‘Put me back in the army. Make me feel safe again’. On the face of it, an absurd statement. But it’s easily explicable in the light of Chris Terrill’s film during which he follows former soldiers as they struggle with the ghosts of the past. Despite 32 years on Civvy Street, Rudi still hits the deck when a car backfires and sees builders on roofs as snipers. Peter was jailed for kidnap and extortion after being discharged (due to epilepsy) without seeing active service.
But more generally, all the soldiers featured here struggle with identity issues and a general lack of structure in their lives. Happily, a few solutions are at hand, one involving gardening; another, horses. They feel a bit like halfway houses, insulating their clients from their problems rather than fully tackling them. But even so, they’re better than nothing. A worthwhile piece of post-Remembrance Day programming.
Pergola Paddington Central
Following the success of Pergola on the Roof on top of a car park in White City, the bright sparks behind the format opened this new venue in the summer. Now, as the cold nights draw in, they're giving it a winter makeover. Round the back of Paddington Station down Kingdom Street, in the urban surrounds of Paddington Basin, Pergola Paddington Central will fling open its doors from October 25 to December 23. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Pergola offers a winning formula of pop-up restaurants from the city's coolest chefs in a unique industrial space rife with greenery and Instagram-worthy views. Food up for grabs comes from pizza maestros Made of Dough, as well as Tonkotsu, Patty & Bun and DF/Mexico. With 850 seats (all completely covered and heated), day beds and two bars, as well as DJs at the weekends and live music, this looks set to become an intriguing winter destination. Taking reservations now.
Venue says: “Pergola Paddington Central will reopen in the spring! More info to follow soon.”