ALLEGIANCE POST STUDIO TRAILER FOR 'DESTINATION: NOWHERE'
The track features Matt Heafy on vocals and guitar. A special launch show has been arranged to celebrate the album release...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP STAGE CLASSIC REUNION WITH CORE MEMBERS OF THE CLASSIC 1970S LINE-UP
Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake are welcomed to the Moscow Crocus in October for the exclusive event...

rage against the machine RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 'LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK' TO BE RELEASED
The free concert held after the success of the Christmas Number One campaign is now available in a quality package...

helloween HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCE LONDON FORUM SHOW FOR FEBRUARY 2016
"We feel pleased and honoured to yet again come to London UK..."

monkees THE MONKEES PLAY LONDON HAMMERSMITH EVENTIM APOLLO ON SEPTEMBER 4th
The set will include selections from the pyschedelic cult classic 'Head'...

rammstein RAMMSTEIN UNLEASH NEW 'RAMMSTEIN IN AMERIKA' DOCUMENTARY AND 'LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN' DVD
The incredible package is immaculately filmed and bursting with content...

amulet AMULET LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BLOODY NIGHT' & ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Be prepared for a Heavy Metal attack...

guitar of your dreams MAKE'N MUSIC ANNOUNCES $3,250 GUITAR GIVEAWAY
Calling all guitarists - there isn't a cooler giveaway throughout the entire industry...

dan patlansky JOE SATRIANI EXTENDS EUROPEAN TOUR WITH DAN PATLANSKY AS SPECIAL GUEST
This part of the tour now encompasses 10 countries, 25 shows and 33 days...

tad morose TAD MOROSE TO TOUR EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER WITH SILENT CALL
The Swedish double bill celebrates the release of Tad Morose's new album 'St Demonius'...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SPEED OF LIGHT'
The brand new track is taken from 'The Book Of Souls' double album due out on September 4th...

pentagram PENTAGRAM ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE SHOWS
"We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album 'Curious Volume' for you..."

born again BORN AGAIN - HEAVY METAL SOUNDHOUSE DAYS REVISTED AT THE BLACK HEART CAMDEN
Relive the glory days on the 22nd August with the best music around...

wildfire FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016
Scotland's stellar Rock and Metal festival starts the buzz for 2016 with six quality names...

hotei HOTEI TO RELEASE DEBUT INTERNATIONAL ALBUM 'STRANGERS' ON OCTOBER 16TH
With an impressive range of guests, the world renowned Japanese guitarist and songwriter unleashes an epic album...

rich robinson RICH ROBINSON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015
The Black Crowes' guitarist presents a stripped down, storytelling evening...

sonic syndicate SONIC SYNDICATE ANNOUNCE NEW BASS PLAYER AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF KARIN AXELSSON
The band premiere the new line up with the profound video for 'Diabolical Work Of Art'...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD ADD EXTRA LONDON SHOW TO 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
We suggest ear-plugs and fortitude, because Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey are more intent than ever on showing at great volume that they are Motörhead and they play rock n' roll...

venrez VENREZ PREMIERE NEW LYRIC VIDEO AHEAD OF MICHAEL SCHENKER EUROPEAN TOUR
'Children Of The Drones' is the title track of the new album...

majesty GHOST PREMIERE 'MAJESTY' FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'MELIORA'
Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls will return to North America and Europe with a tour this autumn...

imperial state electric IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC SUPPORT GRAVEYARD & RELEASE NEW ALBUM
The release of Imperial State Electric's 'Honk Machine' brings their live show to the UK for the first time...

chantel mcgregor CHANTEL McGREGOR ANNOUNCES HER NEW ALBUM 'LOSE CONTROL' AND UK TOUR DATES
After four years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returns with a vengeance with ten new songs...

lynne jackaman SOUL-ROCK SONGSTRESS JACKAMAN PERFORMS NEW EP 'NO HALO' LIVE IN LONDON
The show at Camden's Barfly on September 24th is set to be memorable for all the right reasons...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT RELEASES THIRD REHEARSAL VIDEO CLIP FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN OCTOBER
Preparations appear to be going very well indeed...

steve n seagulls STEVE'N'SEAGULLS ANNOUNCE THE SEAGULL HAS LANDED UK TOUR & NEW VIDEO
Anyone for hillbillified Iron Maiden...?

gentlemans pistols GENTLEMANS PISTOLS ANNOUNCE TRACK LISTING AND UNVEIL THE ARTWORK FOR 'HUSTLER'S ROW'
"A turbulent voyage of the sweetest sufferings and the most inexpensive of thrills..."

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE REVEAL ALBUM COVER ART AND TRACK-LISTING FOR 'CONDITION HÜMAN'
The hard rock giants continue to thrill with their latest offering...

udo U.D.O. SAYS FINAL FAREWELL TO ACCEPT'S CATALOGUE
In a surprise announcement Udo Dirkschneider has confirmed that he will no longer play songs from the Accept library after one final tour...

operation mindcrime OPERATION: MINDCRIME REVEAL 'RE-INVENTING THE FUTURE', THE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM
The release from Geoff Tate's current project marks the first of a trilogy of albums...


metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2015, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery